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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Volume 2 (2009)

Tomokazu Sugita , Aya Hirano  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tomokazu Sugita, Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara, Yko Got, Crispin Freeman
  • Writers: Fumihiko Shimo, Joe Itou, Katsuhiko Muramoto, Nagaru Tanigawa, Shji Gat
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PY310C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,627 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Volume 2" on IMDb

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When Kyon, the put-upon narrator of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya asks the title character why she's obsessed with time-travelers, aliens, and espers, she replies indignantly, "What kind of fun does a normal high school student have?" Haruhi's idea of fun doesn't jibe with Kyon's, but that doesn't matter. She's not only nuttier than he imagined, she's infinitely more powerful. Itsuki, the esper, tells Kyon that the existence of the entire 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. As the story progresses and more evidence of Haruhi's powers accumulates, Kyon wonders if he's having nightmares or protecting the world from destruction. His uncertainty adds an unsettling note to the off-beat mixture of comedy and fantasy that have made Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya so popular. (Rated 13 and older: cartoon violence, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

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Aliens, time travelers, and ESPers… I used to believe that none of these could possibly exist. But now everything I once believed to be the subject of TV specials, comic books and an over-active imagination have all come tumbling into my life! And apparently they've all gathered because of Haruhi! The appearance of the fantastical beings is occurring right under Haruhi's nose and to make matters worse, she's getting bored! And when Haruhi gets bored, it can lead to some full blown trouble. In order to deal with her boredom, I'm going to have to escape from homicidal classmates, a grey world filled with gigantic beings bent on its destruction, and win a game of baseball. And what does Snow White have to do with all of this? Genre:Comedy/Action/Mystery/Sci-Fi.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I saw this show when it first came out as a fansub (recorded off Japanese TV and subtitled for English-speakers). I love the show. It's funny and clever and high-quality on the animation end. It's got a lot of elements aimed at anime fans, but non-otaku will still enjoy it.

When buying this series, though, be careful, and here's why: Bandai has published two editions of the DVDS, origical broadcast order and chronological order. Only certain boxed sets (2, 3 and 4, with specific labels) contain both versions, while some contain only the chronological order ones DVDs.

Personally, I prefer broadcast order. Although watching the episodes without a sense of time line can be confusing, there IS a point to it. The last broadcast episode - chronologically episode 6 - is the climax to the series, the one that explains everything that happens before and after its place in time. What's the excitement of knowing that when you still have half a series to watch? Especially the first time you see it. Also, if you watch it chronologically, the series seems to end abruptly, whereas episode 6 provides some satisfaction as a conclusion. (e.g. "Oooh, I get it now!")

The broadcast-order DVDs are not available in the Japanese market, so in a way us US consumers should feel lucky. This is a must-have series for anime fans, even if you're typically not into the magical girl/ surrealist/ high school-based genre. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is definitely in a league of its own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" is an anime series that combines elements of several other psychological/sci-fi anime head trip series of the past decade, such as "Neon Genesis Evangelion," "Serial Experiments Lain," "Boogiepop Phantom," and "X," but couches them all in the formula of a high school romantic comedy. It looks, feels and sounds like a teen comedy (excepting the occasional dimension-warping classroom battle), but the fate of the universe is at stake in practically every scene. And it's up to poor Kyon, an ordinary high school boy, with maybe a little more cynicism than most, to keep it all together. Why him? Because he's the one that Haruhi Suzumiya, his high-achieving, headstrong, easily-bored classmate, latches onto to keep her entertained and help carry out her mad schemes, which usually involve her interest in all things extraterrestrial, supernatural and paranormal. Oh, with a little cosplay thrown in. Kyon initially dismisses her as crazy, but, one by one, the three other kids that get roped in, all with secrets of their own, reveal that there's more to Haruhi than meets the eye.

In this volume, Kyon must contend with a pretty classmate's sudden homicidal bent; a cab ride through Tokyo with Itsuki, the "esper" in the group, who explains the "human principle" to Kyon and the danger of "enclosed spaces"; a night spent in just such a space with Haruhi and the clues he's given to determine the one action that will save the universe in the nick of time; and a baseball tournament in which he must play on a motley team formed by Haruhi, with the implicit directive to win--or else!

