The latest instalment in the increasingly moribund Haruhi series, The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya, has finally been dated.

The “Surprise” is two-fold – firstly, that the novel is being released at all, having already been delayed for 4 years, and secondly, that it is apparently getting a “worldwide simultaneous release in 13 countries.”


“Surprise” will actually be split into two novels, at a lengthy (for “juvenile novels,” as their English publisher appropriately refers to them) 600 pages in all, released simultaneously on the 25th of May, 2011.

More surprising is the announcement that the simultaneous release will supposedly be across 13 countries, something of a first for a light novel.

There is some suspicion that the novels are actually complete or nearly so, and that the release is being held back to give time for the translation – although there is equally as much suspicion that they will be delayed again.

However, the announcement of a global release is distinctly odd – the English releases so far are only up to Rampage (due in June 2011), so the “simultaneous global release” is already taking on an air of farce – why release the latest novel in a series before any of the preceding novels have even been translated?

This is all particularly bizarre when “Surprise” will be the 10th and 11th novels in the series, and “Rampage” only the 5th, and due the month after Surprise.

Coming from the creators of Endless Eight however, such marketing genius is perhaps to be expected.

With the number of delays the novels have so far incurred (this announcement is actually the result of a slyly worded promise “for a big announcement before the end of the year”), fans can of course be forgiven for wondering whether they will really be released this time anyway, and more importantly, whether they will have been worth the wait.

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    Avatar of PewPewPew!
    Comment by PewPewPew!
    16:01 24/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Now that was a surprise...

    Avatar of NakkiNyan
    Comment by NakkiNyan
    16:10 24/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    world wide release sounds like a joke Haruhi would say.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    16:16 24/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Knowing Haruhi, it ain't a joke....

    *insert Kyon's facepalm here*

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    16:40 24/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Oh god...I can see the backlash of this "surprise" a mile away...

    This ought to be something that will produce a scar somewhere, I hope not though...

    16:37 24/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Facepalm inserted here [http://keptafterclass.zuiken.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Kyon_facepalm.jpg]

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    Comment by Megidola
    22:40 24/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    But the youths that were waiting are now adults.

    Comment by flood
    20:17 26/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fina-FUCKING-lly! >:D

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:38 26/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Otakus are always YOUNG@HEART.

    But when will they graduate from this kiddy porn to the REAL 3d shit?

    "I have a dream... that people all over Japan can jerk it to pictures of REAL THREESOMES.

    I have a dream... that these otakus will give up their newfangled visual novels and cock stimulators and pay for REAL PROSTITUTES, just like in the Taisho era!

    I have a dream, my friends... that once these shut-ins see the greatness of REAL GIRL ON GIRL ACTION, they will get out and say HELLO to the first woman they meet!

    -Ishihara's address at the 2010 Tokyo Anime Fair

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:07 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They had to speed up their plans and release the novel earlier, before it gets banned.
    Cause obviously, being a god is bad for the 'healthy development of youth'.

    Comment by Anonymous

    They give fansubs a big "Surpise"..

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    Comment by Hatsune Miku
    01:01 25/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Most surprising Christmas Gift!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 25/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, in Taiwan they are up to date years ago, so English is not something I care much about...but this I am definitely looking forward too

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    Comment by toyNN
    04:31 25/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course *World wide* in Haruhi's World could mean just about anything. Do we even know where that is?

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    Comment by nicky_008
    18:24 24/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Staff: キタ━━━━━━(゚∀゚)━━━━━━!!!!!

    Me: ┐( ̄ー ̄)┌

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    Comment by King Tiger
    16:52 24/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    it's not 2020 yet and already they're increasing their exports i like where this is going.....
    Gundam X here we come! :3

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    Comment by Satonaka
    18:05 24/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Well whaddaya know...

    read this at 2 am on the 24th...

    If this turns out to be true, then "it's" a day early... but I'll take what I can get XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:16 24/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Yeah. Endless trolling.

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    Comment by yaku
    17:04 24/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    Insert image on faces of all people involved in this decision.

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    Comment by Actar
    17:16 24/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I'm hoping for a Third Season, but that's just me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:34 25/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    idem me too

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    Comment by Firetribe
    00:49 25/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Me too. Just that I'm waiting for the the disappearance hype to blow over before I start demanding it.

    There is allot of material still to cover and it's been 4yrs between each series. If they had used their time wisely, they could have animated much of it by now...

