If you were feeling melancholic about how long it might take for the new Haruhi Suzumiya novel to get an English release, well, feel melancholic no longer.
We just learned the novel, announced just about 24 hours ago, will be released in English at the same time as the Japanese release on November 25.
That’s some serious speed.
The release will be handled by Yen Press, who released all the Haruhi novels in English so far. Yen Press’s November 25 release will be digital, with a physical release to follow at some point.
Yen Press will also release the older Haruhi novels under its Yen On imprint.
The new novel, penned by original Haruhi author Nagaru Tanigawa and illustrator Noizi Ito, is titled Suzumiya Haruhi no Chokkan (The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya). It contains one brand-new story and two previously-published ones. It’s due out in Japanese in November.
The two stories are called “Nana Fushigi Overtime” from 2018 and “Atezuppo Numbers” from 2013. The new one is called “Tsuruya-san no Chōsen” (“Tsuruya’s Challenge”). All together, the book will have over 250 pages in Japanese.
Who’s going to pick up this baby in English?
Author Nagaru Tanigawa and illustrator Noizi Ito’s Haruhi Suzumiya novels were adapted into the anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Kyoto Animation in 2006. Here’s how Funimation describes it:
Kyon is a cynical and sarcastic teenager. The first day of his first year of high school is filled with hopes of a normal school experience hopes that are immediately dashed after meeting the beautiful and eccentric Haruhi Suzumiya. Haruhi is athletic, brilliant, and completely bored with life. At Kyon’s accidental suggestion, she decides to create her own club dedicated to finding and observing life’s oddities like the aliens, espers, and time travelers she believes walk among normal people. Now, Kyon and a ragtag group of recruits are Haruhi’s right-hand men in the newly formed SOS Brigade. But all is not what it seems. The quiet bookworm? Alien. The busty sophomore? Time-traveler. The handsome transfer student? ESPer. And the biggest surprise? They’re all there because Haruhi herself has the ability to reshape the world as she sees fit. Maybe Kyon should have joined the literature club.