The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi

The Disapperance of Suzumiya Haruhi

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!

The Disapperance of Suzumiya Haruhi

The Disapperance of Suzumiya Haruhi

The Disapperance of Suzumiya Haruhi

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

The Disapperance of Suzumiya Haruhi

The Disapperance of Suzumiya Haruhi

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…

The Disapperance of Suzumiya Haruhi

The Disapperance of Suzumiya Haruhi

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.

The Disapperance of Suzumiya Haruhi

Even Tsuruya-san also looks fashionable like fuck in her rather limited appearances.

As for Haruhi herself, well…

The Disapperance of Suzumiya Haruhi

Ponytailed Haruhi instantly increased her charms by 36%, and add on another +25 to it for long hair as well.

The Disapperance of Suzumiya Haruhi

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.

28 Comments

  1. pizza Said,

    December 20, 2010 @ 9:19 pm

    where did you find such badass quality Kuro?

  2. hei00101 Said,

    December 20, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

    Im itching to watch this.. lol..

    so whats next? Snow Mountain Syndrome??

  3. Peanutbutter003 Said,

    December 20, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

    I’m expecting a third season to be announced on haruhi.tv anytime soon.

  4. ZoboCamel Said,

    December 20, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

    @pizza The post came up at the exact time I finished watching the movie myself – and that’d be because Mazui has just subbed and released, it a day or so ago.

    http://mazuisubs.com/129 is the link for the movie – in 1080p. :D

    Keep in mind the download could take a while, since it’s 3.6GB and only released as a torrent so far, so… if you want to watch it soon, get downloading now. ;)

  5. Haesslich Said,

    December 20, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

    You’re surprised by Asakura shippers? Yonder + elegant= ship.

  6. shaoron Said,

    December 20, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

    Now, where’s the next Suzumiya Haruhi novel, Tanigawa? It’s been four years since the last one, yo.

    THEY STILL BE TROLLING US!

  7. kluxorious Said,

    December 20, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

    I was planning on writing a review on this one as well before I realized that no amount of words can’t describe how freaking awesome this is. Yes, I’m a biased fucker when it comes to Haruhi and Kyon. No flaws, just pure bliss.

  8. sadakups Said,

    December 20, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

    Tanigawa is asking you to fuck off.

  9. Aen Said,

    December 21, 2010 @ 1:06 am

    I gotta say, I too found Kyon’s initial reaction to be rather overdone and annoying. It’s not that I don’t understand why he’s reacting like that, but it still annoyed me to no end.

  10. Wrathkal Said,

    December 21, 2010 @ 2:34 am

    Yes, that smile was utterly awesome! I had to nudge my friend who was busy tweeting next to me so he wouldn’t miss it!

  11. bahutmut Said,

    December 21, 2010 @ 3:35 am

    such badass quality makes me guilty for not buying the goddam Blu ray

  12. S_1 Said,

    December 21, 2010 @ 3:36 am

    Has someone forgotten the Kyon manhandling Taniguchi bit in Vol 4? >_>

    So, any other contenders for best adaptation ever?

  13. Kaisos Said,

    December 21, 2010 @ 6:14 am

    Frankly I loved Kyon’s aggressive reactions. It makes him seem that much more real.

    Greatest male lead ever.

  14. hikaricore Said,

    December 21, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    One thing I’ve not seen mentioned much but props to Mazui on the timing. It’s the exact time of the year (nearly to the day) that the story is taking place it’s cold and dreary outside and it made the experience even more enjoyable because I could feel the cold too. :p

  15. Haesslich Said,

    December 21, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

    I think we could’ve put off the Yosuga post in favor of more Yandere Asakura + Freaked Out Nagato shots.

  16. Signum Cruxis Said,

    December 21, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

    Kyo Ani did great, not overdoing moe Yuki.
    And hey! if Yuki was indeed as embarrassed enough that her ears actually turn red… then Good job Kyo Ani, you’ve just made a few million people lose some brain cells.

    I smiled when Asakura stabbed Kyon, I could almost see the subs change into something like “I’ve waited four years for this, and I’ve learned my lesson since then, this time I’LL BACKSTAB YOU!”. Yo Tanigawa! Make her return to the series… PLEASE!

    Now that the most awesome arc had finally been animated, does this herald the end for Animated SOS-Brigade??

  17. Kaisos Said,

    December 21, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

    @Signum Cruxis: Go read the Vol. 10 preview; you’re in for a treat.

  18. beh Said,

    December 21, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

    3rd season will be announced when the next light novel comes out to boost sales and create more hype.

  19. ithekro Said,

    December 21, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

    The goddess i smiling….all is well in the world.

    Our world, Kyon’s boned in his.

  20. DocAstaroth Said,

    December 21, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

    The thing I love about Kyon is, that he can make his “Shinji”-Moments really, really BADASS. Who else imagine to get stomped by himself to reason?

    And if we talk about the novel: A new one was announced with a preview chapter, that contains… PSYCHO ASAKURA´S RETURN! IN A BIG DAMN VILLIAN MOMENT NONTHELESS!

  21. Psycho Said,

    December 21, 2010 @ 8:36 pm

    This movie is one of masterpiece but you must follow previous season for understand the story. If not you’ll completely lost just like watching “The Return of the King” without watch “Fellowship of The Ring” and “The Two Towers”

  22. ryvrdrgn14 Said,

    December 22, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

    If they just had appropriately priced releases for this stuff available I’d snap it up just for the sake of contributing to the creators.

    Everything + shipping is gonna kill me. x_x Yay to crappy salaries! Guess I’ll slowly save up for it. There are some things you just gotta get… like this… and an actual Blueray player. o_o

  23. ~xxx Said,

    December 22, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

    I need now to watch the movie…
    only Haruhi knows…

  24. Kixmachina Said,

    December 23, 2010 @ 12:40 am

    When I watched the second season and finished it, it was like to me, the Haruhi franchise was dead. But this movie restored my faith to the Haruhi franchise. Hell, it was awesome!

  25. ryggim Said,

    December 23, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

    http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/4991/vlcsnap307193.png

    Damn you Kyon being able to make a girl have this kind of expression, you deserve to die. T____T Still I know it’s for the good of the world so yeah. It should be a crime, I almost died XD

  26. DragonHunter Said,

    December 24, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

    The movie was great! But the movie is kinda spoiled because it’s released only in Japan and only in Japanese. If the movie was released worldwide and in English, it would be awesome.

  27. pasc Said,

    January 4, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    Agreed, Seeing Nagato smile was well worth that movie alone.
    Not to mention that everything about this was simply outstanding.
    Its hard to go back to the normal Nagato when you witnessed the other.
    But I guess as a compromise you could say that somehow the real on also changed and will change – for the better.

  28. pasc Said,

    January 4, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

    ryggim:

    Agreed, that was a effing sad part.
    Yet at least he explained everything to her, but those eyes really could convince anybody of anything.
    Sqme thing when she held him back just as he wanted to leave when Asakura also came to Yukis apartment.
    It just so different to see Nagato all shy and blushing.

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