Yutaka Yamamoto, the director of the first season of Haruhi who left Kyoani in 2007, voiced his thoughts on the current Endless Eight arc during an Otakon panel.
To tell you the truth… I knew this was gonna happen a year ago.
Not to make self-excuses or anything… the concept of this idea was floating around when I was still at Kyoto Animation, and I was against it. I said, “Two episodes is the most you can do.” But, as a person who left Kyoto Animation of his own volition, I can’t help but feel somewhat responsible for the way Haruhi is now. So, I’d like to say, as a member of the SOS Brigade Committee, I apologize.
A video of the panel is available below.
At this point, Yamakan has given conflicting reports over whether he was fired or resigned. Nevertheless, the creative talent behind the original Haruhi anime is gone, which might explain Kyoani’s recent fall from grace.
–Originally from Sankaku Complex