It’s funny cause on December 19 2014, I made my very first anime review, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, it would be more fitting to make this review on that day of 2016 but that is long gone and I’m not going to wait for December 19 of 2017. Anyway I started this anime last year but stopped for awhile until not too long ago where I got back onto it. As you all should know, I love the Haruhi franchise, it was after all my first introduction to anime outside of Pokemon, Sailor Moon and early episodes of Clannad. So what were my thoughts of The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan considering it has the same characters but different story, different themes and a different genre.
Story & Characters
The anime takes place in an alternate universe where Haruhi never formed the SOS Brigade, Haruhi is not a god and basically everything supernatural doesn’t exist and everything was completely normal. The story follows Yuki Nagato who is not an emotionless alien rather she is a timid and shy girl who has feelings for Kyon.
The reality of this anime is that it’s a slice-of-life, romantic comedy side story and it is not really apart of the Haruhi franchise. So if you’re going to check out this anime regardless of my recommendation, don’t treat this anime like The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. However one thing any Haruhi fan can be happy to see is all the characters from the original series because I sure as hell did because I miss them all and thankfully they all have the same personality and I’m happy that we get more Asakura because we barely spent time with her in the Haruhi series and now she’s more fleshed out because she’s Nagato’s best friend and kind of her mother/big sister figure. However the only character that is different is Nagato and personally I’m not a fan of a different Nagato but after some time I got use to it and grew to like Nagato. Outside of the enjoyment of the characters, the anime is incredibly generic and is just every other slice-of-life romantic comedy and the only time the story changed its tone a bit was between episodes 10-13 and although it was interesting it was also very out of the blue and didn’t make much sense but I know other people enjoyed those episodes so it’s probably just me.
Grade (Story): C+
Grade (Characters): B-
Animations & Sound
The animations is done by Satelight instead of Kyoto Ani but I’m actually quite relieved. Though I wouldn’t have a problem if Kyoto Ani did do the animations for The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, this is a different series therefore a different studio only makes sense. Not to mention, Satelight does a great job making the anime look more softer and more cutesy like it should be. However the animation truly shines at a certain point in the series and it’s magnificent.
The music isn’t as great as Haruhi’s but it is still good and fitting to the show. I especially kind of like the ending song to the anime. All the voice acting is the same and I’m so happy about that. It’s great to see the gang back together and with the dub although it seems a little awkward at first considering it has been a long time since they all got back together to voice the Haruhi cast I’m so grateful Funimation got all the original Haruhi cast to voice their characters rather than find random voice actors as replacements because nobody can pull off these characters the way the original voice actors did.
Grade (Animations): B
Grade (Music): C+
Grade (Voice Acting): A-
If you intend on watching this anime, watch the Haruhi franchise first because this is a horrible place to start. Outside of Haruhi, The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan is a good anime, it does have great characters, good animations and voice acting. However if you like romantic comedies, then this won’t be anything new because it is just another generic rom-com anime. Now taking it back to Haruhi, though it’s not exactly apart of the franchise, The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan is a great side story to Haruhi and any Haruhi fan can enjoy this series just for the characters even though the anime doesn’t have any supernatural elements. I’m going to grade this anime with a B- considering it is a decent anime and as a Haruhi fan it was fun to see the gang back together. So to all Haruhi fans I do recommend you check out this series, if you’re not a Haruhi fan than don’t watch this series unless you’re going to get into the Haruhi franchise.
Did you enjoy my review? What do you think of this anime? Anyway thank you for reading, I’ll be making a review later. Till next time 🙂