Friday, April 18, 2008

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Manga on the Way


After an inexplicable delay, the license for the English translation and distribution of the manga version of the ridiculously popular anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has been announced... and, surprisingly, it's not going to one of the bigger publishing houses like Viz or Tokyopop, but to relative industry bit-player Yen Press.

It's already been a circuitous journey for the property -- the original Japanese novels found massive success as a bizarre TV anime series before thundering onto the best-seller charts in a new manga incarnation (with sales clocking in at 1 1/2 million copiesz and counting). Over the last couple of years, the award-winning property has quickly become the #1 license in Japan, spawning an army of tie-in products and, virus-like, beginning to creep into other media along the way (the otherwise completely unrelated video game series Phoenix Wright: Ace Attourney being the most obvious example). And with the manga finally ready to make the journey across the Pacific Ocean to your friendly local Canadian comic book shop -- can a multitude of Haruhi goodies be far behind? Better start saving now...

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3 comments:

David Bird said...

I've yet to see any of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, but I find myself strangely entranced by this site:

http://b.bngi-channel.jp/psp-haruhi/swf/haruhi_swf_sample/haruhi512/haruhi512.swf

David Bird said...

And, of course, it cuts off the address!

Here it is in three parts:

http://b.bngi-channel.jp/psp-haruhi/

swf/haruhi_swf_sample/haruhi512/

haruhi512.swf

atomicker said...

Holy moley! That page is *awesome*! :D

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