KENNESAW, GA — Air conditioning repairman Bob Delaney, 63, sits quietly in his parked truck. He stares into the distance with the forlorn gaze of a spurned man. Hardly a day passes for Delaney without the painful memories of the Kyoto Animation show nearly ten years ago.
“I remember that season like it was yesterday; Full Metal Alchemist, K-On!, Saki, Higashi no Eden,” Delaney tells Anime Maru. “But of all those shows it was [The Melancholy of Suzumiya] Haruhi I was looking forward to the most. And I was betrayed.”
Delaney admits he still posts on online message boards criticizing the infamous “Endless Eight” arc, and regularly makes references to the show.
“I know it was a long time ago, but it was the same gosh darn episode over and over again!” Delaney exclaims. “If I hear people mention ‘Kyon-kun, denwa’ one more time…”
Despite the best efforts of his friends to get him to move on or at least talk about literally anything else, Delaney claims to this day he has not been able to enjoy any anime. To him, “Endless Eight” scarred him for life.
“I feel bad for Bob, I really do and I want to help him,” Justin Thornley, a friend, told Anime Maru.
“But to be honest with you I’ve never heard of Haruhi Suzumiya — I’m not really into old shows.”