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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Reviewed by
Simon Black
on
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Review. All in all this is an excellent package, and an intelligent and unabashedly metaphysical take on the high school genre that will reward multiple viewings, not to mention interpretations.
Rating:
3.75

Feature 8.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features   7.0
Total 7.5

Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 164 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: M15+

7.5


The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

Id been obsessed with tracking this one down ever since reading the following description on the Madman website a few months ago: 

On December 17th, Kyon's life was abnormal: he spent his free time with an alien robot (Yuki), a time traveler (Mikuru), and an ESPer (Koizumi), trying to keep a headstrong classmate (the eponymous Haruhi) entertained so that she wouldn't unintentionally destroy the world. On December 18th, Kyon's life becomes...normal. Haruhi has disappeared as if she never attended their high school. Yuki is now a shy bookworm, Mikuru has lost all memory of Kyon, Koizumi is nowhere to be found, and only Kyon can see that things have changed. Now he has to decide whether he'll fix it or not. 

Now who could stumble across something like that and not be intrigued?  Id also read that those unfamiliar with the light novels would find the animated films storyline a little bewildering in places and after having watched it I would certainly concur, but allowing for this and one or two other provisos Haruhi does offer a multifaceted and rather intriguing viewing experience.  The animation is strong without being anything out of this world (especially with recent Madhouse fare such as Trigun: Badlands Rumble setting the benchmark so high in this regard) although picture quality is pristine, and the voicework is also excellent on both the English and Japanese 5.1 TrueHD mixes. 

Another of the sets real drawcards, aside from the solid feature itself, is the inclusion of over two hours worth of bonus content on a seperate disc, something of a luxury for anime fans this side of the pond.  In this regard we are treated to multiple behind the scenes featurettes, commercials and TV spots, Stage Greetings from the Tokyo and Kyoto screenings, and more.  All in all this is an excellent package, and an intelligent and unabashedly metaphysical take on the high school genre that will reward multiple viewings, not to mention interpretations.






 
 



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