The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (Review)

Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoshitsu (Review)


Yuki-fans, you’re going to love this so much.

The movie gets its own OP!
Graphics are great, as per Kyoani expectations.

Kyon wakes up one morning to find that the world has changed. He goes to school, only to find that Haruhi has disappeared, and no one remembers her. None of the SOS-dan members remembers Kyon either. Nagato is also no longer the alien she used to be – just an ordinary literary club member.

The world has become normal – TOO normal. Now, with a single clue and a deadline that’s fast approaching, Kyon must find out the means to return to the world he knew – or risk staying in this new one permanently.

Finally, what is disappearance without Nagato?
And more Nagato?
...Still more Nagato?

Now for the actual review:

First, to put it simply, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not watching it. 🙂

However, that said it is a 2 hour and 40 minute long show, and unlike most of the Haruhi series that were aired, the tone of this movie is largely subdued. And quite honestly there would be ones who would find the movie utterly boring, so it’s not for everyone to sit through.

There are plenty of elements that could’ve been shortened in the movie, and also many lengthy pauses from time to time, but overall it added to the atmosphere.

And, from the screenies above, the biggest plus would be Nagato Yuki.
Just don’t forget to breathe while you’re HNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG-ing away.

Graphics: 9/10

Remaining consistent with the 1st season of Haruhi while pushing it up a few notches with more CGI, and better models, it brought back the charm that the TV series suffered a blow to in its 2nd season.

Audio: 7/10

While the movie is largely silent, the bgm is effective when used in their appropriate scenes, and increases or decreases tension accordingly. Sound effects used also falls in the same vein. So even though they don’t have much of it, when required it lives up to the task.

Plot/Adaptation: 9/10

Having already read the novel prior to the movie, I can say that this is an excellent adaptation by Kyoani. Much of the contents of the novel remained consistent in the movie, with minor changes for smoother transition between scenes.

The Disappearance Arc is also one of the best-written arcs of the novels, so those looking for a good story will enjoy this one as well. 🙂

Overall: 9/10

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is to its novels what the Nanoha movie was to its first season – the definitive version. While you do not get to see the entirety of the story play out in the movie, it gives the viewer ample hints as to how it would continue had it gone on, allowing a good closure to be attained while at the same time avoiding repetition of scenes.

Watch it, you’ll be glad you did. 😉


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