After countless false starts and years of crushed dreams, we now have confirmation that the second season of Haruhi is in fact quite real, and that a new, never before seen episode has aired tonight.

Will the new series live up to its predecessor? Will it be enough to make up for the interminable, soul-crushing years of desperate waiting?

At the risk of judging prematurely, and having not seen any portion of the episode myself, I feel comfortable answering with a definitive categorical “YES”.