Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The Publication Mess of Haruhi Suzumiya: Endless Eight

Endless Eight- the first short story of "The Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya" (novel 5).



I'm changing the way I review the novel series from here on. This is due to the fact a short story published in novel 5 is a brand new unadapted story, and I plan on reading and reviewing the unadapted stories in the order the story flows in, not the published reading order.

I dont know the exact details, but in Japan all the short stories have been published in a magazine called The Sneaker, and as an afterthought they are published as part of the novels by Kadokawa. This is crazy and has resulted in the series jumping in time numerous times without a real reasoning for doing so.

Its not that its suppose to be done for artistic reasoning's either. Its either two things, one being that the reading order depends on the publishing dates of the short stories found in The Sneaker with the publishing dates of the full novel stories published by Kadokawa, OR number two being that the reading order depends on when Tanigawa actually wrote the damn series.

Either way the real reading order should be following Kyons exploits from when he entered high school. So this is me making amends by reading all the stories that have been adapted into the anime, before moving onto brand new unadapted stories in a linear way following the story as I personally think it should.

So next up is Endless Eight, famous for being adapted into 8 anime episodes.

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This is set after Remote Island Syndrome during the last two weeks of their summer holiday. In fact between the two stories, Kyons family visited the cousins, nephews and nieces in the countryside for two weeks, enjoying rivers, beaches, mountains and prairies.

Kyon-kun, denwa!
On August 17th 2003, Kyon is watching a baseball match on TV with his sister, when Haruhi rings his mobile phone. This is the first time he thinks something is strange, almost like Déjà vu.
She demands he collects his swimming things and rides his bike to join them at the usual meeting place by the station.
He arrives last, and is forced to carry Haruhi and Nagato on his bike to the public pool, whilst Koizumi has Mikuru on his bike.

They all enjoy the pool, but Kyon and Koizumi get the Déjà vu feeling again.

Afterwards at their usual cafe, Haruhi shows them a list of activities they will be doing until summer ends, saying that they need to enjoy Summer whilst they can.

During the next morning, the girls shop for Kimonos for attending a bon festival somewhere in the city later that evening.
After the bon festival they buy fireworks and have a mini private party by the river. Kyon asks Haruhi whether shes done her homework, and she says she did it at the start of summer. Kyon has been putting his off.

The next day they collect insects (cicadas) at the local forest park located on the same hill as their school. Haruhi collects the most and they set them free.

The next day Haruhi has them working a part time shift for a local supermarket. The job- handing out balloons fully dressed in frog costumes in the sweltering heat. Oh, everyone but Haruhi, naturally. The payment they get is to keep Mikuru's frog costume, so she can dress up in it whenever she likes.

Kyoani made Mikuru cry.
That night, Kyon gets woken up in the middle of the night by a phone call from Mikuru. shes sobbing on the other end and Kyon gets worried. Koizumi then speaks on the other end and asks Kyon to meet them near the station.

At an outside area with benches, Kyon meets Koizumi, Nagato and a sobbing Mikuru. She tries to explain that she can't access the future. Koizumi explains that everyone has been repeating events from August 17th through to the 31st. This is due to Haruhi not feeling satisfied with her summer, like she hasnt done enough activities before shes willing to go back to school.

Nagato explains that shes experienced all 15,498 repeats, totaling 594 years worth of memories. Kyon is stunned. He asks on what time loop did they all first discover the situation, and Nagato says on the 8,769th loop. She also says she cant do anything about it as shes there to observe only.

The next day they do star gazing in the evening, at Nagatos apartment using Koizumis telescope.

Their fun adventures also include visiting a batting center, a proper fireworks display, a Goby fishing tournament where both Haruhi and Kyon get sun burnt and the others don't, and lastly a test of courage in a cemetary with candles.

