It was a long time coming but here’s the inaugural episode of Anivision [EXT]. When I visualized [EXT], the way I saw it was as a less formal version of our regular podcast that didn’t follow a set structure. It could be used as an opportunity to talk more in depth on a particular subject we already covered, thus being an extended segment. On the other hand, since we all have watch, read, and play different things, this gives an opportunity to do an extra episode where we can discuss things my fellow regular hosts and I may not be too familiar with. I’ll be sure to do more of these, and I’m hoping Jrow and the others will be willing to do their own in the future. In any case, expect these special episodes to pop up periodically under no fixed schedule, so it will always be a surprise.

Sasaki and Haruhi.

Speaking of surprises, on to the episode itself! For [EXT]001, I’m joined by Magus in an in-depth discussion of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series. A couple weeks ago the regular Anivision crew and I had a regular episode where we talked about the Haruh anime at length (check it out if you haven’t already!) but I felt there was plenty left to be said regarding the light novel series which the anime is based on. And luckily with the recent fan translation of The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya, there has never been a more appropriate time. Be warned, this episode is a full on spoilercast, so if you’ve only seen the anime and movie, or you haven’t finished reading the Surprise yet, you’ve been warned.

Left to Right: Kyoko Tachibana, Kuyoh Suo, and Sasaki as seen in Vol. 9 The Dissociation.

Lastly, a major shout out to Ultimatemegax and the other awesome people that worked so hard in their spare time to translate and edit The Surprise. Definitely check out Ultimatemegax’s blog where you can find links the recent novel and other Haruhi translation works. If you’re a big Haruhi fan like me, I highly recommend going out and purchasing the novels as they are made officially available in English. As of this writing, the first 5 volumes are available, with the sixth coming in November. You can find these on amazon or other book sellers online. Also, for fans of the movie, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is coming out on Blu Ray next month. I personally can’t wait to get my hands on that. In the mean time, thanks for listening everyone and feel free to join in the conversation with your thoughts on the latest novels or the series in general.


  • Intro: “Super Driver” by Aya Hirano (Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
  • Ending: “Tomare!” by Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara, Yuuko Gouto (Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)