The Meloncholy of Haruhi Suzimiya

The Meloncholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

(涼宮ハルヒ, Suzumiya Haruhi?) is the general name for a series of light novels written by Nagaru Tanigawa and illustrated by Noizi Ito which were subsequently adapted into other media. The story follows the title character Haruhi Suzumiya, a high school girl who can unconsciously change reality, and her strange antics with her school club the SOS Brigade. She founded SOS to investigate any mysterious happenings. Haruhi forcibly drafts her cynical classmate Kyon who narrates the series, and similarly recruits three additional members into her club: the silent bibliophile Yuki Nagato, the shy and timid Mikuru Asahina, and the friendly "mysterious exchange student" Itsuki Koizumi. These members soon reveal themselves to Kyon as the extraordinary characters Haruhi is seeking, sent by their various organizations to observe her and hold her reality warping powers in check by maintaining the illusion of a normal life.

The first novel was published in Japan on June 6, 2003 by Kadokawa Shoten with nine individual novels published and a planned tenth as of April 1, 2007 (2007 -04-01) The light novels have been adapted into four separate manga series, a television anime adaptation, two original net animations, an animated film and several video games. After the anime adaptation aired in 2006, publishing company Kadokawa Shoten received various offers for licensing both the novels and their various adaptations.

The novels are licensed for English language release in the United States by Little, Brown and Company, for young readers by Yen Press and the anime adaptation was licensed for North American distribution by Kadokawa Pictures USA division which then sublicensed production and distribution to Bandai Entertainment.


Main article: List of Haruhi Suzumiya characters

Haruhi Suzumiya is the title character and leader of the SOS Brigade, whose energetic and eccentric character proves to be the driving force for the series. She has a mind for adventure which often leads her subordinates to be swept into her plans. While being smart, beautiful and energetic Haruhi was eyed as an oddball ever since middle school: she had set all the desks from her classroom out into the hallway, painted stars on the roofs, and even painted a huge hieroglyph out on the school field. Haruhi cannot stand boredom so she comes up with various activities for the SOS Brigade, making them participate whether they like it or not. In the 6th grade Haruhi felt she was no longer special after going to a baseball game and realizing she was one in a sea of people. After that she set out to make her life interesting and unique. What Haruhi does not know is that she has an outstanding power to change the environment around her as she pleases, and by subconsciously using it she gathers Mikuru Asahina, Itsuki Koizumi, and Yuki Nagato into one place, the SOS Brigade. The story is indirect in saying how much Yuki, Mikuru and Itsuki know about each other.

Kyon: Kyon is a student who unintentionally runs into Haruhi and is the only normal human in the SOS Brigade. Even though Haruhi is the title character, the story is told through Kyon's viewpoint. Through narration and dialogue he provides his insight, perspective, and opinions on events. Kyon is often annoyed by Haruhi's demands, but also thinks that a world without Haruhi would be uninteresting. Kyon is also "John Smith" from Haruhi's earlier memories, and was the one who painted the hieroglyph in the field. Very early on Yuki, Mikuru and Itsuki each, individually, revealed what they are to Kyon.

Yuki Nagato: Yuki is a bibliophile humanoid interface, created by Data Integration Thought Entity, whose responsibilities involve monitoring Haruhi and the investigation of an unexplained "explosion of data" three years prior to the present story. She possesses an ability to manipulate her surrounding environment, or "data" as quoted by her. Yuki is very quiet but can speak at length when it has to do with her mission or a problem that has arisen. While she always seems to be engrossed in her reading, she comments that she is only relatively interested in them. Yuki gives hints and aid to Kyon throughout the series. She almost never shows any emotions, but there are times when she shows interest in certain things, such as programming computer games and playing them, as well as reading (in the light novel The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi it is further revealed that she may have developed an interest in writing). It is revealed in The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi novel and film that she does develop emotions. In her context, developing emotions is like accumulating error data which will cause a bug to trigger anomalous behavior. The unpleasant emotions developed throughout the series (caused by the people around her) makes her wish for a normal world, whereby she finally takes action in the 'Disappearance' episode. Yuki is well-acquainted with time travel and that Mikuru is a time traveler. Mikuru and Itsuki are aware that Yuki can do amazing things, but know far less about it than Kyon does.