On Saturday 30th they are at their usual cafe. Haruhi seems melancholic as she dismisses the brigade after not thinking of anything fun for them to do on their final day. She says her goodbyes and says that she will see them in class on Monday. She turns to walk out.
Kyon is hit by a violent sense of déjà vu. This is not like the others. Its like he can sense that if she leaves, they will repeat the last two weeks again. He comes up with a thought and goes with it. He shouts across the cafe to Haruhi at the door. She turns around and Kyon says "My list isnt finished yet!" he goes on to admit that he hasnt even touched his homework yet. He calls to the others sitting around the table for a study group session to be held at his house tomorrow. Haruhi barges up to him and demands that he shouldnt act like a leader, before she shouts at the top of her voice that she wants to come too. lol you could say she acts cute here.

Next day and they all have a study session, and the next day is Monday September 1st, the first day back at school. Nagato is strangely absent. Maybe she is recovering from an emotional situation? Maybe one that causes the likelihood of The Disappearance taking place 3 months later? Maybe??

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Unlike the anime, there were NO repeats. Not even one. Zero. Zilch. Nada. This is kinda a shame because we dont get any idea what it must be like to be Nagato. Oh well you could say the anime covered it, and then some.

8-10.

Up next: The Sigh.

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Sunday, 16 September 2012

Music: Gymnopedies Dai 1-3 ban from The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya OST

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya OST - Gymnopedies Dai 1-3 ban



This classical piece just sums up everything about the film/book.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya- novel 4


Oh my god do I love this. Movie or novel, I love this to bits. I may even be tempted to read the manga adaptation of this at some point. Its that good.

Notice how long it took me to read the last book, and how long it was to read this book. Basically I read this book in a week. It oozes melancholy like you would expect from this book series, and has lots of nice touches that I expect from my favourite writer Haruki Murakami, not Nagaru Tanigawa (writer of the Haruhi series in case you dont know. My bad for not name dropping sooner).

In case you thought the series was getting bland, this story brings everything together. I would not recommend this to those that haven't watched the whole series or read up until this point (or more like read events that take place before this does).

I'm fed up of doing a synopsis from scratch, so heres a heavily tweaked version from the Haruhi wiki-

On December 17, a month after the cultural festival, the SOS Brigade organises a Christmas hotpot party. Kyon is skeptical of its success though still helps decorate the clubroom. On his way home, Kyon talks to Taniguchi, who announces that he has a date with a girl from the all female private school Kouyouen Academy, planned for the following week. Kyon reaches his house and falls asleep.

While walking to school the following day, Kyon sees Taniguchi wearing a face mask. Taniguchi claims that he has cold, denying having the date he mentioned previously. Kyon continues to school, finding that a cold epidemic has suddenly spread around his class. Kyon notices that Haruhi is absent, as well as most of the class for that matter. Kyon wonders whats going on, suspecting something weird going on with things not adding up. His suspicions are justified when a pretty girl comes waltzing though the classroom, Ryouko Asakura.

Stunned and poised for a fight, Kyon demands to know why she's there and what has happened to Haruhi. She, as well as the other classmates, all assure him that she had been there the whole year. They are also unaware of who Haruhi is. Kyon runs off to try and find the other SOS brigade members Mikuru, Yuki and Itsuki. Kyon discovers that Itsuki's entire classroom is now the end of the school building, like it never existed. On his way back to class, Kyon comes across Mikuru with Tsuruya, who do not remember him. Kyon is acting like a crazed maniac over Mukuru, so Tsuruya defends her with as much spunk as she can muster, so naturally she uses quite a powerful attack on him. It actually calms him down somewhat, and he decides to seek out Yuki in the club room. He finds Yuki, though she is now acting like a shy timid human girl rather than an alien android.

