The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya : The Novel

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Haruhism has seized the nation with the release of the highly successful animated series DVD that was one of the top ten bestselling anime properties in 2007. Yen Press and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will publish the novel and manga series back-to-back, with hardcovers of the novels with the original Japanese cover art for libraries and hard core fans of the property. When Haruhi Suzumiya introduces herself to Kyon by asking if he's an alien, time traveler, or psychic, he knows his chances for a normal high school experience are ruined. Bold Haruhi takes a shine to him, and uses the force of her irrepressible personality to draft him into her club to find paranormal beings. Kyon soon discovers what she's looking for: Haruhi herself has the power to destroy and create entire universes at her whim. But if she knew about her ability, it could spell disaster for everyone.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 137.16 x 205.74 x 17.78mm | 204.12g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 8pp of b&w drawings
  • 0316039020
  • 9780316039024
  • 95,125

About Nagaru Tanigawa

Nagaru Tanigawa is a Japanese author best known for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya for which he won the grand prize at the eighth annual Sneaker Awards. Tanigawa is currently working on the tenth novel about Haruhi Suzumiya and the S.O.S. Brigade.show more

Review Text

The welcome trend of translating popular Japanese series into English continues with this first of ten in Tanigawa's popular series. Completely normal high schooler Kyon narrates as his boredom is smashed by a strange and beautiful girl. Haruhi Suzumiya isn't interested in anyone other than "aliens, time travelers, sliders, or espers." As "ordinary humans" don't interest her, Haruhi forms a school club, the S.O.S. Brigade, with a mission to find the extraordinary, conscripting Kyon and three other club members. But Kyon discovers that, unbeknownst to Haruhi, the S.O.S. Brigade is peopled with just the aliens, time travelers and espers it seeks. Kyon's narration is beautifully physical, effectively evoking a manga aesthetic of robot fights and giant monsters. The playfulness and visual joy of the genre, however, are accompanied by slapstick, dubious-consent sexuality. Manga and anime fans will find it familiar enough, but readers unfamiliar with the genre will be less comfortable with scenes - all played for laughs - of girls unwillingly dressed in sexy outfits and groped. (Science fiction. 14-16) (Kirkus Reviews)show more
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