Excitement is brewing among fans of the beloved Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series as Kadokawa announced that a new volume is currently in production, titled The Theater of Haruhi Suzumiya.
The big news was made during the “Sneaker Bunko 35th Anniversary Festa!” live-streamed event on Sunday. According to Kadokawa, the new Haruhi Suzumiya light novel volume will feature two isekai short stories previously published in Kadokawa’s The Sneaker magazine, along with an entirely new sequel to these tales.
One of the short stories, titled “Suzumiya Haruhi Gekijō: Fantasy-Hen” (Haruhi Suzumiya Theater: Fantasy Arc), initially graced the pages of The Sneaker in the August 2004 issue. It kicks off when the SOS Brigade mysteriously finds themselves transported to a fantastical world.
This captivating story then continues its journey through various otherworldly realms in the follow-up tale, “Kaete Kita Suzumiya Haruhi Gekijō” (Return of Haruhi Suzumiya Theater), which was featured in the June 2006 issue of The Sneaker.
What adds even more anticipation to this new volume is the inclusion of a sequel story, which will delve deeper into the captivating universe of Haruhi Suzumiya.
To give fans a visual taste of the exciting worlds the SOS Brigade will encounter, franchise illustrator Noizi Ito created an enticing illustration, which showcases the diverse settings the characters will explore.
Check out the fun illustration below!
The live-streamed event also announced the return of the “legendary” 2009 concert event, Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensō, after 15 long years. Fans can look forward to enjoying this event once more, featuring the original cast and composer Satoru Kousaki.
Haruhi Suzumiya is a Japanese light novel series written by Nagaru Tanigawa and illustrated by Noizi Ito. It made its debut in Japan in Kadokawa Shoten’s “Sneaker” magazine in 2003, captivating readers with its fresh take on the school life genre and its blend of science fiction and supernatural elements. The series gained immense popularity and ran until 2011, resulting in a total of 11 volumes during its initial run.
Yen Press publishes the light novel series in English. It describes the story as follows:
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 behind Haruhi in homeroom and the only boy Haruhi has ever opened up to. His fate is now tied to hers. Meet the S.O.S. 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 the universe. Seriously.
The novels have inspired a manga, a spinoff manga, and an anime adaptation.
The first season of the anime, titled The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya made its debut in 2006, presenting its narrative in a non-linear fashion. In 2009, it received a rebroadcast featuring fresh episodes and a restructured chronological order.
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