Haruhi Now K-ON! Clone Anime

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Observers of Kyoto Animation’s otaku exploitation anime classics Haruhi and K-ON! can’t help but notice that the new Haruhi episodes show character designs which seem to have veered sharply towards those of K-ON!

Some examples of K-ON!-esque scenes from Haruhi (including suspected K-ON! cameos):

haruhi-vs-k-on

haruhi-on

Note the new repertoire of expressions Haruhi has picked up.

Examples of the original designs:

haruhi-s1

Mio’s height matched to that of Haruhi, and then her head matched to Haruhi’s:

mio-vs-haruhi

haruhi-shokku

A natural change in character designs over time is quite normal, but in this case matters seem almost exaggerated…


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    Comment by PantsuDorobou
    21:06 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Couldn't it just be that the same artists are behind the animation for both? Perhaps they're just used to drawing K-On and having trouble switching back.

    Comment by Templa
    20:57 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't agree to this post, Xamd: Lost Memories is now a clone of Eureka 7? Would be exactly the same for your conditions. What nonsense... it's the same studio.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:04 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking K-ON moeblob character designs, was it THAT hard to stick to original ones? That and the Enless Eight... the "second season" is just useless crap to rip off former fans.

    Comment by lol
    02:26 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ( ´∀`)
    Implying that Haruhi didn't have moeblob character designs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:13 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Soo.... This is a major problem?

    Geez... Internets can't really quit bitchin. Bitch moar people... bitch moar.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:17 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    remember when Haruhi was good?

    Comment by lol
    02:13 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obligatory: Haruhi was never good.

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    Comment by NG
    07:47 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, yeah. Shut up troll!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    moe is as moe does

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:16 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    k-on = no story at all...... u guys are attracted by the look only.

    Comment by MeidoNiac
    13:42 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It does have. Only, it's not deep enough to make plotwhores stop bitching.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:10 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's obvious that K-On wins.

    Haruhi first season copied character designs from K-On somehow. Probably some kind time travel thing, I think.

    Has anyone ever noticed how the characters from Touch, H2, and Cross Game all look alike? What's up with that?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:14 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least Haruhi hasn't borrowed those horrible malformed little fetus hands from K-On.

    Comment by ak
    17:26 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    More lovely expressions, right?

    Comment by BannedFear
    17:44 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I noticed this too and, honestly, was pretty peeved. I by far prefer the old style, especially when we look at screens such as first image, second from top and right most. Like, omfg why is Kyon's face so flat?!! It was never like that before! I really hated shots like that from K-On, and now they're doing it to Haruhi too. Then again, they already killed Haruhi for me a long, long time ago. I guess it's fine if they want to bury it deeper.

    Oh, and major lol at anyone who said the differences weren't notable. I really hope you were joking.

    PS Anyone missed me? =]

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't ask questions you won't like the answers to.

    Comment by BannedFear
    19:41 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Missed you too, Anon. <3

    Comment by lol
    02:21 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pretty peeved? At what exactly? It's called progression: It is just like how Azuma Kiyohiko can't bring himself to just make small touch ups on the new "improved" Azumanga.

    It's like complaining about Kanon's animation after watching Air. They made huge improvements, mostly in terms of animation, but it seems like people can't see past the K-on influence.

    Comment by Munkustrap
    17:15 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe Haruhi watched K-on and thought it would be nice for her universe to look like that.

    She has good taste.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:04 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It could just be a result of experience, that their style changed due to their experience with k-on. Or they got the same key artist for k-on and that maybe the previous key artists from haruhi were unavailable for some reason.

    Comment by Honoo
    17:07 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not surprised because essentially I already knew that from the first Haruhi series followed by Clannad and then K-On! and back to Haruhi has the same character designer.

    Comment by lol
    17:07 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Very first thing I noticed. If anyone else noticed(and I'm sure majority have), KyoAni's animations are usually influenced by their previous anime(bar maybe Lucky Star), and in a good way. The new Haruhi "season" takes the good from K-on! while still managing to retain the Haruhi, and it works very well thanks to Noizi Ito's original moe illustrations for the light novel.

    The point is that this style actually works for Haruhi because the first season didn't necessarily try to emulate Noizi Ito's moe style. If anything, it's closer to its original form than before. So there should be nothing to complain about. Now, it's a different story if KyoAni decided to K-onify the new FMP(if they ever manage get to it).

