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The new Haruhi visuals have me quite worried


Not feeling it
Mar 06
// Hiroko Yamamura
I'm not quite sure what to think here. I was pretty darn excited to hear that Haruhi Suzumiya was returning to television with The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. The the fear hit. A new studio was taking over the adaptati...
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Haruhi Suzumiya and the SOS Brigade return to TV in April


Oh yes!
Feb 17
// Hiroko Yamamura
There's no hiding the fact that I am bananas for Haruhi Suzumiya and the entire SOS Brigade. It was actually one of the shows that brought me back into anime fandom heavily, during a time that my interest was really starting ...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Our Favorite Anime Endings


Apr 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
Well guys and gals, it's that time again! We peek into that dark and disturbing place known as the souls of your all star Japanator editors. We had a great time sharing our favorite openings with you on The Daily Dose, but th...
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The appearance of Haruhi Suzumiya... coffee!


Dec 13
// Chris Walden
Beverage giants Asahi have just announced that as of December 20th, they will start bundling Haruhi figures with special packages of Wonda Morning Shot coffee. You'll have to be quick in picking them up (or arranging a middle...
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Monday MADness: The Inception of Haruhi Suzumiya


Sep 19
// Itsa Timmy
I hear Disappearance is being released this week so I guess that would make it a good time to get everyone pumped up with Darkreu's awesome trailer for it. On the surface "The Inception of Haruhi Suzumiya" is clips from ...

A Look At: The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-Chan

May 10 // Tyler Jones
The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan vol. 2Published by: Yen PressWritten by: Nagaru TanigawaIllustrated by: PuyoTranslated by: Chris PaiRelease date: May 31, 2011MSRP: US$11.99 Haruhi-chan does a lot of the same things the normal series does, with Haruhi dragging the SOS brigade along with her zany plans and ill-conceived ideas. Also featured are the adventures the daily life of Achakura-chan, the miniature reincarnation of Ryoko Asakura, now a very tiny chibi person living in Yuki's apartment. This volume also introduces Kimidori-san, the the green dog-like creature that Yuki made out of a baloon and gave life. It's a cute, silly manga, but is unfortunately not amazingly cute or hilariously funny. The artwork ranges from passable to pretty cute, with each character having a certain specific way they're depicted when deformed. Yuki has a sort of blank, nonchalant gaze, Haruhi has a strange smushed sort of face, and Mikuru's eyes become big black dots to illustrate her confusion. However, the normal sized characters' faces sometimes looks a bit amateurish, with unusually dark outlines around their eyes. The humor goes everywhere from slice of life silliness to character detonation to moon exploration, but the range in quality of the writing is even more pronounced than that of the artwork. There were times where I did indeed laugh out loud, but just as often I ran into jokes that were over-explained and/or didn't translate very well from Japanese. That's no fault of the translator, of course, but jokes involving politeness levels  just don't work so well over here. I'd recommend Haruhi-chan to hardcore Haruhi buffs in an instant, but to the casual fan or non-fan who wants to spend their $12 on a cute comedy manga, you could do a lot better. Score: 5.5
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I like the idea of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan. For those of you not aware, Haruhi-chan is the official Haruhi parody manga, consisting mostly of four panel comics. Each character is a slightly odder version of the...

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New trailers for upcoming Haruhi game


May 09
// Hiroko Yamamura
Fans of the The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie should definitely keep their eyes on the upcoming The Reminiscences of Haruhi Suzumiya game. We got a peak at the title in December, and now have some character focused g...

A look at The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya #8

Mar 26 // Crystal White
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya #8Published by: Yen PressWritten by: Nagaru TanigawaIllustrated by: Gaku TsuganoTranslated by: Chris PaiRelease date: March 29, 2011MSRP: $11.99  Having never read any Haruhi, I found myself needing to look up who certain characters were along the way, as the plot simply dumps you into the middle with no exposition and no explanation. I found this really frustrating, and once I discovered the actual plot, I was even more confused. An alien, an esper, and a time traveler? And Haruhi is practically a god? WHAT? I found the plot to be a little too crazy for me to be sufficiently drawn in. In terms of the manga's actual layout, I was also a tad disappointed. I found that the art style just wasn't my thing, as faces lacked a lot of detail with minimal features, and dialog was confusing since many speech bubbles did not contain the appropriate "tail" to indicate which character was speaking. So for a newcomer like myself, this made the personalities and speech of the characters even more difficult for me to understand. As for where I'd like the plot to go, I'm really rooting for Kyon to restore his world back to what it was. I mean, wouldn't it be terrible if he never got back to his original world? And since most of the other characters are clueless as to the change in the world, it's all up to the one guy who doesn't have any special abilities. Also, I think I could stand for future issues to forego the random side stories. They don't contribute to the plot, and I feel like small things like that only detract from the cohesiveness of the plot, and aren't really that entertaining. So what do you think? Are you a Haruhi fan? Did you like this issue better than I did? Score: 6.0
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This volume of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya wastes no time in completely dumping the reader into the midst of the plot. However, it did become immediately apparent that to the narrator, Kyon, the entire world h...

