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The bestselling series that took the world by storm continues with this hilarious and sly second book. As the SOS Brigade prepares for the upcoming cultural festival, eccentric high school student and oblivious god Haruhi decides to make a movie. The star-the beautiful and reluctant Mikuru....

Title : The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya
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ISBN : 9780316038812
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Number of Pages : 201 Pages
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The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya Reviews

  • Sydney LaForest
    2019-05-12 03:57

    First let me say that I loved the first book. I've read it like 5 times and I was so excited to get the next one... yet after reading I'm not so excited anymore. The book had potential to be good. Haruhi's antics never fail to amuse, and I love the characters, but lately Kyon's dry sarcasm has been getting a little whiny. No one is forcing you to be in the SOS Brigade. If you can't stand what Haruhi does, LEAVE! Honestly.... No, the main problem with this book is that the whole thing is basically Kyon obsessing over Mikuru. In the first book it was sweet, because she was new and he had never been around so many beautiful girls before. But in this book, it's annoying. And for a time traveler sent to observe Haruhi, she's kind of a wimp. In this book, Kyon spends most of his time describing Mikuru, and obsessing over her. LOOK, WE KNOW SHE'S CUTE, GET ON WITH THE BOOK!!!!I have to say I am shocked that someone who wrote the first book, which was wonderful, could write this snore. I can honestly say that if I hadn't watched the anime, I would not bother to read the next one.

  • Malia
    2019-04-24 20:53

    While it didn't suck, I can't recommend it. I was wondering how they could sucessfully stretch such a weak plot for 200 pages and yeah...they couldn't. I still like Kyon (though I'm starting to think he really just needs to grow a pair) and Nagato (always saving everyone and not making a big fuss about it) but I'm officially tired of Asahina and Koizumi. Probably because Kyon wasted so many pages obsessing over Asahina and hating on Koizumi. I get it, he's like 17 but SHUT UP ALREADY! I think I'm abandoning ship at this book, I'm not really seeing how they could take this any further but I know they try. I'm going to stop reading while I still like 3 out of the main 5 characters. Cause Haruhi, though nutty, is still cool.

  • Kenchiin
    2019-05-16 19:59

    That was so short :(

  • Charles
    2019-04-30 00:37

    The making of a movie where everything come to lifeThis is the second book in the Haruhi Suzumiya series. This book is very hard to describe. The best way I can put is "second verse same as the first", but that really doesn't do it justice. This book is basically in essence the same as the previous book when the main character, Kyon is bossed around and bullied by the other main character, Haruhi, while the side characters all do their own weird alien, time traveler and esper things. Then it raises the question is raised, is this book any worse because it is basically the same thing? I don't think so because I believe that the characters are still able to make this story interesting. The "story" for this book, if you can even call it that, is Harunhi wants to make a movie for the cultural festival. That's about it. No mystery, no major plot twists, just as it says on the back of the book. This makes it so that for this story to work it falls upon the character's interactions to be entertaining enough to carry this. Luckily characters is where this series shines. While the side characters can seem a bit flat at times the two leads are enough to carry this book. So despite me liking this book very much there are some serious problems with this book. The biggest is if you don't like the main characters you will hate this entire book because it falls upon them and if you don't like that then there is really nothing for you to like. Also if you know nothing about Japanese schools and or culture and how they work somethings you may be confused what exactly is going on. It also goes without saying if you didn't like the previous book they you will defiantly not like this book. Though what I like about this book and this series is the characters so that is enough to make me want to read this. I would recommend this book to anyone who like the last book, anyone who likes slice of life anime, and anyone who would be curious what would happen if someone with the powers of god made a movie, but they didn't know they had those powers. 6/1/13

  • Sean O'Hara
    2019-05-15 01:38

    So, the SOS Brigade is back, and this time Haruhi decides they should make a film for the school's cultural festival. The fact that she knows nothing about film-making doesn't deter her in the least -- that's what her favorite buttmonkey, Kyon, is for. She tells him what to shoot, and he damn well better shoot it, or else. As for what he shoots -- no surprise, it involves Mikuru in a variety of absurd costumes.The film's plot (to the extent it has one, which it doesn't really) centers on a battle waitress from the future named Mikuru (played by Mikuru, naturally) sent back to protect an esper named Itsuki Koizumi (played by Koizumi) from an evil alien witch named Yuki Nagato (played by, yes, Yuki). The fact that Haruhi has somehow assigned everyone roles nearly identical to their real selves, despite the fact that she's not supposed to know about them, disturbs the SOSers. To make matters worse, as they film the movie, aspects of the story begin to take on reality. Now the Brigade must find a way to stop Haruhi from using her powers -- but if they just outright refuse to participate, she might destroy the world! (Dun-dun-dun!)If there's an overall plot to the series, we really don't get much of it here. We get some insights into Yuki, Mikuru and especially Koizumi's views of Haruhi's powers and some hints about how their superiors differ in their goals, but there's no real advancement plotwise. The next book is a series of short stories, so I don't expect much more from that, but the fourth volume sounds like it gets deeper into how the universe works.