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    Comment by Y10NRDY
    17:12 24/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I commend Yen Press for being so bold as to publish the light novels. Manga is already a tough market, you have to figure they're publishing this series as a pure act of love for the genre.

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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    16:17 24/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    This is definitely THE RIGHT WAY to come off a a 4 year slump.

    If you're in one of those 13 countries, consider buying it, because it sales not only mean more Haruhi goodness (this is good for SOS-fans), but more worldwide releases (this is good for anime fanciers everywhere!)

    They're doing THIS novel properly, and I think that ought to be recognized.

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    Comment by Godot
    16:16 24/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Good news. I've been wanting to re-read the novels for a long time now. They better release the preceding books before that time so i could finally buy them all.

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    Comment by Exia
    16:21 24/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Oh the horror, I was reminded about endless-8, I thought I could go on from that scar that arc left me. Now I have wised to their tactics, you cant trololol me now!!

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    Comment by forgottenme
    18:22 24/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    i have to point out that the author of the novel had nothing to do with the endless eight anime fiasco and that the marketing by kyoani is separate fro the novels

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:10 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This must be Christmas for the Haruhi guys. I hope there's an anime for this too.

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    Comment by Soniko
    19:52 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's Christmas indeed!
    Now I just need a fourth season of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.......

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    17:48 24/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    i am very intrigued with the series, i haven't watched it yet which is a shame since it has mixed reception from all over the fans.

    will be watching this soon ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Why release the latest novel in a series before any of the preceding novels have even been translated?

    To get people to go buy the other ones to have a complete set later

    *Its Marketing Genius lol )_)*

    Comment by Anonymous

    didn't you read it over internet by now?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:35 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I want her cookie (Haruhi's cookie that is)

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    Comment by Pyrus
    18:46 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Before or after she takes a bite?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:18 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    after of course for an indirect kiss

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:01 25/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't want bite her cookie, I want to bite her

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:16 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    So while my Japanese classes require me to count in Japanese up to one thousand, Japan can't even count in English past five. Come on guys, you've got shit to get in order with the other books before you start grandstanding this one.

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    Comment by Absolute.Territory
    16:03 24/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I only have the second volume in English (The Sigh) but if they really will release The Surprise on that date, I'll buy the rest at the same time. But goddamnit, if they end up dropping the series at book 8 or something Imma be mad.

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    Comment by Ichiro Ino
    16:01 24/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Oh I see...

    But I would be honest that I expected the "surprise" as a new Surprise season...

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    16:19 24/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Finally, my time from 4 years ago can move once again....

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    Comment by Bear
    16:03 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Yeah... probably surprise buttsecks too!~ lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:40 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Wow. I'm actually interested in getting a copy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:15 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >Coming from the creators of Endless Eight however, such marketing genius is perhaps to be expected.

    Huh? What does KyoAni have to do with it?
    The Endless Eight chapter on the novel was great, the adaptation was trash too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Er... I mean "the adaptation was trash THO".

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The publisher isn't Kyoto Animation. I know KyoAni did the animated adaptation of the novels, but they have nothing to do with their marketing and release. Unless Endless Eight caused as much of a ruckus in book form as it did animated, your criticism of KyoAni based on the novel's marketing is off target.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 25/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the series isn't just from KyoAni. The producers, kadokawa, were the ones mainly deciding which episodes to do, and they're the ones who publish the novels.

    imo, kadokawa has screwed our precious KyoAni.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Kadokawa supposedly bore most of the responsibility for it.

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    Comment by Firetribe
    01:29 26/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Endless Eight I think was a artistic choice by Kyo-Ani. But the epic PR fiasco behind Haruhi-chan's nice boat and trickling of information was Kadokawa's doing.

    Though now, it's really hard to tell since KyoAni was touting the success of K-ON! was by their hand. But Kadokawa had to have some part in it. Who really knows how much say each one of them has on marketing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:50 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Presumably the worldwide release is in response to the prevalence of the various fan-translations, both because the majority of the international audience for the books is already up to book 9 (albeit tolerating Internet Writing), and because those readers are just as likely to take the same route for the new books if a less legally dubious one isn't presented in good time. I mean, at the current rate of two official English versions per year we won't reach to the eleventh until the middle of 2014 without next year's release.

    Comment by Anonymous

    And with, "we won't reach to the eleventh", I just accidentally demonstrated a prime example of Internet Writing, in case anyone was wondering what I meant by that. Of course, you weren't, because this is a Sankaku comments thread.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:21 24/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I am surprised.

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