    To people claiming that the art style changed after Endless Eight, you guys are retarded. Watch Bamboo Rhapsody again as the style is consistent with all of the 2nd season episodes. The first thing you should take note from the first season 2 episode is that Haruhi actually has teeth. It's a subtle difference, but it's one of the "moe" elements that was present in K-on that they probably decided to keep(assuming Haruhi wasn't already being worked on before/during K-on).

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:59 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So? The original design sucked. Everyone looked like they had a bad case of strabismus - it was weirding me out.

    New one is a bit better, but still not enough.

    Comment by *shrug*
    19:09 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know about "sucked", but Kyon's design never sat all that well with me in the first season. Now he actually looks young enough to be in high school.

    Comment by *shrug*
    19:07 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Shukugawa Shopping Arcade". Heh.

    They changed the 夙 in 夙川 to 祝.

    (The original is yet another location in Nishinomiya. That train's also a Hankyu Railways design.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 19/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are going paranoid...

    Comment by KHANblog
    02:40 22/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous said:
    OMGROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You sir are so built of fail. To the extent that the adjective collosal and astronomical won’t be enough to describe it.

    Subliminal Messaging!? That’s like one of the most hilarious conspiracy theories I’ve ever heard. Damn you idiots.. DAMN YOU AND YOUR COMEDIC POWERS!!! XD

    That's not a conspiracy theory. That's a play on words in which I'm trying to convey, numbnuts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:51 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    K-On! is fucking shit, it's cancer.
    The cancer killing Haruhi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 25/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i really hate this new style. part of what made the first season of haruhi amazing was that every episode was nicely animated and the art was beautiful. k-on sucks and this new 'style' fails.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:16 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree wite u.

    Comment by 2ch
    12:17 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Memories is always good, hahaha

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    Comment by monkzor
    15:48 21/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Watched the entire Endless 8 Arc in a sitting and enjoyed every episode.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:19 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, and enjoyed the reaction of people, lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:53 24/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I consider you my friend, sir.
    People will never get that the EE weren't as bad as they say. It's the kind of people who prefer K-ON over Haruhi.

    Comment by tom ate
    03:36 21/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haruhi is a fussion of X-FILES+ SuperNatural+ the 4400+moe+mikuru boobs+clone ayanami.... original not?

    Damm Haruhism kill brains

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 21/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The worse it that the animation is all worse. It became less detailed, with fewer lights and colors. It looks to simple, while Haruhi's original style seemed awesome and much better than the average anime.

    Comment by Shoji
    15:07 21/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    old designs look really really generic. New designs are K-on. Okay.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 02/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haruhi-On FTW

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:17 22/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Every anime have a story. K-ON's gonna go into it's third season and dare hell you say it has no story. If you're gonna bitch about this, then you're wasting your frikkin time cos we all love K-ON and YOU SUCK! Period!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:57 26/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haruhi s1 aired in 2006
    Haruhi s2 aired in 2009
    K-ON S1 aired in 2009
    K-ON S2 aired in 2010

    Do the fucking math people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:19 12/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah...not only Haruhi but every anime from Kyoani now has the same character design as K-On...this is a K-On curse...please K-On...just die one and for all!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:40 23/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I swear I don't see the hype in Haruhi - to me it's just another moe-blob anime.
    The story was shit, don't know why the series is still going, characters were crap, I could go on.

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    Comment by GREW
    07:59 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep, I sometimes have the feeling I have saw this in K-On! too (for example the face).

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    Comment by NG
    07:45 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You have got to be kidding me... do you really expect them to show the same style as what... 3 years ago?! Wake up call...

    The original of k-on is on a different style witht the anime... get me now?! It all comes down to Kyoani style....

    Also... even before k-on showed up on anime... it was already announced that they where going to change the character designs....

    Am guessing the one that posted this in 2ch has only been an anime fan for a year or so....

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:12 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's what happens, I guess, when the company finds a better style to draw in.

    Comment by The_Real_TRUE_GOD
    03:24 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You fucking tards! You CANNOT FAP 2D P-E-R-I-O-D !

    This shitty anime is already a BIG FAIL since ep 2.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    05:05 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bigger, more MOE eyes for Haruhi whore means more

    room for me...To shove my dick in...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:55 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol it looks the same as they've always made it

    Comment by MeidoNiac
    13:53 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    People are seriously fussing on this while the whole characters of Kannagi are wondering why there are hardly any people noticing that they're actually the ones who share the same character design with K-ON!...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:46 20/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haruhi is for weaboo faggots anyways, they wouldn't be able to figure it out even if this was going on...

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