Mikuru Asahina: Mikuru is a time traveler from the distant future who is assigned to investigate the reason behind the inability to travel to any point in time before three years prior to the present story. Mikuru is a soft-spoken girl who almost always willingly follows Haruhi's demands. She is the lowest in her Time Traveler's Committee. She often tries to explain what is going on, but will heavily censor it by saying "classified information". Haruhi loves dressing up Mikuru in various (sometimes embarrassing) outfits, claiming that she is the "mascot" of the SOS Brigade. Kyon appears to have a bit of a crush on her (this is somewhat more apparent in the novels, as are Mikuru's feelings for Kyon), and for her part Haruhi seems quite jealous of her and Kyon's relationship. In both the anime and the novels Mikuru discourages Kyon from acting upon any feelings that he may have for her, explaining that he is Haruhi's "chosen person," and in The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya light novel she implies that if he is nice to her, bad things will continue to befall her.

Itsuki Koizumi: Itsuki is an esper who, like the other members of "The Agency", suddenly acquired the power to explore the "Closed Space" and combat Celestials three years prior to the present story. He is fairly carefree and can be found always smiling. However, Kyon always seems to be annoyed by him, and in the light novels expresses his urges to want to hit him. Itsuki brings up many points that have multiple sides, and even explains to Kyon that Mikuru, or anyone, could possibly be putting up a fake personality and deceiving everyone. Yuki and Mikuru are somewhat aware of what Itsuki's role and concept is. They have Itsuki convey messages to Kyon when Kyon and Haruhi vanish from this world into a closed space.

Light novels
The Haruhi Suzumiya series of Japanese light novels is written by Nagaru Tanigawa with accompanying illustrations drawn by Noizi Ito. The series centers around 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 April 1, 2007, nine volumes have been published, with a tenth planned for release. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers licensed the light novels for distribution in English,[1] and the first novel was released in May 2009 in hardback and paperback editions, the hardback featuring the original Japanese cover art and the paperback featuring a new design along with excerpts from the manga adaptation. 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 by Editorial Ivrea. The tenth volume will be released consecutively in Japan, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea in an "unprecedented worldwide release" with the other licensed countries releasing later. The first pressing of the tenth and eleventh volumes will be a record breaking 513,000 copies.

Volume list
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
ISBN 978-4-0442-9201-0 May 7, 2009
ISBN 978-0-316-03901-7 (hardback),
ISBN 978-0-316-03902-4 (paperback)


1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7


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 978-4-0442-9202-7 October 1, 2009
ISBN 978-0-316-03881-2 (hardback),
ISBN 978-0-316-03879-9 (paperback)


1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5


In this novel, the story follows the SOS Brigade's first movie making project, starring Mikuru Asahina as the main protagonist. Additionally, Nagato is made the antagonist in the movie and Koizumi is the conflict hero, who is supposed to end happily ever after with Mikuru, but faces competing interests from Nagato. Haruhi comes up with the idea that the SOS Brigade needs to do something for the upcoming cultural festival. Her class is doing a questionnaire, which is boring in her mind. She decides to make a movie, starring Mikuru. However, Haruhi begins to confuse the movie world 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 978-4-0442-9203-4 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. "Mystérique 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 volume collects short stories originally serialized in The Sneaker, and chronologically takes place before The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya. The SOS Brigade enters a baseball tournament in chapter one. The second chapter starts on July 7. Haruhi, during the SOS Brigade's standard after-school meeting, tells everyone to write down wishes for the Tanabata festival. After the meeting concludes, Mikuru takes Kyon back in time, to the Tanabata festival three years ago. He meets Haruhi in seventh grade, and is coerced into helping her. She orders him to draw strange signs on the field of her middle school with a chalk line marker. After this, Haruhi asks Kyon's name. He replies, "John Smith". The computer club president disappears in the third chapter. In chapter four, a relative of Itsuki's invites them to stay at his island villa, but they get mixed up in a murder mystery.

