In 2005, Kadokawa Shoten greenlit an anime adaptation of an increasingly popular novel series that was thought to be nearly unadaptable. While the series was critically acclaimed, there were issues adapting a series that had many short stories and basically had the climax of the series in the first novel. Planners Wada and Udagawa were able to convince Yoko Hatta to sign on and adapt the set of novels into a TV show, inking director Tatsuya Ishihara and series director Yutaka Yamamoto to lead the production with the author Nagaru Tanigawa providing assistance. Tanigawa proposed from the start to adapt it in achronological order, which was combined with Ishihara’s desire to finish with the final portion of Melancholy. Yamamoto made the decision to lead with a student-made film and the hit was born on April 2, 2006 when The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina: Episode 00 started the first series of the Haruhi Suzumiya anime.
2013 was the anniversary marking the tenth year the Haruhi Suzumiya novel series first went into print. Likely, Kadokawa wanted to release two items during that year: a pachinko collaboration with Sankyo that had been in the works since 2009 at minimum, and a re-release of the 14 episodes that aired in 2006 as they were broadcast (which had never been released before in Japan). Due to circumstances that weren’t made public, both of these were pushed back to 2014 and on August 29, 2014, Kadokawa finally gave the 629 Japanese fans what they had been waiting for.
Alternative title that fits my puns: A big dango family finally returns home in BD!
Immediately following the final episode of Clannad in the spring of 2008, a television commercial aired announcing that the sequel, Clannad ~After Story~, was in production. It would air in the fall of that year and spawn many fans both domestically in Japan as well as internationally. It has been hailed as one of the best anime series of all time by fans and is often cited as how dramatic shows can be. Due to the success of the format, the original series was released on Blu-Ray by Pony Canyon in April 2010. Now the sequel has finally been released to complete the KeyAni trilogy on Blu-Ray. This is the (very expensive) Clannad ~After Story~ Blu-Ray box. Warning! This review WILL contain spoilers for the show as well as a bunch of thumbnailed/small images.
Having planned a 4-day weekend away for a couple of months, the full review of the Clannad ~After Story~ Blu-Ray box will be delayed until next week when I can finish watching it. To compensate for the delay, I decided to put a short “First Look” review for those curious about the set. But then DHL decided to route my shipment to arrive today rather than yesterday.
After some discussion with my friend TMSIDR, we have come to a partnership of reviews on this set. He will be writing a First Look at the box on his Anime in Blu blog and next week I shall finish my usual lengthy review with spoilers. If things go as planned, you will be able to get a quick look at the box’s packaging and some screencaptures later today. For those wanting an in-depth review, I ask that you please wait a little bit longer. Those who have seen the show before know that it’s certainly worth the wait and to see it on a BD is going to be amazing.
Yesterday Amazon as well as the official After Story website updated with the box art, interior folder art, and disc art for the Clannad After Story Blu-Ray box.
As expected, the production committee decided to keep the rapeseed motif from the RE DVDs as well as the LE DVD boxes for the outer box. The obi at the bottom will give an idea what the inner folder will look like. It appears to be a variation of a scene featured late in After Story so I won’t spoil what that is referring to.
As for disc art, this was the biggest image I could find thus far. The discs appear to have the following characters:
- Sanae and Mei
- Yukine and Misae
- Tomoya and Nagisa
- Ushio and Fuko
- Ryou and Kyou
While the price tag is still much higher than I’d like to admit, I am really looking forward to seeing this show in full HD glory. The textless OP is going to be amazing. One month and 5 days to go!
Expect another character post soon. I’m nearly halfway done.
In the fall of 2007, TBS began airing the third of the Key visual novel series that would be adapted into an animation production by Kyoto Animation: Clannad. This series would spawn the most episodes of the adaptations with 23 on-air and 1 OVA combined with a second series. This would be the second HD work by Kyoto Animation after the earlier Kanon collaboration. During 2008, the series was released on 8 DVDs and sold very well. In December 2009, a Blu-Ray Box much like the previous one for Kanon was announced and sold on April 30th, 2010.
Everyone has something that can be called a comfort. For some, it may be a food item. For others, a piece of clothing. For myself, that is the Haruhi Suzumiya series. I was taken aback by the incredible story and visual quality when I first watched the show in 2007. Since then I have seen it uncountable times both dubbed and subbed; fan-subbed and official releases from both Japan and North America; and now in DVD and Blu-Ray.
Commonly used by TMSIDR’s Anime in Blu blog, a first look will be my initial impressions of a set as well as some images to compare.
Today we compare the releases of one show, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, on DVD and on Blu-Ray. Not only will this post compare the Japanese DVDs from 2006/2009, but I will also include the North American releases by Bandai Entertainment in 2007/2010 to compare. Continue reading