I thought I’d that do a review-kind thing of the SE Haruhi DVD’s released in the UK recently, since at least one person asked what you got with the rest of them after I posted the pillow case you get with the 3rd volume.
The first volume, which cost me £30(£50 RRP) on Amazon.co.uk(where I have bought the later volumes also). Usually, I would NEVER spend this much on anime DVD’s, in the UK they usually cost around £20 per volume in places like HMV and Virgin. But the allure of the Special Edition goodies was too much to resist. And I had seen what you got when it was released in American in 2006!!!! (Thats right, we’re two years behind!!! UK is always behind… France is ahead of us with Fruits Basket…then again France is ahead in lots of anime/manga-related ways. (They have manga in SUPERMARKETS!!!!)
Volume one comes in this delightful box.
Which has space for all 4 volumes AND some of the extra goodies you get.
With the first volume, not only do you get all of the above; The DVD including the first 4 episodes, but not in original broadcast order (although with volume 2 you get a bonus DVD with the first 5 episodes in broadcast order. The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Ep 00 is first, followed by part 1, 2 and 3 of the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. That order is called Kyon order right? The CD you get is Hare Hare Yukai, 4 tracks, 1. Hare Hare Yukai, 2. Welcome UNKNOWN, and 3 and 4 are no-vocal versions of those two songs. The DVD cover is an alternate version thats only on the SE version. The special features are good too. The usual textless op/ed, original adverts, Making of Commercials and The Adventures of the SOS brigade, a weird mini series thing where theres an english-speaking Haruhi, and japanese speaking Mikuru and Yuki. It’s an advertising thing. Very strange.
Thats about it to do with this volume. Very nice pencil board. Nice DVD, although I would have preferred the episodes in broadcast order. (Lucky they include a broadcast order DVD with the next volume!!)
Info on the second volume soon!
(Oh, btw, whats with the lemon? The lemon appears in alot of Ito’s work…. But I dont know why….)