As you know, Haruhi Suzumiya basically revitalized the light novel industry. The series was met with rave reviews until the Endless Eights controversy which has some people hating it. But Endless Eights and Melancholy aside, there was a movie made after the series which introduced a new dynamic.
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is just that, a world without Haruhi Suzumiya. I was kind of dealing with a Haruhi Suzumiya for the past year or two myself so I kind of know what it’s like when that person is gone. A person who may drive you insane but things are different when they aren’t around. Kyon goes through the same situation. He’s left to figure out how to get his world back, the one he feels is the right one.
Kyon is on this adventure with the 2 most unlikely characters, Nagato the silent bookworm and Mikuru the sweet moe character who is subject to Haruhi’s madness. It does make for an interesting dynamic when Haruhi isn’t there and you’re left to watch the other characters show growth and stand on their own. The whole crew is in the movie but it’s mainly centered around those 3.
I don’t even need to explain the art, plot and music because you know they are top notch. This show is one of the most well done pieces of anime ever. They never miss a beat. I’m not going to keep heaping on superlatives but there is no question how much work goes into this movie and the other series.
Of course you need to watch The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya first or this movie won’t make any sense, it’s based off a world where the first series basically doesn’t happen. This movie could almost be a full 12-13 episode season, it clocks in at 2:41. I guess that’s what they did with The Disappearance of Nagato from the Spring 2015 season. Trust me, don’t watch it when you’re half asleep or you’ll be rewinding it several times, there is a lot to take in.