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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Complete Collection

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  • Directors: Tatsuya Ishihara
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Bandai Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019HABE8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Complete Collection" on IMDb

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I thought that when I entered high school, my days of believing in aliens, time travelers and ESPers were going to be over. That is until she introduced herself. Claiming to be interested in only aliens, time travelers, and ESPers, Haruhi Suzumiya was the strangest girl I ve met in a long time. Before I knew what s going on, I ve been dragged into her weird club, and it looks like I m not the only one who has been drafted into this SOS Brigade of hers, because there are three other students who don t seem to be so ordinary themselves. Either way we ve all found ourselves caught up in Haruhi s quest to search for all things extraordinary. And what s this I hear about us making a movie?

Based on a series of best-selling novels by Nagaru Tanigawa, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2006) overflows with zany energy. Despite the title, Haruhi Suzumiya is anything but melancholy: she's a bossy, outspoken high school girl who's searching for "aliens, time travelers, and espers." To aid her search, Haruhi founds a new club, The SOS Brigade. Although she doesn't realize it, Haruhi has actually found what she's looking for in her recruits: Yuki is an alien; Mikuru, a time traveler; Itsuki, an esper. Kyon, the put-upon narrator,is normal--at least superficially.Itsuki warns Kyon that the existence of the universe may depend on Haruhi's whims. When she gets upset, dark gaps open between dimensions, haunted by shinji (ghostly giants) whom Itsuki and other espers must destroy. Kyon wonders if he's having nightmares or protecting the world from destruction, but this storyline recedes as the series progresses. Like Dokkoida and Magical Shopping ArcadeAbenobashi, Melancholy spoofs the clichés of anime and otaku culture. When the president of the computer club challenges the SOS Brigade to a duel playing "Day of Sagittarius 3," the episode turns into an outrageous spoof of sci-fi anime, with Haruhi shouting commands from the bridge of an imaginary space ship. But the series stops, rather than ends, with the story unresolved as Haruhi and Kyon walk off into the rain. Given the popularity of Melancholy in Japan and the US, a sequel may be in the works. (Rated 13 and older: cartoon violence, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

Customer Reviews

I would definitively buy from them again.
The gutsy cinematography effects and genre bending stories all contribute to make this one of the most unusual anime series ever made.
Jonathan Oyama
Either way it is still a pretty good anime and very easy to watch.
M. Ghigliotty

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Saperia911 on November 27, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
To tell the truth i bought this out of impluse, but im glad I did because its one of my favorite shows now. The story is great and can be very funny at times. the plot develops slowly which is a nice change compared to the fast passed plot shows i usually watch.
Although i love the show and highly recommond you buy this you should know one thing first, even though it says complete collection it is not complete. the box set only inculdes season 1. There is a secound season of the show but it is not avaiable in america... yet. There has been many rumors goingg around of the release of the second season. If you are one of those people who love to stay up all night and watch a whole series non stop, that would be kinda hard with this. I think that they should change this missleading title to "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Season 1"
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Cloud on July 23, 2008
Format: DVD
There is certain shows developed in Japan that sort of slip under the radar and upon discovering it, you kind of wonder why you didn't hear of it in the first place (Fate/Stay Night, while admittedly a show with a distinct formula and some character moments cut from the story, instantly became a favorite). Then we have something like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, a 14 episode show that quickly became a hit and could be accurately be described as a sensation. But all that hype and praise brings with it the inevitable "overrated" remarks and people not seeing the brilliance against other projects. Can Haruhi Suzumiya become a victim of its hype or is it a brilliant show regardless? I say brilliant.

In high school, it's hard to develop an identity and stand out without being an outsider but for Haruhi Suzumiya, she enjoys her offbeat sensibilities. Declaring in school that she's not interested in anyone unless they're time travellers, aliens or espers (psychics in other words), Haruhi soon is introduced to Kyon, a sardonic high school student who enjoys just not doing anything. But their world gets changed when in comes Itzuki, Yuki and Mikuru, an esper, alien and time traveller, respectively. Turns out Haruhi is seen as a sort of god-like figure who can bend the universe and possibly even destroy it and start over lest she get bored. Luckily Haruhi is quite...eccentric.

One of the more well-known factors consider the show was that the show's episodes were not presented in chronological order.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Oyama on August 17, 2010
Format: DVD
The first season of "Haruhi Suzumiya" is guaranteed to cheer you up with cute sexual innuendos, scientific mumbo-jumbo and a symbolic religious message hidden underneath the fan service.

The show is based on an oddball story, focusing on a high school boy named Kyon, who meets an unusual high school girl named Haruhi Suzumiya. The girl is a strange firebrand, who is more interested in aliens, espers (psychics) and time travelers than in actual humans. Somehow, Kyon strikes up an unusual friendship with this girl.

However, Kyon never planned on getting involved with starting up Haruhi's own club, the S.O.S. Brigade. The club's mission is to spread happiness around the world, through all the fetishes that anime geeks would love. Aliens. Psychics. And an adorable time traveler girl with big breasts. The show pretty much covers all of Kyon's experiences with Haruhi, the bossy dominatrix who may have mysterious powers of her own.

Although it is hard to discuss this series without revealing some major spoilers, the show is a major hit with college anime clubs in America for many reasons. The first episode is a big home movie spoof, where the high school characters try to act like Haruhi's favorite anime characters in an embarassing film project loaded with weird jokes. The ending credit sequence features the funniest and most infamous anime dance, performed by Haruhi and the other members of the S.O.S. Brigade. And the philosophical members of the S.O.S. Brigade always treat Haruhi like she's a supernatural being who has the willpower to change humanity as we know it.

Religious pundits will no doubt scoff at this off-kilter combination of sexual tension and philosophical dialogue.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Haisley on October 25, 2008
Format: DVD
The "Melancholy of Haruhi Suzamiya" is one of the best new anime out there. It's funny, witty, exciting and wildly crazy. It grabs your attention like hardly anything else and holds it. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this anime changed my life. Now I keep asking myself, "Have I squeezed every moment I can out the the day? What would Haruhi have done?" "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzamiya," buy it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DynomiteWins VINE VOICE on October 17, 2008
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The series - The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - is totally random, bizzare and not like any other story I've seen in anime. It's this awesome blend of SciFi and slice of life high school - and honestly if you don't like either one of those genres I'd stay far away from this show because going to keep you watching. Haruhi is obnoxious and hilarious, so it's good that most of the other characters, while interesting, are a bit more bland. You're not overwhelmed with insanity despite how whacky their plots can get. There is somewhat of an arch, but you can watch the episodes in a variety of orders and most everything will still make sense.

The set itself is nice but I don't think I have high expectations. Really all I want is a complete collection in a sturdy box that won't take up too much of my shelf space - this box set fits that bill. There really aren't any neat inserts that I can recall and the DVD extras are somewhat repetitive from DVD to DVD, but might be entertaining for a hardcore fan.

Overall, I do recommend this set - I was satisfied with the subtitle translations and I thought the dub was done fairly well... I am happy to have added it to my collection.
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