Kyon is ready to spend Christmas with Haruhi Suzumiya and the SOS Brigade. But the next morning, he finds himself in an alternate world where no one has heard of the name Haruhi Suzumiya. Kyon then has to decide on whether to stay in this parallel world or figure out how to go back to his original world.
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya gives one of the most well-thought out stories that I have seen. The original series was pure comedy and school life affairs involving the SOS Brigade, but this movie turns it around to show how this type of show can become serious. In a concept of choices and regret given to the male protagonist, Kyon, is suddenly thrown into an alternate world where no one has heard of the name Haruhi Suzumiya. By setting Kyon into this situation, he learns how life is without her and becomes emotionally unstable showing his care and consciousness towards her and the club. The story provides gripping suspense and drama that was exceptionally thought out and slow paced scenes don't really affect the overall atmosphere and mood that the movie is set to give the viewer. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya gives a amazing story with a dramatic setting and dark moody tone, that is alternate to the original series.
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya provides the viewer with spectactular animation drawn out by the Kyoto Animation studio. Comparing the original series with this movie, you can already tell that the movie is much more improved since it did release in the year 2010 with the series coming out 4 years prior. But this improvement is no disappointment because of how well the animation fits the mood and atmosphere of the movie playing along. With detailed backdrops and characters, the movie does an excellent job of showing Haruhi's world in a much emotional way.
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is well-equipped with some of the most emotional soundtracks I have heard. This sets well since the movie is a drama. With each individual sound, given in a scene, it fits exceptionally to the scene that is playing, giving the viewer a much more emotional impact than it does without the soundtrack. Voice acting was performed amazingly with talented voice actors in both the Japanese sub and English dub. I personally have not seen the movie in it's original Japanese sub, but I really have no complaints with the English dub. With seiyus like Crispin Freeman who voices Kyon and provides the BEST narration that I have heard in a anime, along with Johnny Yong Bosch who voices Koizumi, these two and the rest of the cast performed well in this movie to support its emotional output in each character they play.
Along the lines of each individual aspect of the movie, I personally opinionate that the character development is the strongest output. The movie shows the inner emotions in each individual character in the most dramatic way possible. With climatic scenes involving the emotional breakdown of Kyon, an alternate side to Nagato, Asahina, and Koizumi, and a surprisingly changed Haruhi, The Disapppearance of Haruhi Suzumiya performs well with the fully developed characters.
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya greatly surpasses the show by crafting an amazing story with beautiful animation, an emotional soundtrack, and fully developed characters. Different sides of characters are shown when they are not actually “supernatural” such as Nagato who acts as the secondary character to Kyon on helping him return to the original world. From me, there was no major or minor flaws within this film. However, the slow pacing of the movie can bore some viewers but that's hardly an issue with its amazing turn of events that this movie has to offer. If you are a “Haruhi” fan, then this is a definite must watch, you will not regret this masterpiece. I give The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya a perfect score of a 10 out of 10.