While I was away for the weekend my copy of the much anticipated UK release of “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” Anime arrived. The UK release has been handled by Beez who have opted for a four volume release which started at the end of May.
Haruhi is a very charming anime comedy which friends of mine (not anime fans) have dubbed the Eastern version of Scooby Doo. The series is seen through the eyes of Kyon (a very ordinary student) and is done in a strange chronological order which ties up nicely towards the end. The series involves aliens, espers and androids in a dimension ripping escapades caused by the boredom of the main star (who is oblivious to this naturally) set in the very ordinary settings of middle school life.
The UK release Dvd has been released in two forms, the standard edition with four episodes for £19.99 or the Special Edition (which I purchased) at around the £29.99 + marker. The Special Edition Box set of Volume 1 is simply amazing, it comprises of a magnetised fold out front with separate compartments for each of the extra goodies. In the case of Volume 1 you the Cos-play headband/ribbon of Haruhi, a double sided pencil board featuring pictures of the characters, a iron on “Haruhi-ism” patch and of course the very popular “Hare Hare Yukai” CD Single which is the end credit song popular for its animated dance routine.
The Special Edition box set is apparently limited to 500 units in the Uk and on the strength of Volume 1, I opted to pre-order all the following Special Editions for this series. With all these trinkets and the flash display box, this and the upcoming Special Editions will take pride of place in any Haruhi Fan or general Anime collection.