Haruhi Fans Prize Fools After All?

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The sales figures for the third DVD of Endless Eight have been released, and they serve either as a damning indictment of Haruhi fandom or rather strong praise for Kadokawa’s marketing ability…

In its first week, the first volume of Endless Eight sold 14,104 copies, and the second volume 12,708, whilst the recently released third or 5.428571th volume managed 12,278 – DVD buying Haruhi fans are evidently 95% willing to spend $35 an episode on eight all but identical episodes of glib moe marketing.

By comparison, the pre-Endless Eight volume managed 21,812.

With fans so willing to reward such behaviour with their patronage it seems no wonder the industry is in the state it is


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    Comment by Anonymous
    15:19 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still think the movie will be good, provided it's not another troll.

    Haruhi is still a good series, just not a great one, it was a great one, and could be a great one again, but not if they keep pulling shit like this.

    Also, the "moe is the cancer killing anime" thing is starting to get old. This industry, like many others, has had scares, and it's always made it through, this will be no exception, and hell, in the minimal chance that it is, it's been a nice ride at least.

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    Comment by metatron
    14:51 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kadokawa is a fucking marketing genius

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:55 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is probably the artist-animators who are buying the extra DvDs to see their artwork used over and over and them not getting any extra pay beyond the 1st dawn scenes. They want to make sure theres not something more in there they or he could have received pay for.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:57 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    When this gets licensed in the US. I hope it'll all be in one dvd, if not I'll just buy the last one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:02 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny, I've always thought that experimentation is the sign of a healthy industry, and found those who support it tend to be more intelligent than average. If KyoAni had merely produced a season season of Haruhi which was just like the first, the you could accuse buyers of buying the same old recycled moe shit, perhaps. But instead, they tried to connect us with what a time loop actually feels like to those inside, the sheer frustration of it. The first time this has ever been done on TV or film.

    Now, you can judge whether or not this was actually a successful experiment, whether we watch TV to feel things like this. But to accuse them of recycling, for being that very rare type of company which is willing to try something dramatically new with their flagship show? That's some of the most spectacular point-missing ever.

    And the best way to make you you get nothing but recycling henceforth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:43 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Will the movie be the next Plan 9 from Outer Space?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:35 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know, this strange success of the Haruhi series is kind of similar to the success of the Twilight series. They both start out as a series of books that somehow became popular, the first of their presentation into the visual area was well recieved and made tons of money (for Haruhi it was season 1 and for Twilight it was the first movie), and the second entry was almost universally hated but still made tons of cash.
    Another parallel between the two is that to anyone with a brain, the main pairing sucks and the alternate love interests for our main character are actually better.

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    Comment by Sukunai
    12:23 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like the series, sorry deal with it :)

    Hey, it's not like I have had to spend a cent on it or anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:24 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    for me its stupid to wasted money on this but the company has now earn easy money. So i hope the will putting more effort in the movie then the crap season 2. What have we learn here it doens't matter if the is good or crap they will still make to much money ...

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    Comment by Fapping Time
    12:42 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    dance stupid monkeys, dance...

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    Comment by Robert Patrick
    17:25 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kind of made my day : I've always thought that Haruhi was a shitty anime. Now I know that its fans are retards.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:18 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    While 12000 copies sold is good for any anime release, it's dismal for Haruhi as the drop from 21,800 to 14,104 showed.

    So, there are 14000 foolish otaku out there still, but at least 2000 of them had the good sense to only by buy the first E8 disc. I imagine the last E8 disc will have a slight uptick as well.

    If Sighs jumps to 21k again, Kadokawa have been punished (although not nearly enough, IMHO) for the Endless Eight fiasco by the loss of profits.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:17 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Endless Eight, the arc that makes Batman and Robin look like The Dark Knight

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 19/12/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Endless Eight, the arc where the viewer sympathises with Yuki because they go through the same torture she went through.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:28 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ALL HAIL HARUHI OUR GODDESS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ROFL, you guys have no idea, do you? Have you even bought any of the dvds and seen the "OMAKE" that comes with it? Why do you think the number of sales hasn't diminished?

    Can't say too much, since I'm a Haruhi fan, and I've made a promise after watching the dvds/obligated not to spoil, but the movie is the real troll. Fitting the Disappearance into a single movie... LMAO.

