Anime – The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya [REVIEW] – His Whole Life Turned Upside Down Like A Bad Joke

MyAnimeList Rating: 8,74/10
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Supernatural
Studios: Kyoto Animation
Author: Nagaru Tanigawa (Story), Noizi Itou (Art)
Seiyuu: Tomokazu Sugita, Minori Chihara, Aya Hirano


Haruhi Suzumiya’s franchise is like riding a roller coaster that always reduces the speed and movements. Sometimes slow but sometimes fast so our mood is always unfortunate when we enjoy it. I’ve watched the first season one year ago and the second season a few months ago. Honestly, it was hard to watch it because I had dropped some of the episodes. However, this franchise is the best ever. Many people discuss the lack just because in “Endless Eight” is so boring because there is no idea. Actually, that’s something I never suspected anyway if there were such anime that doing a thing like that. Steins;Gate and Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- introduces the time travel thing although I would never compare it to the franchise of Haruhi Suzumiya. This time, I want to talk about how the movie made all of the franchises possible with something unmatched.

“The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya,” tells about Kyon (Tomokazu Sugita) with his SOS Brigade friends preparing to celebrate their Christmas holiday together. A few days later, Haruhi Suzumiya (Aya Hirano) suddenly declared lost and no one knew her at all. Not to mention, Mikuru Asahina (Yuuko Gotou) doesn’t know anything and very afraid of Kyon. Itsuki Koizumi (Daisuke Ono) also gone disappeared. The SOS room was replaced by a literary club with Yuki Nagato (Minori Chihara) with his unusually shy characteristics. In this series, Kyon tries to try to find out what is really going on in the parallel at that time and will be confronted in two choices that bring him into a different world.

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The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya mostly takes on some unresolved plots holes from the franchise. In this movie, Kyon is trapped in a world of a different time parallel with Haruhi Suzumiya disappearing with no evidence. Everyone and his friends didn’t know about her and his friends like Yuki Nagato and Mikuru Asahina became forgetful that didn’t know nothing. The story seems simple and solid so the first impression I get from a few minutes of this movie is the pace that runs slow to 20 minutes or more. Kyon’s try to figure out why himself and the world he’s living is changing drastically. Therefore, I love how the story in this movie works because we don’t know what will happens next. Kyon that getting depressed that almost despair is a character that is not Kyon’s type. All he could hope was a miracle that just came right away. However, it’s not as easy as he thinks because the conflicts that exist in this anime always provide a twist that appears just like that. Also, the plot holes of the previous series will be related in this anime and will have an interconnected a red wire. I also don’t know how I feel about the ending that I also don’t know if it’s a happy or bad ending because I think it’s a bit of an anti-climactic as well as the dialogue of the main character that is pronounced feels ambiguous. Not to mention, the ambiguous scene at the end of the movie after the credit left a still unanswered impression until now. Although some people can interpret it, I’m literally very unaware of it. I like every second of this movie. It doesn’t make me feel bored and always curious about what will happen next. Due to focusing on Kyon, I like the character that is more development in here than from the character that is not too focused on the series. Kyon has an enthusiastic, depressive, hopeless character in this anime. He also realizes his feelings because of Haruhi Suzumiya is the closest person to him.

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Such as KyoAni anime in general who always brings an artwork that has its own characteristics, The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya has a beautiful art and visuals down to the details. An improvement of the one that presented from the two series is indeed great but, the movie has a unique depiction of characters, background, cinematography, and smooth movements and obscure scenes. So, I don’t really discuss the artwork and the visual aspect of it because I recognize that the Kyoto Animation is just an awesome studio. The soundtrack and the music in this anime are very good because it supports that what the scene like the intense instrument with a great choreography. The opening theme take the music that existed in the first season’s “Bouken Desho Desho?” by Aya Hirano as well as filling the voice of Haruhi Suzumiya. I also really like the ending theme’s “Yasashii Boukyaku” by Minori Chihara as well as filling the voice of Yuki Nagato. Tomokazu Sugita also shows the other side of Kyon’s character more to a different perspective to the emotional thing because it’s the main focus of it. A character that we often see with their complaining nature, Kyon in this movie show the other side of someone who is heartfelt and pessimistic when he deals with the problems. Minori Chihara is also like that. She shows the other side of Yuki Nagato’s a shy character than the emotionless in the episode series.


Overall, The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya is not the best anime movie ever. But I just wanted to say that this is better than the previous series even though I didn’t say that the episode series is bad. We will see the other side of the characters and focus on Kyon with his struggle back to his time parallel. The other side of Yuki Nagato also shows his sweet personality compared to the character that has no emotions at all. Despite that, both are so good and sweet. The stories that are always made a curious about what will happen next as well as a little twist that makes us don’t imagine it’s presence really makes the total overall to be better. It’s simple like this, the movie is very charming and heartwarming but it’s intense and leaves the impression that is touched and ambiguous.

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