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DVD Review: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzimya

Based on the anime phenomenon. the first Haruhi movie!

SOS Brigade chief Haruhi Suzumiya has gone missing! It is up to loyal brigade member, Kyon to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Haruhi Suzimiya! But when the other members of the SOS Brigade cannot even remember who Kyon is things start to get even weirder. The SOS Brigade seems to have never existed and nor has Haruhi Suzumiya.

Sometimes reality and dream can get mixed up and confusing to realise what is real. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya has an atmosphere of the mystery and confusion that can happen to everybody – waking up in the morning, getting ready for school, seeing the friends and coming back home… the regular routines are always the same and repeated in everyday life. No one actually appreciate the ordinary moments because it is so easy to forget that it can disappear, completely and all of a sudden.

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Kyon, the member of SOS Brigade, wakes up in one morning and realises his living environment is completely changed from the day before. Closest friends insist that they do not recognize Kyon’s best mate, Haruhi Suzumiya, the chief of SOS Brigade. The disappearance of Haruhi and all the awkward attitudes of the friends make Kyon wonder what is actually happening to him. He tries everything to get everyone’s memory back but he does not succeed that easily. Kyon’s frustration must have been really huge because everything that he believed existed did not exist. He must have felt that he was left alone in a ompletely different world, a very sad and lonely world without Haruhi.

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It is true that people will not be able to see the value of the things until they lose them. For Kyon, his life with Haruhi has been was so natural and the relationship was firm and safe. The theme of the film can be the importance of belief and recovery from the loss of loved one. Unlike other Haruhi’s episode, Haruhi does not talk much in the film. But other SOS Brigade members take very important roles to reveal what actually happened to Kyon, why his life changed mysteriously. Closest friends can be enemies. The film shows the dynamic emotions of Kyon, originally a cool guy, which is a good betrayal for the animation fans.

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On disc 2 there is a recommended extra which is the stage greetings done by all the voice cast members when the film started showing in Tokyo. It is such a refreshing experience to meet the actual people who play the characters in the animation. It shows their real personalities and passion towards the work they created.

(Image courtesy of Manga Entertainment)

Special Features:

Location Hunting “Kounan Hospital”
Behind The Scenes: BGM Recording at Victor Studio, Australia
Stage Greetings at Tokyo
Behind The Scenes: Cutting, Dubbing, Video Editing
Theme Song
Trailers: (Eden of the East Movie, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, K-On!, Summer Wars)

Label: Manga Entertainment

Release date: 7th November 2011

Certificate: tbc

Running time: 163 mins

Genre: Anime

Director: Yasuhiro Takemoto

Stars: Sayaka Aoki, Minori Chihara, Yuko Goto

Author Profile:

Alika Mochida is an Enka (Japanese blues) singer. She started singing Enka at the age of three. She studied drama in Cambrige and contemporary music in London and began working as a professional singer in 2009. She has performed at many occasions such as WOMAD 2010, HYPER JAPAN, and Japan Matsuri 2009 & 2010

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