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It’s not exactly a surprise with Bandai owning everything else Haruhi, but Bandai has officially announced the licensing of the popular comedy shorts The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan and Nyoro~n Churuya-san. The anime shorts, which were based on 4-panel gag comics that have nearly eclipsed the original novels in popularity, started out on YouTube and even offered some rudimentary subtitles for English-speaking fans for a short time. Now you can also find them streaming on Crunchyroll, and Bandai says that the two series will come on DVD soon.

This is great news for those of us who loved the crazy and hilarious little shorts. However, it’s bad news for exactly one person, and that’s the poor guy who has to keep up with the breakneck pace of the hilarious dialogue in the series. Old friend and veteran translator Richard Kim happens to be handling the series for Bandai, and this is a good time to relate a conversation we had on Monday. It went like this:

Richard Kim: “KILL ME”
Me: “Hahahahahaha :D”

I am a sympathetic person.

On the plus side, you guys will be getting a great translation when the series comes out later this year, along with the usual Bang! Zoom dub. I’m already trying to pre-order my copy…

Not shown: disappointed fans.

Because there hasn't been a sad girl in snow on the front page in a while.

Bandai emerged from its winter hibernation today and dropped some big news: not only do they have the license for the well-received The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie, but they’ll be testing the waters with small theater releases starting in May. Viz’s New People theater here in San Francisco will screen the film adaptation of the fourth Haruhi novel on May 21st, and Bandai says that the movie will have a small run in Hawaiian theaters starting in June.

I’ve been itching to see this movie for a year, so this is great news for me, and about a hundred other San Francisco anime fans. Who’s going to be there with me watching the Haruhi universe turn upside-down on May 21st?

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"Sorry I'm so late!"

The part of the Internet still devoted to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya exploded today at news from The Sneaker magazine (home of Trinity Blood and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), which declares that an excerpt of the next Haruhi novel will appear in the April issue of the magazine after a long, long hiatus. The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya (Suzumiya Haruhi no Kyougaku) was originally scheduled for a June 2007 release, but has become one of the more infamously delayed works in otaku culture.

Since we’re sneaking up on the third anniversary of the delay announcement, a lot of fans have taken a cautious stance. As Moon Phase points out, an excerpt of the final Full Metal Panic! novel was released by Dragon magazine back in its January 2009 issue, and there has been no sign of the book since. The existence of an excerpt doesn’t necessarily mean that the book is done; it just means the excerpt is done.

Maybe I’m just being bitter, though – after all, three years is plenty of time to write one book, right? Right?

Anime song mega-label Lantis has posted the full 344-second “Yasashii Boukyaku” (“Gentle Oblivion”) as its latest promotional video on YouTube, and I’m surprised at the fan reaction to it being so divided. It’s a melancholy and mournful tune, very fitting for the upcoming Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya movie and its sad-girl-in-snow pace. The movie is a mere week away, and hopefully the American arm of Bandai will be survive long enough to release the movie for us – it’s a good novel, and should be more than enough to make up for that train wreck that tried to pass for a second season.

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She's so overbearing, she won't even walk on her own!In typically cryptic-yet-obvious fashion, the American site for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was updated on Christmas with a “video” that is just a loop of the SOS Brigade logo spinning for a minute to a test pattern background. The mildly annoying video, along with the many 8s in the page source (thanks, ANN) mean that this is a roundabout licensing announcement for the second season of the anime, which infamously featured the “Endless Eight” arc of repeating episodes.

On the Japanese side, with surprising bluntness, Kadokawa Anime’s YouTube channel posted the trailer for the upcoming Disappearance movie, which had previously only been available as an easter egg on the Japanese site. Take a look after the jump!

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Long-haired Haruhi. Mmm...In news that helps ease the worries of skeptical The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya fans, the official Japanese site for the upcoming movie has the run time listed at 150 minutes. That’s two and a half hours of pure Haruhi, which means that Kyoto Animation should be able to pack the full content of the popular novel into the movie.

Unless they take one chapter of the book and loop it 8 times, but they can’t possibly make the same mistake twice. Right?

(thanks to Japanator for helping me find this one)

Not shown: disappointed fans.

Because there has to be a sad girl in snow somewhere on this front page.

According to all-knowing Japanese news site Moon Phase, the upcoming movie version of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is set for a February 6, 2010 release in theaters. The movie is called The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya and adapts the novel of the same name, which follows the narrator Kyon as he tries to figure out why the world has turned upside-down and become frighteningly normal.

I really liked the novel, which was the fourth in the series, and I really hope that Kyoto Animation doesn’t mess this one up as badly as they messed up the Endless Eight and Sigh stories. They did a lot of damage to their fan base with the second season, and it’ll take a slam-dunk movie to restore fan faith in not just the Haruhi series, but the post-YamaKan ability of Kyoto Animation to make good anime.

We’ll find out one way or another in three months!