Thursday, March 29, 2007

The compiled Haruhi/CLANNAD theories

I'm sure we're all thinking our brains out about the disappearance, as it were, of Suzumiya Haruhi's return. Or we have already. My silent observation (sort of) has allowed me to compile all the theories I can think of, and some I just made up, about just what is going on. With commentary, of course!

1: CLANNAD will come in fall 2007, and Haruhi will air in Spring of 2008.

Comments:Possible. After all, something that was given a preview is almost certain to come first. But you seem to have forgotten that CLANNAD is another of Key's "season" works, and is based around spring. If it airs in fall, it will end in either fall or winter. So far, the Key/Kyoani collaborations have aired in their own respective seasons.

2: CLANNAD will come in summer 2007, and Haruhi in fall, right on schedule.

Comments: Doubtful, if only that Kanon got 24 episodes and did well with them. AIR cut a lot of things out (although it was still really good), and though some people complained about Kanon's slowness, the majority of people appreciated it (myself included-- who says this blog isn't biased?). Considering Kyoani's policy of one show per season, Haruhi would have to be bumped back to winter.

3: CLANNAD will air in spring 2008, and Haruhi on schedule.

Comments: A few problems with this theory. For one, the TV network wouldn't have announced this series yet if it were airing over a year later. The other is that if Haruhi's coming earlier, why hasn't it been given the same announcement? Unless...

4: Haruhi is coming this year. However, its sudden lack of official information is a publicity stunt.

Comments: My favourite theory; it makes a lot of sense. Kyoani has had a lot of fun with this series and marketed specifically to those that have read the books. If you're not familiar with the next book, its title is Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu, and it revolves around Haruhi suddenly vanishing, with nobody but Kyon acknowledging that she ever existed. Don't you think that draws just a bit of parallel to this situation?

5: Haruhi is being delayed to allow more novels to be printed.

Comments: Also plausible. After all, we all hate when the show overtakes the source material -- it never ends well.

6: Our sources were wrong, there will be no second Haruhi.

Comments: Possible, but not likely.

I'm pretty sure you can see what I'm leaning towards. This was a fun exercise. Until there's more news...


Fufufu...

17 comments:

kransom said...

Hm... I'm not so sure about the response to the first comment - anidb says that Air was run in the winter, and it's the big "Summer" series, I believe.

kransom said...

Er, comment to the first theory. Also, your birthday is apparently on the same day as mine. Creepy.

Sana Jisushi said...

Ah, really? I could have sworn it was summer, but then again, I wasn't watching AIR while it was airing (okay, bad pun).

Andrew F. said...

The official CLANNAD preview DVD becomes available in August after the release of Kanon DVD 8 (you need to send in first-pressing proofs of purchase from all eight Kanon DVDs). Given the timing of the Air and Kanon preludes (both released less than two months before their respective shows premiered), I'd put money on CLANNAD airing during the fall season.

lolikit said...

>>So far, the Key/Kyoani collaborations have aired in their own respective seasons.

Yeah, as kransom pointed out, AIR was winter 2005.

>>and Haruhi in fall, right on schedule.

The problem with any theory involving Haruhi 2 coming "right on schedule" is that no estimated date was ever officially announced... there's no schedule for it, it was never officially promised, etc. etc. For all we know it'll never happen.

psgels said...
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psgels said...

According to Moonphase, Clannad is scheduled to arrive in 2007. Lucky Star has 24/26 episodes, meaning that there will be no new kyoani-series for the spring- and summer-season. This means that Clannad will come in the fall-season, while haruhi will come in 2008, or it will never arrive in the first place. Those are my thoughts, anyway.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be funny if instead of Lucky Star we'd really be getting Haruhi season 2,

Andrew F. said...

I didn't realize Lucky Star was going to be a full-season show... the fourth manga volume comes out on April 10th, so it doesn't seem like they'd have enough material to work from. Though there is precedent in the form of Azumanga Daioh.

It's absolutely true that the second season of Haruhi has not been officially announced, but the official site pulled a viral-marketing stunt back in December with references to "Shoushitsu" that seems to indicate it's in the pipeline. Just a matter of time...

DrmChsr0 said...

Conspiracy theories are conspiracy theories.

Why, I wouldn't be surprised if KyoAni actually did Tomoyo After after Clannad, lulz.

After all, Key has the bigger and more established fanbase, rather than Suzu0000 Har000. If anything is gonna have fanboy clout, it's Key. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if they signed on to do all of Key's works, even planetarian and Little Busters.

Though the planetarian OVA will forever be a pipedream *sigh.

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