The widely held belief that the Haruhi franchise is a spent force seems to have been shattered by the news that the latest novel in the series, “The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya” (Suzumiya Haruhi no Kyougaku), has sold a record 341,000 copies.

The two-volume novel’s limited edition version went on sale May 25th to a great deal of excitement, as might be expected of the first new Haruhi novel in 4 years.

Oricon in fact reports first week sales of 341,184 copies, over twice the previous best selling light novel’s first week performance:

341,184 – “The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya”
151,194 – “Ore no Imouto 8”
121,410 – “Index 23”
109,643 – “Hanamonogatari”
101,356 – “Infinite Stratos 7”

It should also be noted that earlier reports about the success of the title (reportedly 1 million copies were shipped/printed) fell for the usual press release trick of substituting “inventory shipped to distributors” for “copies sold to consumers.”

Kadokawa in this case was even more sneakily combining inventory for the two volumes (bundled in the limited edition) into one figure to arrive at a more impressive number – not that it really needed to bother considering how impressive actual sales were anyway.

Online there is much surprise at such an unexpectedly strong showing from a series many had thought to be on its way out:

“So they can squeeze some more life out of it still.”

“Amazing. Who says it was done for?”

“Haruhi is restarted… but a new anime is impossible, with the current seiyuu at least.”

“Every bookshop was showing off great piles of it. It didn’t look like it was selling to me.”

“For an industry which calls 10,000+ sales a hit, this is fantastic.”

“All I remember is being recommended this by a friend only to read it and find it is utter trash.”

“It’s still selling. If it gets another anime I hope they change the seiyuu though.”

“For season 3 please change the Haruhi seiyuu!”

“So what the hell was the author doing all those years?”

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    Comment by Actar
    18:04 02/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I hate it when franchises change actors and seiyuus. There is no contnuity and it will take ages to get over the awkwardness.

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    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    01:00 03/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)


    That is the one truth...

    “For season 3 please change the Haruhi seiyuu!”

    BLASPHEMY!!! There is only one Haruhi, as there is one Konata...

    I know the hatred for Aya Hirano, but you must all realize that she is irreplaceable for not just Haruhi, but all the characters she voiced and given their personalities to...

    It will not be the same...

    It's like replaying "Dr. Who's" bald main character with a guy with a full head of hair...Oh wait, they already did that...

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    Comment by Alice
    01:43 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dr. Who is a terrible example. If you think it's not, you obviously don't know anything about Dr. Who.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sarcasm: [sahr-kaz-uhm]
    1. harsh or bitter derision or irony.
    2. a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark: a review full of sarcasms.

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    Comment by Alice
    03:09 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except that no where in the post is sarcasm apparent, except the very last sentence. If I infer anything from the post, it is that the poster is bitter about the change of the Doctor when they started watching. If it was sarcasm, it was out of place at any rate.

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    Comment by Lurkerman
    03:41 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    ... I started out with the dubs, so I won't care if they have a different japanese actor (though it still kinda matters, because I'll prolly see the subs first!)

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    Comment by Bob
    07:41 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is true,i would rather have Aya continue with Haruhi than have some other seiyuu

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    Comment by Kuraudo
    01:24 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Japanese are insane; they completely hate on a an actress because she doesn't fit their image of a female archetype that does not exist anymore, if it ever did at all.

    Remember how they reacted to whatsherface who played Mio from K-on doing something as terrible as, gasp, getting a boyfriend (or whatever)?

    What is wrong with these people!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:09 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed. Hurry up and finish it so you can get rid of her. Lol.

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    Comment by Bob
    11:18 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You read my mind

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:53 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, they needed to do it over 9000!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:32 02/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    So much hate for Haruhi's Seiyuu.. It wouldn't be the same without Aya...

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:45 02/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    All the hate actually makes me root for her that much more. XD

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    Comment by Oyashiro-Chama
    17:08 02/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    hate really makes the world go round, if it weren't for hate we wouldn't have space shuttles or even computers for at least another 30 years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:49 02/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    competition but not hate makes us grow. in this case, there really isn't a very valid reason to hate aya for me at least. i mean she's still a decent seiyuu to me, i couldn't care less what she does with her private life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:00 02/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Sooo... Thanks URSS and thanks USA? Is that the point?

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    Comment by Gitami
    18:44 02/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes, we learned MAD from them, redefining genocide from Hitler, efficient national organization of factory production and logistic from the kaiser, biological warfare from British blankets.

    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    17:59 02/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Oyashiro-Chama,curious here...mind explaining?

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    Comment by HouseLife
    05:09 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only teenagers believe it's hate that runs the world, because they lack perspective. Anon 18:49 is actually correct, that competition is what truly causes growth and advancement. You see something you wish to do and aspire to surpass it. The human ego is separated by a very fine line between itself and that which gives us confidence. Many people incorrectly believe they are the same, but the closest analogy is that they are two sides of the same coin, and even that isn't quite correct. To be confident is not to be arrogant, except there are those who lack self esteem who will perceive confidence as arrogance.

