Dear god, smiling Nagato’s effect is much more destructive animated than in words.
So after four years since the initial Haruhi series, the movie is finally out animating one of the most interesting novels of the series, Disappearance.
First of all, the production quality of the movie is amazing as fuck and brings me back to 2006 when Suzumiya Haruhi was first aired and bowled everyone over with the sheer detail and quality we’ve all come to expect from Kyoto Animation since then. Even if you’re not a fan of the series, you can still appreciate and admire the sheer quality of the movie’s art direction, lighting and background detail. It’s been so long since I’ve been touched by animation quality and Disappearance manages to do just that in it’s 160 minutes of non-stop fluid animation.
In contrary to the original series and the sequel, the atmosphere in Disappearance gets extremely subdued after the initial prologue chapter, to fit in the winter season in the movie as well as Kyon’s despair later on when he finds out his world has totally changed overnight. The effect is well achieved by the animation itself using subdued colors and backgrounds as well as the slow (or lack thereof) music employed in the movie after Kyon wakes up on Dec. 18.
Of course, Disappearance isn’t all just about Kyon’s despair and it also isn’t called the best novel of the series for nothing. Fans of the original series are going to love all the great aspects of the show being brought back in to the movie. Top of my list? Adult Asahina returns as a key character of the crisis!
Dear god, I seriously could feel and share in Kyon’s happiness when he found Asahina (big) and she immediately recognised him. And to top that off, the heart-to-heart talk between them with Asahina sharing in how she loved her high school time and that unofficial confession to him pretty much makes the whole movie worth it for me just to watch that. If only the damn Blu-Rays weren’t 10k yen each….
Oh yes, not forgetting St. Asahina as well :D
Asakura fans, no matter how little there are, also will be happy to see she makes her appearance in the movie prominently. First, by replacing Haruhi’s seat in class in the alternate world, and then…
Asakura-san sugoi yandere yo Asakura-san. Non-novel readers will now probably understand why there’s a big niche in Yuki x Asakura, ahaha.
Even Tsuruya-san also looks fashionable like fuck in her rather limited appearances.
As for Haruhi herself, well…
Ponytailed Haruhi instantly increased her charms by 36%, and add on another +25 to it for long hair as well.
While her “real” version scored a few “d’awwww” points for camping beside Kyon’s hospital bed for three straight days to make sure he didn’t awake alone.
One of the few things I didn’t like about the movie was probably how aggressive Kyon was when he started finding out that his world had been changed. It’s not surprising he felt quite a bit stressed out, but the way he aggressively handled Taniguchi when he mentioned about knowing Haruhi still felt a bit too much given my own impression of Kyon as a normally passive person. But I do agree, to some degree, that it portrayed his desperation towards his current situation very well.
Of course, as much as Kyon tries to portray himself as an passive bystander unwittingly pulled in to events beyond his control, Disappearance also marks an important change to his own attitude about the SOS Brigade and involvement with Haruhi in general from something he claims beyond his own control, to a choice that he makes consciously on his own. It also reveals the extent of how his involvement with the Brigade has changed and shaped his life to… something much more interesting than just a normal school life with no extraordinary happenings.
Moving on, I’ve touched on the musical aspect a bit earlier, but watching the movie now, the soundtrack is really quite awesome fitting in to the series. The original Haruhi series already had an awesomely great OST (which was never collected properly in to one CD sadly), and a lot of the tracks in the movie are the same recognizable ones, albeit given a full orchestral treatment, which will surely delight fans of the music. The movie even begins with the oh-so-clichéd-now Bouken Deshou Deshou for good measure. At least the movie didn’t include a dance sequence!
Right, I think I’ve went on quite a bit with this post now, approaching nearly 800 word count and probably going over it with this ending paragraph. In short, Disappearance movie doesn’t disappoint and even manages to exceed much of my expectations for it in it’s well-utilized 161 minutes of run time and definitely brings the sparkle back to the Suzumiya Haruhi series after the lackluster second season last year. Certainly, four fucking years too late, but a wait that was well worth it. Good job, KyoAni.
Now, where’s the next Suzumiya Haruhi novel, Tanigawa? It’s been four years since the last one, yo.