Yuki hasn't a clue what to do or how to behave with Kyon in the room. After he tries convincing her of who she really is, He realises that he's gone too far once again. He's backing her against a wall and shes shaking. Kyon calms down and sits on the chair she was sitting in before he entered the room. After 5 minutes with his head in his hands, he looks up. She turns her head away from him, and he looks around the room. All of the items kept by the SOS Brigade are missing. Kyon asks if he can look at the computer, she requests if she is allowed to deal with it without him looking over her shoulder. When shes done, he inspects the contents of this ancient computer. There is no evidence of any clues or SOS files. When Kyon leaves, Yuki reluctantly asks him to join the Literature Club. Noticing Yuki's shyness and her human manner, Kyon takes the sign-up sheet out of kindness.

When Kyon gets home, he tries to get Shamisen to talk to him the way he did in The Sigh, but to no avail. Disappointed, Kyon goes to sleep.
Kyon returns to the Literature Club room the next day and spends alone time with Nagato without saying much. In fact Kyon notices that shes just pretending to read her book. Shes not reading anything. Shes concentrating on him and his next move for the whole time. He asks her if she writes as well as reads. She quickly flashes her eyes to the computer but says "No". Looking at the books on the shelf, Kyon finds The Fall of Hyperion, which was the same book Yuki used to reveal her true identity in the The Melancholy. Kyon picks it up from the shelf and opens the book. A bookmark falls to the floor. he picks it up and reminisces of the bookmark he found in this very same book all those months ago, where it was a message from Nagato to Kyon to go meet her for a chat in the park. However when he turns this bookmark over it reads: "Program Run Condition: Collect the keys. Deadline: Two Days Later". Kyon is flabagusted. He questions Nagato right there and then, demanding to know if she wrote that. she says its her handwriting, but she did not write it.

Kyon dissects the room and its books for more clues. there are no more. He picks up his things and says he's leaving. 'Thud'. Turning around, he notices Nagato closing her book and packing her things. He realises that she was waiting for him to leave this whole time.
On their way out the school, she invites him round her house. Surprised by her sudden invitation, he accepts. When they arrive, Kyon realises that Yuki has one memory of him: an incident from The Melancholy where he helped her get a library card. However, Yuki remembers him as a random passerby rather than a brigade member.

Her door bell rings and she goes to answer. Ryouko Asakura comes in holding a hot pot. shes visiting Yuki because shes sometimes worried for her health. Kyon is scared for his life and tries to leave. Yuki uses the tinniest bit of her strength and pulls on his sleeve as he attempts to exit. He turns around to find Yuki sheepishly holding onto him with her head down. He is moved by Yuki's display of affection and stays. He learns that this Ryouko is just a friendly neighbour who helps Yuki. Kyon still feels uneasy around Ryouko as they leave despite her kindness towards him.

The next day (December 20), Taniguchi is in class. During lunch, Kunikida fills Taniguchi in on Kyons strange actions. We learn that on the day of reset, Taniguchi did go to school, but was so ill once he reached it that he spend the day in the nurses office and was in home sick the rest of the time until now. Kunikida is talking about a name that Kyon brought up and was going frantic about. Basically he says 'what was her name again?' and Kyon replies Haruhi, looking away board of the conversation. Taniguchi then says 'What, Haruhi Suzumiya from middle school?'.
Kyon stands up dumbfounded. He picks up Taniguchi and face to face, demands to know everything he does about her and what happened to her. He apparently went to the same middle school as Haruhi, and now shes attending the private school Kouyouen Academy.

Stunned, Kyon runs for the exit without his stuff on him and turns back to say thanks to Taniguchi before running off to find Haruhi. He runs with all his might down the hill to and past the station to Kouyouen Academy. He arrives almost an hour early before the school bell rings to bring an end to the day. The students start filtering out the gates in a high class dark uniform. This version of Kouyouen Academy is co-ed, and Kyon notices boys from Itsukis class walking out the building. Among the group of students, Kyon recognises the familiar faces of both Haruhi and Itsuki, who are walking home together. Kyon notices that Haruhi is sporting a similar facial expression and demeanour to the one she had before she made the SOS Brigade. She looks sad and melancholic. Just before they both pass him on the street, Kyon pulls himself together and finds it within himself to speak up to Haruhi. He tries to speak to her, but she pushes him off as she does not remember him. After a futile struggle in which she kicks him almost to the ground, Kyon then shouts to her about the incidents of the Tanabata three years ago. He explains in great detail of what happened that night. She then realises that she never told anyone what really happened that night. Just when he's got her attention full and proper, he tells her that his name is "John Smith", the alias that he used during the "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody" incident. Haruhi nearly faints and is caught by Itsuki.