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Gaze upon the cover of the new Haruhi novel


Mar 08
// Josh Tolentino
And...it looks like the covers of every other Haruhi novel. What did you expect? Well, I suppose fans might have expected something different, considering that it's been four-odd years since the last novel was released, but i...
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Watch 8 episodes of Haruhi season 2 on Crunchyroll


Feb 12
// Josh Tolentino
...because the other 6 are just the repeat installments of Endless Eight, after all. I've made that joke before, I know, but at least you don't have to cough up for the DVDs this time, since you can just stream  the ones...
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Screenshots of upcoming PS3/PSP Haruhi game now available


Dec 20
// Crystal White
Namco Bandai has just released a bunch of screenshots for their upcoming title The Reminiscence of Haruhi Suzumiya, which will be available on both the PS3 and PSP. These particular screens are from the PS3 version, and both ...
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Watch the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya in...Hawaii?


Oct 04
// Josh Tolentino
Hawaii, a non-continental state and my birthplace, is oft-ignored, I've found. Hawaiians have to pay extra to get stuff mailed to them, they aren't eligible for most contests, and what do they get in exchange? An endless floo...
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Minori Chihara's new music video is so pretty


Aug 13
// Dale North
I'm really digging Minori Chihara's new PV for the song "Yasashii Boukyaku." Bandai Entertainment was kind enough to post it on YouTube today for us. Lovely song, lovely photography, and from a music nerd standpoint...
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Haruhi Fruit Juice...has Haruhi on it! How unexpected!


Jul 12
// Bob Muir
This summer heat wave has been brutal for me so far. I know many states probably have it worse than New York, but that doesn't mean we're not suffering here too. We're even seeing massive power outages from people using too m...
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Crunchyroll bringing content to Zune Marketplace


Jul 08
// Ben Huber
Crunchyroll has been streaming a large portion of the recent seasons on their site pretty consistently now. Not only that, they brought an iPhone and iPad app out so you can catch your shows on the go. But what about people w...
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AX 10: Notes from Bandai's panel


Jul 01
// Tim Sheehy
So I've got some notes from the Bandai's panel today. We were a bit late arriving to the convention -- thanks, Los Angeles, for the awesome traffic -- so we missed the first few minutes of the panel. That said, we didn't miss...
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Oh hey, here's how much you'll pay for Haruhi S2 DVDs


Jun 23
// Josh Tolentino
Care to buy fourteen episodes of high-end anime? How about buying seven episodes instead? You might be surprised, but those two questions are inseparably intertwined, for the subject at hand is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumi...
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Man travels to USA to watch Haruhi movie for viewing #100


May 19
// Jeff Chuang
Over the years I've heard the usual sorts of crazy things Japanese otaku do with money, like buy 9001 copies of some K-ON CD single so it charts on Oricon weekly, or spend a lot of money to pin down a film strip of Yuki's cla...
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The Summer of Haruhi Suzumiya promotion announced


May 07
// Dale North
Bandai Entertainment, Crunchyroll, and Yen Press are getting together to premiere The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie on May 21st at the Viz Cinema at NEW PEOPLE, in San Francisco. Cristina Vee, who you know as “...
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Brilliant: Akiba store sells Yuki as 'My Wife'


Apr 19
// Dale North
At Iosys, a mobile phone shop on Akihabara's main drag, Chuo-dori, a girl that you'd normally call Yuki Nagato is being sold as "My Wife," or as we say here at Jtor, Mai Waifu. Check out AkibaBlog's picture of a jus...
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It's happened.  Bandai Entertainment has acquired the rights to the movie The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. The movie takes place after season two of the series, and will be shown subtitled by VIZ Cinema (in other wo...

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Crunchyroll gets The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya


Apr 09
// Dale North
Yay! It was just announced that The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is coming to all things Crunchyroll, in Americas, the British Isles, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Africa. World domination would make Haruhi happy. Crunchy...
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The Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensou DVD on sale now


Feb 26
// Ben Huber
The new release of the Suzumiya Haruhi no Gensou, an orchestrated album featuring everyone's favorite Haruhi music. You can check it out at CDJapan.co.jp.To be honest, originally we thought this was an announcement about the ...
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Well, doesn't this game look familiar?


Feb 19
// Dale North
Look at the video below. Think. Have you seen this game somewhere before? Like in a certain Anime? The opening screen in the video below kind of gives it away.That's right: The Day of Sagittarius III is an iPhone game now, an...
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Yen Press announces K-ON and other new licenses


Feb 04
// Danica Davidson
It's always great to hear what new titles have been licensed. Yen Press has been keeping secret about some of the stuff they'll be releasing this year, only to spill the beans on their website. Oh, Yen Press, why did you...
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Hit up Anime Jungle in your Haruhi costume and be a star!


Jan 22
// Colette Bennett
Everything cool happens in Los Angeles (well, if you're a nerd anyway). We have proof. According to a recent report from Anime News Network, if you happen to live there and be free this coming Monday, you're in for a Haruhi-f...






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