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Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Licensed

Bandai nabs the 2010 film

    April 15, 2010

Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
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Bandai Entertainment announced on Twitter this morning that they've acquired the rights to the film, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.Bandai has previously released the first season of the series and has acquired the second season, while streaming and merchandising rights have gone to Crunchyroll recently.

Bandai only tweeted that they've picked up the film though they did add one of their original videos about it in their continuing ASOS Brigade videos:




ASOS Brigade announces a theatrical distribution of the Haruhi movie in Hawaii in mid June by Consolidated Theatres and Artisan Gateway as part of their SPOTLIGHT ASIA FILMS program. Dates and venues to be announced soon!


Update 2: Full press release

April 15, 2010 (Cypress, CA) – Bandai Entertainment Inc. announced today that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the theatrical film The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya from Kadokawa Pictures Inc.

The film, which is based on the novel of the same name by Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito, was made by Kyoto Animation and supervised by Chief Director Tatsuya Ishihara and Director Yasuhiro Takemoto. The story follows the two seasons of the anime series phenomenon The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and tells the story of Haruhi’s sudden disappearance and her friend Kyon’s attempt to untangle the mystery of why she’s vanished. The film opened on February 6th, 2010 in Japan with 24 prints, and earned more than 670 Million Yen (Approximately $7.5 Million US) by the end of March. 

An English subtitled print of the film will be shown theatrically at the Viz Cinema in San Francisco (www.vizcinema.com ) staring on May 21st followed by a theatrical distribution in Hawaii in mid-June by Consolidated Theaters (http://www.consolidatedtheatres.com ) and Artisan Gateway as part of their SPOTLIGHT ASIA FILMS Program. Hawaii dates and venues will be announced soon.

Subsequently, an English language version of the movie will be produced by Bandai Entertainment and Bang Zoom Entertainment and released on DVD at a date soon to be determined.

This film is based on the fourth light novel of the franchise and the trailer for the Japanese theatrical release is below:



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METR0lD 4/15/2010 4:41:58 PM

 I'm going to be pissed if they don't release this on BluRay.

Calibur454 4/15/2010 4:53:07 PM

looks like this one will have a darker tone... I might watch this one



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