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Old 2011-05-22, 06:21   Link #4061
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How did the novel get leaked anyways?
But damn, after looking at those pics...I can't wait for next week.
After that, I just hope someone's willing enough to scanlate that Rainy Day side-story.
(So much for that new thread )

EDIT: I seriously admire you people who can make a decent serious comment without fan-squeeing at those pics)
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Old 2011-05-22, 07:32   Link #4062
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Spoiler for Spoilers for Freshman Girl:


Looks like we finally get a character design on that freshman girl who Kyon described in Book 9.
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Old 2011-05-22, 07:38   Link #4063
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Looks like we finally get a character design on that freshman girl who Kyon described in Book 9.
Could it be that she's the slider we're all waiting for?
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Old 2011-05-22, 09:34   Link #4064
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Could it be that she's the slider we're all waiting for?
I suspect that Mikuru Big is pulling out all the stops.
Spoiler for Possible:
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Old 2011-05-22, 09:38   Link #4065
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Okay, let's move all the current discussion about the new novels to the Surprise thread. To help that out, I'm going to close this thread for the day.

Thank you.

EDIT: Thread re-opened!

And remember: novel 10 & 11 discussion has its own thread for spoilers.
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Old 2011-05-22, 23:10   Link #4066
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Oh geez, I just noticed something else. Her uniform is different, and the only reason I can think of for that would be that it's her middle school uniform. And I really hope that's not the case because... Ew.
Technically, this would have been less than a year before Melancholy begins, so the difference between "drool at Haruhi in Melancholy" and "drool at Sasaki in Rainy Day" is a matter of numbers rather than a visible difference in appearance--I mean teenagers don't change that much visually in a single year unless it's the year in which they cross the puberty divide.
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Old 2011-05-23, 09:54   Link #4067
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Anyone knows a safe, and understandable site (english preferible) to buy volume 10 and 11?............I'm thinking of buying them, and having them translated by some translation service company, or whoever I can find, because there is no way the novels will be fan translated, right?
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Old 2011-05-23, 10:06   Link #4068
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Technically, this would have been less than a year before Melancholy begins, so the difference between "drool at Haruhi in Melancholy" and "drool at Sasaki in Rainy Day" is a matter of numbers rather than a visible difference in appearance--I mean teenagers don't change that much visually in a single year unless it's the year in which they cross the puberty divide.
I guess that's fair. When I thought "middle school" I was thinking more like Tanabata Haruhi's age.
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Old 2011-05-23, 15:14   Link #4069
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I guess that's fair. When I thought "middle school" I was thinking more like Tanabata Haruhi's age.
Keep in mind that the level of squick involved is all relative. Yes, the middle school "Tanabata Haruhi" was no more than 13 (probably only 12), but even the oldest primary character in the series, Tsuruya, is only 17, and that's only as of late, as she started the series at 16, like any normal Japanese second-year high schooler (I don't count Mikuru or the data interfaces in the discussion, as we don't know exactly how old she is in either form, and they are presumably all much younger than they appear). Over the majority of the series, most of the characters haven't been any older than 15, which makes them just as much jailbait in most countries as Imouto-chan (who certainly has her share of..."enthusiasts")...
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Old 2011-05-23, 15:28   Link #4070
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Keep in mind that the level of squick involved is all relative.
No doubt. If the girls are drawn with bodies like they're in their twenties, it's hard not to react as though they are adults. I guess it's the same reason we don't have an issue with Tanaguchi rating Yuki an A-, despite us knowing as informed viewers (as you alluded to) that she's literally probably no more than three years old. You go based on appearance, and, to me, Sakaki has the appearance of a middle-schooler in that picture.

But still, regardless of age...

Really??
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Old 2011-05-23, 17:19   Link #4071
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No doubt. If the girls are drawn with bodies like they're in their twenties, it's hard not to react as though they are adults. I guess it's the same reason we don't have an issue with Tanaguchi rating Yuki an A-, despite us knowing as informed viewers (as you alluded to) that she's literally probably no more than three years old. You go based on appearance, and, to me, Sakaki has the appearance of a middle-schooler in that picture.

