|The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan|
Cover of the first manga volume
(Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu)
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Original run||July 4, 2009 – August 4, 2016|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Jun'ichi Wada|
|Written by||Touko Machida|
|Music by||Tatsuya Kato|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, AT-X, BS11, CTC, tvk, TV Saitama, Sun TV, TVQ, SBC, GBS, MTV|
|Original run||April 3, 2015 – July 17, 2015|
|Episodes||16 + OVA|
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan (長門有希ちゃんの消失 Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu), also known as The Vanishing of Nagato Yuki-chan, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Puyo. The series is a spinoff of Nagaru Tanigawa's Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series, and is based on the alternate universe originally featured in the series' fourth volume and feature film, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. The series was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine from July 2009 to August 2016 and is licensed by Yen Press. A 16-episode anime television series adaptation by Satelight aired between April and July 2015, with an original video animation episode released in October 2015.
The setting is based on the alternate universe depicted in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, in which Haruhi Suzumiya never formed the SOS Brigade. In this world, Yuki Nagato is not a stoic alien but rather a shy and tentative girl who is a member of North High's literature club alongside Ryoko Asakura, her best friend, and Kyon, whom she has a crush on. The series follows Yuki and her companions as she develops feelings for Kyon and becomes involved in some strange mysteries herself.
The original manga by Puyo was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine from July 4, 2009 to August 4, 2016. Kadokawa Shoten published ten tankōbon volumes from February 4, 2010 to February 4, 2017. The series is licensed in North America by Yen Press, who began releasing the series from July 24, 2012.
On December 18, 2013, which refers to a pivotal date depicted in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, the official website for the Haruhi Suzumiya series "vanished" and was replaced by a fake error page containing a hidden link revealing that an anime adaptation of The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan was in production. A year later, on December 18, 2014, the site revealed the staff and cast for the series. The series is being produced by Satelight with direction by Jun'ichi Wada, series composition by Tōko Machida, and character design by Ikuko Ito. Additionally, the cast of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya anime series reprise their roles as the main cast. The 16-episode series aired in Japan from April 3 to July 17, 2015 and depicts events from the first five volumes of the manga. An original video animation was bundled with the manga's ninth volume on October 26, 2015.
The series has been licensed for streaming in North America by Funimation, who simulcasted the subtitled version as it aired. A broadcast dub version, featuring the same cast as Bang Zoom! Entertainment's dub of the previous Haruhi series, began streaming from May 29, 2015. The opening theme is "Fure Fure Mirai" (フレ降レミライ Pouring Future) by Kitakō Bungei-bu Joshikai (Minori Chihara, Natsuko Kuwatani, Yūko Gotō, Yuki Matsuoka, and Aya Hirano), and the ending theme is "Arigatō, Daisuki" (ありがとう、だいすき Thank You, I Love You) by Chihara. An acoustic version of "Arigatō, Daisuki" is used for episode 13.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
"Taisetsu na Basho" (大切な場所)
|April 3, 2015|
|Yuki Nagato is a shy girl who spends her time in North High School's Literature Club along with Ryoko Asakura, her best friend, and Kyon, whom she has a crush on. As Christmas approaches, Yuki is determined to have a party in her clubroom to celebrate the others' joining and keeping the club going. The next day, whilst shopping for turkey for the party, the trio run into Mikuru Asahina and Tsuruya, the latter of which puts Nagato in a contest against Mikuru for one of her own turkeys, which just ends up being between Ryoko and Tsuruya. Afterward, as Asakura gets permission to use the clubroom for a party, Yuki recalls the time when Kyon helped her get a library card.|
|2||"Joy to the World"|
"Morobito Kozorite" (もろびとこぞりて)
|April 10, 2015|
|As the Christmas party gets underway, Yuki recalls earlier in the year when the Literature Club was in danger of being shut down due to a lack of members. Whilst figuring out what to do, Yuki encountered a mysterious girl from Kouyouen Academy who dragged her into writing an alien message to Santa in the playground. Finding confidence in the girl's positive attitude, Yuki was able to ask Ryoko and Kyon to join the club. Back at the party, Yuki tries to work up the courage to confess to Kyon but is interrupted at the last minute. The next day, Yuki and Kyon are surprised when the mysterious girl suddenly lands in front of them.|
"Suzumiya Haruhi!!" (涼宮ハルヒ!!)