04 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Suzumiya Haruhi no Shōshitsu (涼宮ハルヒの消失) July 31, 2004[16]
ISBN 978-4-0442-9204-1 November 2, 2010[17][18][19]
ISBN 978-0-316-03890-4 (hardback),
ISBN 978-0-316-03889-8 (paperback)


1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6


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
ISBN 978-4-0442-9205-8 July 7, 2011
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 having a great time during the last two weeks of summer. However, there is still something Haruhi wants to do, as the members of the SOS Brigade find that their summer has looped back 15,498 times. In chapter two, the computer club challenges the SOS Brigade to a video game tournament. In chapter three, while skiing, 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 Itsuki swears that Haruhi is not behind this.
06 The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya
Suzumiya Haruhi no Dōyō (涼宮ハルヒの動揺) March 21, 2005
ISBN 978-4-0442-9206-5 November 7, 2011
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. "Charmed at First Sight Lover" (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, the day of the cultural festival has arrived, and Kyon visits the day's events. These include a fried noodle stall run by Mikuru and a live performance by a surprising band. The movie created in The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya is shown for the first time in chapter two. An old friend of Kyon's calls in chapter three to ask him about a girl he saw Kyon walking with months before. He is actually referring to Yuki, and tries to pursue her. In chapter four, the SOS Brigade finally begins the main event for the Snow Mountain retreat, a murder mystery. In chapter five, Mikuru asks Kyon to accompany her to buy tea leaves, but a secret motive may be involved.

07 The Scheme of Haruhi Suzumiya
Suzumiya Haruhi no Inbō (涼宮ハルヒの陰謀) August 31, 2005
ISBN 978-4-0442-9207-2 —


1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7


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 obscure messages from Adult Mikuru, as well as the appearance of another time traveller.

08 The Anger of Haruhi Suzumiya
Suzumiya Haruhi no Fungai (涼宮ハルヒの憤慨) May 1, 2006
ISBN 978-4-0442-9208-9 —

1. "Editor in Chief ★ Straight 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 fellow 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[29]
ISBN 978-4-0442-9209-6 —


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. This book is the first of the Haruhi series to use two alternate stories for the same plot with different endings. Kyon remains the narrator on both of the stories, however.

10 The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya (First Part)
Suzumiya Haruhi no Kyogaku (Zen) (涼宮ハルヒの驚愕 (前)) May 25, 2011 (limited ed.)[30]
June 15, 2011 (regular ed.)[31]
ISBN 978-4-04-429210-2 (limited ed.)
ISBN 978-4-04-429211-9 (regular ed.) —

4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6

This is the continuation of the previous novel The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya. The first part was originally published in the June 2010 issue of The Sneaker.

11 The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya (Final Part)
Suzumiya Haruhi no Kyogaku (Go) (涼宮ハルヒの驚愕 (後)) May 25, 2011 (limited ed.)[30]
June 15, 2011 (regular ed.)[32]
ISBN 978-4-04-429210-2 (limited ed.)
ISBN 978-4-04-429212-6 (regular ed.) —

7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Final Chapter


Kadokawa Shoten published two manga adaptations of the Haruhi Suzumiya light novel series in Shōnen Ace. The first one, by Makoto Mizuno, ran from May to December 2004 and was considerably different from the light novels in its one published volume, having little input from the original author. The second series, illustrated by Gaku Tsugano, started in November 2005 and is still in production, having been published in eight volumes, though with a younger target audience than the original novels. On April 17, 2008 Yen Press announced that they had acquired the license for the North American release of the first four volumes of the second manga series, promising the manga would not be censored.

