Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu

Title:Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu
Suzumiya Haruhi no Syoshitsu
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
The Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya
涼宮ハルヒの消失 (Japanese)
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Notables: Animation - KYOTO
The story takes place from December 17 until December 24, a month after the cultural festival. On December 17, everything is normal. The SOS Brigade, led by Haruhi Suzumiya, plans to have a nabe party for Christmas. However on December 18, Kyon arrives at school to find everything has changed. Haruhi is missing, and Ryoko Asakura, who had previously been deleted by Yuki Nagato, is a normal student. Yuki is an ordinary human, and Mikuru Asahina does not recognize him. Only Kyon is aware that everything is different.
This movie will be adapted from Tanigawa Nagaru’s 4th Suzumiya Haruhi light novel.
Movie, 162 min; set to premiere in Japan on Feb 6th, 2010.

1 min trailer: Official Trailer

[edit] The ↗Suzumiya Haruhi franchise:
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Buy 10 10 9 8 9 9 Dreamer [series:2252#2279]
I had enjoyed the series quite a bit and always hoped for something more. Then this comes around and get's me super excited. My thoughts? Breathtaking!

Art, Animation & Character Designs
Artwork is short of breathtaking. No, no, let me rephrase that. Artwork is far above breathtaking! The level of details and attention to minute details in both the foreground and background was truly amazing. Lighting effects... ambient lighting & shadows really brought the artwork to life... more so. There were times that the lighting effects were done so amazingly good that I almost thought they used real photos/still images. Then there was the animation itself. Wow, so silky smooth. This one has a high framerate, which really gives the artwork fluid rich motions. Finally, we have the characters. Another wow! Richly done and nearly flawless with details. And we stay true to the character looks and appearance of the series.

The OP was a nice light pop piece with female vocals. At least it didn't have the typical little-girl vocals as found in many gazillion anime. This was a nice one to hum to. The soundtrack had some really well done orchestra pieces here and there.... mostly during suspenseful scenes.... which gave the scenes at hand much more depth and drama.

Series and Episode Story
As mentioned above, I have always enjoyed Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu so watching this one through kept me still loving the characters and settings. Now being a movie, we were expecting something much more than episodic story telling as found in the series. And "more" is what we get. Here we get a pure drama with a bit of suspense and really interesting plot twists.

A word of caution to those who are thinking of getting into this. Be SURE, to watch at least the first season (and would be helpful to watch the 2nd season too). Otherwise, you'll be really lost. There's a lot of things here that you're expected to already know or understand. Now with that said, having the knowledge at hand and watching this through, I was left with nothing but wows and praises. As well, you need to really pay attention as we do a lot of time traveling and jumps, so it's easy to get confused.

Overall, this movie was a blast to watch. I kept both eyes glued to every detail and story telling throughout the entire 2+ hours. if you're a fan of Haruhi, then this is a must watch!

Last updated Tuesday, April 05 2011. Created Tuesday, April 05 2011.
Buy 9 9 8 9 10 9 Devil Doll [series:2252#752]
[temporary score: 89% = "Buy", 1 point below the "Buy+" level]

The core of the Haruhi saga, and the just reward for all who endured Endless Eight.

When I watched this movie for the second time I skipped the first 35 minutes (to the moment when Kyon enters the club room). The 127 minutes that follow from this point are a breathtaking experience though.

This movie finally puts Kyon into the position he unknowingly assumed for quite a while already; from what I read this is the best part of the novels written to date, and the adaption as movie leaves little to be desired.
You meet all important Characters from the series again, and a new one who's unexpectedly cute. The Story is a sequel to the TV series (you need to know quite a few events from there to understand what's going on here), and it is no comedy but pure drama this time, quite complex but completely plausible, and with unexpected twists at the right moments. Animation shines occasionally, using interesting camera angles and zooms; the soundtrack is even better - during the scene when Kyon is running towards Kouyouen High School the Music sent shivers down my spine.
If only Kyon (an SOS brigade member and quite used to world-shattering events already) had not acted so embarrassingly confused and out of control during the second 15 minutes... his repeated "facepalm behavior" and the resulting downgrade for "Characters" cost this movie the "Buy+" rating.

But still, this is what finally gives the Haruhi hype a solid base, and much better than both TV series.

(scores for Art and Animation still subject to revision until I get some encoding to play undistorted on my SAP)

Last updated Friday, December 31 2010. Created Monday, December 27 2010.
Buy 10 9 9 8 9 Ggultra2764 [series:2252#1552]
The second season of Haruhi Suzumiya got bashed enough for the ridiculously long length of its infamous "Endless Eight" episodes and had some folks wondering if KyoAni's big hit series has started to fizzle out. After watching through this movie adaptation to the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya light novel, I'd have to say KyoAni's redeemed themselves for the mediocrity of the second TV season. This movie is much longer in length than average anime movie adaptations of TV titles I've seen to date topping in at a whopping 2 hours and 43 minutes (about the length of 7-8 episodes to a TV series). Because of this longer than average time, it gave the movie plenty of space to develop its plot and get into the head of Kyon as he goes through a complicated journey to get back to his own reality. Being whisked to a world of normalcy puts Kyon in a situation that tests his feelings toward being involved with the SOS Brigade and wondering if it is worth being it, especially as Haruhi is no longer at the school and Nagato behaves like a normal girl. In addition, he is trying to figure out the cause of whatever whisked him to this parallel world and what he learns is quite the shocker when you consider the developments of the perpetrator. For the most part, the movie has a more dramatic mood to it compared to the comedy/ drama mix from the two TV seasons which flows well with the ordeals faced by Kyon. Of course, this movie is meant for those who have seen the two TV seasons of the series as one would be lost without knowing details on plot and characters from the TV adaptations. Visuals to the movie are as colorful and detailed as the series with some clear use of CG animation during some camera pan shots of the movie.

If you had doubts over the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise continuing to maintain its steam after the issues plagued from the second season of the series, then this movie should ease their doubts. Having more drama than the two TV seasons combined with a longer than average movie run, the movie adaptation of Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya effectively makes use of its time to create developments for a couple of the franchise's prominent characters and having a plot that has enough time to slowly build up. If you've been on the Haruhi Suzumiya bandwagon for the light novels and anime, then this will be a definite title for you to check out.

Last updated Sunday, December 26 2010. Created Sunday, December 26 2010.
Unevaluated Forbin [series:2252#1573]
Hey JC.

I think that plot you put there is bascially a spoiler for the first half of the series. That's why I put the short version. It basically covers the first 10 minutes. The thing about the note doesn't happen until halfway down the series.

Last updated Friday, December 18 2009. Created Friday, December 18 2009.

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