But still, regardless of age...

Really??
Oh, I have no problem with Taniguchi rating any of them anything. He's underage as well, after all, and Yuki (and the other interfaces) are designed to look and act their supposed ages, so you can't fault anyone for treating them as such. They're not even human, anyway, or even really biological, except physically, so the sexuality argument doesn't even apply in the same way.
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Old 2011-05-23, 17:53   Link #4072
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Oh, I have no problem with Taniguchi rating any of them anything. He's underage as well, after all, and Yuki (and the other interfaces) are designed to look and act their supposed ages, so you can't fault anyone for treating them as such. They're not even human, anyway, or even really biological, except physically, so the sexuality argument doesn't even apply in the same way.
Well, right, which is why I said WE don't have an issue with it. I'm pretty sure we're on the same page here, for the most part.
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Old 2011-05-24, 07:46   Link #4073
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The cover for the Official Fanbook: The Observation of Haruhi Suzumiya has been released by Kadokawa:
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Old 2011-05-24, 10:16   Link #4074
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Cool, what's in the fanbook?
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Old 2011-05-24, 11:35   Link #4075
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Cool, what's in the fanbook?
The fanbook is as it says: a guide to the novel series. It'll feature some things from the new novels as well as some unreleased items from Tanigawa and Itou.

Today the official website updated with a new webpage. It states "Pray with Haruhi. When 15,498 desires come together, something good is bound to happen!".

The referred site allows you to send a message to the site (with one of the main SOS Brigade characters if wanted) or you can tweet your wish with the official hashtag #haruhinegai.

Edit: It's not worth a new post, but here's images of Vol 5 (Eng. version) that I received today:



2nd Edit: Overall I'd say the translation was well done. One mistake (switching between yen and dollars between stories) was all that I noticed. I did like the adaptation for Tsuruya to call Haruhi "Harls" instead of the original "Haru-nyan." Everything was put together well outside of that mistake. You should feel great in purchasing it!
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Old 2011-05-25, 07:16   Link #4076
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And so.....
Here comes Surprise!

Apparently there was a promotion for preordering the Chinese books, and I managed to do that in time. Just picked it up today. No Rainy Day, there is something awesome...

Spoiler for something awesome...:


EDIT: Not sure if this is a spoiler, should I add it to the *official* thread?
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Old 2011-05-25, 08:09   Link #4077
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chinese LN cover? or manga?
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Old 2011-05-25, 08:27   Link #4078
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Special Edition cover for preorders of The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya (First and final part). I think this is Chinese version only.
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Old 2011-05-25, 11:53   Link #4079
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EDIT: Not sure if this is a spoiler, should I add it to the *official* thread?
I'm fine with these merchandise updates being posted in this thread, however, any story-related material should go in the "official" thread.
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Old 2011-05-27, 21:02   Link #4080
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"Selling well" would be an understatement for the latest set of Haruhi novels. This is far from official (those numbers will be out Wednesday) but I'm hearing some GREAT news on the status of stores in Japan with the LE set.

To begin, I've heard rumors that some stores have already sold out of the set and some are already running low. The Melonbooks in Akiba is already down to half of their original set by the end of sales on Friday and Gamers's head store has gotten rid of the double screw seen here and has had a decent chunk taken from the base as seen here.

Then we have this blog post by a bookstore. They've checked and they sold approximately over 40% of their allotted stock on the first day alone. That one store has sold over 2000 copies of everything Haruhi already (manga, novels, extras, etc). What's even better is the clientele coming in and purchasing the set. Not only do you have men and women, you have salerymen, office ladies, housewifes, high schoolers, middle schoolers and more. They didn't have a break at all during that first day. They are highly concerned that they won't be able to make it through the weekend with their stock.

Kadokawa has already told that store that it's incredibly unlikely that they'll be sending more stock of the LE. I'm incredibly eager to see what the first week sales will be.
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