Well, 2020 doesn’t totally suck after all. A brand-new Twitter account repping the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya franchise opened today, and announced that the first Haruhi novel in nine years is heading to bookstores across Japan soon.
The 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.
Our friends at Yen Press released the previous Haruhi Suzumiya novels, so there’s a less-than-zero chance we’ll get this new novel in English at some point too!
Speaking of which, here’s how they describe the first one:
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 getting these supernatural beings together. The initial members consist of the mute bookworm Yuki Nagato, the timid but voluptuous Mikuru Asahina, and the polite and ever-smiling Itsuki Koizumi. But it isn’t long before Kyon realizes that Haruhi’s “helpless victims” are actually members of secret organizations — both futuristic and alien — keeping watch over Haruhi, as she is the pinnacle of some major calamity on the horizon…
Who’s looking forward to this new Haruhi Suzumiya novel?