After recovering at a nearby cafe, Haruhi listens to everything Kyon has to say about his alternate universe. He tells her about Yuki being an alien, Itsuki being an esper, Mikuru being a time traveler, and Haruhi having strange powers. Haruhi is intrigued so much of this story that she demands to gather together the former SOS Brigade members to meet them. She runs out to hail a taxi. Itsuki mentions that he's never seen her this happy before, and that she only hung around him since the day he transferred in because she considered him a strange transfer student, but she now considers him boring but is considerate enough to accept his friendship. In fact he tells Kyon that he wants a relationship with her, and thinks she is a captivating person. Koizumi notes that if Kyon's Haruhi took notice of him for no particular reason, he concludes that she loves him. While they travel to North High in a taxi, Kyon tries to understand what Itsuki sees in her.

Once they arrive at North High, Haruhi orchestrates a plan to get inside the building unnoticed. Kyon goes inside to retrieve his bags and meets them outside again. he gets them to wear his gym clothes, and looking at Haruhi, asks her if she could sport a pony tail. She does. They all run into the building pretending to be arriving back from a work out. Once inside, Haruhi grabs Mikuru from the Calligraphy Club and brings her unwillingly to the Literature Club room. Yuki is inside and is surprised by all the new visitors. Haruhi comes up with a plan to start this so called SOS brigade at a cafe to meet in after their schools. All of a sudden the old computer spontaneously activates and displays a message. Its from Yuki Nagato. though the Yuki in the room denies any knowledge about it. The message from Yuki Nagato is from the old alien version of herself. The message explains that the keys have been gathered, and that there is a program in the computer which will allow him to return to the original world if he presses the enter key. The others are asking him about it and he tells them all to let him think. He stares at each of them individually, finally getting round to Nagato. He reaches into his pocket and tells her to take back his literacy club application form. Shes takes two depressed and overcome attempts at reaching out to take it back. He tells her that she shouldn't get upset about it, because hes going BACK. Kyon presses the enter key. Things go fuzzy around him.
Kyon finds himself in the same room, without anyone around him. Looking around, there is no sign of SOS brigade things. He feels overcome by heat and takes his winter clothes off. Its like the dead of summer as Kyon walks out the school. He checks into a convenience store to check the date on local newspapers. Its Tanabata three years ago. The same night he was forced by Haruhi the little girl to draw signs on her middle school grounds. He checks the time and sprints to the park to go look for himself and Mikuru on a park bench. He hides in the bushes and watches Mikuru blow in his ear and tug at his face to wake him up. Kyon considers his past self to be one lucky bastard. The older Mikuru appears and the younger one falls asleep. She directs his previous self to Haruhi's old school and she walks off. Current Kyon who has been watching all this from the bushes goes off to follow the older Asahina. he catches up to her and she greets him like shes been expecting him. They sit on a park bench and talk about their shared old times. Obviously she knows more but never talks about it. Once their younger versions of themselves are safely time locked inside Yuki's spare bedroom, Kyon and older Asahina ring on Yukis doorbell and explain who they are and when there from. There, Yuki explains that someone altered the world on December 17th, changing everything by a whole year. She injects nano machines into Mikuru and Kyon to protect them from being noticed by the culprit. She also provides a needle gun weapon to normalise this culprit. Kyon is stunned when Nagato tells him just who this person actually is.