An official parody four-panel comic strip titled The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya by Puyo started serialization in Shōnen Ace on July 26, 2007 and in The Sneaker on August 30, 2007. The first bound volume was released on May 26, 2008, the second on December 26, 2008, and the third on July 10, 2009. Yen Press licensed the Haruhi-chan manga series for an English release in North America[5] and released the first volume on October 26, 2010.[6] Another four-panel parody manga, Nyorōn Churuya-san by Eretto (Utsura Uraraka), was originally a dōjinshi starring a smoked cheese-loving, super deformed version of Tsuruya, published in three volumes (released on August 2006, February 2007, and October 2007) before beginning serialization in the magazine Comp Ace in November 2008.[7][8] Another manga, The Vanishing of Nagato Yuki chan (長門有希ちゃんの消失, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shōshitsu?), also by Puyo, started serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace in July 2009. It is set in the alternate timeline established in the fourth light novel, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, where Yuki Nagato is a shy schoolgirl as opposed to an alien

The anime adaptation of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu?), produced by the Japanese animation studio Kyoto Animation and directed by Tatsuya Ishihara, contained 14 episodes which aired in Japan between April 2 and July 2, 2006. It was originally aired in a nonlinear order, with the prologue and first seven chapters of the first novel intermixed with chapters from some of the later novels. The "next episode" previews feature two different episode numberings: one number from Haruhi, who numbers the episodes in chronological order, and one number from Kyon, who numbers them in broadcast order. The DVD releases start with "Episode 00" and are then shown in chronological order. The anime was licensed and distributed by Bandai Entertainment over four DVDs released between May and November 2007. A complete box set was later released on July 29, 2008.

The second season of the anime series was announced in a full-page advertisement of Asahi Shimbun on July 7, 2007 in Japan. Promotional videos included a live action sequence, inspired by the "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody" chapter from the third novel The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya, depicting Haruhi and Kyon breaking into a school with footage taken from surveillance cameras. On December 18, 2007 the anime's official website,, was replaced by a fake 404 error with five form-input fields, a reference to the pivotal date in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, the fourth volume in the light novel series.[11]

A re-broadcast of the first series began in April 2009.[12] Following a comment by Teletama one of the broadcasting stations, that the 2009 broadcast would be 28 episodes long, there was speculation that the re-broadcast would be followed by the second season, though this was not confirmed by Kadokawa at the time.The first new episode, "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody" (笹の葉ラプソディ, Sasa no Ha Rapusodi?), was aired on May 21, 2009 as the eighth episode of the re-broadcast.[15] Unlike the original run the re-broadcast was shown in chronological order, with new episodes intermixed with the old ones. Episodes were later shown on Kadokawa's YouTube channel after the broadcast, and also started showing English-subtitled episodes. Bandai Entertainment licensed the re-broadcast in 2010 and released a complete collection in North America on September 14, 2010. Manga Entertainment will release the season in a 4-disc DVD box set, including the Haruhi-chan mini-episodes, in the UK on July 4, 2011.

2009 version

On April 3, 2009, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya began re-airing on Japanese television networks. However, whereas the original airing comprised only fourteen episodes, the re-airing features twenty-eight episodes, including fourteen episodes of original content sometimes referred to as the second season. All episodes were aired in chronological order, resulting in the new episodes being mixed in with the old ones. The English-dubbed version on the 14 new episodes of the anime was aired on Animax Asia and its subsidiaries from April 6, 2011. No previews are shown at the end of the episodes. Instead, the DVD versions of the episodes are shown. This includes small amounts of additional footage and dialogue that was not shown in the original TV broadcast.
# Title Original airdate English airdate

01 "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 1"
"Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu I" (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱I) April 3, 2009 N/A

02 "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 2"
"Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu II" (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱II) April 10, 2009 N/A

03 "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 3"
"Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu III" (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱III) April 17, 2009 N/A

04 "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 4"
"Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu IV" (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱IV) April 24, 2009 N/A

05 "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 5"
"Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu V" (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱V) May 1, 2009 N/A

06 "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 6"
"Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu VI" (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱VI) May 8, 2009 N/A

07 "The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya"
"Suzumiya Haruhi no Taikutsu" (涼宮ハルヒの退屈) May 15, 2009 N/A

08 "Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody"
"Sasa no Ha Rapusodi" (笹の葉ラプソディ) May 22, 2009 April 6, 2011[9]
On Tanabata, July 7, Kyon and Mikuru travel back in time on a mission to the Tanabata of three years before. The future Mikuru puts her younger self to sleep and tells Kyon to help a certain person. Carrying the sleeping Mikuru, Kyon finds a young Haruhi sneaking into East Junior High and assists her using the alias "John Smith". After helping her draw strange symbols on the school athletics grounds, Haruhi questions him on the existence of strange beings; Kyon suggests that they might exist because he knows someone like her at his school (referring to her future self). After Haruhi leaves, Kyon wakes up Mikuru and finds that she does not have her time traveling device, or TPDD. 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 North High and start searching for strange beings.

09 "Mystérique Sign"
"Misuterikku Sain" (ミステリックサイン) May 29, 2009 N/A

10 "Remote Island Syndrome Part 1"
"Kotō Shōkōgun (Zenpen)" (孤島症候群(前編)) June 5, 2009 N/A

11 "Remote Island Syndrome Part 2"
"Kotō Shōkōgun (Kōhen)" (孤島症候群(後編)) June 12, 2009 N/A

12 "Endless Eight"
"Endoresu Eito" (エンドレスエイト) June 19, 2009 April 13, 2011[10]
Kyon's relaxing summer vacation is interrupted by a sudden phone call. It appears that Haruhi wants the SOS Brigade to join her in summer activities and unfortunately for Kyon, Haruhi has a long list of activities she wants to try out. As such, the group is taken on a whirlwind tour of summer activities, from swimming pools to summer festivals, part-time jobs, and bug hunting. Finally, having gone through Haruhi's entire list, the last day of August arrives. Though Kyon tries to make up for his lost time by doing his neglected summer homework, he eventually gives in to distraction and goes to bed without finishing it.

13 "Endless Eight"
"Endoresu Eito" (エンドレスエイト) June 26, 2009 April 13, 2011[11]
Like the previous episode, Kyon's easy going summer vacation is interrupted as the group is taken on a whirlwind tour of summer activities. However, Kyon is wracked by a sense of déjà vu. Itsuki is likewise troubled, while Yuki seems even more detached than usual. They finally figure out that Haruhi has put the last two weeks of August into an infinite loop because she refuses to let summer end. They find out that the loop has repeated 15,498 times, but none of them can devise anything to stop the cycle from repeating. Though the repeating cycle changed during the 2391 and 11054th times when the SOS Brigade did not attend the Bon Odori festival, 439 times when they did not go goldfish catching and 9025 times when they did various part time jobs, which is divided into six different jobs. Upon their last meeting in a restaurant on August 30, Kyon calls out after Haruhi in a last-ditch attempt to stop her from leaving, but fails to think of anything he can do, and she leaves. As the last day of vacation arrives, Kyon, resigned to the loop repeating itself, goes to bed without finishing his summer homework.

14 "Endless Eight"
"Endoresu Eito" (エンドレスエイト) July 3, 2009 April 20, 2011[12]
The same exact events in the previous episode once again unfold with slight variations and the gang wearing different clothes. Once again the Brigade, with the exception of Haruhi, finds out that they are trapped in an infinite loop. In this 15,499th loop, Kyon and the others once again are unable to discover how to escape the endless summer. In the same scene in the restaurant, Kyon is unable to stop Haruhi from leaving, hence dooming the world to another summer loop. Kyon again goes to sleep without finishing his homework on the last day of summer.

15 "Endless Eight"
"Endoresu Eito" (エンドレスエイト) July 10, 2009 April 20, 2011[13]
The previous time loop continues for the 15,513th time. This time, Kyon mentally senses an even greater familiarity with events and places from previous cycles. Once again, none of the Brigade members can devise anything to stop the cycle from repeating. On their final meeting in the restaurant, Kyon tries to call out after Haruhi but fails to do anything as visions of the loop's events flash in his mind. As Kyon regains his senses, Haruhi has left. As the last day of vacation arrives, Kyon, resigned to the loop repeating itself, goes to bed without finishing his summer homework.

16 "Endless Eight"
"Endoresu Eito" (エンドレスエイト) July 17, 2009 April 27, 2011[14]
The previous time loop continues for the 15,521st time. The scene prior to Haruhi's dismissal of group activities is repeated, showing the same event happening in this loop, and the next two loops. As the last day of vacation arrives, Kyon once again goes to bed without finishing his summer homework.

17 "Endless Eight"
"Endoresu Eito" (エンドレスエイト) July 24, 2009 April 27, 2011[15]
The previous time loop continues for the 15,524th time. Kyon rides his bike and approaches Yuki. In that moment, he speculates his reason for doing so and simply lets her leave without conversation. Kyon goes to bed without finishing his summer homework once again.

18 "Endless Eight"
"Endoresu Eito" (エンドレスエイト) July 31, 2009 May 4, 2011
The loop continues for the 15,527th time. The scene where Kyon answers Haruhi's call loops twice, the scene in which Kyon notices Yuki at the pool loops twice, and the scene where Haruhi says she left the last day of summer open just in case also loops twice. Kyon once again goes to bed without finishing his summer homework.

19 "Endless Eight"
"Endoresu Eito" (エンドレスエイト) August 7, 2009 May 4, 2011
The loop continues for the 15,532nd time, but as Haruhi leaves on August 30, Kyon beckons the SOS Brigade to finish their summer homework together, thus breaking the endless loop of summer. Irritated, Haruhi berates him, but decides to come anyway even though she has already finished her homework. Kyon wakes up on September 1 to embrace a new school term.

20 "The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 1"
"Suzumiya Haruhi no Tameiki I" (涼宮ハルヒの溜息I) August 14, 2009 May 11, 2011
Upon the start of a new term, North High School is preparing for the annual school Culture Festival. Displeased with the class decision on a questionnaire, Haruhi tells Kyon that the SOS Brigade will do something more interesting. Influenced by a bad film the previous night, Haruhi commits the Brigade for a short independent film with Mikuru and Itsuki as the protagonists, Yuki as the villain, and Kyon doing 'menial tasks' including the filming. Kyon and Mikuru accompany Haruhi as she negotiates shop owners for materials, such as an expensive camcorder and airsoft guns for free upon willingness to sponsor the film.

21 "The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 2"
"Suzumiya Haruhi no Tameiki II" (涼宮ハルヒの溜息II) August 21, 2009 May 11, 2011
Preparation for the SOS Brigade's short film continues, with character roles revealed. Mikuru is forced to dress in an embarrassing waitress costume for her role, while Yuki appears as a witch. On the first day of filming, the Brigade film the two commercials to advertise their sponsors, as shown in the episode "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Episode 00". They then film several scenes in a park, and Kyon points out that Haruhi did not actually write a script.

22 "The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 3"
"Suzumiya Haruhi no Tameiki III" (涼宮ハルヒの溜息III) August 28, 2009 May 18, 2011
The SOS Brigade continue filming, though Haruhi is displeased with the battle sequence. Haruhi conjures the idea of the "Mikuru Beam" from her blue-contact lens on the left eye. With Haruhi's powers, the beam turns out to be real and fires dangerous invisible beams. Yuki protects Kyon from the laser shots before tackling Mikuru and removing the contact. While Haruhi changes Mikuru into a bunny girl outfit, the others discuss the situation. After filming for the remainder of the day, Haruhi leaves insisting on a tight filming schedule until the festival, including working on a Sunday. Yuki uses bite-injected nanomachines to counter Haruhi's effects on Mikuru. The next day, Mikuru shows some unwillingness to resume prompting Haruhi to pick her up. Also, Haruhi adds Taniguchi, Kunikida and Tsuruya to be extras in the film.

