The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Vol. 1 (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, #1)
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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Vol. 1 (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya #1)

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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 tw...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Yen Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sesana
I see that this is very popular, but wow is it not for me. I was trying to think of something that I liked about it, but... Nothing. I don't like any of the characters, who really have no characterization to speak of anyways. I didn't like the frantic pace of the storylines, which rush by so fast that there's no real point to any of them. Almost like the manga was more concerned with getting over with than with telling a story. The art does nothing for me. And if I was still sitting on the fence...more
Megan Sanchez
I'm surprised by now much I enjoyed this. I prefer to read reviews before I sit in a long waiting list at the library for a manga, something I'll read in maybe 30 minutes. The reviews on GR are seriously lackluster, with just about everyone saying that I should just watch the anime. But coming from not knowing anything (except the dance) about Haruhi Suzumiya, I had a great time with this volume.

Haruhi is a high school student obsessed with aliens, time travelers and espers and Kyon somehow get...more
Kuno
Apr 20, 2013 Kuno rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Sci-fi or science-fantasy lovers, anime/manga fans, Haruhi Suzumiya fans
The Haruhi Suzumiya manga series (I'm reviewing the manga series in general, not just this volume) is great and fairly faithful to the novels. It does switch around some of the events, but it is done so in a way that does not greatly hinder the plot. The character development is very nice, too. The plot, as to be expected from the Haruhi Suzumiya series, is amazing and very deep. All of the characters are great and interesting, even Haruhi Suzumiya herself. The manga does contain some occasional...more
Sruthi
Hello you idiotic fools:

I'm Haruhi Suzumiya, not like I would be telling because you clearly don't need to know you unworthy fool.

I'm a really spiteful and annoying girl who is neurotic and perverted and uses way too many ands in a sentence.

I also forced these 3 losers (Description below) to join my club.

Kyon: I'm a sarcastic sort of a loser who follows Haruhi around like a slave and joins her stupid clubs just because she's *looks around, then whispers* special.

Mikuru: I'm a shy doormat wh...more
Susan
Think of this as a crazy meeting of Ghost Hunt, Negima and maybe a little bit of xxxholic thrown in for good measure. Time, space, and all reason and order in the universe are all somehow inextricably connected to the temper and behavior of the anti-heroine Haruhi, though she seems to have little or no real perception of the extent of her powers. Instead, she merely careens through life trying to mine the world around her for amusement and variety. She's specifically interested in matters of the...more
Wednesday
Haruhi Suzumiya is a face I’ve seen everywhere. I was not aware at first that this was originally a series of light novels that has been adapted into several different formats. The manga is seriously fast-paced, and the art is rather lack-luster and sloppy. I’m trying to determine the genre this would fit under. Would it be sci-fi, horror, or comedy? The manga seems centered on comedy, and there was very little plot except in the beginning and the end. It was also totally predictable that Koizum...more
Dara Salley
I read this book somewhat under duress. A friend recommended it to me. It’s certainly not the sort of book I would have ever picked up on my own. I tried to come to it with an open mind but the farther I got into it the more I hated it. It was painful to finish the last twenty pages. If I ever met the main character in person, I would punch him in the face. The book is sexist and filled with garbled paranormal philosophy. The back cover of the book stated that the novel has sold over 4.5 million...more
Setsanata
I've read some of it, but I wanna wait until it comes out into the store to really get into it.

I found out that this book was released earlier than it's original date 10/28/08, so I have already read this book.
It is very good in my opinion. The story is progressing. The manga is different than the anime in various ways, but they both have their ups and downs. I just miss Kyon's sarcasm towards everything... that made it all better...
Timothy Stone
I have greatly enjoyed the two volumes that I have read so far of the light novel Haruhi Suzumiya series, by Nagaru Tanigawa. They are fun and quirky. I decided to try out this manga adaptation, and I'm kind of unsure what to think. I guess the best way to classify them is as an alternate universe of the story.

This is because the first volume of the manga so far is different. It seems to tell the first half of the first light novel, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. In an effort to make the sto...more
Joyzi
Feb 28, 2011 Joyzi marked it as to-read Recommends it for: Fans of Shoujo
Recommended to Joyzi by: Crunchyroll
The funniest and the most unbelievably fucked up anime I've ever watched. I always laughed so hard every time I watch it. Love the opening and ending songs and I can even dance the Hare Hare Yukai.
Theresa ♫
Aug 12, 2012 Theresa ♫ rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: ...Fellow humans, I seriously recommend the anime.
Let me make this fact super loud, bolded, and clear:

I LOVE HARUHI SUZUMIYA!!!

