|The Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya|
Yuki Nagato as shown from the teaser trailer.
|Rōmaji||Suzumiya Haruhi no Shōshitsu|
|Directed by||Tatsuya Ishihara (chief)
|Produced by||Atsushi Itō
|Starring||Aya Hirano (Haruhi Suzumiya)
Tomokazu Sugita (Kyon)
Minori Chihara (Yuki Nagato)
Yūko Gotō (Mikuru Asahina)
Daisuke Ono (Itsuki Koizumi)
|Music by||Satoru Kōsaki|
|Editing by||Kengo Shigemura|
|Distributed by||Kadokawa Shoten
|Release date(s)||February 6, 2010|
|Running time||162 minutes|
The Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの消失 Suzumiya Haruhi no Shōshitsu ), or The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, is an animated film based on the fourth light novel of the Haruhi Suzumiya series of the same name. It is produced by Kyoto Animation and was released in Japanese theaters on February 6, 2010.
The story takes place from December 17 until December 24, a month after the cultural festival. On December 17, everything is normal. The SOS Brigade, led by Haruhi Suzumiya, plans to have a nabe party for Christmas. However on December 18, Kyon arrives at school and finds out everything has changed. Haruhi and Itsuki Koizumi are missing, Ryoko Asakura has mysteriously returned, Mikuru Asahina does not recognize him and Yuki Nagato is an ordinary human. Only Kyon is aware that everything is different. The only clue is a bookmark left by the alien version of Yuki before everything has changed, telling him to gather 'keys' to run a program. Whilst wondering about this clue, he learns from Taniguchi that Haruhi was at another high school, along with Itsuki. By revealing his identity as 'John Smith' (his alias when he first travelled back in time and assisted a young Haruhi), Kyon manages to convince Haruhi to believe his story. With her assistance they gather the SOS Brigade together, thus bringing the keys neccessary for a program built by alien Yuki. Wanting to go back to his interesting life, Kyon activates the program and goes back in time to the Tanabata of three years ago. After meeting up with the future Mikuru, he obtains an uninstall program from the past's Yuki, which needs to be shot at the culprit right after the change on the midnight of December 17. Returning to the present and finding Yuki is the culprit, who had borrowed Haruhi's power to change everyone's memories except Kyon's, Kyon tries to install the program but is stabbed by Ryoko. He is rescued by future counterparts of the SOS Brigade, including himself, and wakes up a few days later in a hospital, where the world is back to normal, but almost everyone thinks Kyon had been in a coma since the 17th. When Yuki mentions to Kyon how the Data Overmind would punish her, Kyon tells her to let them know that if they ever do, he can tell Haruhi about him being John Smith and have her alter reality so they wouldn't exist.
On December 18, 2007, the official website of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya anime series, haruhi.tv, was replaced by a fake 404 error with five form input fields, a reference to the pivotal date in The Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya, the fourth volume in the light novel series. The story of The Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya did not appear in the 2009 re-airing of the anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, which included previously un-aired episodes adapted from the second, third and fifth novels. However, at the close of the 2009 season on October 8, 2009, a 30-second teaser trailer showing Yuki Nagato was aired, revealing that The Vanishment of Haruhi Suzumiya would actually be a film, set for a February 6, 2010 release. A one-minute promotional video was released in December 2009. The film's theme song is "Yasashii Bōkyaku" (優しい忘却, "Tender Oblivion") by Minori Chihara, and the single was released on February 24, 2010. The film's original soundtrack was released on January 27, 2010.
With the film's release on February 6, 2010 on 24 screens in Japan, it placed in the top 10 for Japanese box office sales in its first weekend, and earned an estimated 200 million yen in its first week.