23 "The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 4"
"Suzumiya Haruhi no Tameiki IV" (涼宮ハルヒの溜息IV) September 4, 2009 May 18, 2011
As the SOS Brigade continues filming, Haruhi tries to give Mikuru another contact lens, ergo another superpower. Yuki quickly takes action and injects her with more nanomachines before any serious damage could be done. After Mikuru is doused in a lake, Tsuruya offers her place as a movie scene. When Kyon notices Mikuru drugged up for a kiss scene with Itsuki, he gets furious about Haruhi's poor treatment of Mikuru and almost hits her, forcing Itsuki to stop him. As a result, Haruhi becomes depressed, since she always thought Kyon would support her. After hearing Taniguchi's rude comments, Kyon realizes he is no better and later talks to Haruhi and reinvigorates her. However, Haruhi becomes a little too encouraged as her powers bloom cherry blossoms out of season.

24 "The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya Part 5"
"Suzumiya Haruhi no Tameiki V" (涼宮ハルヒの溜息V) September 11, 2009 May 25, 2011
Deciding Yuki needs a familiar for her role, Haruhi picks up a stray cat and names it Shamisen. However, when Haruhi leaves that day, Shamisen starts talking as a result of Haruhi's powers. The other Brigade members meet up, where Itsuki suggests a reminder to Haruhi that her movie is a work of fiction, before reality incurs further damage. Later on, both Mikuru and Yuki share their independent views about Haruhi. As Haruhi's powers continue through filming, Itsuki calls out Kyon to hold back Haruhi's powers. Kyon accomplishes this by convincing Haruhi to add a disclaimer over the credits saying it is a work of fiction. After the filming, Kyon and Haruhi remain at the club room to do the editing. Kyon falls asleep while editing the movie, but wakes up the next day to find the movie had somehow completed itself whilst he was sleeping. The episode ends with a flashback to May, where Kyon tells Haruhi the truth about the other Brigade members, but she does not believe him.

25 "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Episode 00"
"Asahina Mikuru no Bōken Episode 00" (朝比奈ミクルの冒険 Episode00) September 18, 2009 N/A

26 "Live Alive"
"Raibu Araibu" (ライブアライブ) September 25, 2009 N/A

27 "The Day of Sagittarius"
"Iteza no Hi" (射手座の日) October 2, 2009 N/A

28 "Someday in the Rain"
"Samudei in za Rein" (サムデイ イン ザ レイン) October 9, 2009 N/A

See also: List of The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya episodes

Two spin-off original net animation series based on the parody manga The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒちゃんの憂鬱, Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yūutsu?) by Puyo and Nyoro~n Churuya-san (にょろーん☆ちゅるやさん?) by Eretto were announced in the October 2008 issue of the Shōnen Ace magazine. The two series were streamed in Japanese and with English subtitles on YouTube's Kadokawa Channel between February 13 and May 15, 2009.All the voice actors of the original anime reprised their roles in both series. The first DVD of the series was released in Japan on May 29, 2009 with a release on Blu-ray Disc on August 27, 2010. The series has been licensed by Bandai Entertainment and has been dubbed by Bang Zoom! Entertainment for DVD release. The first volume was released on October 5, 2010.

Main article: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

An animated film by Kyoto Animation titled The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの消失, Suzumiya Haruhi no Shōshitsu?) was adapted from the fourth Haruhi Suzumiya light novel of the same name and was released in Japanese theaters on February 6, 2010. It was announced via a teaser shown at the end of the 2009 re-airing of the anime.This film has also been licensed by Bandai Entertainment and will be released in the spring of 2011.

