Anime Vice News

New Haruhi OP VS Bouken Desho Desho!

Haruhi gets a new OP sequence. What do you guys think of it?

Another new episode of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya aired today-- as in, a NEW new episode, Endless Eight for those of you familiar with the way the novels go –and with it, we got ourselves a new opening theme song. The song, sung by Haruhi's seiyuu Aya Hirano, is called “Super Driver.”

The video has a very fun, pop-y aesthetic with a lot of comic book screen tone style to it. But is it as catchy as Bouken Desho Desho (below)?

What do you guys think? Will Super Driver continue to be a hit once the novelty wears off? Perhaps more importantly, will anyone make parodies of it with other series' characters?

(Via Random Curiosity.) Oh, and keep an eye out on the site; when Kadokawa posts the new episode on YouTube, assuming it's embeddable like the last one, I'll post it for your consumption.
HeeroYuyon June 18, 2009 at 10:39 a.m.
I was wondering when the next new episode was coming out... I'm too lazy to dig around for wherever the release schedule is...
Schwindelmagieron June 18, 2009 at 10:41 a.m.
I absolutely love the comic book look of the new opening!
Song wise, I think I'll have to get used to it more before choosing this one over Bouken Desho Desho.
Void_Wizardon June 18, 2009 at 10:42 a.m.
I think the new OP is very catchy and I like it a lot!  I think there will be parodies made of it with other series's characters...
Nikoon June 18, 2009 at 10:53 a.m.
I don't know if it's quite as catchy, but it's decent. I really like the visuals.
lanaswifton June 18, 2009 at 10:55 a.m.
@Niko: Yeah,'s not as catchy a tune but the video is pretty awesome. And the star bursts remind me of that Skittles AMV, the one you posted yesterday, gia.
Agent_Loston June 18, 2009 at 11:06 a.m.
I like the new intro
hipalbatrosson June 18, 2009 at 11:12 a.m.
i love it, the new op and ed have better visuals imo, the sign scene from the op and the scene where its flashing through them running from the ed are amazing
plus they feel more attached to the story of the show, especially tomare, i liked hare hare yukai, but it had nothing to do with the show aside that the characters were in it
HeeroYuyon June 18, 2009 at 11:38 a.m.
@lanaswift: Yeah, it definitely does have a very AMV feel to it... personally I'm not sure if I like it so much, but it seems ok.


Seriously, the new ending drove me nuts too with the whole clamation-like frame skipping... the jumps are just too jarring and not very comfortable on the eyes...
hipalbatrosson June 18, 2009 at 11:41 a.m.
@HeeroYuy: i think the flashing is pretty awesome, it adds the appearance of motion but its really like 3-4 different frame for each character, i just think its a simple way to add a lot
HeeroYuyon June 18, 2009 at 11:52 a.m.
@hipalbatross: It's a bit different, so I'll give them points for that, but it bugs the crap out of my eyes since it makes the whole composition seem like it's trying to run Crysis on a crappy graphics card. The sudden bang! frame! frame! just makes it seem jarring and conflicts with comparaitvely smooth music.

Though, I'm probably just overanalyzing it...
hipalbatrosson June 18, 2009 at 12:02 p.m.
@HeeroYuy: its all just a matter of preference, like i think that the flashing works with the music, it starts like right after a tempo change so i think the visual change works well and the syncing is nice
i know plenty of people who hate the flashing, especially in amvs (which the new op and ed do feel like), but its never bothered me
Kuroon June 18, 2009 at 12:03 p.m.
It's totally fine, but i prefer bouken.
Sigueon June 18, 2009 at 12:17 p.m.
The song itself isn't as catchy, but I like the style of the new OP better. That being said, I think I enjoyed the first OP more. I'm not a big fan of showing the characters and having their names pop up. Like, really not a fan.
ilikewhitericeon June 18, 2009 at 2:58 p.m.
i like it more than the  original.
HeeroYuyon June 18, 2009 at 6:12 p.m.
@Sigue: I'm with you Sigue. It just seems kind of tacky, and the video itself is like the typical AMV makers out there who don't have a whole lot of ideas so they try to cover it up by using 30 different special effects that really only make it look pretty.
lanaswifton June 18, 2009 at 8:13 p.m.
@Sigue: Kinda screams "EARLY '90S SITCOM!"

Dig Deeper into Aya Hirano

A popular Japanese voice actress, singer, and gravure idol.

Edit/View the Wiki
Hit the Forums (2 Posts)
Add/View Images (173 Images)
Watch Some Videos
Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

Community Spotlight -- 12/12/2014

With the year nearly over, I hope checking out this week's spotlight is a part of your weekend plans.

RAGE OF BAHAMUT #9+10 -- Watch & Learn

She's actually supposed to be Joan of Arc...?!?!

BLEACH Ch. 608 Review

Ichibe always bets on black.

Anime Caption Contest -- 12/15/14

Tis the season to be jolly! Which of these Santas are good?


They heard the fans!

DRAGON BALL -- Revisiting the Red Ribbon Army

I don't know if this show ever actually "matured."

PARASYTE - THE MAXIM #11 -- Watch & Learn

What're we gonna do when these freaks get organized?

ONE PIECE Ch. 770 Review

The bit players steal the show in this week's chapter.

BLEACH Ch. 608 Review

Ichibe always bets on black.

Gohan Gets A New Look in the Next DRAGON BALL Z Movie

Track suits are in next year!

Anime Caption Contest -- 12/15/14

Tis the season to be jolly! Which of these Santas are good?

PARASYTE - THE MAXIM #11 -- Watch & Learn

What're we gonna do when these freaks get organized?


They heard the fans!


Truly one of Studio Ghibli's best films...

PSYCHO-PASS #32 -- Watch & Learn

A wolf in... wolf's clothing?

PARASYTE -- What if it Were More Like the Manga?

Wonder no more! There's a video!

Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel