Kyoto Animation has posted a somewhat tongue-in-cheek interview concerning Endless Eight, which appears to acknowledge the fan frustration caused by the infamous arc. The interview is conducted between “Kuroneko-man” and an unnamed animator.
(Translation from Sankaku Complex)
What’s it like making the same episode over and over-nya?
There’s a variety of stuff to do for each production team and even with the subject material being the same there’s plenty which differs so it’s interesting.
The answer of a model pupil-nya.
No, no, even with a normal series we often wonder “what would the other team do here?” Seeing that in actuality is very interesting!
I thought I heard one of the people behind groaning that he wants to get it done with-nya…
I think I understand how Nagato feels.
Everyone behind is strongly agreeing-nya. Everyone empathises with Yuki-nyan being really bored-nya…
I don’t know what you are talking about.
Sometimes we do get confused over which yukata or swimsuit goes in which episode though.
If you keep doing the same scene over, your outlook broadens as you can try a variety of methods.
Oh! Everyone behind you is booing loudly-nya! Isn’t that what they really think-nya!?
It’s true! I really think that!!
It seems (to me, at least) that the animators actually had quite a bit of fun making Endless Eight, despite the negative reaction.
–Originally from Sankaku Complex (NSFW and with unnecessary hyperbole)