7 CommentsAnime Analysis, Twelve Days, Ye Olde Days / By Scamp /

12 moments in anime #5: The greatest anime I’ve ever had the priviledge not to watch

Did you really think I could go through these posts with no Endless Eight?

How many of you reading this post were around when the last episode of Neon Genisis Evangelion aired? I certainly wasn’t. Heck, I dare say there might even be a few of you that weren’t even born (kids these days are such whizzes at computers). But I have heard reports at what the reaction of anime fandom was. The ending to one of the greatest and most original series ever created ended in such nonsensical mindfuck fashion that it just boggled the minds of anime fans worldwide. The fans didn’t have a clue what the creators must have been thinking.

Repeat that last line to yourself again. The fans didn’t have a clue what the creators must have been thinking.

My fellow anime fans. This year we have had the priviledge to witness one of the most infamous episodes of anime history, probably over the entire decade. That glorious creation that is the internet meant we could all see what people thought of these episodes. Forums full of frustrated fans. Bored bloggers, trying to come up with something original to say about each episode as the madness continued through to an entire 8 episodes. Reviews poured in calling this the single worst piece of crap ever created. Videos and photos were posted online full of people expressing their discontent, or sometimes it was just people joining in the fun.

However this wasn’t the most remarkable part of this episode of anime history. What was far more remarkable was the amount of people who rushed out to defend Endless Eight. It was an ingenious move, the animation was extreme quality (*cough* K-ON style *cough*) and anyone who said otherwise wasn’t a true Haruhi fan. Yes, people started to religiously follow Haruhi the same way one would follow a football team. They would continue to follow and purchase Haruhi merchandise no matter what. Kyo Ani trolled us all, but the worst part was that they were completely right. Just look at the DVD sales for Endless Eight. They have proven to the world that the fans will eat up their products no matter what crap they serve them. Even if they serve them the same shit over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

I watched about 4 episodes of Endless Eight. They were as dull as fuck. But do I wish Kyo Ani had done it differently? Maybe if I was a huge fan of the first series I would but that’s the point. I only kinda liked Haruhi. So which did I get more entertainment from, the first or second season? The second by miles. I have never seen the online anime world in such a state, it was truly the most entertaining online experience I’ve ever had. So what’s the moment in anime? I think I’ll leave that to the absolute highlight of all this uproar, when the nonsense of Endless Eight got so much that even certain fascist dictators started to lose their cool.

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7 Comments

  1. Posted December 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    The fact that Endless Eight DVDs sold reminds me of this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artist%27s_shit

    Also:

    How many of you reading this post were around when the last episode of Neon Genisis Evangelion aired? I certainly wasn’t.

    You were around, you just weren’t “around” anime. If you weren’t, you’d be fourteen. In which case, would you like me to introduce you to some good porn sites? (Kids these days. When I was fourteen, we passed around porn on a floppy disc.)

  2. SPIRAL
    Posted December 21, 2009 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Endless eight was an attempt but a failure. it wasn’t just because they ran out of plot – i mean they still have nine books to cover! but yeah, totally agree with you ;D

  3. Posted December 21, 2009 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Best fanwank of the year.

  4. Posted December 21, 2009 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    @Sorrow-kun

    I made a video listing my favourite porn sites. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0

    @SPIRAL

    They wanted a dissapearence movie so they dragged out endless eight…I think

    @Janette

    Well said

  5. SPIRAL
    Posted December 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Scamp, you’re right, because they couldn’t do another book in just 8 eps so they just stuck to the concept of endless 8

  6. Posted December 22, 2009 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Endless Eight definitely goes down in anime (or perhaps TV?) history as one of the biggest trolls, not just because something like it was never done before, but because despite everything fans are STILL buying the DVDs of basically the same episode eight times. There are a ton of unique things about the way Haruhi is marketed, but this is definitely the biggest.

    I personally think three episodes of Endless Eight would have been enough but eight was even a bit much for a Haruhiist like me =P

  7. Posted December 22, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    First season was way better. It’s a love-or-hate affair with Haruhi. You can’t have it both ways. Obviously, Scamp is not a fan. Truth be told, I am. Even so, I do find Endless Eight as an endless annoyance.

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