For those of you who frequent Anime on DVD you might have noticed for the last few days every “s” and “o” on the front page links to this site http://asosbrigade.com which states that on the 22nd of December “The World As You Know It Is About to End”. The Anime on DVD admin’s forum avatar has also changed to be Haruhi themed too and hasn’t let out much more than a ” I am the master of subtlety”. Pretty odd huh?
At first I thought it was a license announcement. Upon a quick whois it is revealed that the domain was only registered on the 15th, but there was nothing there until the 18th (so says the internet). The 18th of December is a significant date in the fourth Haruhi novel “The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi”, apparently it’s the date that Haruhi goes missing (I haven’t read that far yet so I’m not exactly sure how correct that is). Also it’s registered through a domain proxy keeping the identity of the registrant secret, something rather unlikely for a business to do.
At the bottom of the page is a Japanese copyright notice. That doesn’t match up with what’s written in the title bar, why would the North America Haruhi site have a foreign language copyright notice? It also is claimed to be an English language site in this article on ANN. Another interesting thing is the hit counter at the top of the page, something that Haruhi was obsessed with on the SOS-dan website in the anime.
The graphic is named h1-121806.gif, this could be related to the date the site became active on 18/12/2006. In the source for the page there is a comment that’s in Japanese (EUC-JP encoding) :
(Classified information will be made public on December 22. – thanks google!)
Classified information sounds like something Mikuru would say don’t you think?
So someone who wishes to remain anonymous paid for Anime on DVD and ANN to put up ads for this site that doesn’t even seem that official?
But wait! There’s more!
There’s a false 404 error on haruhi.tv with an interesting graphic in the top left. After a little bit of manipulation in photoshop we have this:
Spooky! Just like ASOSBrigade site there’s a comment at the bottom in the source:
プログラム起動条件・鍵をそろえよ。最終期限・二日後 (Program starting requirement: Complete the key. Deadline in two days.)
Which was updated today to this:
プログラム起動条件・鍵をそろえよ。最終期限・明日 (Program starting requirement: Complete the key. Deadline is tomorrow.)
Another link to the 4th novel maybe?
So what’s this classified information? I guess we won’t know for another couple of days. Until then it could be anything, a US DVD announcement, 2nd season of the show (like we haven’t heard either of those before), or something else entirely.
Personally I’m hoping that this goes all x-files. Maybe then we can all become ultra detectives!
I’ll keep watching asosbrigade.com and haruhi.tv. If I notice anything else I’ll be sure to post.
Please note that any translation was done through various web tools so stuff I say might be wrong or a little inaccurate.
Until next time!~
Update: I’ve sent off an email to the proxy email address listed in asosbrigade.com’s whois info. I’ll post it up if I get a reply.