I've been watching and rewatching the anime LOADS OF TIMES, and I don't really go a day without talking about it, and IT'S JUST SO FREAKING AWESOME. The most ORIGINAL PIECE OF IDEA THAT I HAVE EVER READ!

I would use gibberish words to describe how much I seriously am obsessed with this story because ENGLISH WORDS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DESCRIBE AS MUCH!


This story is just so interesting and original and abnormal.


And yeah, I...more
Laney J.
The book's name was The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The author is Nagaru Tanigawa. The genre was sci-fi. It was 208 pages long. I finished this book a couple days ago.

Kyon is a high school student who meets a girl name Haruhi Suzumiya. But she is no ordinary girl. She's a humanoid alien. She decides to create the interest group, called SOS brigade. SOS stands for Save the world by Overloading it with fun haruhi Suzumiya brigade. She has created this to track down any aliens, espers, or time...more
Ariolander
Being neither particularly good nor bad probably the only thing I can say about this manga is that it is merely "acceptable" or "mediocre". The art is decent through not particularly detailed it has its own charm reminiscent of the Japanese "superflat" style of art. The biggest problem with this manga is the pacing which is simply way too fast. It relies on the reader's previous knowledge of the novels or the anime and without it many of the characters may come off as shallow.

The problem with t...more
Dominique
Jul 30, 2012 Dominique rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dominique by: the back of the light novel, a friend
Shelves: did-not-finish
After reading the original light novel, I was curious to check out the manga adaptation. Sadly, this isn't all that great. Not only does the artwork look sloppy & stupidly-simple, but the author here decided to even change things around! For example: Instead of the scene where Haruhi quickly thought up a plan to accuse the computer club president of harrassing Mikuru in order to get a computer, it drags out to something completely differant - they turn the room into a café, with Mikuru actin...more
Rachelvalle
* HAVE TO READ THIS MANGA LOVERS!!!

Nagaru Tanigawa, you are the best story righter for Suzumiya, her Charactor is the gratest of all times, she has such alien energy for her Charactor! And her friends cute little Mikuru Asahina, Mr. Grumpy Kyon, amazing calm Yuki Nagato, and silly Itsuki Koizumi. There all aliens exept for norman boy Mr. Confuzed Grumpy Kyon.

Lets not forget about the Gratest Artest by GAKU TSUGANO!!!
And the Gratest Characters by NOIZI ITO!!!

To me with out these threes GRA...more
Penny Ziegler
Manga Novel

VOYA Book Review Codes ~ Quality 3Q; Popularity 4P; Grade Level Interest J, S

Developmental Assets: 37, 38, 39, 40

This was my first experience reading a Manga novel. I found it interesting to begin the book from the back. In addition, you read the right page first and started reading each page in the upper right corner moving to the left continuing down the page in that same manner.

The book was divided into five sections. Basically, the story line surrounded Haruchi Suzumiya who was a...more
Kate
Kyon is just your regular freshman in high school who is looking forward to having the most normal, average year he can. That is until Naruhi Suzumiya shows up in his class. Haruhi is a strange but attractive girl who is obsessed with the supernatural. She starts off on the right foot by introducing herself to the class and telling them that if any of them are aliens, time travelers or espers they could be her friends, everyone else need not apply. Kyon is sucked into Haruhi's world when she for...more
Ren-chan
This would have gotten 4 stars, but Haruhi was SO ANNOYING I could only give it 3 stars. I've never encountered a character I disliked enough to make me lower my rating. The way she treated the other members of the SOS Brigade was so terrible! She was such a brat.
Haruhi aside, I liked it. Kyon was an okay character. The other members of the SOS Brigade were kind of boring (despite all their secrets). Though it was good, it didn't really hold my attention. I usually finish manga in one sitting, b...more
Anamelissa
This was just fun to read. It held an ounce of realism and yet it fit perfectly. Everything made sense in a world that holds no rules.
This sort of book was ment to pruely entertain, like an easy read. It was beautifully writen, and very funny. It made you dream and wish to be a kid again. To live with your imagination and believe with your heart and not with your eyes.
The main character, Haruhi Suzumiya, sets a fighting spirit in you. Making you axious to live life to the fullest and ignore all...more
Jeneroso
Mar 14, 2011 Jeneroso rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anime lovers
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Reem Alshatti
I first came across this Anime series through AMVs I've seen online. So I decided to purchase the manga when I got the chance. At first I thought it was another manga with a typical high school story line but it was alot more than that! The story twists in unexpected ways and that's what I liked about it.

