English Title: Haruhi Suzumiya
Japanese Title: 涼宮ハルヒ – “Haruhi Suzumiya”
Author: Nagaru Tanigawa
Illustrator: Noizi Ito
Translator: Chris Pai
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Original Run: 2003 – ongoing
English Run: 2009 – ongoing
English Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Volumes Published in English: 10 (In Progress)
Note: Japan’s volume 10 and 11 (a two-parter) were combined into volume 10 for the English release.
Average Price Per Volume: Hardcover $20 — Paperback $14 — Kindle $7 — Nook $7
Synopsis: Welcome Japan’s hottest property and the international phenomenon known as Haruhism! Meet Haruhi — a cute, determined girl, starting high school in a city where nothing exciting happens and absolutely no one understands her. Meet Kyon — the sarcastic guy who sits in front of Haruhi in homeroom and the only boy Haruhi has ever opened up to. His fate is now tied to hers. Meet the SOS Brigade — an after-school club organized by Haruhi with a mission to seek out the extraordinary. Oh, and their second mission? Keeping Haruhi happy… because even though she doesn’t know it, Haruhi has the power to destroy our universe…
Suggestions for Further Reading
Same Artist (Noizi Ito): Shakugan no Shana
Similar Setting and Setup (high school misadventures with “average” boy and unusual girl): Aria the Scarlet Ammo, Chibi Vampire, Love Hina, Pita-Ten, Shakugan no Shana
Note: The story for Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya was spread across two volumes in Japan (Vol 10 and 11), but was combined into one single volume for the English release.
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