January 07, 2011

Random Anime Picture #60: Gosh!

-The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie

I have a secret to reveal.

I love it when an author, or a tv show, or an anime, gives substantial time to a series' secondary characters.  I'd much rather read about Wedge Antilles, normal guy (though an extremely talented pilot), than Luke Skywalker (Jedi God).  After who-knows-how-many pages/hours/whatever we've spent learning about Our Heroes, there are times when I really like to find out more about the Second Spearcarrier On The Left... which is one of the (many) reasons I really like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.  I think that's why I prefer the second and third series in the Nanohaverse over the original: in many ways, the namesake of the show isn't the focus of the show.  Instead, the wolkenritter (in A's) and Riot Force 6 (in StrikerS) become the primary characters. 

And then I read the book, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya... and nearly wept with happiness.  No lunatic Haruhi and a story based around Nagato?  Sign me all the way up for that, please and thank you very much.  I think the book is the best of the four light novels translated and released here to date, but your mileage may vary.  Then I found out about the movie... and that Kyoto Animation was doing it, and I began to hope for the best, but prepared for the worst.  Because to put it simply, KyoAni's recent shows have been pretty 'meh' in the artwork department. 

I need not have worried.  KyoAni has returned to their pre-K-On!ification days, and the whole thing looks gorgeous as a result.  If you liked KyoAni's style from before they started to get cartoony, back when they were doing Kanon '06, the first Clannad, and the original Haruhi series, it's worth watching for that alone.

And, hey, Yuki shows actual emotion in the movie... which can't be bad, right?

Posted by: Wonderduck at 09:09 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 This was my favorite anime of last year, for a lot of the same reasons you gave for liking it. Also, it didn't hurt that Nagato is my all-time favorite anime character. Totally worth the four-year wait.

Posted by: Andrew F. at January 08, 2011 08:27 AM (2hEN4)

2 Somewhere, there is an .mp3 of Vic Mignogna singing his original composition, "Soldier A"... a march dedicated to the un-named characters with only one line. Wish I had a copy of it, but I didn't think to go looking for it until after the layoff...

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at January 09, 2011 04:00 AM (mRjOr)

3 Agree was a great movie, though recon could have been edited down a bit. Have to protest about Kyoani's art though, Clannad After Story was just as good if not better than the first seasons, while K-ON is rapidly climbing my top 10 list (the character designs may be cartoony, but the details in everything else is astounding)

Posted by: Andy Janes at January 10, 2011 04:20 PM (W1/yR)

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