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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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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press; 1st edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759529442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759529441
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By CJNRICE on June 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Amazon has mized up the Light Novel hardback, paperback, and manga product listings and reviews. Please double check the ISBN #s before ordering so you know what product page you are on. The ISBNs and matching books are as follows:

The Manga ISBNs are:
ISBN-10: 0-7595-2944-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-7595-2944-1

The Light Novel Paperback ISBNs are:
ISBN-10: 0-316-03902-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-316-03902-4

The Light Novel Hardback ISBNs are:
ISBN-10: 0-316-03901-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-316-03901-7

Also that being said the Light Novels are excellent! The manga... not so much. Disappointing to say the least but that is the topic for another review and sadly Amazon will only let me post one since these product pages are merged.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By conditionals on April 2, 2011
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Awful. Just horribly, horribly, mind-numbingly awful. That's basically how I'd describe volume 1 of the 'Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya' manga adaptation [NB: what everyone else has been saying - the hardcover option here is the light novel, which is amazing].

Basically, I came into Haruhi Suzumiya pretty fresh. I picked up the light novel on a whim, knowing next to nothing about it, and loved it. Afterwards I decided to read the manga as well, intending to watch the anime after that. Let me tell you, the manga nearly killed that idea. Everything about it is terrible. It's like a textbook on how not to make something classified as 'entertainment'.

Let's see: the illustrations are awful, and look nothing like Noizi Ito's light novel illustrations, nor the anime (which I eventually decided to watch anyway... thank god, because it's awesome). Not only are the characters way off, especially Kyon, but the panels do not flow at all. Absolutely zero narrative is conveyed pictorially. I had to use my prior knowledge of the storyline to fill in like 80% of the storyline.

Picking apart an English translation of a manga is always risky, because obviously a lot is lost in translation. Still, the text we have here is just... basically like somebody auto-summarized the light novel, and picked out random half-sentences that sometimes (... sometimes) correspond with the illustrations. 1% of the individual depth of the characters is communicated. The story you get is a sort of Haruhi-lite edition... as if somebody had recounted the light novel/anime's basic plot to a friend, and that friend told another friend, and then that friend told another friend, and that friend opened up an IM window with you and spewed out a vague semblance of the plot he remembered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neko Mode on February 2, 2009
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Being neither particularly good nor bad probably the only thing I can say about this manga is that it is merely "acceptable" or "mediocre". The art is decent through not particularly detailed it has its own charm reminiscent of the Japanese "superflat" style of art. The biggest problem with this manga is the pacing which is simply way too fast. It relies on the reader's previous knowledge of the novels or the anime and without it many of the characters may come off as shallow.

The problem with the manga probably has something to do with the medium itself. The novels and anime relied a lot on the main character Kyon's narrations and introspections to develop the supporting cast and narration is hard to do in a manga as a medium I would think because huge blocks to text and internal monologues just don't work well in that format.

Though the format has its limitations I believe another major issue is the pacing which is almost frantic throughout the manga again leaving little room for character development. It feels almost like they didn't approach the manga with the intent of making a new manga but rather transcribing all the events of the series into manga format and in doing so it chugs along like a train through plot giving barely a glance to each event before moving on. The pages are packed, the text is heavy, and things move by just way too fast.

Maybe I am being too harsh because not only have I seen the anime but read the light novels as well. In the end for a fan of the series I am left somewhat disappointed with the end result of the manga.

At the end of the day the manga is a preview of the light novel. The novels are excellent so be sure to check them out if you haven't already.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maria vicky estrada on December 11, 2014
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I have read a lot of reviews of these book. I truly didn't trust it but I buy this book because it looks interesting. I ended up loving it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liraida Heredia on March 6, 2013
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i really like this i bought it used it it look perfectly new so dont think because it cheaper it would be damage but it perfect. i saw the anime and i couldn't wait to read the manga you wont be let down
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarious on January 8, 2015
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Not as good as the anime or light novels, but still the same great Haruhi.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keagan Littlefield on June 5, 2011
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I dont know what everybody else is talking about! "bad translation" "strays from the storyline of the anime". I disagree.
The translation worked for me and I didn't notice anything unusual. But it does stray from the story line of the anime a little but not drastically. I actually like that they changed it up. Makes it more interesting!
Anyway i recommend to any haruhi fan! Long live SOS brigade!
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