Funimation Offers The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya on Home Video in September
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FUNimation Entertainment announced through a password-protected page on Tuesday that it will offer The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya anime on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on September 13 to commemorate its 10th anniversary. The page's "snowwhite" password is a reference to an important plot point in the series.
Funimation will offer the series in both a standard edition, as well as a Blu-ray Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition. Pre-orders begin on Wednesday, June 15.
The standard edition will include all the episodes of the series, including the additional "season 2" episodes that appeared in the series' 2009 re-broadcast. The release will include a guide to watching the series in its broadcast order, chronological order, and DVD order (the first season was originally broadcast in a non-linear order, while later airings use a chronological order). It will also contain many of the extras in the original Bandai release, and some that have not yet been released in North America. Funimation will offer the standard edition in both DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
The Ultimate Collector's Edition will include the contents of the standard edition, as well as The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya, Nyorōn Churuya-san, and The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan anime, as well as a filler box with art cards featuring the series' characters. Funimation notes that the filler box "happens to be about the same size as a Blu-ray case and can be removed to fit something else…"
The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya and Nyorōn Churuya-san will also be available as a standalone DVD release on September 13. The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan will also be available in a separate DVD/Blu-ray Disc combo pack. The multi-series Ultimate Collector's Edition will be the only way Funimation is offering The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya and Nyorōn Churuya-san on Blu-ray Disc.
The first season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya premiered in 2006 in a non-linear order, and was rebroadcast in 2009 with new episodes and a new chronological order. The story adapts Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito's The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya light novels. Bandai Entertainment previously held the license both series. Kyoto Animation animated the show's first and second seasons.
The series centers on the titular Haruhi Suzumiya, a girl who is bored of her regular life, but unknowingly changes the world through her thoughts and emotions. She befriends her cynical classmate Kyon, who founds the "SOS Brigade" club in their school, which proceeds to attract three seemingly normal people, but in reality are an alien, a time traveler, and an esper. Together with Kyon, they continue to indulge Haruhi's wild fantasies, while trying to prevent her from destabilizing reality.
The series also spawned The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya film in 2010. Bandai Entertainment also released the film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America in 2011.
The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya anime series adapts Puyo's "official gag manga" of the original light novels. Similarly, Nyorōn Churuya-san adapts Eretto's manga about a super-deformed version of the Haruhi character Tsuruya in 2008. Funimation licensed both series in 2014. Bandai Entertainment previously released both series on DVD in North America in 2011.
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan is a spinoff anime produced by Satelight that premiered in April 2015. The series focuses on the characters of the series as portrayed in the alternate world that appears in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya anime film. Funimation and Daisuki both streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and Funimation also streamed the series with an English broadcast dub.