The next chapter is going to be called "The Stock Footage", so likely it will involve Time Travel (that or it's going to be a Recap Episode). IIRC, there are two open time loops left to close, Kyon's shooting and Sasaki's rescue, but both of them involve Fujiwara in some way, so it's possible that they are going to be resolved together. That would be the cue to Asakura's real debut in the story.
I had a WMG about Yamane from the time Kyon got Skynet. I don't remember whether I posted here or not, in either case here it goes: Yuki deducted that the "crazy Asakura bits" was some sort of support function designed to assist Asakura but it was corrupted and Yamane was brainwashed by them, making him obsessive with Asakura and revenge. Yuki also said that Kyon can not be influenced by the remnants like Yamane or even herself (now that I'm paying attention, Kyon's Psychic Block Defense was hinted much earlier than I thought). What if the original purpose of the program was not so different from the unintended result? What if the program was a Hypno Trinket to keep certain influential factor in Haruhi's life under control? Taking into account Yamane obsession with Asakura, maybe the program was some kind of Love Potion or the first step in a More Than Mind Control scheme. It would be a lot of sense for Asakura and her faction to do that, especially if they were losing ground to Yuki's faction. Kyon under Asakura's control would result in several benefits: He can be used to provoke any number of reactions from Haruhi or to inhibit undesired outcomes; He can not be "removed" by another faction because of his importance to Haruhi and his involvement with time loops; They can gain leverage over Yuki, an agent of other faction, due to his personal importance to her; Asakura can not be removed from Kyon's side if he is in love with her and the Mind Control itself can not be removed by nothing short of another Interface and Yuki was stuck in "Only Observational Purposes" at that time. That would explain why Asakura's dialogue with Kyon was so similar to a Love Confession just before revealing her identity as a alien. Killing Kyon was actually the Plan B and Asakura only began hostilities after the Mind Control was proved ineffective due to his Psychic Block Defense. Now that I think about, I believe Shamisen suggested just that to Yuki in the amateur movie from the first episode. (that scene where Yuki said "It was ventriloquism").
Another long post, but I have an excuse this time. Originally I intended to write only about the next chapter, but some problem with the connection to the server keep me from posting it. In the meantime I started to think about what else I might add, One Thing Led to Another, and this is the result. No more WMG for me for a while. Until next Friday.
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S: I like it already!
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