I freaking LOVED this show. I cosplayed Haruhi, I drew a HaruKyon doujinshi. Hell it was one of the first shows that I “completed” when I first began blogging in 2006. I read all the currently released novels but now what? Cockteasing us with stupid newtype pictures with no continuation in sight. Does KyoAni think that putting “teasers” in magazines is gonna make me give a damn months later?It does seem like they're trying their best to kill the goose that lays golden eggs here--why throw all the momentum they had after the first season out the window with such a long break? The delay in the light novels is just baffling--the 10th light novel, "The Surprise of Suzumiya Haruhi", was scheduled to come out in summer '07, but the publisher announced it would be delayed, and a year and a half later we're still waiting with no release date in sight. Given the ninth novel had a pretty ambitious plot, with two parallel universes/stories of sorts going on, I'm a little worried the author just got in over his head and has no idea how to continue the story. Or worse, the author's at some kind of impasse with his editors, where he wants to do something drastic like kill off Mikuru but the editors are petrified that'll piss off the fans.
Why Kyoani has stalled so long on the second season of the anime is a good question too--are they really making that much more money doing Key adaptations like Kanon and Clannad? Does Clannad sell so much better than Haruhi that it makes business sense to give it four cours, while Haruhi's only had one? If you told me in 2006 that we would see Munto get a TV series before we'd see a second season of Haruhi, not to mention we'd see Kanon, Clannad, and Lucky Star in between, I'd have thought you were insane. Conventional wisdom back then was we'd get the two cours of Kanon, and then another season of Haruhi soon after. Of course, back then no one expected the CEO of General Motors to fly to D.C. on his private jet to beg for money either...
I remember someone at Kyoani mentioning at one point that they wanted Haruhi to be like the Gundam franchise for them--someone needs to go to Kyoto and tell them you don't built a franchise by just sitting on a one-cour series for years and throwing out the occasional teaser. I can't say they've killed my interest in the series, because I'm sure I'll be counting the days until the next season airs regardless of if it's in 2009 or 2039, but I'm starting to wish J.C. Staff or some other studio would do the second season just to get things moving already. I guess there's the Churuya-san anime coming, but I don't think that has a release date yet either, and it's a parody, not a real continuation.
It's hard not to think that by putting a gap of geological time proportions between seasons, that when it finally comes the true second season will get a lot less attention than it would if they had aired it closer to the first. I guess the good part is if they keep delaying, my 3-week old daughter will be in high school by the time it comes out so we can watch it together.