The SOS Brigade’s movie is just about finished, just a few more touches here and there and it’ll be ready for Golden Globe nominations!
However, it seems that Haruhi is getting a little TOO into things…
Filming continues. Haruhi wants a stray cat for the movie, so Yuki takes the club to an area behind her apartment building with a bunch of stray cats. Haruhi wanted a black cat, but has to settle for a calico cat. She also wants it to talk, but it never speaks… until she leaves. And then the other SOS Brigade members have to sort out the fact that there is a talking cat in their presence.
After that, more of Haruhi’s wishes for the movie begin coming true in the world – animals changing, Mikuru’s model guns firing giant blasts of water, more dangerous contact lenses, and cherry blossom nonsense. This phenomenon is causing some pressure on the organizations behind Mikuru and Itsuki.
Kyon ends up finding out that Mikuru’s organization has a different interpretation of Haruhi than Itsuki. Her organization believes that the world has always been the way it is, and that Haruhi just has the power to change the present. The difference is just that Itsuki’s organization believes Haruhi is a god that created everything three years ago and controls everything, far beyond just a powerful individual.
Kyon also asks Yuki what her stance is on Haruhi, and hers is somewhat more similar to Mikuru in that Haruhi is not the ultimate god, that the supernatural has always existed. Haruhi was created in order to unconsciously discover the supernatural, but never realize it herself. And that the universe purposely works to prevent her from ever realizing it – partly through the SOS Brigade members and Kyon.
Itsuki also visits Kyon one evening. His organization is worried that Haruhi’s movie may end up changing the world forever, and so he asks Kyon to try to convince Haruhi that it’s just a movie, and to treat it more like a movie and not reality.
Kyon and Haruhi end up pulling an all-nighter to finish editing the movie, but both fall asleep at some point. When they wake up, the movie somehow had been completely finished, and Kyon wasn’t sure how. Haruhi simply assumes it was Kyon who did it. They screen the movie at the festival and we find out that Kyon made Haruhi include a “This is a purely fictional movie” disclaimer at the end, which was how he got her to come back to reality.
The episode ends with Kyon telling Haruhi that Yuki, Mikuru, and Itsuki are an alien, time traveller, and esper. She calls him ridiculous and walks out of the restaurant they were in.
Well I hadn’t expected to write such a long synopsis, but I felt like it was important to include what the various organizations in the SOS Brigade believe, because it was interesting. This episode had a nice serious tone as a result.
Now I wonder about the movie itself… they’ll show it to us next episode right? I remember Haruhi Episode 1 (broadcast order) included Yuki wearing a witches hat, so I’m assuming that next episode is just the movie they made. I hope that’s the case, at least.
So then there are just two things I’m left wondering.
First is the survey Kyon’s class did for the festival – what was the survey about? How was it carried out? We didn’t end up seeing anything about it at all, unless I missed something.
Second is the reception to the movie. What did people think? To be fair, I’ll probably get an idea of what people thought based on how it actually is, which I’ll see next episode. After all of their editing and whatnot, I wonder if it’ll end up better than the movies I made in high school? The movie looked hopeless when they were filming, with no script or storyboards, but now I’m very curious…!
This really was an excellent episode to wrap up the “Haruhi makes a movie” arc. I loved the serious tones in this episode, especially the dynamic of “Mikuru’s organization vs. Itsuki’s organization”, although I’m not sure if that will end up going anywhere. It’d be cool to see a situation where Kyon is forced to choose between two courses of action based on the conflict of ideas between the two organizations. Maybe they were trying to create that situation this episode, but it didn’t really feel like it if that’s the case.
Oh, and I would have loved to see more of the talking cat, but unfortunately we didn’t get to see him that much..
Regardless, this was a great episode.
I look forward to seeing their movie next episode, assuming that’s what it is.
Until next time,
Thanks for reading!
Other Haruhi Posts
- Episode 2 (#1) – Series Introduction
- Episode 3 (#2) – Bullying Kyon Edition
- Episode 5 (#3) – Yuki’s Glasses Edition
- Episode 10 (#4) – Contrast Edition
- Episode 13 (#5) – Real Talk Edition
- Episode 14 (#6) – Romance Edition
- Episode 4 (#7) – Let’s Play Ball! Edition
- Episode 15 (#8) – Introspective Edition
- Episode 7 (#9) – Supernatural Exterminator Edition
- Episode 6 (#10) – Fun in the Sun Edition
- Episode 8 (#11) – “Dark Stormy Night” Edition
- Episode 16 (#12) – “You can have one, but only one.” Edition
- Episode 17 (#13) – Haruhi’s Declaration Edition
- Episode 18 (#14) – Noble Aspirations Edition
- Episode 19 (#15) – Bikes Edition
- Episode 20 (#16) – Hands Up Edition
- Episode 21 (#17) – Festival Edition
- Episode 22 (#18) – Lunch? Edition
- Episode 23 (#19) – Just Yomu Edition
- Episode 24 (#20) – Summer is Over!! Edition
- Episode 25 (#21) – Back to Business Edition
- Episode 26 (#22) – Bullying Mikuru Asahina Edition
- Episode 27 (#23) – Director Haruhi Edition
- Episode 28 (#24) – Talking Cat Edition
- Episode 01 (#25) – Directorial Debut Edition
- Episode 12 (#26) – God Knows Edition
- Episode 11 (#27) – All Hands On Deck! Edition
- Episode 9 (#28) – Good News Edition