Haruhi Suzumiya

Haruhi Suzumiya

Haruhi Suzumiya

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
Volumes: 11
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…

Volume 1 – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
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Volume 2 – The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya
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Volume 3 – The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya
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Volume 4 – The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
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Volume 5 – The Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya
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Volume 6 – The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya
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Volume 7 – The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya
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Volume 8 – The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya
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Volume 9 – The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya
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Volume 10 – The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya
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Reviews of Haruhi Suzumiya
Vol 4 — Ani-Gamers
Vol 1 — Anime Secrets
Vol 1-2 — Mainichi Anime Yume
Vol 1 — Nagareboshi Reviews

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 AmmoChibi Vampire, Love Hina, Pita-Ten, Shakugan no Shana

Illustrations Sampler

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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12 responses to “Haruhi Suzumiya

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  4. Is the English publisher really Yen Press? On the Amazon and Book Depository pages it says ‘Little, Brown Young Readers’.

    • Thanks for the detail, MegaKnogga; I’ll add it to the entry. From the information I could scrounge up, it looks like Little Brown Books for Young Readers is a division in Hachette Book Group, a major book publisher in the USA. Yen Press is a part of the Orbit division in the Hachette Book Group. Haruhi Suzumiya appears to be published officially by Little Brown Books for Young Readers (AKA Little, Brown and Company), but is still typically considered a central part of the Yen Press lineup (especially at yenpress.com). I would guess this title was simply acquired by Hachette (back in 2009) before Yen Press started focusing on multiple light novel series, but I would have to check release dates on that.

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  8. Um, I know this is about 5 yrs since the English release of “The wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya” but, why is it so expensive? It’s like $100 for a new one and it just doesn’t make sense to me that you would under stock on the 6th book while have too much for all the other books.

    • Hm, it looks like the hardcover edition is selling for a high price on Amazon for some reason. Perhaps just not many copies out there for that volume?
      At least there is a paperback and Kindle version for 13 or 10 dollars, though I understand you might want to collect a full set of the hardcovers. In which case, perhaps just keep checking up on it, in case they print up another batch for it.

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