North American anime licensor and distributor Funimation have announced a series of new home video releases for the anime adaptation of Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito’s The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu) light novel series, coming this September.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the anime, Funimation are releasing a new blu-ray boxset for the ultimate Haruhi fan. The The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Ultimate Collector’s Edition boxset will contain all 28 episodes of the first and second season of the anime, as well as the The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya-chan and Nyoron! Churuya-san OVAs. The set will also contain the 2015 The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan anime. The boxset will also have:
- various promotional videos, trailers and commercials
- textless openings and endings
- behind the scenes videos
- a special chipboard box
- a filler box
- set of art cards
The set is currently avaliable for order for US$112.49 and will release in North America on September 13.
If you don’t have all the space for the ultimate collection, Funimation are also releasing seasons 1 and 2 on DVD and Blu-ray. Both will contain all 28 episodes of the anime as well as promotional videos, trailers, commercials, textless opening and endings, and behind the scene videos. The Blu-ray edition is avaliable for order for US$48.74 and the DVD edition for US$41.24 and will also release on September 13.
A new project was announced earlier in the year to celebrate the franchise’s 10th anniversary. Here is the main visual for the project:
A brand new video has been released for the 10th anniversary project featuring the main cast of the anime as the SOS Brigade. The cast of the anime discuss about their debut on Youtube and that they have planned lots of new things for 2016.
Lantis will be releasing The Complete Soundtrack of Haruhi Suzumiya (Suzumiya Haruhi no Kansou) on July 7th that will contain the full OST of the anime’s first (2006) and second (2009) seasons. The soundtrack will retail for ¥4,900 ($46.05).
A brand new visual was released in the recent issue of Animedia. It notes that the announced OST is only the first phase of the project. The issue also mentions the two iconic dates in the franchise, Tanabata (July 8th) and the day Haruhi Disappeared (December 18), and teases that something may occur on those dates this year.
The main cast of the 2006 anime includes:
- Aya Hirano (Lucy Heartfilia in Fairy Tail) voices Haruhi Suzumiya
- Tomokazu Sugita (Gintoki Sakata from Gintama) voicing as Kyon
- Minori Chihara (Chiaki Minami from Minami-ke) as Yuki Nagato
- Yuko Goto (Hiro from Hidamari Sketch) voicing as Mikuru Asahina
- Daisuke Ono (Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler) who voices Itsuki Koizumi
- Natsuko Kuwatani (Yue Ayase from Mahou Sensei Negima!) voiced Ryouko Asakura
- Yuki Matsuoka (Orihime Inoue from Bleach) was the voice of Tsuruya
- Minoru Shiraishi (Minoru Shiraishi [Himeself] from Lucky☆Star) as Taniguchi
- Megumi Matsumoto (Haruka Nanase in Free!) voicing as Kunikida
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu) is a light novel series written by Nagaru Tanigawa and illustrated by Noizi Ito. The novels began in 2003 and were originally published as short stories in Kadokawa Shoten’s The Sneaker magazine. Since then the short stories have been compiled into 11 light novel volumes, with the latest releasing in May 2011 (which was translated in November 2013). The series was adapted into a TV anime in 2006 from Kyoto Animation (K-ON!, Clannad) and directed by Tatsuya Ishihara (Clannad, Hibike! Euphonium). It was followed by a second season in 2009 and a film, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, in 2010. A spin-off manga titled The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan (The Vanishing of Nagato Yuki-Chan) was produced since 2009 by Puyo and was adapted into a TV anime last year.
Here is a synopsis of the anime from MAL:
Yuki Nagato, the shy president of the literature club, has never been very sure of herself around other people. But around Kyon, the only boy in the tiny, three-person club, Yuki finds herself faltering even more than usual. For Kyon, and for her precious club, Yuki must find her confidence and let her true personality shine! Enjoy taking a fresh look at your favorite characters in this brand-new story set in the world of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya!
This year will be the 10th anniversary of the Haruhi anime. Funimation will be releasing a Blu-ray and DVD version of the anime’s first and second season; an ultimate collector’s edition is also avaliable containing the OVAs and spin-off series.
You can visit Funimation’s shop for the Haruhi anime here: http://shop.funimation.com/
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