The fact that Yuki turned out to be an alien of high intelligence, Mikuru is a time traveler and Itsuki is an esper! was just so surprising! and poor kyon is stuck in the middle!

The animated man...more
Bo
Jan 27, 2010 Bo marked it as to-read
I found the book listed in Diamond's Preview, and it has me excited for the October release! I haven't read the book yet, but I've seen the show. It is perhaps the most meta story I've ever encountered (perhaps with the exception of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and John Byrne's run on Sensational She-Hulk.

UPDATE: Wow. Wow, wow, and wow. I love Haruhi.
Faith Woody
This book was really good, and makes you think deeply about life and in away makes you question reality.
Aurora Estefanía
Este libro me lo presto un amigo y como le agradezco que lo haya hecho. Un libro muy fuera de lo ordinario. Jamas habia leído algo como esto y realmente sentí que me transporto al mundo donde pueden ocurrir todos esos hechos fantásticos, después busque la serie y al verla pensé: ¡Vaya! Es justo como lo había imaginado. Tiene una descriptiva impresionante.
Algunas veces no sabes a donde quiere llegar el autor con ciertas parte y te confunde pero luego Bang algo que no veías venir.
Un libro excepcio...more
E
Did you think this book was amazing?

I did.

Good news.

It gets even better.

At first I was like "YES! After all of my searching, a great high school/supernatural manga!" Just when I was going to cry with tears of joy, I got to the second volume...and the third...and the fourth, fifth, and currently the sixth! Now I'm practically peeing myself with joy. This series defines perfect. The only reason I rated it three stars was because I know there could be better, but only in this series!

Scratch that. T...more
Sheng
This book's art and pacing is terrible.
Kyon looks like a flat-headed mess, Koizumi looks like a smiling moron (excuse my language), Haruhi just isn't Haruhi, and Yuki looks like an adult that failed to grow out of her teens. Mikuru is the only decent looking character in this manga.
The pace is too fast, people most likely would have to have prior knowledge to know what's happening.
Go watch the anime or read the light novels. Much, MUCH better than this Haruhi-Suzumiya manga wannabe. I'm a Suzum...more
Jenny
[Ch. 1-5]

This was seriously one of the worst mangas I've ever read. I've seen the show, and I've read the book that was based in this volume, but seriously, they messed up pretty much everything. Kyon doesn't seem like Kyon. He's not sarcastic and dry lke he normally is. He actually seems to agree with Suzumiya on some things. I hate how they changed everything up too. I would not recommend this, but I'm going to read the rest of the volumes just because I made a promise to myself that I would r...more
Johnny Ks
Gripping story with a lot of humour and good drama.
Flying Sandals
I couldn't. This book is so so sos ososososososoosososososososoososos stupid. the anime made me laugh and was quite fun so i thought to check out the manga.


(SCENE TAKEN FROM BOOK INTERPRETED BY ME)

BOO BOOM BANG BANNG BOOM BOO EXPOLOSIVESSS

YUKI: IMAALIENCYBORGROBOTMONKEYPLANETHONEYBOOBOOFEMINISITTUMBLRTHING AND SO IS HARUHI.

KYON: LOL OKAY.

BOO BANG BOO BOOM BANG BOOM BOOM

YUKI: SO I JUST KILLED THIS GURL IN FRONT OF U N SHE WAS AN ALIEN.

KYON: LOL OKAY. I LIKE UR GLASSES. I DONT GOT NO GLASSES FETIS...more
Krys
disturbingly delicious
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Nagaru Tanigawa (谷川 流 Tanigawa Nagaru)

Nagaru Tanigawa is a graduate of the Kwansei Gakuin University School of Law. In 2003, he won Kadokawa's Grand Prize for Literary World for his work on the Haruhi Suzumiya series.
More about Nagaru Tanigawa...
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya, #1) The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya, #4) The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya, #3) 涼宮ハルヒの溜息 (Haruhi Suzumiya, #2) The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Vol. 2 (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, #2)

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