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Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Tomokazu Sugita, Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara, Yûko Gotô, Crispin Freeman
  • Writers: Fumihiko Shimo, Joe Itou, Katsuhiko Muramoto, Nagaru Tanigawa, Shôji Gatô
  • Format: Animated, Colour, DVD-Video, Limited Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: 29 May 2007
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVT0PM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,424 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By kmania on 4 April 2008
Format: DVD
this is a series i was essentialy sceptical of but after watching the first episode like a fish i was hooked this series contains everything to make a great comedy and yet it still retians seriousness which for good comedies is rare great series
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. M. Smedley on 14 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
although this dvd is AWESOME, it wasn't in the same order as the japanese series, but it is still worth watching. The American dubs are good, with particular emphasis on Kyon voiced by Crispin Freeman (who also voiced Hideki in Chobits)who made me laugh and is REALLY quite good at capturing Kyon's sarcasm...

Yuki Nagato was also voiced particularly well.

Mikiru annoyed the hell out of me, as her voice was far too whiny and high..

the only thig that really annoyed about this series was Haruhi...i just didn't think her voice fit the character and thats a shame...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not what everyone says! 19 Nov. 2012
By Kumatora - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Reading through the reviews, it seems that most people are confusing this product with the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Limited Edition Volume 1 box set. If you order this product, you will not receive the hard box to hold all the DVDs and CDs, the hair ribbon, the patch, or whatever everyone else says this comes with. You do, however, receive what is shown in the picture above. You get the Volume 1 DVD containing episodes 1-3 as well as episode 0. You also get the Kyon and Kyon's Sister Character CDs. I was a little bummed that it didn't come with what everyone was saying, but at about $5, I can't complain. Also, the series is great and you should all watch it.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Realistic story in very fantastical setting 12 May 2007
By D. Fliflet - Published on
Format: DVD
This is a very orginal and creative title. When I watched the imports, it gave me a fresh interest in old steriotypes. You got the logical alien, the sexy timetraveler, the omipotent being who can destroy the universe, and the annoying esper who knows everything that you want to punch in the face. All this amazing adventures takes place in a high school drama setting.

Basically a guy nicknamed as Kyon just recently matured enough to relise there is nothing special about his life, a completely normal boy who goes to school. This all changes when he meets Haruhi Suzumiya, who is obessed with the paranormal and everything else you find in a Otaku(crazy fan), and utterly bored with her life in general. Because of certain series of events, Kyon is conscripted in start a club with Suzumiya called the SOS brigade. The club is has no real purpose except to solve mysteries and discover paranormal activities. Ironiclly an alien, timetravler, and a esper join the group in disguise revealling there nature and motive to Kyon; the only normal person in the club. All three of them inform Kyon that Suzumiay unknowingly is the a powerful being that can reshape reality to her will. Their mission to keep Suzumiya occupied with fun activities, with the alternative being the destruction of autoevolution/time line/universe.

The main story arc actally takes a back seat, with mainly just drama/comedy antics you find in many anime. there was no real action for the most part, but I couldn't stop watching until I finished it in one day. The main character Kyon with is pessimistic outlook on life, and is tentency to notice plot holes, and maintain a dry sense of humor; made me identiy with him easilly. The animation is high quality in my opinion, and the abolutely amazing! I spent half the day just listening to the ending credits!

So in short the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a good well rounded title that has everything a anime newbie would like, but still give someing new for those long time otakus.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great anime... with nice shiny box 14 Jun. 2007
By Michael Possingham - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As one of my first real dips into the world of expensive limited special edition releases... I have to say this is a quality release. Probably one of the most ridiculously complex boxes I've ever seen, and full of useless yet cool goodies.
Anyway, Haruhi has been very popular in the fansub world since its airing last year, and it is definitely worth seeing, at least to see what all the hype is about. It's a quality piece of work, with beautiful animation from Kyoto Animation.
Bandai's DVD release does present the episodes in a different order from the Japanese broadcast, as the broadcast was not in chronological order. While some might be disappointed by this, the Japanese DVD release was the same way, and for the completists (which I confess includes me), the second, third and fourth volumes of the special edition will include bonus DVDs with the episodes in broadcast order.
On a technical note, the video quality is generally very good, but the opening credits sequence seems to have an unusual amount of compression artifacts. However the show itself is not affected. Also, the subtitles are unusually large, and make some odd choices of phrasing, using "future man" instead of "time traveller". Bandai would do well to address these issues in future volumes, which luckily do not detract too much from this release.
In any case, this series has had quite an impact on anime fans, and is well worth checking out. This DVD, while not perfect, is generally quite good and worth a purchase (although the more budget oriented might go for the regular edition).
37 of 49 people found the following review helpful
TMSH wa SUGOII ne!!~ 11 April 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: DVD
I have fallen in love with this anime after listening to the ending song, Hare Hare Yukai, countless times!! Now I'm completely obsessed over it!!

OK. So it's a little weird at first. All of the episodes have been aired originally on Japanese TV ALL OUT OF ORDER. Plus the story line is a little confusing, too. You look at some random pictures over the internet and you, like me, had said, "Woah! This looks like a good anime! And I can't belive it isn't anything like those other maho shojou (though I am a maho shojou fan, big time) animes! I'll go watch the first ep!" WRONG! Well it isn't a maho shojou, but it's not a slice-of-life anime like Ichigo Mashimaro. It's pretty much a sci-fi show that involves your everyday striking-insane girl.

So now to the story of the show, It's about a high school freshmen named Haruhi Suzumiya. She introduces her self with the worlds most weirdest introduction, "I am not interested with normal humans. If any of you are aliens, time travelers, or ESPers, please join me. That is all." She meets a boy in her class named Kyon and starts to have him involved with everything she does! Getting bored with everyting in her path, she creates her own club called the SOS Brigade. She meets three other students who become part of the group. Yuki, who rarely says anything and just prefers to be left alone to read, found just reading in the room where Haruhi decided to start the club. Mikuru, an easily frightened girl who is constantly taken prisoner by Haruhi to do ridiculous things (like dressing up as a Bunny Girl), she only joined being a "Volenteered prisoner" and because of her big busts. And Itsuki, a new student who Haruhi got into the SOS Brigade saying he was a mysterious new student. But it turns out that Yuki, Mikuru, Itsuki, AND Haurhi are not normal humans. Yuki is an alien, Mikuru a time traveler, and Itsuki an ESPer. Haruhi was given a power that if she's bored, she will create a new universe and distroy the current one all wither mind (she has supposedly done this before), but is completely unaware of this. So that's what Yuki, Mikuru, Kyon, and Itsuki (who shortly finds out from each one of them) are trying to do, keep Haruhi entertained.

I would say that this show IS NOT for little kids who are not that experienced with anime (unlike my self who has loved anime since a very young age) for it includes some harassment (that Haruhi will force to happen for her own entertainment), violence (like knife stabing, though only noticed in a couple of episodes), blood (though not much, only in violent sences), and maybe mild language (from Kyon).

EXTRA!!!: The Limited Edition DVD includes TONS of goodies!!

* TMHS Box that holds ALL the DVDs!

* Double sided pencil board

* Hare Hare Yukai Single CD

* Cosplay Haruhi hair ribbon

* Haruhi-ism inron-on

I'm getting this right when it comes out!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A magnificant show that doesn't overstay itself 28 Aug. 2007
By T. Coleman - Published on
Format: DVD
The original broadcast would of been better and I believe Bandai made a gross error in releasing two versions. I got the cheaper which means I got the weaker linear release. For those who's cherries haven't been popped yet. Buy the special edition to truly enjoy this show.
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