    One example is Donald Trump. He said "I am a success. I am a successful person." and people perceived that as arrogant. Why? He is a successful person, and he's successful because he won't let anybody not LET him be successful, he will overcome anything in his way. Not only did he succeed once, but then lost his money and earned it back again with interest.

    Wanting to be as good as someone you admire can manifest as jealousy, which is based on ego. And that can lead of course to blaming or hating the source if the person doesn't maintain their focus on themselves. When people judge themselves based on others is when hate enters the fray. If they judge themselves based on their own actions and desires, then they take full responsibility for any of their mistakes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:18 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    people should listen to this guy

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    Comment by Mr.Demon
    00:53 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah... is like hating the haters...XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:30 02/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Aya is like chocolate. You know it's bad for you but you just can't resist.

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    Comment by Kaarme
    17:41 02/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You are insulting chocolate.

    Not that I'd have anything against Aya either. I don't give a damn about the other bs going on around her as long as she does her voice acting properly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 02/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i hate hirano aya but she is the ONLY voice for haruhi if there is another season it has tto be her and is her only way of redemption

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    18:26 02/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    true true, in the end the 3d person is irrelevant, what matters is the 2d person voiced by her

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    Comment by obro
    22:39 02/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    chocolate is bad????

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:53 02/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    agreed!! wouldn't be haruhi without aya's voice!
    now imagine if kugimiya rie would fill in...

    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    19:06 02/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Kugimiya Rie can dub in the non-tsundere voice too,but just doesn't fit

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:36 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Doesn't matter since Haruhi is tsundere as well.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    05:16 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 3:36

    I deny this statement. I don't believe Haruhi has ever spoken with the 'double-start,' which is the identifying factor of the default tsundere.

    "B-Baka! I-It's not like I like you or anything!"

    It's one reason I like Haruhi so much. She's represented wonderfully as what "tsundere" in reality is really like: a girl who doesn't know how to express her feelings in every instance, but also may not even understand that she HAS such feelings, yet that doesn't mean she's constantly contrary to what she wants.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:06 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    She may not fit Kugimiya's standard but she's still tsundere. And that's the whole point, isn't it?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Try imagine someone else.. like Tomatsu Haruka.
    Her voice can fit in & she can sing too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:22 02/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I don't really get what's the big deal with what the seiyuu does on her free time anyways, she's still a good voice actor. Even if she is a complete attention whore otherwise... I don't really want them to change her, can't really think Haruhi with another voice, or Konata for that matter.

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    Comment by Gitami
    18:46 02/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    She need to return to her roots, she can make fans love her again.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    15:49 02/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Precisely... these people really are starting to annoy me. I'm going to assume generally that these selected quotes are just a few, and assume that in general, Aya's actual skills are recognized as different than her as a person.

    I don't know who else could do Haruhi as well as Aya did, and plus, how exactly did anything Aya do affect Haruhi in any way? The problem is, if this is how these idiots think, in theory anime creators will end up listening and not bring her back, to which I can only hope and pray whomever they do get, if it's not Aya, is a wonderful and great voice actress.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, I think nayuta (from niconicodouga?) could do a pretty good job of voicing Haruhi.

    But yeah, they should really keep Aya. It's awkward when shows change voice actors like that.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool

    So why change the seiryu? Is it because of her unacceptable antic?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:20 02/06/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Fuck that bitch lol

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    Comment by RoxbiT
    17:18 02/06/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    She deserve it though.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    18:40 02/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I have to hear this... why? What EXACTLY did she do to deserve this and how do you justify that? Some idiots will say that to ask this is to be a mindless fan, defending her, which I find ironic. Because it's the mindless who think that a person deserves mindlessness in return by saying things like "She deserves it though" when all she did was become someone that people loved, and then became something that violated their expectations by being something unforgivable: human.

    And don't use Sankaku as a reason. Artefact's affection for Aya has peppered everyone here with a completely incorrect perception. Anyone who would read Japanese news here would think they're nothing but otaku, natural disasters, cosplayers and Aya...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:24 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This comment is full of win *(^_^)*

    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    01:30 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    HouseLife,your comments are filled with knowledge

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:09 02/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Think what you want about Aya but one thing is for certain: She is not a bad seiyuu. In fact, she is excellent. You can't deny it really.

    Comment by Anonymous

    She's ok technically, but her professional deameanour (or lack of it) is a part of her overall performance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:29 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Her actions outside the recording booth shouldn't mean anything to people. The only people who care are lonely fuckwits.

    She's a god-tier seiyuu, and will be until she retires.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:14 02/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    "widely held belief"

    Where else but Sankaku? The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie was in the top 10 box office list in its first week of relief.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    16:31 02/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It was a damn good movie too, I think the story just can't be stretched out into a series very well so it needs a lot of material or a short time span to tell the story... Like that mistake they called season 2.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:07 02/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Mistake? I can't even begin express how brilliant EE is combined with Shoushitsu. You had a problem with just 8? Try over 15000.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:28 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought EE was fucking great, too. By the end, I felt legitimately depressed for Nagato. The way they did it was the only way!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 02/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want to kill you.

    Comment by Anonymous

    why is piece of shit this upvoted

    ----------oh wait I'm on sankaku

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