Older Mikuru Asahina explains what a TPDD is. Its called the Time Plane Destroid Device, a time machine that uses technology that exists inside an abstract concept. Something that exists inside your head, or rather a network that connects to that.
Nagato swipes her index finger on Asahinas hand to give her the time and space coordinates to where to go to apprehend the culprit just AFTER the time change takes place.
Mikuru prepares Kyon for time travel and he nearly passes out.

They find themselves outside in the dead of night, in wintertime. Luckily Kyon still has his winter stuff with him, but gives it to Mikuru who has no winter things with her. They also left their shoes back at Nagatos three years ago. The location they are at is just outside North High. Walking up the road appears the culprit. Its 4:00am in this winters night. Shes a short girl in a north high uniform. She reveals to the readers to be none other than Yuki Nagato. She stops dead in the middle of the quite road and raises her arm to the sky. As Yuki does her thing, Mukuru says to Kyon that shes never witnessed such an epic time quake before. One that affects the very reality of the universe itself.

Human Nagato now stands before them. Kyon walks up to her and demands to know why she did that, but she just stares at him all shyly and explains that she was only out for a stroll.
Kyon points the gun at her and she freezes in shock, unable to comprehend whats going on.

Kyon talks to himself inside his head. He is the narrator of the book and the anime, so we know he likes to do this a lot. but this is one epic conversation he has with himself. He demands to know why he restarted the world, why he chose to lead a strange life instead of a normal one. He realizes that Yuki had only preserved Kyon's memories so he could choose to return. Yuki was giving him a choice in something as simple as two bits of paper, a literacy club application form or a bookmark. Which one did he choose? Why did he choose the bookmark? He argues with himself to give a clear answer for his actions. kyon finally gives in and says BECAUSE IT IS FUN. He says to himself that nobody in their right mind would choose a mundane lifestyle. This is no longer a Kyon thats being dragged around by Haruhi, this is a Kyon that chose to live this kinda life voluntarily. He knows this and has to come to terms with his changed personality from now on. This is Kyon 2.0, the one who lives this life and enjoys the SOS brigade for everything it is.

Back to reality, Kyon is aiming a gun at Yuki. Mukuru from just behind him shouts "KYON LOOK OUT!!" Before something long and sharp enters his body. He swings to the ground to see the evil face of Ryouko Asakura staring down at him with a bloody kitchen knife in her hands. His blood. He is bleeding badly and she tells him that its time for him to die. She swings the blade down towards his heart before a hand comes in and grabs the blade. He hears voices and sees two Mikurus crying at his dying side, one the younger and the other the older Mikuru. He also hears his own voice saying that it hurt for him too, but that they will take over from here on. THIS IS AN UNEXPLAINED TIME TRAVEL EVENT. Kyon falls asleep.

Kyon wakes up in a hospital run by Itsuki's Organization, and finds that the world has been normalized. Itsuki is by his bed side slicing up apples in his north high uniform. According to him, after discussing plans for Christmas, Kyon fell down the stairs and entered into a coma. The entire group had been shaken, especially Haruhi, who had stayed with Kyon the whole time he was hospitalized. He points to the other side of Kyons bed and he sees Haruhi fast asleep tightly wrapped up in a sleeping bag. Kyon gently brushes her hair away from her face (this happened in the book and the film) and wonders whether to draw on her face. She stirs and wakes up with a start. seeing kyon awake she tries to escape from her cocoon, moving around the room like an inch worm before getting out and pointing at Kyon, scolding him like he's done the worst thing in the world. "You haven't drawn on my face have you?!" she demands.
She scolds him for scaring her and claiming that it was her duty to look after injured brigade members. Soon enough Mikuru enters the room and breaks down crying.

During his final hours at the hospital, Yuki turns up. They have a conversation about what happened and why she acted that way. She explains that unforeseeable errors caused her to change the world, and the her fate is currently being assessed by the Data Overmind. realising that these 'errors' are her emotions kicking in, Kyon relays a stern message for the Data Overmind for Nagato to pass on. He says that if they ever did anything to Nagato, he and the SOS brigade would do everything in their powers to get her back, even if that means telling Haruhi the truth, the truth that she would accept, as in, all he would ever have to say is that he was actually the John Smith from her past, carrying Mikuru on his back.
Yuki thanks Kyon and transfers the message.

