The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

Author: Timekeeper

 

"She's the general manager of all the trouble I've gotten into since April. She's the root of all evil in the universe. The person behind every threat to my existence. Uh, yeah...her."
-Kyon​

Really, when I watch most anime movies, I tend not to rewatch them. I suppose most of them don't have that high of a rewatch value and I'm happy with the story just sticking with me. However, this wasn't the case with this movie. Every few or so months I pick this movie back up just because of how much of a spectacle it is to me. So why do I think this movie has great rewatch material? Well, let's explain.

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Story:

Now I will say this: I did read the books before watching the movie seeing that the printed light novel was finally released over in the West in which I could legally buy and read the book and because at the time the movie was not yet brought over here for any sort of licensing. With the story, I strongly suggest you at least watch the previous seasons of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya before giving this movie a go (minus the Endless Eight arc). The majority of the story is explained by the time the credits roll up, but to get a complete understanding of what exactly happened in the movie, I would also suggest further reading past The Disappearance to books like The Rampage.

Characters:

Pretty much all characters from the main series have returned to the stage to star in the movie; even some who have been taken out of the show due to the actions of some of the other characters. The majority of the characters reprise their personalities in the main series with the exception of Yuki who receives probably the most character development in this entire film with the second being Kyon.

Art:

In terms of animation, Kyoto Animation retains their role in being the central animation company for the production of the series. However, the biggest eye-grabber would be the art for the series, which to say that it's great would not do it justice. Most of the time I don't really have much to say on the art for a series, but good God, the art for this series is nothing short of phenomenal.

Audio:

Satoru Kosaki returns from the main series as well to help with the music production of the series. Now in all honesty, I didn't much care for his work in the main series. Sure, there were a few memorable tracks, but nothing grandstanding. However, in the film I can name several tracks that I play every so often for either listening pleasure or inspiration. Many thanks to him for his wonderful work.

With the dub, I will admit that the biggest reason I refrained from watching the show illegally in the original Japanese audio was because I simply loved the five main voice actors for the series along with most of the supporting actors. I had a lot of expectations for the American voice cast when it finally got licensed over in the West and they not only did well, but the pretty much blew me away with their stellar performance. Out of all of them, I would say Crispin Freeman deserves the biggest mention of praise for a great number of scenes where his performance was beyond beautiful.

Verdict:

Have you ever heard of the argument that the movie can't even hold a candle to the book? Well, this movie doesn't hold a candle to Tanigawa's work; it holds a flamethrower and obliterates it. So would I recommend you watch this? Why am I even asking this question? Of course I'm going to recommend this series. The only thing I would suggest is that you either catch up with the main animated series or maybe catch up on your reading material.

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If you'd like me to review a show, go ahead and comment down below and I'll see what I can do so long as it's not an extremely bulky series (Naruto, Bleach, Fairy Tail, One Piece, etc.) ^_^