    Btw, did you know:

    1/7 = 0.142857...
    2/7 = 0.285714...
    3/7 = 0.428571...
    4/7 = 0.571428...
    5/7 = 0.714285...
    6/7 = 0.857142...

    The numbers (142857) are merely shifted, and are repeated non-stop? i.e: 1/7 = 0.142857142857142857...

    Arigato, Yuki sensei!

    Now if you'll excuse me, I need to hide before the wrath of 2ch and 4ch falls upon me. Enjoy your movie, jackasses!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:49 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow did not really know that since I use this thing....

    Ummm.....

    It's called....

    Ummm.....

    A CALCULATOR!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:06 04/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    HELLO SEASON THREE!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:02 04/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which is better the Haruhi series or the Twilight series?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:39 22/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know about the DVDs, but the Endless Eight TV episodes were too much. I think that 3 loop episodes (start loop, loop, end loop) would have been enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:54 04/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish people would stop complaining about endless eight. We got our second season. So be happy that you got anything, also, Endless 8 was probably made to test out the Haruhi fanbase AND so that we feel Yuki's pain... We COMPLAIN so much and alot of previous fans hate Haruhi now because of it. Yuki went through it how many THOUSAND times?? How would you like to be Yuki? So DON'T complain.

    The dvds are selling pretty well, nothing compared to the first season but still more then many others. The disappearance movie will be worth the wait and disappointment so I wish people would stop hating on Haruhi... You all know your gonna watch the movie in cinemas, or get it online or buy it once its out on dvd.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:48 04/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish people would stop complaining about endless eight. We got our second season. So be happy that you got anything, also, Endless 8 was probably made to test out the Haruhi fanbase AND so that we feel Yuki's pain... We COMPLAIN so much and alot of previous fans hate Haruhi now because of it. Yuki went through it how many THOUSAND times?? How would you like to be Yuki? So DON'T complain.

    Haruhi is an amazing anime and light novel series and I hope Kyoani does a big hit with the adaption of the beat Haruhi book so far, and return Haruhi to her fame and glory.

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    19:46 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's now a proven fact:

    Otaku Japanese are Fucking Utter Morons to continue in the purchasing of these episodes.

    Though.. I have to also take note that some of those sales are done by noobs unaware of this cluster fuck and being complete morons. Decide not to check up on the crap before dropping the yens, that kyutard pulled.

    If this is the case, the sales of later discs will plummet.

    But I bet ya, them nerds be absolute - Complete - Fucking beyond the pale - DUMd Assed Fools

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:20 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haruhitards are the most pathetic form of otaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:59 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please elaborate.

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    Comment by motaku96
    11:56 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope this doesn't encourage further trolling from kyoani for the movie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:02 19/12/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not so much trolling, as forcing the viewers to sympathise with Yuki by making them experience a little bit of what she went through. A rather interesting approach to giving a view of her psyche (by projecting her onto the viewer, instead of the more commonly-seen projecting the viewer onto the character), but yeah, it was kinda overdone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:16 03/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lost profit equals oppertunity loss which equals net profit loss.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 03/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well i bought the DVD too ^w^ but im just a child not an otaku

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 03/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    IT'S BECAUSE JAPANESE ARE STUPID!
    AND EVERYONE KNOWS THAT

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:32 03/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If Japanese are stupid, you'll play Microsoft's stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:19 03/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, Americans paying hundred of bucks for a sports game ticket at a live stadium when they can get better views from TV doesn't make much sense to me either. As well as buying all that beer and hot dog at oh I don't know 500% profit at least...

    ya know, many things in life wasn't exactly fair, but we all happily jump after it anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:41 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Look on the bright side, at least it's not number 1 this week.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:49 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dang well trained otaku are well trained

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    Comment by Chen-03
    05:58 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In the end endless eight was a pretty good advertisement for the movie (coming soon?). Haruhi fan or not, I think by now pretty much everyone at least heared about haruhi and got curious. The only way of stopping the trolls is to not buy a ticket for that movie. After all, the profit from the movie could pretty much cover up every losses kyoani potentially had.

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    Comment by Nani
    11:58 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "The only way of stopping the trolls is to not buy a ticket for that movie."

    sadly, I don't think otakus are going to do this..

