The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Special Edition DVD Vol 1

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.

So much prettiness!

So much prettiness!

These are all the sides, apart from front, I can't believe I forgot the front...(Click to see the full version.)

These are all the sides, apart from front, I can't believe I forgot the front...(Click to see the full version.)

Pencil board, transfer, DVD and CD!!

Pencil board, transfer, DVD and thats not the right CD...the right one is below...

 

This is the CD you get with vol 1....I made a woopsie....

This is the CD you get with vol 1....I made a woopsie....

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.

Inside the DVD case.

Inside the DVD case.

The back of the pencil board!! The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina!!!

The back of the pencil board!! The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina!!!

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….)

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3 Responses to “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Special Edition DVD Vol 1”

  1. Persocom Says:

    I also want to know what’s up with the lemon thing. It bugs me I see them all the time, wonder what it means. This is awesome, looking forward to seeing the others, my wife wants this box set.

  2. Diego Says:

    It’s a parody of the standard cover pose for the Japanese magazine “The Television” (yes, that’s the actual title – only written in katakana). Apparently, everyone featured on the cover is photographed lemon in hand. Here’s a link to a blog post with a sample cover page:

    http://www.designchronicle.com/memento/archives/uenojuri_tamakihiroshi.html

    Someone actually wrote a detailed post about this (with more examples than the post linked above), but all links to that blog are now dead.

  3. ken Says:

    I love watching Haruhi Suzumiya no matter what. The new ED Tomare is really good
    http://japansugoi.com/wordpress/melancholy-of-suzumiya-haruhis-new-ending-theme-tomare/

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