The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol. 1 DVD Review

License: Bandai Entertainment
Dubbing: Bang Zoom!

So I finally bought my copy of the DVD 2 days ago (took me long enough, yes). Wanted the limit edition one due to the cosplay ribbon and the Noizi Ito art on the cover, but what was I supposed to do? 😛 Almost got a DVD where the plastic around the box was about to fall apart. Good thing I caught that in time. ^^;;

Translations/Voice Actors:
The dub was fine, just fine. I sort of enjoyed the dialogue in the dub more than the Japanese one more on Kyon’s part, I found Kyon to be much more sarcastic in the dub than the original – I really enjoyed that (dialogue is genius!). Nothing wrong with his voice actor neither… he was just… Kyon. Mikuru voice was squeaky, as like what she was like in the original. That’s not a good thing nor a bad thing. It was annoying at times esspecially on episode 00, but it really didn’t bother me that much. And Itsuki’s… Johnny Yong Bosch. Nuff’ said. The only voice I had a slight problem with is Haruhi (yes, the god) – some of her lines felt a little forced at times and felt like Wendee Lee was just reading it off the paper. She definately needed to be more enthuiastic at times too. If she improves on that, the voice would fit Haruhi perfectly.

“What the hell is that supposed to mean?!” “What the hell are you doing?!” In my opinion, seemed like Bang Zoom liked to throw around the word “hell” alot sometimes. It wasn’t a bad thing… I was just amused that it reminded me of those times where Funimation would go profanity-crazy in their titles when it wasn’t there originally, Fullmetal Alchemist comes to mind. 😛

I’ve noticed that they left “もえ” untranslated (I would’ve expected them to translate it as “turn-on”, which they point out in a translator’s note on the subtitles). Dunno if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. The weaboos are probably very happy right now.

Video Quality:
As expected from a KyoAni-related release, the video quality is very good.

DVD screenshot:

TV screenshot:

Need I say more?

DVD Features:
Would’ve preferred a textless Bouken desho desho? over Koi no Mikuru Densetsu, but whatever! 😛 lol We get live-action Haruhi (for the Aya fanboys) with those old CMs and “The Adventures of The SOS Brigade”.

End thoughts? Love it. The real stuff starts in Volume 2 though…

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