The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Alex: It’s not very often a movie of this calibre comes around.I’ve got good memories of looking at how it’s got nothing but rave reviews, a perfect movie, top scoring anime for a while, etc…and 6 months later, I get to try it.Well…let me start by saying that I could in no way be considered a haruhist or whatever the religion is called. I liked series 1, yes, it was funny and that lot, but series 2 was probably the most frustrating moment I can recall of my anime-watching career. And thats an understatement. Endless Eight ruined the franchise for me. Completly. Drained all the fun out of Haruhi and the side cast. So…does this movie deserve the praise it’s been getting?
The short answer would be yes.Its an immense undertaking to produce a 3 hour anime movie and shows real dedication to the story.The story is brilliant, the acting is better than I remember, Kyon’s as funny as ever, everything is…well, almost perfect for the Haruhi franchise.But that alone doesn’t warrant calling this series a masterpiece. No…where this series gets the extra points it needs is in everything else. The utter brilliance of how everything comes together, the way that, well…it feels complete. Its an utterly amazing movie experience, it drags you in on Kyon’s wild ride through his own mind and through a world without Haruhi and doesn’t let go until you’ve laughing along with him at the end.You’ll feel tingles down your spine as the bizzare events unwrap themselves, tears forming in your eyes at Nagato’s character development…try as much as I can, I cannot nitpick this movie.
In a movie without Haruhi being the lead character, that leaves Kyon and Nagato to step up to bat. And the way they develop throughout is breathtaking. It’s hard to believe that they’re the same characters by the end of the film, they just…come together beautifully. The way that Kyon comes to an ultimate realization of everything he was living for: Does he like the life with aliens, espers, and time travelers is…done with such care and precision that it becomes hard not to relate to how he’s thinking.
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is filled with twisting tales, its emotionally powerful,its immensely enjoyable, and its a mind blowing story which brings Haruhi back to the top.
Dusk: Just adding my two cents here. I’ve never been a fan of the Haruhi franchise. However, this movie is nothing short of a masterpiece in my eyes. The irony is, it ties up everything in those 28 episodes that seemed like nonsense, giving the series a new light. Though the movie does have all the merit, sporting an amazing plot with mindblowing plot twists, great character development and beautiful art join to form a stunning work that will definitely be kept in my mind for really long.
Make sure you don’t let the length of the movie scare you: this is bound to be an enjoyable ride, even if you’re not a huge fan of the Haruhi series. The only fault you might encounter are some minor pacing issues, but the slow scenes do have their importance and impact and are also well placed. I don’t think anyone can deny how clever and well executed the plot was. Watching this is definitely one of the best ways I can imagine to spend 2 hours and 42 minutes.
Alex’s Score: 10 Meeps out of 10 (Masterpiece)
Dusk’s Score: 10 Meeps out of 10 (Masterpiece)
Mimi’s Score: 8 Meeps out of 10 (Very Good)