The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya: Official Guidebook Translation

Announced after the airing of Someday in the Rain in 2009, the movie The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya was a big hit in 2010. It was released on February 6th in 24 theatres and eventually went to 170 theatres worldwide in one year. As with many (if not all) anime releases, Kadokawa release a guidebook on February 25, 2010. Since the fanbook for the novels was translated earlier this year (I still hate time travel), it would be logical to progress to the anime edition. And so, the translation has begun! Obvious SPOILER WARNING! Do not read if you’ve not seen the movie.

Table of contents:
Story Guide:

Roundtable 1: Original Author x Supervisor x ScriptwriterPartly translated by Yumeka
Interview: Noizi Itou
Roundtable 2: Director Discussion
Roundtable 3: Chief Animation Director Discussion
Roundtable 4: Music Discussion

Cast Interviews:
Minori Chihaya (Yuki Nagato)
Tomokazu Sugita (Kyon)
Aya Hirano (Haruhi Suzumiya)
Yuko Goto (Mikuru Asahina)
Daisuke Ono (Itsuki Koizumi)
Natsuko Kuwatani (Ryouko Asakura)
Yuki Matsuoka (Tsuruya-san)/Sayaka Aoki (Kyon’s Sister)
Minoru Shiraishi (Taniguchi)/Megumi Matsumoto (Kunikida)
Voice Director Yota Tsuruoka

Yuki Nagato’s Bookshelf
The Time inside Disappearance
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Location Scouting Map (Images aren’t scanable)
Character Design Comments (Images aren’t scannable)
Art Board Comments (Images aren’t scannable)

All files will be in PDF format until a final version is produced. Given that both Yumeka and I are busy with real life situations, this is a somewhat side-project for us. I’ll be sure to tweet whenever any updates have been made. Take this blog post as confirmation the book will be translated. The paper texture prevents scanning, but all of the images have been released, so there’s nothing new for me to show unlike before. I’ll try to associate comments with characters/places to make that easier to read. I hope everyone enjoys it.

8 thoughts on “The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya: Official Guidebook Translation

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    • Agreed. I was expecting a pretty good interview, but this was well below my expectations. I wish it could have been better for everyone to read, but what’s there is there; all I can do is bring it to the fans.

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