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Yamamoto Yutaka Apologizes For Haruhi 2 Endless Eight Arc [Updated]

by dtshyk
Jul 19, 2009 5:51 PM | 234 Comments
At Otakon session on July 19th, anime director Yamamoto Yutaka (the series organizer of "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" and the director of "Kannagi") answered questions regarding "Endless Eight" arc of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2.

Former Kyo-Ani Director Yamamoto puts the Haruhi Season 2 Endless Eight Arc in his own words (Youtube)

He said he knew the repetitive direction of the arc more than one year ago and he was against the idea. He apologized to the fans on behalf of the Haruhi production committee because he left Kyoto Animation on his own will.

Related topic: Director Yamamoto Yutaka Produces a Short Anime of Tonari no 801-chan
Please watch the video for his complete comments.

Updated
Yamamoto apologized in his blog that his remark at Otakon "on behalf of SOS-dan production committee" was misleading and corrected the expression into "as a former member of SOS-dan".

Source: Yamamoto's blog
Note: "SOS-dan" here is the name of the production committee of Haruhi 1.

Updated 2
Kyoto Animation replied to J-Cast's question that Yamamoto Yutaka has nothing to do with the company at all.

Source: J-Cast

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DarkIceXIII said:
Nice to know someone that used to be with KyoAni had a brain.

It didn't have to be eight episodes, could've been 3 or 4 and still have the same impact. I'm just worried that this 'season' won't get as much story telling done that the first one did.

At least its over now.
But I heard somewhere that this season was going to be more than 14 episodes...not sure if thats true or not.


Announcements originally said that Haruhi would be re-aired with 28 episodes. I assume this includes the 2006 episodes + 2009 episodes. If so, then that means 14 from each. So...this new season only has 4 more episodes to go, I guess. 7 or 8 more total with the older episodes.

Aug 19, 2009 12:49 PM by Sorasan

DarkIceXIII said:
Nice to know someone that used to be with KyoAni had a brain.

It didn't have to be eight episodes, could've been 3 or 4 and still have the same impact. I'm just worried that this 'season' won't get as much story telling done that the first one did.

At least its over now.
But I heard somewhere that this season was going to be more than 14 episodes...not sure if thats true or not.

I think it was supposed to be 20-something episodes long, so i was hoping for more original episodes than Endless Eight.

BTW i haven't read the Disappearance so could anyone inform me if Endless Eight was a part of that?

Aug 19, 2009 12:01 PM by robbin92

Nice to know someone that used to be with KyoAni had a brain.

It didn't have to be eight episodes, could've been 3 or 4 and still have the same impact. I'm just worried that this 'season' won't get as much story telling done that the first one did.

At least its over now.
But I heard somewhere that this season was going to be more than 14 episodes...not sure if thats true or not.

Aug 19, 2009 2:35 AM by DarkIceXIII

....thkz god!!!!ended!

Aug 11, 2009 5:51 PM by Arima-kun

Not sure if this was posted yet but here is what Hitler thinks of Endless Eight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiSg02Ll20s

Aug 11, 2009 5:06 PM by PowereD

*musical note* "Endless Ee-eeight has Ended!" *musical note*:):)

it was about damned time too

Aug 9, 2009 6:33 PM by aswani

So how many new episodes can we look forward to?

Aug 9, 2009 3:34 PM by robbin92

Hope so they don't continue like before after the endless 8 O.o I want to watch all episodes properly -_-" lol

Aug 9, 2009 3:33 PM by Cagla

Oh thank God!
Finally we can MOVE ON!

Aug 9, 2009 11:53 AM by CreamyVelvet

Going crazy watching the same thing happen again in 6 weeks... ...

Aug 9, 2009 8:03 AM by Nameles84

Well, rejoice!
'Tis finally over. =D

Aug 9, 2009 2:04 AM by ScatteredMemory

Well if anyone feels like rewatching this season after all that.. ur a masochist

Aug 8, 2009 11:09 PM by setvenx

I really think this was such a shame. Yamamoto obviously had a lot of influence in Kyoto Animation. Then the Lucky Star thing happened and he left. Now it appears to me that Kyoto Animation really screwed up because not only did they come up with this very unpopular Endless Eight idea, but they basically drove out someone who had the right idea about how to make it better.

Its just a waste. Yamamoto will not come back to Kyoto Animation. I just hope that the present Kyoto Animation will get their acts together and give the fans what they want in the future.

Although, I'd also like to say that I didn't find Endless Eight that horrible. I feel like some of the fans are going a bit overboard with this. Its actually not such a bad idea, to completely reanimate one episode in eight different ways. It's actually a pretty interesting idea, its just that the fans do not want a fourteen episode series to be wasted like that. If this series was fifty episodes, I don't think people would object as much to eight of them being for Endless Eight. I just wish there was more time to show The Dissapearence.

Sigh...

Aug 8, 2009 10:47 AM by innerchihiro

Leon-Gun said:
I'm pretty sure it isn't the same people every time. If you look at every episode it's almost a given different people worked in each. Heck, compare it side by side and some don't even look like "Haruhi" at all. It's almost like they decided to hold a contest on who was the team most fit to animate Haruhi or something crazy like that.


I read somewhere where each episode of the Endless Eight arc was handled by a separate animation team. They were given the script and designs and then each team did what they did with it and so we end up with eight versions of the same events. I believe the only differences in the script and dialog are the first episode where they haven't discovered the loop yet, and in the later episodes where the number of loops they've been through in Yuki's explanation change.

Aug 4, 2009 7:25 PM by KooriiShiiemu

Endless Eight lol. Hopefully the next episode (8th repetition) would be the last. If not... I won't be surprised.

Aug 4, 2009 1:11 AM by Secured

i think they should turn it into ecchi and haruhi and the gal take off their cloths then censord problem solve ?................ehem!

Aug 4, 2009 12:32 AM by sundeath

Beatnik said:
I hope there's a recap movie of this season and its nothing but those episodes played over and over for three hours.

Aug 4, 2009 12:25 AM by MagicalGrilz

Haruhi has died.

Aug 3, 2009 11:53 PM by Rail_Man

kiieru said:
Still, can you imagine the guys that have to animate this?
I'm pretty sure it isn't the same people every time. If you look at every episode it's almost a given different people worked in each. Heck, compare it side by side and some don't even look like "Haruhi" at all. It's almost like they decided to hold a contest on who was the team most fit to animate Haruhi or something crazy like that.

Aug 3, 2009 4:35 PM by Leon-Gun

Still, can you imagine the guys that have to animate this?

Aug 3, 2009 12:25 PM by kiieru

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