The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Volume 1

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Kyon is your ordinary high school freshman who has long given up on his childhood dreams of encountering the fantastic and supernatural...or so he thought. From the very first day of school, his classmate-the beautiful but eccentric Haruhi Suzumiya-makes it very clear that her only desire is to meet aliens, time travelers, and psychics! A chance conversation between the two inspires Haruhi to form the SOS Brigade, a school club created for the sole purpose of gathering together such supernatural beings. The ...
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Overview

Kyon is your ordinary high school freshman who has long given up on his childhood dreams of encountering the fantastic and supernatural...or so he thought. From the very first day of school, his classmate-the beautiful but eccentric Haruhi Suzumiya-makes it very clear that her only desire is to meet aliens, time travelers, and psychics! A chance conversation between the two inspires Haruhi to form the SOS Brigade, a school club created for the sole purpose of gathering together such supernatural beings. The initial members consist of the mute bookworm Yuki Nagato, the timid but voluptuous Miharu Asahina, and the polite and ever-smiling Itsuki Koizumi. By the end of this first volume, Kyon quickly finds out that these seemingly "helpless victims" of Haruhi's are actually members of secret organizations-both futuristic and alien-with the single aim of keeping watch over Haruhi Suzumiya as she is the pinnacle of some major calamity on the horizon...
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759529441
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Series , #1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 107,423
  • Product dimensions: 4.99 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    preview

    i read the first chapter in otaku usa and based on just that chapter it was out standing and very funny

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2009

    Anime

    this book is just as good as the anime which is AMAZING! and it's east to follow. like i said. just like the anime

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    A good read.

    This was certainly a good manga version, although parts do vary from the original story bits, it is still as funny and as clever the other versions of the story. The story and characters are very interesting and you won't soon forget them after reading The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    I enjoyed it.

    This Manga has proved to be as entertaining as the popular anime. I recommend this to anyone who wants to read something interesting and funny.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

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    Haruhi Suzumiya - "Creator of the Universe, and a Hip Dance Routine!"

    Haruhi Suzumiya is a must have to otakus and anime hobbyists alike. The characters are unique, as well as the story line! It has it's share of seriousness...oh, who am I kidding? It's a hilarious manga, and you you read the manga you should surely watch the anime as well.

    Haruhi, you are just amazing!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Striking godly gold!

    Now this is the goldmine of B&N's manga collection!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    Tv-book

    This manga seris also has a tv show and its on youtube. Go ahead and check it out

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Highly Recommended For Manga Readers!

    This is a great read! This book is a good start for any new manga readers or anyone who just has some spare time and wants to read a good "comic". Its mainly about a high school setting with some paranormal backdrop. I highly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Goooooo!

    Great manga like the anime Fruits Basket. I looooove manga!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Good

    This was a good first volume. It seems that the characters have been introduced. The school club has been established. Haruhi is crazy, but I cannot wait to see what she does next. She has unrealistic expectations for poor Kyon. I feel bad for him, but it makes me interested in the future for his character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Amazing

    You should really read this, Anime and Manga is always a delight

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    I luv this anime!!

    I never read the manga but im excited because i loved the anime can't wait to read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    AWESOME

    From the momemt I started reading I was hookes on this creative and just plain awesome book. I've read the novel and it was also awesome. Haruhi Suzumiya has become one of my favorite heroines and I love every character in the S.O.S. Brigade. I've read all the book curremtly out and I can't wait for more! :-)

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