Author: Nagaru Tanigawa
Illustrator: Noizi Ito
My rating: 4.5 of 5
Haruhi Suzumiya, vol. 7
Haruhi is brooding again . . . and that bodes only one thing. Trouble. For Kyon, that is. And as if a brooding Haruhi weren’t enough, Kyon finds himself responsible for a future version of Mikuru Asahina that his future self sent back to his present self–with no explanation. Confused yet? So is poor Kyon!
I have deeply enjoyed each volume of Nagaru Tanigawa’s history of the SOS Brigade’s exploits, and The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya (the 7th volume) is no exception. The combination of wild hijinks and subtle character development is quite appealing, and the variety presented by the author’s use of both novels and short stories is also quite nice. The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya is the longest novel in the set so far. The story is quite well written, focusing mostly on Kyon and Asahina this time (with a dash of everyone else to for variety). The character development in this story is extremely well written–some of the best that I’ve read. I particularly enjoy the way in which Kyon still puts up a front of disapproval about all the crazy supernatural things going on around him, yet that you can totally tell that he would fight to keep it–very different from his initial attitude about the SOS Brigade. (I have to wonder if this is currently his tsundere side coming out, or is that just my imagination?) In any case, this is a really fun story, which you should check out.