On Christmas Eve, Kyon considers his duty to go back in time and save himself, but concludes that the world can wait and joins Haruhi's hotpot party.

Unfortunately, the book ends here. In the anime, after the credits roll, Yuki is seen at a public library watching a boy helping a girl get a library card. After they leave, Yuki continues reading. She covers her mouth with the book, possibly hiding a smile.


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11-10. This is one of the greatest stories of all time. ~In context with the character development in the past arcs preceding this.

The reason why Young Mikuru was ordered to take Kyon to the past without her knowing why. The reason why Older Mikuru was there in the first place, the whole reason why it was so important for young Haruhi to remember Kyon for being this guy called John Smith. The reason why time had to be dealt with just after the time alteration takes place. Its a flawless time travel story.

I love how Yukis character development is being treated in this series. Its epic. I love the subtle hints in Haruhis behavior over Kyon. The fact that he also sometimes finds her just as charming as Koizumi does, though he wont admit it. The fact that Mikuru and Kyon seem perfect for each other too, but are fated to never be together. 

This is character development at its very best.

Up next: Love at First Sight.

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Friday, 14 September 2012

The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya- novel 3

Part 1: The Boredom.

Set directly after book one, it is the first week in June, and Haruhi decides to sign the SOS Brigade up to a local baseball tournament. She announces this to the members 3 days before the event., but they need 4 more people to make a team. Taniguchi and Kunikida are pulled into the team, Tsuruya is introduced for the first time ever (Her introduction in The Sigh doesnt count), and Kyon pulls in his little sister, hoping she will handicap the team for an early lose. Another UNEXPLAINED TIME TRAVEL EVENT happens. Asahina (dressed as a nurse now lol) is hit by a ball, and Kyon helps her to the nurses office. She says something like 'please dont get too close to me, otherwise it will happen again'. In the first book the adult Asahina requests for Kyon not to get too close to her (younger self), but now we have the younger Asahina telling Kyon the same thing! Seems like Mikuru has met Kyon before he met her, and maybe they reacted on their feelings for each other?? Who knows for now...
Anyway back during the game, they cheat by using Nagato to put a spell on the bat so that it always hits the ball, and after Kyon tells her to stop using this approach, they get her to put a spell on the direction the ball swings, so that the opposing team looses on strike outs. In the end they win, but Kyon tells Haruhi that they shouldnt go onto the next round because of how distraught the opposing team was, and how it would be a drag anyway because everyone is feeling tired and want lunch. Haruhi listens to Kyon and agrees. She blatantly fancies him, its obvious to us fans. The loosing team therefore move on to the next round. A few days later and Haruhi comes into the club room holding flyers of football tournaments for them to participate in, much to the delight of the rest of the brigade members (down the line however these are never mentioned again as ever taking place, so maybe Kyon persuaded her not to bother).

Up next: Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody.

Part 2: Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody.

