A few months ago, I spoke out about the negative reaction to the Endless Eight story arc of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, offering my contrasting opinion on the matter. After this re-airing of Season 1, which attempted to fill in the blanks left out of its original run with new episodes, I predicted we would see more content sooner, rather than later. And, while it doesn’t seem that the fans are going to get their “true” season 2 (because let’s face it, this rebroadcast was Haruhi Season 1.5 at best), at least not now, following the last episode of the rebroadcast of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Someday in the Rain, there was a brief teaser for the next part of the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise: a feature film based on the fourth light novel in the series, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.
Regardless of the fact that it ended several weeks ago, there is still lingering resentment over Endless Eight among the fan-base. It’s not surprising, both considering the 3 year gap between the original broadcast and the rebroadcast. When new episodes were announced, I’m sure that everyone, myself included, expected the Disappearance storyline to be part of the new series of episodes. And when Kyoto Animation failed to deliver what the fans felt they were entitled to, it is no surprise that they were upset, despite the fact that KyoAni never promised The Disappearance to begin with.
But now, it seems that the fans are finally going to get what they want, at least in Japan, with the film slated for release in Spring 2010. Unfortunately, fans here in the US who rely on fansubs to get their Haruhi fix may have to wait a while for a high quality release of the film, given that a DVD may not hit Japan until late next year. But hey, waiting a year for The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is a lot better than waiting 3 years for new episodes.