List of Haruhi Suzumiya light novels

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The cover of the first volume of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series released by Kadokawa Shoten.

The Haruhi Suzumiya series of Japanese light novels is written by Nagaru Tanigawa with accompanying illustrations drawn by Noizi Ito. The series centers on the eponymous high school girl Haruhi Suzumiya, her strange antics, and her friends in a club she forms called the SOS Brigade.

The first novel volume was published on June 6, 2003 by Kadokawa Shoten, and as of May 2011, 11 volumes have been published. The first pressing of the tenth and eleventh volumes was a record breaking 513,000 copies.[1]

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers licensed the light novels for distribution in English,[2] with the first novel being released in May 2009, along with excerpts from the manga adaptation. The novels in English are available in hardback and paperback editions, the hardback featuring the original manga-style Japanese cover art and the paperback featuring a different design.

The novels have also been licensed for release in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mainland China by Kadokawa Media, in South Korea by Daiwon CI, and in Spain and Argentina by Editorial Ivrea. The tenth and the eleventh volumes were released consecutively in Japan, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea in an "unprecedented worldwide release" with the other licensed countries releasing later.[3]


Volume list[edit]

No. Title Japanese release English release
01 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱)
June 6, 2003[4]
ISBN 978-4-04-429201-0
May 7, 2009[5][6][7]
ISBN 978-0-316-03901-7 (hardback),
ISBN 978-0-316-03902-4 (paperback)
Prologue
  1. Chapter 1
  2. Chapter 2
  3. Chapter 3
  4. Chapter 4
  5. Chapter 5
  6. Chapter 6
  7. Chapter 7
Epilogue
Kyon is an ordinary first-year high school student who has given up his fantasies of espers, time travelers, and aliens as he left middle school. However, sitting behind him is the beautiful, intelligent, and eccentric girl Haruhi Suzumiya, who in her class introduction blatantly states her singular desire to meet aliens, time travelers, or espers. Interested, Kyon starts trying to make small talk with her before class, eventually leading to normal conversations with Haruhi. One day, after making a comment about Haruhi's displeasure with the available school clubs, he finds himself dragged into membership of the newly formed Save the World by Overloading it with Fun Haruhi Suzumiya (or SOS) Brigade. Haruhi quickly claims the Literature Club's room and its sole member, the silent bibliophile Yuki Nagato as property of the SOS Brigade and "voluntary arrests" the timid but cute Mikuru Asahina and the polite, smiling Itsuki Koizumi as the club's other two members. As the story progresses, however, Kyon finds that each of these supposedly "helpless victims" are actually agents of fantastic organizations who have been sent to monitor Haruhi, who they explain as having superhuman abilities of manipulating the universe. Haruhi's unawareness of her powers means that she unconsciously creates a new universe—one more to her liking—and attempts to switch over whenever she becomes bored or otherwise dissatisfied with reality. To prevent this, the members of Haruhi's club spend their time trying to keep their god-like leader entertained, hold her powers in check, and maintain the illusion of a normal life.
02 The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya
Suzumiya Haruhi no Tameiki (涼宮ハルヒの溜息)
September 30, 2003[8]
ISBN 978-4-04-429202-7
October 1, 2009[9][10][11]
ISBN 978-0-316-03881-2 (hardback),
ISBN 978-0-316-03879-9 (paperback)
Prologue
  1. Chapter 1
  2. Chapter 2
  3. Chapter 3
  4. Chapter 4
  5. Chapter 5
Epilogue
The story follows the SOS Brigade's first movie making project, starring Mikuru Asahina as the main protagonist, who has sworn to protect Koizumi, while she faces Nagato as the antagonist. Eventually, in the movie, a love-triangle ensues with both Mikuru and Yuki striving for Itsuki's affections. The movie is Haruhi's idea for the upcoming cultural festival. However, she begins to confuse the movie with the real world, and the real world begins to become more like her movie. The pigeons in front of the shrine turn white, then into Passenger Pigeons, cherry trees blossom in autumn, Mikuru begins to shoot lasers out of her eyes, and the cat Shamisen begins to talk. By the efforts of Itsuki and Yuki, Kyon eventually convinces Haruhi to add a disclaimer at the end that the movie is a work of fiction. Overnight, the movie apparently edits itself, and is shown. With the disclaimer, Haruhi herself realizes it is a work of fiction, and the world reverts to normal.
03 The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya
Suzumiya Haruhi no Taikutsu (涼宮ハルヒの退屈)
December 27, 2003[12]
ISBN 978-4-04-429203-4
July 1, 2010[13][14][15]
ISBN 978-0-316-03886-7 (hardback),
ISBN 978-0-316-03887-4 (paperback)
  1. "The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya" (涼宮ハルヒの退屈 Suzumiya Haruhi no Taikutsu?)
  2. "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody" (笹の葉ラプソディ Sasa no Ha Rapusodi?)
  3. "Mysterique Sign" (ミステリックサイン Misuterikku Sain?)
  4. "Remote Island Syndrome" (孤島症候群 Kotō Shōkōgun?)
While published as the third volume in the series, this light novel collects short stories originally serialized in The Sneaker, and chronologically takes place between The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya.

