The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya – Review

After weathering a rewatch of the very inconsistent Haruhi Suzumiya TV series, it was wonderful to learn that Disappearance was actually even better than I remembered. Takemoto is a terrific director, and Disappearance is easily one of the most compelling stories in the franchise so far. I had a whole bunch to say about this film’s visual storytelling, and watching it just made me even more eager to get to High Speed. Haruhi Suzumiya may not be as great a franchise as I remembered, but Disappearance is a tremendous sendoff to one of the 00s’ stranger phenomenons.

You can check out my full review over at ANN.

2 thoughts on “The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya – Review

  1. Kyon’s epiphany will always be one of my favorite fictional moments. It’s such an earned explosion of catharsis after 2 seasons of seemingly aimless wanderings through the disjointed Haruhi universe. Sure, the movie’s actual plot is somewhat open-ended, but that’s kinda how Haruhi works: you never get a complete resolution. Honestly, I’ve read the light novels, and while there’s some fantastic character development in there, there’s nothing that feels nearly as much like a capstone for the series. That scene is truly iconic.

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