Although the series relies on a lot of standard anime themes, it never fails to come up with one wholly original touch after another.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Closed Spaces and Baseball July 28, 2007
In the second volume of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya the story finally begins taking shape in the form of all the crazy characters surrounding Kyon showing their true natures. After being told by each of them that they are in fact aliens ESPers and time travelers he finally begins to see the proof in the pudding, so to speak.

I personally found this to be leagues better than the first dvd as far development goes, especially since the sixth episode does so much for the relationship between Kyon and Haruhi. It also sets up what will inevitably be an exciting third dvd by giving you small tastes of the extremes that they'll be put through. It gets a little annoying that Kyon has to to keep Haruhi in the dark about everyone's abilities, especially when she wont stop being a baby about how bored she is, but the show really rewards that train of thought when they show you just how scary her powers are.

The show also makes the requesite sports episode more interesting by adding in the quirks of each off beat character plus the sudden impending possibility that Haruhi might be getting bored again. Once Nagato decides to stop screwing around and use her powers she's a force to be reckoned with. Kyon also shows the possibility of cracking through Haruhi's shell when she actually starts listening to him.

All in all, the second volume doesn't disappoint while insuring that the third will be just as good if not better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent July 23, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It maybe in a smaller box, but do not let that fool you about Volume 2 over Volume 1. If there is one item that puts it over the top, it's the arm band. DVD quality is as always wonderful and packaging is well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Anime's EVER! July 19, 2007
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This is one of the few anime series out there which dares to be diffent. The plot twists are many and it has many eliments of fan service and even mecha. The story dares to be diffrent becouse its shown from the third persons view point and leaves you guessing. I have been watching this seires from when it was a fan sub and now I own the DVDs. Its a sure hit for any Anime Otaku however the way the episodes are shown are rather strange.

I perfer the orginal broadcast versions of the episodes to the mix up order on the dubed DVDs. But worrie not they have even included the original TV version in the second and third DVDs as a bonus.

The extas that come with the Box set are top notch. Not many Anime series come with so many extras and even a CD! Dont let the price put you off from buying the box set its well worth it!

This is a BEST BUY!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love this series
The title says it is! It's also limited edition, so I got extras with it. I really enjoyed this series.
Published 8 months ago by Hallo Katze
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD PRICE GOOD DEAL
The DVD arrived earlier than scheduled, it was in good shape for a used DVD. The price was excellent. The shipping cost is pre-set but reasonable. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ROBERT B.
5.0 out of 5 stars My Daughter loved this so much!
My daughter loves this and has gone out and bought volume 1 of the series. She loves Anime to begin with
but was VERY happy with this edition!
Published 20 months ago by Kevin D. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Part 2
(This review is for the 4 individual volumes as a whole)

The selling point for these DVDs is having to pay only a fraction for the set (Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4) than what... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Value limited edition!
6 bucks from warehouse deals for a brand new, sealed anime? heck yes!
You get 4 episodes and the intro song for the anime, both of which I enjoy quite a bit! Read more
Published on June 10, 2012 by Travis S.
5.0 out of 5 stars very good for an LE
In short, i bought this because the complete first season was just as expensive as buying the indvidual LEs. Read more
Published on May 25, 2012 by kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Installment of one of the Best Recent Anime Series
If you're an Anime Otaku (and you understand what an Anime Otaku is) then this series is for you. This review concerns Volume 2 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Read more
Published on September 12, 2011 by Recovering SWO
1.0 out of 5 stars It is very regrettable.'
The box had dented. Because I want to ventilate grievances to amazon, a letter has not been opened yet.
Published on April 4, 2009 by Takao Hashidume
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent anime series
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is one of my favorite anime series. It has plenty of comedy but isn't without it's serious moments. Read more
Published on May 13, 2008 by Zilimidori
5.0 out of 5 stars Great anime with interesting twist
I loved this anime and I suggest to all readers to watch the second disc with it's odd episode order. This is the broadcast order and I think adds a lot to the show.
Published on August 26, 2007 by Jason LaDue
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My Pre-Order has been shipped.
I just got mine in the mail today, and it's a day early O.o

Dead serious, I didn't even realize it was out yet, but it came along side my copy of GITS:SSS
Jul 2, 2007 by Andy L. Roska |  See all 3 posts
Season 2 is out in 2007, Fall in Japan, right? Be the first to reply
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