In the first chapter, the SOS Brigade enters a baseball tournament. However, the team is hopelessly inept, and if they lose, Haruhi might destroy the world. To remedy the situation, Yuki uses her powers to alter the course of the game.

In the second chapter, Haruhi, during the SOS Brigade's standard after-school meeting on July 7, tells everyone to write down wishes for the Tanabata festival. After the meeting concludes, Mikuru takes Kyon back in time, to the same day three years ago. He finds a young Haruhi sneaking into her junior high school, and is forced to assist her, though he conceals his identity by using the pseudonym "John Smith". After helping her draw strange symbols on the school athletics grounds, Haruhi questions him on the existence of strange beings, and Kyon suggests that they might exist because he knows someone like her at his school. After Haruhi leaves, Kyon wakes up Mikuru, only to find that she misplaces her time traveling device. They go to see Yuki, who helps them return to their proper time. Kyon wonders if he was the one who inspired Haruhi to attend his high school and start searching for strange beings.

In the third chapter, the SOS Brigade investigates the disappearance of the Computer Research Society president. Once they visit his apartment a second time, in the absence of Haruhi, the remaining members of the Brigade enter a sealed reality. Therein lives a data entity, whose appearance is of a giant cave cricket — somehow created by the president once he looked at the logo drawn by Haruhi for the SOS Brigade website. Kyon and Mikuru watch as Yuki and Itsuki defeat the monster, thereby recovering the president.

In the fourth chapter, Keiichi Tamaru, said to be a rich relative of Itsuki's, invites the SOS Brigade to stay at his island villa. Initially, they enjoy the facilities and play outside on the beach, but later they get mixed up in a murder mystery once Keiichi is found dead, and attempt to find clues to solve the mystery. It is soon revealed that the murder was just a hoax to spur up excitement. Later, Itsuki reveals to Kyon that this was a plan to keep Haruhi distracted.
04 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Suzumiya Haruhi no Shōshitsu (涼宮ハルヒの消失)
July 31, 2004[16]
ISBN 978-4-04-429204-1
November 2, 2010[17][18][19]
ISBN 978-0-316-03890-4 (hardback),
ISBN 978-0-316-03889-8 (paperback)
Prologue
  1. Chapter 1
  2. Chapter 2
  3. Chapter 3
  4. Chapter 4
  5. Chapter 5
  6. Chapter 6
Epilogue
In this novel, the story takes place from December 17 until December 24 a month after the cultural festival. On December 17, everything is normal—the SOS Brigade plans to have a nabe party for Christmas. However on December 18, Kyon arrives at school to find everything has changed—Haruhi Suzumiya is missing, and Ryoko Asakura is a normal student. Kyon is the only one who notices anything different. Nagato is an ordinary human, and Mikuru does not recognize him. The only clue is a bookmark left by the alien version of Nagato, which leads Kyon on a quest back in time, where he interacts with the storyline from "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody", trying to sort out the mystery and return to his own time line.
05 The Rampage of Haruhi Suzumiya
Suzumiya Haruhi no Bōsō (涼宮ハルヒの暴走)
October 1, 2004[20]
ISBN 978-4-04-429205-8
June 7, 2011[21][22][23]
ISBN 978-0-316-03882-9 (hardback),
ISBN 978-0-316-03884-3 (paperback)
  1. "Endless Eight" (エンドレスエイト Endoresu Eito?)
  2. "The Day of Sagittarius" (射手座の日 Iteza no Hi?)
  3. "Snowy Mountain Syndrome" (雪山症候群 Yukiyama Shōkōgun?)
In chapter one, the SOS Brigade are enjoying the last two weeks of summer vacation. Eventually, they become aware that this time period has been repeated 15,498 times in an apparently infinite time loop, because once the vacation ends, Haruhi invariably feels there is still something she wants to do, thereby unwittingly causing the two weeks to start over again.