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:55 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But what if the movie is good?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:45 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, one explanation might also be that they actually liked it. I don't see the series as anything special myself, really, but E8 was by far my favorite part of it.

    Comment by Busy
    06:23 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seems like some people got way to much money...

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    Comment by Barachem
    06:16 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The overload of moe has putrefied the brains of japanese otaku and made them mind-slaves of KyoAni, they'll devour anything, as long as it has moe.
    The industry pandering to the moe-loving otaku zombie horde is the real culprit here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly, this is just proof that there are diehard moe fans out there who will buy whatever is shoveled in front of them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:33 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I LOVE THIS SHOW.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:30 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    and the nightmare that is Haruhi continues...

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    Comment by Overt
    05:16 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't actually force myself to believe that data, sorry...

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    Comment by jabman025
    05:10 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow..... I really hoped that the japanese fans would teach Kyoani a lesson.

    I've got to learn not to hope.

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    Comment by Dinhcer
    14:52 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    there is no hope is this world

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    Comment by FoolyDooly
    05:06 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Endless 8 Movie gathers million dollars on first weekend"

    I can see this now. lol

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    Comment by h8GWB
    10:37 03/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In that I wish that Japan knew when it was an APPROPRIATE time to pirate anime.

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    Comment by Insilencio
    05:12 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Otaku are. KyoAni is a marketing genius.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    05:28 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Actually, they're not.

    12k copies vs 21k - that's more than half of potential profit lost for each disk, considering all costs that have to be covered.
    And not like KyoAni saved anything - each episode was re-drawn and voiced anew.

    It's a loss-loss situation for both consumer and producer just because of some epic fail guy who had the saying within the company.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:33 10/12/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Could it be that fans were supporting endless eight as a way to counter Kyoani's troll to destroy the franchise?

    It was pretty obvious they were bidding to destroy the series's reputation, so they could move on.

    Possibly, Haruhi fans with their where's the next season crap pushed Kadokawa and kyoani as to destroy the franchise.

    It's possible that they were anticipating that the franchise would die, so that they get less mail about the next season, had the second one had ended inconclusively.

    However, in the end, true Haruhi fans saw through kadokawa's and kyoani's troll and refused to let the franchise die in such way. This explains the sale figures for Endless Eight.

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    Comment by erejnion
    13:58 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually, considering that the next thing to be animated is The Disappearance, it's not 1,2k vs 2,4k but more like 1,2k vs 4,8k+

    But oh well. With every day I am more and more okay with that decision of theirs.

    Instead of watering down Endless Eight and airing a watered down The Disappearance, they made epic EE (terrible to the viewers, but nevertheless epic) and they will probably make an epic The Disappearance movie, which will get much more dvd sales.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:34 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    God damn I like Yuki.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:17 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well It still possible that KyoAni won't benefit if they had produced something better or worst than EE. It totally depends on the contract and how big there stake is in the production committee.
    I can't imagine Kadogawa giving KyoAni any royalties from DVD sales if Kadogawa payed all the costs. So it still possible that KyoAni made a brake-even deal with Kadogawa and it wouldn't have mattered if they made a better series.
    But speculating the possible loss for KyoAni due to EE is fruitless if we don't know the details of the production committee. For Kadogawa's side it's equally difficult to estimate because we don't know how it affected there total revenue from the haruhi IP.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well It still possible that KyoAni won't benefit if they had produced something better or worst than EE. It totally depends on the contract and how big there stake is in the production committee.
    I can't imagine Kadogawa giving KyoAni any royalties from DVD sales if Kadogawa payed all the costs. So it still possible that KyoAni made a brake-even deal with Kadogawa and it wouldn't have mattered if they made a better series.
    But speculating the possible loss for KyoAni due to EE is fruitless if we don't know the details of the production committee. For Kadogawa's side it's equally difficult to estimate because we don't know how it affected there total revenue from the haruhi IP.

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    Comment by erejnion
    14:58 03/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hah, thanks!

    Then, bonus round of optimistic thoughts!

    Japanese otaku buy the EE dvds simply to provide the finance for an epic The Disappearance.

    ...

