First off, there will be pictures, I have like seven, and that's because there's so much to talk about. I could go into great lengths to just talk about the metaphors of the pictures, but I'll just keep it short and add them to the small texts beneath them.
This is really something. I write this fresh (As always), five minutes after the movie (Actually I slept a full night sleep, but doesn't affect me). Thus some things haven't settled in yet. Oh, and there will be a funny thing including one of the latter novels, but it's just a minor thing so no need to worry about huge spoiler alert. Of course, I will rip the movie apart, so there will be spoilers of IT of course.
Surprisingly Complex: The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi
The words that we're focusing today are "change" and "regret" as they are integral parts of the movie. Also their combinations are important. And the words themselves don't really mean anything, but more like just convey the general idea that it is usually used with. Change is more straightforward, but regret is harder to explain. It comes in the very end, but it has a powerful punch when it comes (The moment when Nagato tells that she actually changed the world). The very character of Kyon becomes an embodiment of regret. Silence tells more than any words could. Which was an important part of Endless Eight, where the silence of Nagato was actually creepier and actually showed her despair in a way. In the same way, Kyon is now filled with regret of two things. Firstly, getting annoyed of Haruhi's bull, leading Nagato (An observer that cannot fathom human emotion) thinking that wouldn't it be better for Kyon also if the world changed to a normal one. Secondly, not realizing that Nagato was changing, and relying on her too much.
|Change ain't gonna come, is it?|
In the time Nagato was in our world (Particularly in Endless Eight) she must have felt like an alien. And when she thinks she could finally do some good (Give Kyon a world where he wouldn't suffer) she only succeeds in alienating Kyon of the world she created. Ironic?
|Remember that Haruhi we know also heard that!|
|Might have something to do with godhood?|
(A sidenote, Taniguchi's date, even if it seems random at this time, actually gets funny when we get to meet the girl he was on date with... That soccer scene just always made me laugh, but now it was enhanced!)
So, to the symbolism! This one's gonna take a while, believe me!
Theres' a larger emphasis on symbolism, and it can be noticed in the beginning if one keeps their mind open. Like see how Haruhi putting that little party hat on Nagato seems surprisingly important after you watched the part where she puts it on herself?
|The smile so faint, even Kyon can't handle it|
|Overloading the world with fun like a BOSS.|
On the moment of decision, before he points the gun on Nagato, there's so much of symbolism that it's better just to leave everyone to find most of them themselves. But some examples are good to take. Like on the right we can see the club room overloading with christmas swag, which actually symbolizes that Haruhi overloaded at least his life with fun.
Kyon's final choice, heartbreaking as it is, is also delivered in a neat package, with the scene on the left. It's a reference to the scene before where Nagato succeeded in keeping Kyon in her world (Her house), but this time, Kyon didn't give in.
This one (in the right) actually means 2 things: Nagato accepting the humanity she's gaining, and actually joining the SOS brigade, which she actually never did before.
There's a few examples, but I could delve deeper if needed.
In the scene where Kyon assures Nagato that if she goes missing, they'd go through seven hells to get her back. Here the interesting part is actually just a minor one, but one with great impact to the whole supposed continuity. It's the one on the left where Kyon puts his coat on Nagato. This means so goddamn many things, and it actually changes the dynamics of the series so damn much in a way. Kyon now takes responsibility, and takes his part as John Smith, the active defender of the world whatnot. It's told in the end, but the actual scene where it happens is here. It also serves as an oath to protect Nagato if needed. It's also a form of apology for all the things that happened to Nagato etc etc etc.
There's some symbolism for ya! (God, this blogpost looks like a clusterfuck)