Kadokawa’s Sneaker Bunko has big news for Haruhi Suzumiya fans: the light novel series has over 20 million copies in print around the world!
The massively popular series follows Kyon, a cynical high school student of North High School. He is drawn to Haruhi Suzumiya, an eccentric girl who seeks supernatural phenomena as the head of the SOS Brigade. Haruhi is unaware that the new recruits are the supernatural beings that she seeks, and she is also oblivious to her reality warping powers. Since Haruhi’s biggest foe is boredom, the four club members do everything in their power to keep her entertained.
Writer Nagaru Tanigawa and artist Noizi Ito created 11 volumes between June 2003 to June 2011. The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya is the final book, but Tanigawa claims the series is on hiatus and is not complete.
Kyoto Animation adapted the light novels in a non-linear 14-episode anime that aired in the Spring 2006 season. They would later rebroadcast the anime in a linear form with 14 new episodes (8 of which were the Endless Eight) three years later. They would also adapt The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya as a theatrical film in 2010.
The anime’s massive success has been credited for the popularity of light novel adaptations.