One day in early July the SOS brigade are celebrating the Tanabata Festival, or Summer Star festival. Haruhi brings in this bamboo shoot and gets everyone to write a few wishes on card to place on it. She comes up with some excuse of the wishes being directed at two gods who are represented as stars, therefore using light years the time taken for the wishes to come true are 16 years and 30 something years, apparently. Anyway this may prove important at some point because the two wishes that Haruhi writes are for the 'world to revolve around me', which it already does, and more importantly the second wish 'I wish for the earth to rotate the other way'. This could spell trouble in the future.
Mikuru passes Kyon a spare card. Written on it shes asking for Kyon to stay after club. Haruhi acts rejected and melancholy, and soon she leaves. Club ends, and Koizumi and Nagato leave. Just before Nagato leaves the room, she also passes Kyon a piece of card with something written on it. Alone in the room together, Mikuru tells Kyon that they need to go back in time, 3 years to the day. She sits him down and uses some sort of technology to make him fall asleep. Next thing its late at night and Kyon wakes up on her lap on a park bench outside. He's kinda drowsy from being asleep and next thing she's the one to fall asleep, and rests on his shoulder. Out from the bushes appears older Mikuru. She tells him what task he's here for, and that he needs to set off to some middle school with younger Mikuru on his back. She then walks off.
Kyon carries Mikuru to the middle school to find Haruhi Suzumiya breaking into it, only she is much younger, which means he did actually time travel to the past. He never shows his face directly to her, but somehow he gets roped in to helping her draw some weird shapes out of lime on the school grounds. Kyon remembers Tanaguchi telling the story about her doing this back in middle school but never would have guessed that he was the one having to do the work while she directs him what to do!
After he's done, she scoots off and leaves him to clear up. He wakes Mikuru up and she starts frantically searching for her time travel device (TPDD), which she claims to have lost. Surely this is an UNEXPLAINED TIME TRAVEL EVENT as its implied that the older Asahina stole it, but why? Kyon looks at the symbol he was forced to draw on the school grounds. It reminds him of Nagato. He pulls out Nagato's note from his pocket that she gave him earlier in his day. It has lettering that looks similar. Kyon decides that they need to visit Nagato's apartment even though they are 3 years in their past, in hope that she's there. They go there and in their luck, they find her. She's even physically the same as her older self in 3 years time, and is also in her North High uniform. Somehow she remotely connects to her older self in 3 years time, and synchronises so she has the same memories (but Kyon still says that somehow her personality is not as softened as it becomes in the future). Nagato tells them both that in order to go back to the future, they need to sleep in her spare bedroom. Nagato sets out two futons and they climb into them. Nagato sets a verbal spell on the room, turns the light off and closes the door. Kyon and Asahina fall instantly asleep. Next thing they know they are waking up with Nagato standing in the doorway. They had been sleeping for 3 years in a time locked room. Nagato has awoken them on the day they left, and alls normal again. What should be noted from this story is that somehow Haruhi's made up alien symbols is actually somehow correct, with the massage being "I am here". Most importantly however, is that Mikuru has lost her time travel device, so now cannot time travel at all.

Up next: Mysterique Sign.

Part 3: Mystérique Sign.

A girl seeks the help of the SOS brigade. She is their first customer and her problem is that her boyfriend has been missing for days. Its unclear why the police are not involved, but apparently his family live abroad and he lives alone. according to the girl, named Emiri Kimidori, hes not the type of person to skip school. then we realize exactly who he is, hes the computer club president, the one who had to fork over his most expensive computer to the SOS bridage because of one of Haruhi's traps he fell into. Poor bloke.
They all visit his apartment and try the door. Its locked. Whilst she contemplates breaking and entering via a back window, Nagato uses her 'magic' to unlock it. They all enter the room. Nagato and Koizumi soon start suggesting that they should leave. Kyon and Mikuru understand their urgency in their few words and so try to get Haruhi out pronto. After they leave the apartment, Haruhi calls it a day. After ten minutes the gang reassembles back outside, apart from Haruhi, and they go in. Koizumi says the room feels like closed space, similar to what he's used too, but Nagato explains that there is another dimension sitting on top of it. She starts using verbal program language for them to access this other dimension, which turns out to be a vast desert landscape. soon a giant cave cricket arrives on the scene which Nagato explains is somehow the computer club president. Its not really explained what causes all this to happen, only that Haruhi is partly to blame, though we dont know how. Koizumi uses a ball of red light to kill the insect and release the computer club president. They return to his apartment and leave him unconscious there. Nagato explains that this whole fiasco is caused by an SOS brigade logo that Haruhi created and forced Kyon to upload on their website. Apparently it hold tremendous amount of data (not terrestrial data) on it which a dying alien species attached itself too as a kind of lifeline. Or something. So the club president accessed the site in his apartment and caused all that weirdness to happen. Nagato and Kyon rearrange the logo so that it now says ZOZ brigade, but its hardly noticeable. Anyway that fixes everything apparently. Interestingly the president was single the whole time which implies that Emiri Kimidori's mind was manipulated by Nagato. Kyon wonders why Nagato created this whole scenario when she knew about it and could have sorted everything rather quickly without anyone ever knowing anything out of the ordinary. Hummm it was probably to keep Haruhi from being bored.

