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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya [DVD]

Yasuhiro Takemoto    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Yasuhiro Takemoto
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Manga Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 163 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004W7D4PA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,104 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

BASED ON THE ANIME PHENOMENON. THE FIRST HARUHI MOVIE! It is mid-december, and SOS Brigade chief Haruhi Suzumiya announces that the Brigade is going to hold a Christmas party in their clubroom, with Japanese hotpot for dinner. The brigade members Kyon, Yuki Nagato, Mikuru Asahina and Itsuki Koizumi start preparing everything for the party, such as costumes and decorations. But a couple of days later, Kyon arrives at school only to find that Haruhi is missing. Not only that, but Mikuru claims she has never known Kyon before, Koizumi is also missing, and Yuki has become the sole member of the literature club. The SOS Brigade seems to have never existed, nor has Haruhi Suzumiya. No one in the school has ever heard about her… except for Kyon.

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Disappearance of Haruhi Suzimiya

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going out on a high note? 12 Jun 2012
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It may be that this will be the last part of the Haruhi Suzumiya story to be produced, given the uproar in Japan over voice actress Aya Hirano's private life. I hope not - I have truly enjoyed the series, even Endless Eight, and there are many more excellent stories in the light novel series of the same name. But if this is the end, this is a fantastic way for it to go out.

The story is paced beautifully, with the situation surrounding protagonist Kyon and his complete bewilderment at the change in his life being revealed step by careful step. I for one am glad they made the choice to have a long running time, just so the pace could be right - there have been too many instances of books being turned into films where the pacing was far too rushed, where it seemed like a breathless rush from one ste piece to another. Not here. The set-up of the particular fix in which Kyon finds himself, the solution to it and the twist in the tail are all given time to develop.

What else? The characterisation is excellent, especially of Yuki Nagato and Kyon - most of the story revolves round them, with the others playing lesser roles - though Haruhi herself is very, very conspicuous by her absence for a large part of the story. The humour is gentle, the artwork fantastic and the scripting of the choice that Kyon has to make - whether to accept what the world has become or turn it back to the way it had been - is presented beautifully.

The one warning note I would sound (and I am not the first to make this point by any means) - don't watch the film if you haven't seen the preceding anime series - I counted about 10 direct references to various episodes, not to mention understanding the characters - you will end up mightily confused. But for the vast majority, if not all, of Haruhi fans, this is a winner.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kyoto Animation Have Redeemed Themselves 9 Nov 2011
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Five years ago, the world was introduced to THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA, and a cult phenomenon was born. In 2009, it's reputation was almost destroyed by the 'Endless Eight' controversy. But then, a year later, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA was made. When fans learn that it was going to be a movie, they hold their breath, hoping it would rescue HARUHI SUZUMIYA, given the fact that it was adapted from the fourth and most popular of the light novels.

When THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA came out, it was a success. For the fans, it was a miracle. And it's easy to see why. It truly is a superb film. One obvious thing about THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA is that it's one of, if not the, longest anime films made to date. Just seventeen minutes short of three hours. But when I watched the film, it didn't felt like three hours, because I was so caught up in the story, which has to be a good thing. I don't mind long films at all, as long as the story is interesting.

But what makes this film so great is that it adds more character development into two of the characters - Kyon and, my favourite, Yuki Nagato. There are some great scenes between the two. Haruhi herself doesn't have much screen time in the film, but she is still important to the overall plot of the movie. Both the art and animation is beautiful with great detail, and the music's nice, too.

The only complaint I have about the film is that it's doesn't work as a stand-alone film. You've got to have seen the two seasons of the TV series and/or read the light novels to truly understand about the characters and the events that are mentioned. But if you don't want to waste three and a half hours of your life watching the 'Endless Eight' arc, just read the story in one of the light novels.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Adaptation 22 May 2011
This is an excellent adaptation of 'The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya' light novel. The story isn't groundbreaking, original, deep... or anything like that, but it is a quirky time-traveling adventure that's on par with the quality of Season One. It's a perfect addition to the Haruhi Suzumiya universe. It should also be noted that the animation is absolutely gorgeous, and two of the main characters develop a little bit more by the end.

The only two problems I have with the movie are: the length, which is over 2 hours, and the fact that if you aren't familiar with Haruhi Suzumiya nor seen The Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody story arc from Season Two, then you'll be totally lost! This movie is really for the fans. It's not an anime movie I'd recommend to a casual viewer or anyone who isn't familiar with the series.
As for the running time: it's both a good and bad thing. Bad because it's only a short story based on a short novel... Good, because, as a result, it's faithfully adapted just like the rest of the series.

Recommended, but recommended only for fans of Haruhi Suzumiya!!

EDIT: Just like JediFineTricks rightly pointed out - and like I informed amazon, which they totally disregarded - this DVD contains a second disc packed with over 2 hours of extras!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS MOVIE.... 31 Aug 2012
....It's a gift to fans of the series. Gorgeous animation, an engaging storyline and a director who clearly "gets" the series that he is continuing. No concessions are made at all to people who have not watched the series first, it's simply assumed that you have watched and remembered what has come before it.

It's told at a slow and meditative pace and the quieter character moments are given time to breathe. The slow pace may be a turn-off to non fans, but to those who love these characters they wouldn't have it any other way.

It's just brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good film!
Published 9 days ago by bethany abberley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My favourite movie.
Published 2 months ago by Redey
5.0 out of 5 stars Best anime film!
I've watched alot of films, and I've got to say this is one of the best. I'm sure some of the other reviews have gone into depth so I won't write much, but I'll just say when I saw... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alex
3.0 out of 5 stars The movie the series deserved, but not the one we asked for.
Version I saw: UK DVD release
Actors: 6/10
Plot/script: 7/10
Photography/visual style: 6/10
Music/score: 7/10
Overall: 7/10

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Published 7 months ago by Mr. R. A. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Farewell?
From what I have read on the net it looks suspiciously like this is the last we'll see of Haruhi and her gang in animated form so I've had this on the shelf unwatched for a while... Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. Wallbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya [DVD]
I already have the first two seasons and the movie was the next choice in line.
Haruhi is only in the film for the first few minutes and the last few but that dose not mean it... Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. G. Slade
4.0 out of 5 stars Great quality product!
Brilliant story and soundtrack! Was very impressed by the quality of the packaging, content, length and the animation quality of the movie as well. Read more
Published 19 months ago by James Woodcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I bought this DVD for my nephew who loves Manga Animie and this is his favourate film. Very good price and quick despatch.
Published 20 months ago by Mr. Andrew L. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Fantastic Stories Ever Told
Being dragged into the world of the "the Melancholy"-anime by a friend of mine, I quickly grew attached to the show. Read more
Published 21 months ago by FutureSight
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 'nust watch' anime
The bottom line is that this anime will draw you in from the start and its 155 minuites running time will not seem anywhere near that length. Read more
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