In chapter two, the Computer Research Society challenges the SOS Brigade to a computer game tournament, hoping to reclaim the computer Haruhi extorted from the Computer Research Society earlier in the year. The game is entitled The Day of Sagittarius III, a 2D real-time strategy battle simulator where the players control spaceship fleets. Eventually, Nagato manages to find out that Computer Research Society club members are cheating and is able to block and use it against them, thus winning the game and some laptops for the SOS Brigade club room.

In chapter three, while skiing during winter vacation, the SOS Brigade are trapped by a mysterious blizzard, and take refuge in a deserted mansion. Yuki is cut off from the Integrated Data Entity, but according to Itsuki, Haruhi is absolutely not the one behind this. They have hallucinations and use them as clues to solve a math problem carved on the door, which Itsuki believes is the only way to get out.
06 The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya
Suzumiya Haruhi no Dōyō (涼宮ハルヒの動揺)
March 21, 2005[24]
ISBN 978-4-04-429206-5
November 7, 2011[25][26]
ISBN 978-0-316-03891-1 (hardback),
ISBN 978-0-316-03892-8 (paperback)
  1. "Live Alive" (ライブアライブ Raibu Araibu?)
  2. "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Episode 00" (朝比奈ミクルの冒険 Episode 00 Asahina Mikuru no Bōken Episode 00?)
  3. "Love at First Sight" (ヒトメボレLOVER Hitomebore LOVER?)
  4. "Where Did the Cat Go?" (猫はどこに行った? Neko wa Doko ni Itta??)
  5. "The Melancholy of Mikuru Asahina" (朝比奈みくるの憂鬱 Asahina Mikuru no Yūutsu?)
In chapter one, Kyon visits the cultural festival's events. These include a fried noodle stall run by Mikuru and Tsuruya and a live performance by Haruhi and Nagato.

The chapter two tells the story of the movie created in The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya.

In chapter three, an old friend of Kyon's has fallen in love with Nagato, and asks for Kyon's help in pursuing a relationship with her.

In chapter four, during their winter vacation, once again the SOS Brigade tries to solve a murder mystery. (much like in the short story "Remote Island Syndrome") This time, everyone knows that the event is staged.