Up next: Remote Island Syndrome.

Part 4: Remote Island Syndrome.

Haruhi announces just before the start of summer break that they are all going on a trip. This is thanks to Koizumi whose extended family invited him on a trip to a remote island. I'm sick of this and no one is reading this anyway. They have fun on the beach, get drunk on the first and second nights, Kyons sister never goes unlike in the anime, though she did try to hide in his carry pack so that is still canon. There is a storm on the second day so they dont do much. like I said they get drunk on two nights running in a row, this never happened in the anime. The owner pretends to be stabbed because he, as well as his brother, the maid and the butler are all espers belonging to The Agency. Its a plan organised to stop Haruhi from getting bored. she went to the island looking for a murder, so naturally thats what she got, or so she thought. Hopefully she wont be quick to expect bad things to happen from now on. Oh, as for the shadow Haruhi supposedly saw in the anime version, yeah that never happened. Endless eight should happen next, but alas the publication order is up the creak, so next up its The Disappearance, set in December.

Up next: Endless Eight.

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7-10. I said that Haruhi should work better in a collection of short stories, and it does, but I dunno, something was missing in this book. Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody was by far the best, though this could be because im a sucker for time travel stories.
Remote Island Syndrome took up half the space of the book, and was OK. I liked them getting drunk twice and was sad to see that it didnt happen in the anime after I re-watched it. I wasnt really bothered by Mystérique Sign or The Boredom, but both lead to character development, which to be honest is probably the best thing about this series.

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

REVIEW: Music Folder Player for Android

I friggin love this Android music player. Unfortunately we are living in an age where music players are constantly trying to "sort" your music for you, just to make that little bit extra sure that you will never in your life find the track or album you want to listen too.


Fuck off 'Albums'
Fuck you 'Genres'
Fucking get out of my life 'Artists'
F off 'Composers' 

For the love of god "Playlists", I already had my music sorted before you came along.

Fuck that system.

FILES AND FOLDERS. WHEN WILL THE INDUSTRY LEARN.

Folders are named by the respective album that mp3s belong too. Mp3 files are named by the song name, and just to make sure that the files stay in its track-listing order, the file name/song name starts with a number.

It is easy and manageable. No fuss. if I want to listen to the GITS SAC OST, I just locate to-
Music>Japan>Ghost In The Shell>Stand Alone Complex> 001 Be Human.mp3

If I want to listen to my favourite Kids on the slope track, I just browse the folders-
Music>Japan>Kids on the Slope> 16 Lullaby Of Birdland.mp3

I just got my first smartphone so naturally i needed to find a bloody music player that gives a nice two fingers up at the industry standard. Up until now I was managing to get by using my old Creative Mp3 player, as thankfully I was able to browse my music in files and folders when i located to the 16 gig SD card. The only thing that I got pissed with was having to locate to songs from the get go after turning the system on.

Before then I was still the user of MD Walkmans.

Now im the user of Music Folder Player for Android. WOW not only do I find tracks in a piss easy fashion, but the songs start from where i left off (WOO HOO YES!!!).
But then there is something else. When listening via headphones, the music sounds SOOO MUCH BETTER then my old Creative. Its exactly like back in the day with MD crystal clear sound.

Im hearing so much more sound its unreal.

Im a very happy bunny right now.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer&hl=en

Viral Video: Rémi Gaillard- Godfather Elevator

Heres another one of Remi's elevator skits!