Quick-and-dirty summary of events:
After a series of wild speculations (fuelled mostly by anime magazines and publications) and assorted "announcements" from Kadokawa that the second season was cancelled, except not, except yes, except not, so on and so forth. Nobody knows if this is because of actual production issues, or if they were trying to do viral marketing of some sort.
Some form of the Suzumiya Haruhi
anime was discovered to be slated to be aired for the Spring 2009 season. This was hyped up by magazines, until it was revealed that it would only be a rerun of the first season.
Then the "rerun" was discovered to be for two
seasons' worth of episodes, and the speculation started again. This was even lampshaded in the lyrics for the opening song for the spinoff Haruhi-chan
The rerun went in chronological order (as opposed to the Anachronic Order
of the original broadcast), with few surprises (the rerun aired the DVD version, complete with minor additional scenes and even more minor corrections to animation errors).
A couple of weeks ago, the website for a television station revealed the title for the episode to be aired today, "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody", which had never been aired before. This was mysteriously taken down in the interim, but today, it turned out that it was true, and it's a brand new episode.
The next three episodes will be from the first season, and we know nothing further than that. Apparently they're running both the first season and the new "second season" episodes as one series, with the new episodes filling in the chronological gaps.
All we know now
is that a never-before-seen episode just aired, sans opening theme, and with a brand new (non-dancing) ending theme. It is safe to assume that more new episodes will follow, thus forming the "second season" (despite being interspersed with first season episodes).
I have no idea
how to explain this in the series page. Not at this hour, anyway.
edited 21st May '09 11:56:13 AM by dkellis