Haruhi Suzumiya Limited Edition DVD 2 with extras. Newtype and Max Factory Figure added in background.
The day I get my Haruhi Suzumiya LE DVD, I happen on this. The pic is from the newest Japanese Newtype and says that an airdate for the season will be released this Saturday.
I am eagerly waiting for this series to come back since I’ve been a fan since I watched the the 1st (or last) episode. So with Haruhi news and merchandise on my desk, I decided to do a post full of Suzumiya and some little things about them.
The Melancholy Haruhi Suzumiya LE DVD 2
This sweet limited edition box comes with 9 episodes on 2 disks (MHS 4-6, Boredom of HS, and episodes 1-5 in broadcast order!) , a variant cover for the actual dvd case, an SOS armband, the cd single Bouken Desho Desho, and a double sided pencil board. I missed out on the 1st LE of Haruhi and thought Bandai would hold back on extras for their remaining releases. No Sir!
Pencilboard Both Sides: Poor Mikuru Back of LE Box
Aside from some fantastic extras, the episodes on the two disks are pretty good. Since the 1st LE covered the episodes of the 2nd disk, I’m going to briefly look at the episodes on the 1st disk. I’ve always liked the 2 different sides of the series, from it’s comedic to it’s sci fi, and sometimes dark, episodes. For the majority of the episodes on the disk they deal with a more serious sci fi element with one episode being more relaxed and funnier moments than the previous three.
Kyon deleting revealing photos of Mikuru, to save Mikuru from embarassment. Haruhi’s of course clearly dissapointed. Kyon later saves them for himself. 🙂
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya in a nutshell is about a girl, Haruhi, bored with life and the clubs offered at her high school so she makes one, SOS Brigade, and gets members (sometimes abducts) in order to investigate the paranormal. Throughout the series she fails to get herself in these supernatural events, unfortunately Kyon the 1st to be picked for the club, finds himself in the middle of these strange events. The 1st episode starts out with Kyon finding, pictures of Mikuru (the moe girl of the series and pictured on the box cover) on the club’s website in very revealing pictures.
Haruhi has posted them there in order to get more visits and stir up excitement for the club. He begins to delete the pictures off the website, and when Haruhi’s not looking saves them for himself. Alas Kyon’s good fortune turns the other way when he gets a mysterious invitation and results in the most violent scene of the series.
“Hey!…are you okay?”
Future Mikuru. Haruhi flashback. Haruhi jealous?
Many things and people reveal themselves to Kyon throughout these episodes. All of which escalate in the third episode on the disk which technically is the season finale of the series…yes you read right…season finale in the middle of the series.
The coming together of the SOS brigade and all the strange events was not by coincidence as Kyon finds out and all revolve around Haruhi Suzumiya.
Kyon and Haruhi at the end of the world?
Although I prefer the funnier and zannier episodes to the straight out sci fi, these episodes were pretty good and interesting. It showed that there was a little more depth to all the characters with some background on all of them popping up. I had originally watched the episodes in broadcast order and it didn’t really bother me that some of them were mixed up on purpose to give the series a unique feeling. I don’t think it takes away from the series that the series finale is in the middle, since the episodes that follow tend to be funnier and less serious.
Having said that my favorite episode is the last one, where Haruhi finds herself bored once again and gets everyone involved in a baseball tournament.
Newtype USA Issue 7
Got this in the mail with the DVD as an added bonus. Lots of great pictures and information on Haruhi and the gang, with a few pages dedicated to Yuki Nagato.
Haruhi Suzumiya figure by Max Factory
Got the figure above a few weeks ago but didn’t really take a good pic of it so there it is. A really nice figure with great details. I haven’t purchased anything from Max Factory as of late, but I’m pretty impressed with what they did with Haruhi. The figure comes with a circular stand, another arm band for the figure, alternate hand that holds a bull horn, and removable skirt.
In one of the episodes coming up, Haruhi actually commands a Gundam to deploy. Although it’s not the Gundam above(a recent purchase), I found it pretty cool and funny that even Haruhi has access to a Gundam.