The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzimiya Review

Type: Movie - 163 minutes.

Genre: Drama, Slice of Life, Sci Fi.

Plot Synopsis: Kyon, our protagonist and narrator is just an ordinary guy in his first year of high school. On his first day the girl sitting him announces that she has no interest in ordinary humans. After Kyon talks to Haruhi about school clubs she decides to set up her own called the SOS Brigade. Haruhi accrues a set of mostly reluctant members Kyon included. These members are Yuki Nagato, a timid girl stereotype. Itsuki Koizumi is the weird transfer student always licking up to Haruhi. Mikuru Asahina is the moe character of the group. In the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzimiya, Kyon and the gang are holding a Christmas party with some Japanese hotpot for dinner. Kyon grumpily accepts his roles as usual, complaining about the frustrating, complex world he lives in. Dragging his feet.
The next day Kyon wakes up and on initial inspection the world seems normal. Too normal. Kyon now finds himself in a world without aliens, time travellers or espers and perhaps most importantly in a world without Haruhi.

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Story: 6/10
The story comes second fiddle to the character development. All the same, this time travelling yarn smoothly clicks in with events in the Tv series.

Characters: 10/10
Kyon is one of the most likeable characters in all of anime. Haruhi is fun, if noisy. Yuki Nagato gets some much needed character development. Character development is were this movie really shines.

Art/animation: 10/10
Absolutely beautiful. Smooth silky animation. A feast for the eyes. The night time scenes look great.

Voice acting, music rating: 9/10
Great orchestral score is a massive improvement on the TV shows music.Both dub and sub are great. I prefer the dubs Kyon and the subs Haruhi.

Overall: 8.5/10