Unboxing The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi (Blu-ray)

Time to break my last anime Blu-ray acquisition of the year out of its box and into the harsh light of public scrutiny.

Today the spotlight falls on the Amazon-Japan-exclusive version of the limited edition of the Blu-ray release of (whew, so many qualifiers) of the 2010 animated film The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi.

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Worth paying full price for the case alone

If I’m fortunate enough to get my hands on this, it will be the pride of my collection.

And that’s just on purely aesthetic grounds.

No blooming excuse, can’t write it as ゆううつ anymore

The head-banging began, as it so often does, in the App Store.

iTunes flagged one of my apps (a kanji learning tool) for a fresh update. As usual, I kicked off the download and opened the app’s store page for more information on the changes.

Up top for the screenshot.

Back down for the commentary.

In five words: Dash it all to heck.

One hears of rabbits breeding like rabbits, but one isn’t ordinarily tempted to apply the same observation to the beautiful – and often maddeningly indecipherable – masses of squiggles that make up a large part of written moonspeak.

The news has been out since last year, but I’ve been so wrapped up in work that keeping track of the changes in another nation’s orthographic torture devices tended not to rank very high in my list of priorities.

With my current knowledge limited to a few hundred of these things, it was a bit of a shock (and not of the particularly pleasant variety) to learn that I would have to familiarise myself with nearly 200 more before I earn my Level 1 wings.

Among them: 鬱.

Yes, that’s right – anyone endeavouring to write the full title of 2006′s overhyped megahit in its original form will be expected to scratch out every single stroke of this little monster as part of the murderous exercise. All 29 of them.

I just couldn’t resist

After seeing so many bad Hitler parodies, I’ve finally decided to do something about it.

I added yet another bad Hitler parody to their number.

A remarkably therapeutic exercise, I must say.

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Music from The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi

The film isn’t coming out for another couple of weeks, but here’s something to whet our appetite: previously-unpublished stills from Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu set to music from the film’s original soundtrack. A word of caution: the collection is surprisingly spoiler-heavy.

What a wonderful Christmas present this would have made

Alas, we shall have to wait until next year.

Nice try, lads . . .

. . . but you’ll need to try much harder than that to win back my respect.

(I’d suggest mailing me a copy of the film well ahead of the official release date.)

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