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Bandai Entertainment Adds The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

posted on by Egan Loo
Subbed screenings in San Francisco in May, theatrical run in Hawaii in June

The North American anime distributor Bandai Entertainment has announced that it has licensed The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya anime film from Kadokawa Pictures Inc. It will begin running English-subtitled screenings of the film at San Francisco's Viz Cinema on May 21, followed by a theatrical run in Hawaii in the middle of June. Bang Zoom! Entertainment is co-producing the English-language adaptation, and a DVD release will ship at a date to be announced later.

The first ever movie in the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise adapts the fourth volume from Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito's original light novel series about an eccentric, assertive girl who creates her own school club for her strange antics. The movie opened at the Japanese box office on February 6, and it earned the equivalent of US$7,479,561 after eight weekends at the end of March.

Little, Brown Young Readers is publishing the third Haruhi Suzumiya light novel volume in North America this July. Bandai Entertainment released the initial run of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya television anime series in North America, and it will also release the second season DVDs. Crunchyroll is streaming the first season now, and plans to stream the second season later this year.

Yen Press is publishing both Gaku Tsugano's main manga adaptation and Puyo's The Melancholy of Suzumiya-Haruhi-Chan (Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yūutsu) "official gag manga." Kadokawa Shoten Publishing even released an iPhone and iPod touch app based upon The Day of Sagittarius III game depicted within the light novels and anime.

Update: More background information added.

Image © 2009 Nagaru TanigawaNoizi Ito / member of SOS

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