[Warning: This movie follows the events of the series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]
Haruhi loves the holidays and, as usual, she goes overboard planning for Christmas by making Kyon, as usual, do all the work. But when one morning starts out without Haruhi in class and then one student after another claims to have never heard of her before, Kyon begins to realize that something has gone very, very wrong.
There is a stabbing scene and the blood, while not over-the-top, is pretty obvious. Thankfully though, it’s the only violent scene in the movie.
Just as in the series, the language is pretty average with da-ns, sh-ts and such. Not too frequent, but there.
Again, just as in the series, Mikuru has a large chest and Haruhi makes her dress in skimpy outfits. There aren’t nearly so many fan shots in this movie as there are in the series though.
Some see Haruhi’s powers as a sign of divinity, but, just as with the series, it never goes beyond simple theory. No one doctrine or world view is absolute in this show as all the characters mainly try to make sense of the world around them.
This movie bends minds. Honestly. Of course, any time the time continuum is mentioned one should expect some brain twisting. Which is certainly what occurs in this movie. There’s also a surprising amount of character development, a refreshing change from many anime movies where the point is simply to kill time in a subplot while never affecting the main plot.
Animation-wise this series is amazing. The music is not the most memorable, but it does its job. The story is reasonably airtight, as expected from this show. And, of course, some excellent character development goes down for Kyon, who understandably goes a little crazy. And, unfortunately, that’s all that can really be said of this movie without spoiling the whole thing. So if you loved the series, defiantly check out this movie continuation. Though if you happen to be still reading this not having seen the series, you have some homework on your hands. Don’t worry. This movie won’t disappear while you’re gone. Well, I’m pretty sure it won’t….
Note: this series was owned by Bandai Entertainment and thus is no longer being distributed in America. Copies still exist, though it is unclear how long supply will last. Thankfully, this title is popular enough that another company might one day pick it up again.
Personal Rating: Young adult