The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi Trailer Messes With Your Head
Posted December 17, 2009on:
Two years ago today, the website for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was replaced with a gimmick that teased fans with the existence of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. Fans were left hanging for years, but today, the official Haruhi site has been replaced with a false 404 page (the page has disappeared – get it? get it?).
But, if you wait for a minute, you can see a brief trailer for The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, the breathlessly awaited anime movie version of the fourth Haruhi novel. The animation looks to be more than up to Kyoto Animation’s high standards, and if they’re at all faithful to the original work (which is likely, given the extended running time of the movie), it should be the best Haruhi offering yet.
The story is unique in the Haruhi series in that the title character only plays a peripheral role. The Disappearance story starts when the narrator Kyon wakes up in a world that is frighteningly normal – no aliens, no time travelers, and no espers, just a regular old high school life. Haruhi is a normal high school girl instead of a petulant little god, Yuki is just a plain book-loving girl, and Kyon is the only person who knows what the world is supposed to be like. The mystery of just what happened to the world takes Kyon on a trip through time and into the psyches of his friends, as he searches for a rhyme or reason behind the sudden shift in reality.
It’s a great read as a novel, and I have only a little doubt that it’ll be just as entertaining and meaningful in movie form. If they mess this one up like the second TV series, though…