    Yeah, I know, this is dangerously close to Kafuka's train of thought.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 03/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha...I like your train of thought..this is actually a good way of thinking of it...I shall adopt that stance from now on.

    Well, it's nice to see the 9 episode where they each where different outfits..so yea..this is not bad at all.

    I am sure Haruhi fans are no where nears as other hardcore fan from some of the other things people liked.

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    Comment by Rethardus
    06:14 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not a loss for KyoAni, or else they wouldn't do it.

    What do you think is easier?

    Scenario 1:
    Revoice a few lines, there's even a possibility that they reuse some of the lines. Also note that these lines were probably done in less sessions than a whole story arc. And as for animating each scene, the scenery is obvious in the same area, so no new research material need to be made.

    OR, animate a totally new novel, breaking your head over how you should direct it to give off the ideal effect. Go and photograph new sceneries to use in the backgrounds, voicing a whole story arc, with lines you need to work on to give an authentic feel.

    The choice is obvious, especially because the economy in general wasn't that stable that time (it still isn't).

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    Comment by Van-d-all
    06:22 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hardly a 50% loss given the fact of selling the same crap over and over.

    It's people's stupid acceptance for uncreative and repetitive crap that has led to utter degradation to all areas of entertainment industry, from games, through movies and anime to books.

    Conformist bitches, fuck you! :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:15 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^@Darkrockslizer

    Actually they are marketing geniuses.

    You try to market the same product thrice over with no improvement, while everyone knowing that it's the same product thrice over.

    For the effort of one episode, KyoAni is rewarded with total of 14k+12k+12k. That is a testament on its own.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:34 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it is a clear loss you morons, have you ever visitd college in your free time?

    With the same amount of effort they spent on EE, KyoAni could have easily made something much more attracting with the Haruhi franchise. so 1.2k-sold vs 2.4k-or-more-potentials it is a clear loss from a business perspective.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:04 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not a loss for KyoAni like you sad, but not for those reasons. The funding for the animation doesn't come from KyoAni. Usually the money needed for the production and marketing of an anime comes from the production comity. In the case of Haruhi the production comity mainly comprises of Kadogawa (at least I couldn't find any names involved besides Kadogawa). And because Haruhi is Kadogawa's IP, biggest power to say what they will or won't do would lay at Kadogawa. But this is deducted through the company's who are involved. It could be different due to some contract KyoAni and Kadogawa (and the other company's which may be involved) made, but I highly doubt it.

    The points you state wont matter that much. It's not like research material costs that much (a few train tickets or some photo books). Also the scripts and storyboards have to be made anyway and the price doesn't differ between a original or an unoriginal script. It's more like not a loss for KyoAni because Kadogawa pays anyway.

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    Comment by nocturne
    05:39 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think this might be more a testament to the fact that people like buying things than the notion that otaku are pathetic or that KyoAni are marketing gods. When faced with a collection of goods that become a complete set when you buy them all, some people tend to do just that - even if they aren't huge fans of whatever they're purchasing.

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    Comment by thanto_
    16:12 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Collecting for the sake of collecting is retarded. If you don't like it very much, it's stupid. Spend your money on something you actually enjoy instead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 03/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some people like the feeling of having completed collections, that's their enjoyment. So I don't see how their happiness is less than yours just because they have different ways of achieving it (and they ARE spending money in a way they enjoy).

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:16 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it could also be that the buyers are mainly animalized otaku, which Azuma Hiroki talks about.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:09 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kadogawa is doing the marketing, KyoAni is only responsible for the production of the anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:30 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's so genius about it? We should pity the people who feel so compelled to own anything "Anime X"

    Comment by Schrobby
    07:10 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Either there are a whole bunch of braindead Haruhi Otaku or KyoAni and Kadokawa bought most of the disks to save face...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:20 02/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's simple, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is Japan's version of Twilight

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:39 03/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then you should go back, watch it and pay actual attention. I also thought it was just a crappy mainstream show with some cheap fan-service thrown to lure people in, but it is actually very compelling, interesting and unique. I do think EE is a waste of time, but the first season is not just meaningless dance and moe characters.

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    Comment by h8GWB
    10:39 03/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also, I'm becoming more and more convinced I was drawn in solely by Hare Hare Yukai, and staying only because of Nagato.





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