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Episode 20: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Review

by Miguel Douglas

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In this episode, Douglas, Shawn, and Blake review the 2010 anime film “The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya” from Kyoto Animation.

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Episode Structure:

[3:23] How do you feel about the considerable running time of the film? Did you like that the film was long?

[15:14] What are your thoughts on the English dub cast? What do you think of their performances throughout the film?

[24:09] The film makes numerous references to the television series. Do you find that such references within the film will confuse many viewers unfamiliar with the television series, or is the film one that should only be watched by those who’ve seen the television series?

[40:30] Since you’ve all seen the original television series, how has this film changed your perception on both Kyon and Nagato as characters? How about other characters?

[1:00:45] There is a ton of internal monologue by Kyon throughout the film, especially towards the end in regards to his choice to stay in the artificial world or return to the real world. Did you find his choice to return to the real world a good choice?

[1:12:42] The film is intentionally vague on part of Nagato’s reason for creating the artificial world. Do you feel that Nagato truly created the world to share with Kyon or was it really a mechanical malfunction stemming from her role as a humanoid interface? Perhaps both?

[1:18:29] This film, like the series, continually breaks down the fourth wall.* Do you think this approach adds or take away from the film?

[1:30:00] A lot of viewers felt that this film was viewed as a redemption move on part of Kyoto Animation in regards to the Endless Eight episodes found in the second season of the television series? Do you agree or disagree, and why?

[1:36:34] The U.S. release of the film consisted of a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack. What are your thoughts on such a released and how did you feel about the quality of the release in general?

[1:43:17] What are your thoughts regarding the severe shift in tone towards the end of the film? In addition, the entire film is not as lighthearted as the series, what affect did this have on your experience watching the film?

[1:56:19] How has this film further affected your thoughts on the Haruhi Suzumiya series overall?

[2:01:57] Would you recommend this film?

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Author: Miguel Douglas

As an avid viewer of both Japanese animation and cinema for more than a decade now, Miguel is primarily concerned with establishing a critical look into both mediums as legitimate forms of artistic, cultural, and societal understanding. Never one to simply look at a film or series based solely on superficiality, Miguel has dedicated himself towards bringing awareness to Asian entertainment and its various facets.

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