Audio dramas
Main article: List of Haruhi Suzumiya albums#Audio dramas

A series of radio dramas have also been released. The first volume titled SOS Dan Radio Shibu Bangai Hen CD Vol.1 is based on the anime version of the series and was released on July 5, 2006 by Lantis. The second volume was released on September 21, 2006 while a third was released on December 21, 2006. A drama CD titled Sound Around, based on the anime adaptation, was released on January 24, 2007 by Lantis.
[edit] Video games
Main article: List of Haruhi Suzumiya video games

Six separate video games have been produced based on the series. Namco Bandai Games released an adventure game, The Promise of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの約束, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yakusoku?),for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) on December 20, 2007. Banpresto released another adventure game available for the PlayStation 2 on January 31, 2008 called The Perplexity of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの戸惑, Suzumiya Haruhi no Tomadoi?). It was the 95th best-selling game in Japan in 2008, selling 139,425 copies.[26] The third game developed by Kadokawa Shoten for the Wii, The Excitement of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの激動, Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekidō?), was released on January 22, 2009.[27][28]

The fourth game by Sega for the Wii (The Parallel of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの並列, Suzumiya Haruhi no Heiretsu?)) was released on March 26, 2009, with the fifth game also by Sega for the Nintendo DS (The Series of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの直列, Suzumiya Haruhi no Chokuretsu?)) on May 28, 2009. In February 2010 Kadokawa Shoten released The Day of Sagittarius III in Japanese and English in Apple's App Store. Namco Bandai Games released a video game for the PlayStation 3 and PSP titled The Reminiscence of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの追想, Suzumiya Haruhi no Tsuisō?) on May 12, 2011. Characters from the Haruhi Suzumiya series will also appear in the upcoming crossover video game, Nendoroid Generation for PSP, which is being produced by Namco Bandai Games, Good Smile Company and Banpresto.

Main articles: List of Haruhi Suzumiya albums and List of Haruhi Suzumiya character song singles

The 2006 anime has two opening themes: "The Mikuru Legend of Love" (恋のミクル伝説, "Koi no Mikuru Densetsu"?), performed by Yuko Goto and used as the opening of episode one (sometimes called episode zero), and "It's an Adventure, Right? Right?" (冒険でしょでしょ?, "Bōken Desho Desho?"?) performed by Aya Hirano and used in episodes two through fourteen. The main ending theme of the series was "Sunny Sunny Happiness" (ハレ晴レユカイ, "Hare Hare Yukai"?) performed by Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara and Yuko Goto which spanned the first thirteen episodes, with the fourteenth episode ending with an extended version of "It's an Adventure, Right? Right?". For the new episodes of the 2009 re-airing, the opening theme is "Super Driver" by Hirano, and the ending theme is "Stop!" (止マレ!, "Tomare!"?) performed by Hirano, Chihara and Goto. The single for the ending theme was released on August 26, 2009. "It's an Adventure, Right? Right?" was used as the opening theme of the film The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Among the insert songs used were "God Knows..." and "Lost My Music" performed by Aya Hirano in episode twelve Segments of Symphony No. 4 in F Minor composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 7 in C Major, "Leningrad" composed by Dmitri Shostakovich, and Daphnis et Chloécomposed by Maurice Ravel were used in episode eleven, while Symphony No. 8 in Eb Major, "Symphony of a thousand",composed by Gustav Mahler, was used in episode fourteen.

"Suzumiya Haruhi no Gekisō" (涼宮ハルヒの激奏, "The Extravaganza of Haruhi Suzumiya"?) was a live concert event held at Omiya Sonic City on March 18, 2007 that featured songs from the anime sung by the voice actors. The DVD of the concert was released on July 27, 2007. On April 29, 2009 Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensō (涼宮ハルヒの弦奏, The Symphony of Haruhi Suzumiya?) was held in Tokyo with music by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Philip Chu as conductor. The event featured songs and background music from the anime arranged with a classic twist. A CD of the concert was released on June 24, 2009.

The main theme song for the spin-off ONA series, "The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya" is "Ima Made no Arasuji" (いままでのあらすじ?, "A Summary of the Story Up to Now") while the ending theme is "Atogaki no Yō na Mono" (あとがきのようなもの?, "Something Like an Afterword"), both performed by Hirano, Chihara, Goto, Tomokazu Sugita and Daisuke Ono. A single of the two songs was released on April 20, 2009. Three singles accompanying the other spin-off ONA series, Nyoro-n Churuya-san, were also released, featuring songs sung by Yuki Matsuoka.
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