|April 17, 2015|
|Yuki and Kyon help out the girl, Haruhi Suzumiya, who claims she spent the night attempting to capture Santa. She expresses her dream to meet aliens, time travelers, and espers. Later, at the start of the New Year, Haruhi shows up at the Literature Club with her classmate Itsuki Koizumi, deciding to make themselves members, making the once quiet club more lively.|
|4||"Be My Valentine"|
(Be My Valentine)
|April 24, 2015|
|On the day before Valentine's Day, Ryoko helps Yuki make some Valentine chocolates while Haruhi drags Kyon around town in search of mysteries. The next day, Yuki has lunch with Mikuru and Tsuruya, who give her some encouragement. Later, Yuki follows Ryoko's plan in the hopes of getting some time alone with Kyon. But when she gets to the clubroom, she is shocked to see Haruhi giving Kyon a chocolate.|
"Kanojo no Yūutsu" (彼女の憂鬱)
|May 1, 2015|
|After learning that Haruhi gave Kyon courtesy chocolate, Ryoko lashes out at Haruhi for not reading the mood, as well as blaming herself for her own failings. Ryoko and Haruhi catch up to Yuki, who states she still intends to give Kyon her chocolates and had only run away to respect Haruhi's privacy. Afterwards, Yuki gets the chance to give her chocolates to Kyon, who gladly accepts and enjoys them, though an opportunity to confess is thwarted by Tsuruya. Spectating from afar, Haruhi recalls her encounter with a boy named John Smith three years ago. On White Day, Kyon gets Yuki and Haruhi some return gifts, with Yuki grateful for her gift while the others lament that he got Yuki and Haruhi the same thing.|
|6||"Over the Obento"|
(Over the Obento)
|May 8, 2015|
|The group are surprised to hear that Haruhi and Itsuki gained permission to go on school grounds long ago, while Tsuruya explains the source of the misunderstandings concerning Kyon and Mikuru. As Ryoko helps Kyon study, Haruhi tests her with some questions from Kouyouen, which Yuki manages to solve in a manner that she can't explain in a human language. Afterwards, Yuki and Kyon share lunch together, with Yuki making a unique request of her own, after which Haruhi announces they'll be going to a training camp.|
|May 15, 2015|
|Haruhi prepares the guidebooks for her planned hot springs trip, even filling out everyone's thoughts in advance. Meanwhile, Ryoko, who had witnessed Kyon feeding Yuki the other day, becomes concerned about what they might get up to during the trip. On the day of the trip, Haruhi has everyone pull straws to decide who sits next to whom on the train. This doesn't quite work out as planned but bodes well for Yuki. Arriving at their destination, the group goes sightseeing around town, including a visit to the local temple. As the others try to keep Haruhi under control, Mikuru helps Yuki buy a matchmaking charm.|
|8||"The Plotting of Haruhi Suzumiya"|
"Suzumiya Haruhi no Hakarigoto" (涼宮ハルヒの謀)
|May 22, 2015|
|The group arrive at the inn, with the girls immediately deciding to jump into the hot springs, which includes an open-air matchmaking bath. Afterwards, the gang have a ping pong tournament, karaoke, and dinner. Yuki and Kyon take another bath and spot each other through the matchmaking bath.|
|9||"Give Me Your Hand..."|
"Sono-te o..." (その手を…)
|May 29, 2015|
|The gang play a game of old maid with a penalty for the loser, with Ryoko getting some wild ideas about what might happen between Yuki and Kyon. Later, Yuki and Kyon go to a nearby observatory for some stargazing while Ryoko and Haruhi tail them, admitting that she feels lonely as Yuki gets closer to Kyon. Everyone ends up going to the observatory together, where Yuki gets to hold hands with Kyon. Shortly after returning home from the trip, however, Yuki is caught off-guard by an oncoming car.|
|10||"Someday in the Rain"|
"Samudei in za Rein" (サムデイ イン ザ レイン)
|June 5, 2015|
|Following her near-miss with the car, Yuki starts to exhibit a different personality, paying no heed to her minor injuries despite Ryoko's concerns. The next day, Kyon is asked by Ryoko to look after Yuki, finding her to be unusually untalkative. That night, Ryoko confronts the Yuki, questioning who she really is.|
|11||"The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan I"|
"Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu I" (長門有希ちゃんの消失I)
|June 12, 2015|
|The present Yuki reveals herself to be a different Yuki Nagato who possesses the other Yuki's memories but not her experiences. Hearing about her situation, Ryoko remains supportive of the current Yuki, taking her to the hospital to get checked up before informing Kyon. As the two watch over Yuki as she continues to attend school without letting anyone else catch on, Kyon and Yuki go to the library together.|
|12||"The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan II"|
"Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu II" (長門有希ちゃんの消失II)
|June 19, 2015|
|As Yuki becomes entranced by the library, she remembers that this was the place the original Yuki first met Kyon, who helped her get a library card. Sensing that the consciousness of the old Yuki may be waking up inside her, Yuki starts to wonder what will happen to her current self once she does. In addition, she starts developing her own feelings towards Kyon, leading her to suspect her two personalities may be merging together. Seeing more of the old Yuki's memories in her dreams, Yuki begins to worry that she'll disappear completely once the other Yuki awakens.|
|13||"The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan III"|
"Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu III" (長門有希ちゃんの消失III)
|June 26, 2015|
|Following their exams, Nagato asks Kyon and Ryoko to take her to a used book fair. On the way back, Ryoko leads Yuki to realise that she has fallen in love with Kyon, leaving her even more fearful about her inevitable disappearance. Sensing the next time she falls asleep will be her last, Yuki spends the day with Ryoko, keeping her disappearance a secret from her. Later that night, Yuki confesses to Kyon over the phone, falling asleep by the time Kyon reaches her, after which the original Yuki wakes up in her place.|
"Kanojo no Tomadoi" (彼女の戸惑い)
|July 3, 2015|
|Before waking, Yuki is greeted by her other self, who encourages her to confess her feelings for Kyon. As Yuki returns to her normal life, Ryoko is simultaneously happy and sad upon the safe return of one friend and the departure of another. Meanwhile, Kyon is reluctant to face Yuki after hearing her other self's confession. Later, Haruhi makes plans for everyone to celebrate Tanabata, asking Kyon and Itsuki to find a bamboo branch for the occasion. As everyone writes their wishes, Haruhi confronts Kyon over why he's distancing himself from Yuki, deducing he is nervous because of the other Yuki's confession. Secretly lamenting how he does not remember helping her write a message to space during Tanabata four years ago, Haruhi encourages Kyon to work at it despite Yuki not remembering the confession.|
"Kare no Mayoi" (彼の迷い)
|July 10, 2015|
|With the arrival of summer break, the Literature Club, along with Kyon's little sister, go on a trip to the beach, staying at Tsuruya's beach house. The next day, the group head for the mountains for some bug-hunting before participating in a test of courage. Rather than the ghosts one would expect, the pairs end up coming across a group of beautiful fireflies.|
|July 17, 2015|
|After multiple meetups, the club participates in the summer festival, with Mikuru staring at a blender and the rest playing parlor games. When the fireworks began, Kyon drags Yuki to an inconspicuous place and, without her knowing, tells the other Yuki how he feels about her, giving him some closure. Later, Ryoko asks Kyon if he finished his homework, a few days before school resumes.|
|OVA||"Endless Summer Vacation"|
"Owarenai Natsuyasumi" (終われない夏休み)
|October 26, 2015|
|The gang go to a swimming pool, where they participate in a race to win some exotic fruits. Haruhi soon leads the group on a wide array of summer activities, leaving Kyon with no opportunity to finish his summer homework. With only two days of summer break left and Kyon and Yuki's homework unfinished, the gang have a study session at Kyon's house, where they soon get distracted playing games. The only one with his homework unfinished, Kyon comes to Yuki's to borrow hers.|
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