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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Vol. 3 - manga Paperback – June 9, 2009
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Do not base the reviews on all the reviews talking about the manga, because this is not the manga. The quality of this translated light novel is very good, and the hardcover makes it look very nice.
After watching the hit anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya as it was coming out in Japan back in 2006, I proceeded to read fan-translated versions of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novels, which is where the story originally got its start. The story goes far beyond what the anime covers and it's very well-written and entertaining. The series alternates between serious adventure and sidestory hijinks with small mysteries that the SOS Brigade indulges in. For any adolescent anime fan, this is a fun and interesting read, especially with nine more volumes coming down the line.
The first volume on its own, however, may not be quite as appealing to fans of the anime who aren't die-hard Haruhi fans. The anime is pretty closely cut from the original story, so the most extra content fans who have seen the whole anime will find are a few extra thoughts from Kyon (he's the sole narrator of the entire story) and the ever-so-slight variation in detail now and then. The real volume Haruhi anime fans would want to wait for is the forthcoming The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya, due out in October of this year.Read more ›
That said, there's a reason this book started the craze that it did. It is a very fun story with a unique cast of characters that, somehow, manage to feel 'authentic' in their universe. Much of the content is easy to view as intellectually shallow, but a more complete look at the work does reveal it to be quite a bit deeper than one might expect. The Japanese have a fondness for exploring the themes of mortality and existentialism, and Haruhi does a poignant, if amusing, job of that.
My reading was aided by having watched the anime which, on a separate note, is incredibly well done and follows the book essentially to a T. It is important to understand, however, that the book did come first. There's actually a manga based on it as well which I haven't read myself, but I've heard its the weakest part of the franchise.
Japanese to English is never easy and never perfect, but the translator here does a pretty good job. Awkwardness only occasionally seeps into the writing, and doesn't negatively affect the reading overmuch.
All in all, for the three dollars I paid for it (cheapest book I ever bought!) the physical quality of the item and the enjoyment I got out of it were well worth the price.
A quick summary: The story revolves around a young girl named Haruhi Suzumiya who makes it clear that she has no interest in normal people or mainstream ideas. Instead, she seeks out the extraordinary: aliens, time travelers, sliders, and espers -anything involving the paranormal. The story is told through the lens of the surprisingly normal Kyon, who becomes Haruhi's confidant and the first member of her unauthorized after school club which deals in anything out of the ordinary: the SOS Brigade. She quickly recruits three more students to her club: the silent bookworm Yuki Nagato, the meek and charming Mikuru Asahina, and the mysterious transfer student Itsuki Koizumi. Though they seem for the most part normal, Kyon soon learns that there is more to this club and it members than meets the eye, and that the world he lives in may just so happen to literally revolve around Haruhi.
This book is great for both the hardcore reader who may be getting bored of their standard action/thriller/fantasy books, and also for those who dislike the long 300 to 700 page sagas which take a long while to read.
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is an interesting book. If you are used to the style of anime and manga and are not offended by/can get past the sexual harassment, then I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mashka Sutton
So I love this anime a lot since I first watched in November of 2011 so many hrs waited for another season but I don't want to wait long I'm a spiritualist and I have little... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anthony adams
When I started reading this book, I was expecting a very a-typical rom-com sort of novel experience (mind you that I have not seen the anime and I didn’t know anything about the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shafiya Naher
Having been on a Light Novel kick after The Devil is a Part Timer, I thought I would revisit one of my old favorites, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tyler Hittle
Great book. Great show. The book does match quite exactly with the show but there are some new things you get that I didn't remember from the show. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DearJordan
Having seen the Haruhi anime, I thought to myself "this would make a great novel." It goes into a little more detail than the anime about some of the characters (I liked... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Noah Meyer
I've been into manga and anime since the 6th grade... now, as a high school senior, that's more true than ever. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Niccolo Short