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.
This is just an unboxing session, not a full review – I’m here to show what’s in the package without going into an in-depth discussion about the actual film.
The specific release version featured here is (or, given that it’s now completely sold out, was) exclusive to Amazon Japan. It includes all of the contents of the limited edition Blu-ray set (more on that later) plus a special metal case for the Blu-ray discs decorated with a scene from the film.
The inside of the case (sans discs).
The complete package as it originally arrived, with the case and the main set shrink-wrapped together.
The discs and related extras were bundled together in a thin cardboard slipcase.
The set comes with a copy of the screenplay in hardbound book form.
The front and back of the disc case, which opens like a reporter’s notebook.
The inside of the disc case. There are two Blu-ray discs in this set: one with the film itself and another packed with bonus features. (Warning – To the best of my knowledge and from what I’ve seen of the discs thus far, there are no English subtitles in this original Japanese release.)
A couple of extras were tucked away in the pocket on the left side of the spread above – the usual information booklet and a sheet of postcards.
Not counting postage and taxes (which were astronomically high as usual), I paid a pre-order price of just 8,000 yen for this limited-limited-edition Blu-ray set – a bargain considering that the standard limited Blu-ray version lists for 9,450 yen and retails for 6,930 yen. This Amazon edition is now sold out – unless you count the resellers who are peddling it at upwards of 16,000 yen each – but as of this writing the standard limited Blu-ray edition can still be ordered from Amazon Japan. As a further alternative, there’s also the plain vanilla Blu-ray edition, and if you’re happy with a DVD version then that’s available in both limited and regular flavours.
UPDATE (24 Dec 2010): The product page for the Amazon special edition set has been updated to reflect a new availability date of 30 Dec – in short, they’ll be restocking soon.