And, the final episode is out.
Of course, it ended where I thought it would... no big surprise there, but it's the perfect ending point, as it manages to join both the big story of the greater SOS-dan with the little story of Haruhi and Kyon. In the midst of all the awesomeness involving aliens, time-travellers, espers, closed space, video games, giant monsters, rock concerts, movies, and talking cats, Haruhi is fundamentally about the relationship between Haruhi and Kyon... even if that was hard to see at times.
Haruhi is, I think, a 10-year show, one that people will still be talking about 10 years from now. One that people try to copy... usually failing. Of course, in Haruhi's case, the show distinguishes itself not for the strangeness of its ending, but by the characters it had, their situations and ther relationships. The ending made sense, and was well executed, without a need to rush due to time or money.
Anyway, Kudos go to the Tanigawa Nagaru, the author of the story, and to Kyoani for turning that story into remarkably well-executed animation. And thanks go out to strato and a.f.k. for translating it.
And now, I guess, the only thing left is to wait for the second series.