Originally Posted by Vexx
Just how *is* this series doing with the Japan fans? Anyone got some ratings or anecdotal noises?
We'll have to wait for DVD sales to get a true sense, but I can tell you that TV ratings to the end of November weren't bad (1.5 to 2.3, which is double what the previous show in the timeslot was doing), and it seems to have a fair bit of buzz (41+ threads on 2ch, for example). The first DVD is the 168th best-selling DVD on Amazon at the moment over a month before release, which isn't too bad (of course, Haruhi disc 7 is number 4). Of course that's all anecdotal at this point, but it doesn't seem to be a flop.
Personally, I think it's too early to call the series a trainwreck or to say the director's in over his head, but we'll see what happens. As you say, we can only wait to see what the people with the wallets decide. I'm still enjoying the show a great deal, personally.