In chapter five, Mikuru asks Kyon to accompany her to buy tea leaves. She did that secretly under orders from the future, so he can save a boy's life.
07 The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya
Suzumiya Haruhi no Inbō (涼宮ハルヒの陰謀)
August 31, 2005[27]
ISBN 978-4-04-429207-2
June 19, 2012[28][29][30]
ISBN 978-0-316-03895-9 (hardback),
ISBN 978-0-316-03896-6 (paperback)
Prologue
  1. Chapter 1
  2. Chapter 2
  3. Chapter 3
  4. Chapter 4
  5. Chapter 5
  6. Chapter 6
  7. Chapter 7
Epilogue
After closing the time loop from The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyon believes he is starting the new year with a blank slate and perhaps free of the confusions of time travel. However, one day, the Mikuru from eight days in the future appears in the SOS Brigade's broom closet, saying she was sent back in time by Kyon himself. This is further complicated by messages with obscure instructions from Adult Mikuru, as well as appearances of a rival time traveller and a rival esper.
08 The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya
Suzumiya Haruhi no Fungai (涼宮ハルヒの憤慨)
May 1, 2006[31]
ISBN 978-4-04-429208-9
November 20, 2012[30][32][33]
ISBN 978-0-316-03900-0 (hardback),
ISBN 978-0-316-03899-7 (paperback)
  1. "Editor in Chief, Full Speed Ahead!" (編集長★一直線! Henshūchō ★ Itchokusen!?)
  2. "Wandering Shadow" (ワンダリング・シャドウ Wandaringu Shadō?)
In chapter one, after the newly-elected student council president threatens to terminate the Literature Club and, in effect, the SOS Brigade, the club must become a group of writers and publish a collection of literature, with Haruhi as editor-in-chief. In chapter two, a classmate, Sakanaka, goes to the SOS Brigade for help in solving a mystery: a seemingly-haunted stretch of park pathway and the strange effect it seems to have on the neighborhood dogs.
09 The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya
Suzumiya Haruhi no Bunretsu (涼宮ハルヒの分裂)
April 1, 2007[34]
ISBN 978-4-04-429209-6
June 18, 2013[35]
ISBN 978-0-316-03893-5 (hardback),
ISBN 978-0-316-03894-2 (paperback)
Prologue
  1. Chapter 1
  2. Chapter 2
  3. Chapter 3
As the second year of high school begins, Kyon finds himself meeting an old friend from his days in junior high. However, Kyon is unaware that this meeting of his past could affect his future, the future of the SOS Brigade, and the world forever. Without explanation, the story is split into two parallel timelines referred to as α and β, with subtle changes that eventually snowball into wildly deviant plots.
10 The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya (First Half)
Suzumiya Haruhi no Kyōgaku (Zen) (涼宮ハルヒの驚愕 (前))
May 25, 2011 (limited ed.)[36]
June 15, 2011 (regular ed.)[37]
ISBN 978-4-04-429210-2 (limited ed.)
ISBN 978-4-04-429211-9 (regular ed.)
November 19, 2013[38]
ISBN 978-0-316-03898-0 (hardback),
ISBN 978-0-316-03897-3 (paperback)
  1. Chapter 4
  2. Chapter 5
  3. Chapter 6
This is the continuation of the previous novel The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya. The first chapter ("Chapter 4") was originally published in the June 2010 issue of The Sneaker. The story depicts the events that occur in the separate timelines. In timeline α, Kyon goes through dealing with the SOS Brigade Entrance Trials and a suspicious new first-year student, who passes all the trials to become the newest member of the SOS Brigade. In the β timeline, Yuki Nagato suddenly falls ill and the SOS Brigade spend time taking care of her while Kyon has several meetings with Sasaki and her group in attempts to save Nagato.
11 The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya (Second Half)
Suzumiya Haruhi no Kyōgaku (Go) (涼宮ハルヒの驚愕 (後))
May 25, 2011 (limited ed.)[36]
June 15, 2011 (regular ed.)[39]
ISBN 978-4-04-429210-2 (limited ed.)
ISBN 978-4-04-429212-6 (regular ed.)
November 19, 2013[38]
ISBN 978-0-316-03898-0 (hardback),
ISBN 978-0-316-03897-3 (paperback)
  1. Chapter 7
  2. Chapter 8
  3. Chapter 9
  4. Final Chapter
Epilogue
This is the continuation of the previous novel The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya (First Half). In timeline β, Kyon, Sasaki, and her group head to North High as it was said to be a predetermined event by the time-traveller Fujiwara. Kyon walks into the gate only to notice that he is trapped in Sasaki's closed space, They arrive at the Literature Club room where in timeline α, another Kyon is meeting Yasumi. Kyon fuses into a single body and goes through all his memory from the different timelines. Asahina from the future arrives with Koizumi while the Mysterious Alien Kōyou appears and threatens to kill Haruhi after which a final battle ensues. The English release combines both into a single volume.[38]

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