  • Alex
    2019-04-19 19:57

    Certainly less compelling than the rather-smart original, this is however an entertaining sequel that's not scared to both have fun with the premise and to throw a few ideas around of its own. The major problem with the book lies in how good the central premise is but how, ultimately, not a great deal is done with it. The eternally bored Haruhi decides to shoot a motion picture and because, for some reason, she is prone to altering the world around her according to her whims, strange events occur that blend the worlds of her fantastical cinematic imagination and reality.It's a smart idea that ended up working better on TV than it did on paper due to the anime's smart postmodern sensibility and parody of anime conventions, but even though we're left with something of a bare-bones novel here, it's unlikely to disappoint anyone into the characters or the author's style as it remains a breezy, entertaining and clever light read.

  • Persephone
    2019-04-20 23:47

    Years ago I tried to read this second book in the Haruhi Suzumiya series, but at the time I couldn't finish it. I thought it was dull because nothing happened, it is basically the efforts of the SOS Brigade to make a movie following the unreasonable orders of Haruhi. This time I knew what it was about and I was prepared to just read about the interactions of the characters (I was inspired by the movie, which was SO GOOD!). Mind you I was surprised by how much I liked it this time; compared to the first novel this one is slower and, as I said, not much could say this is more of a filling novel.*SPOILERS*I liked that the theories and believes of the 3 groups (Nagato, Kouzumi and Asahina) were discussed and that it was mentioned that the universe in the series is wider and not exclusive to the 3 groups. It gives all sort of possibilities to the story.

  • Christina
    2019-04-26 01:55

    There wasn't much of a plot in this one. It was mostly the SOS brigade shooting a movie and Haruhi causing crazy things to happen. I kind of want to stop reading the series because everything I've read so far was covered in the anime, but I read someone's review and they said that everything comes together as you get closer to the end of the series. Hmm. We'll see if I get that far. This series won't be a priority.

  • Josh
    2019-04-21 00:44

    The first book was interesting enough, but this one was just...really bland. I'm amazed this series spawned such a phenomenon. This has to be a translation thing.I enjoyed the pop culture references, though I think the translation team could have presented them better. I'm assuming they may not have gotten them all either.Though this book is really short, it felt like it took ages to read. I just wasn't that interested. I think this is where I'll leave the series.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-21 02:36

    This was one of the funniest novels I’ve ever read. It’s a short book but took awhile to read as I had to stop at times I was laughing so hard. Long Live the SOSReread and re-laughed my through this novel again, is it the talking cat, is it the Data Entity is it Kyon, I don't know just love this series.

  • Feather Mista
    2019-05-07 02:51

    Secuela graciosa pero que no está al nivel de la primera parte, quizás porque se pierde bastante del factor sorpresa. Lástima que sólo se editó en España y nunca salió la versión argentina corregida, porque claramente iba a ser una mejora con respecto a esta traducción hecha a las apuradas.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-13 01:04

    Hm, not as good as the first one, but still pretty good. I would recommend reading this before watching the episode. When I watched the episode, I was a bit confused about what was happening.

  • Ringo Proschwitz
    2019-04-21 19:48

    this is not the edition i possess because i couldn't find it

  • Michelle
    2019-04-22 20:44

    (originally posted on my LiveJournal account: in April, I read and reviewed the first book in this light novel series, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and it was there that I described my tumultuous relationship with the Haruhi franchise. After many attempts at watching the anime and reading the manga, I finally came around to this Japanese cultural phenomenon and while I wouldn't describe myself as a rabid fan, I still like it all quite a bit. So, because of this, the source material for the anime and manga adaptations intrigue me. While at the library a few weeks ago, I spotted the second volume in the novel series on the shelf, and since these books are so tiny and it had been awhile since I read the first volume, I decided to fit into my TBR somehow.It's been over a year since I watched the anime and about 9 months since I watched the feature-length film, but there's one thing I surprisingly forget about this series: Haruhi Suzumiya, the titular character, is a BAD person, no matter which way you look at it. She gets better as she the series progresses, but it's almost unbearable at the beginning of the series, and this only being the second volume, Haruhi's less than flattering traits are still very prominent. Also, I can't imagine that translating Japanese is an easy feat (Japanese prose has some kind of... cadence/rhythm/*something* that I can't quite describe), making the reading experience kind of strange. Overall though, this book is fine, even if I already knew what was going to happen.Okay, so as I mentioned above, one of the most jarring things about these books is Haruhi herself. Not only is she a force of nature (she can shape the world to her desires, no matter how crazy, even though she's not aware of it) but she is a huge JERK. She is bossy, rude, forceful and takes hissy fits when people don't do as she says. She is NOT a likable person by any means. The supporting characters are quite flawed as well: Asahina, easily the one in the group who is most targeted by Haruhi's tyranny, next to Kyon, is way too submissive; she does protest when Haruhi tries to make her do stuff she doesn't want to do, but she lacks the guts and never puts her foot down. Kyon complains constantly, ogles Asahina and judges other people. Koizumi is just... Koizumi and Yuki doesn't get to do a whole lot yet (though I know she becomes VERY important later on), and doesn't say boo. So, really, no one in this series is especially *likable* either (though I find Kyon to be quite likable and more sympathetic in the anime series than these books, this second volume in particular). Of course, they all pale in comparison to Haruhi. However, this book presents a much more ambiguous picture of the characters than is originally let on in the first volume: Asahina lets on to Kyon to not trust everything Koizumi says; Koizumi presents the theory that maybe Asahina is putting on an act and really isn't the helpless person she makes herself out to be (which kind of makes sense when you compare Kyon's timeline's Asahina to the one from the future he meets in the first book) and Yuki informs Kyon that the three Asahina, Koizumi and her all have different and conflicting theories regarding Haruhi and all have fairly different goals in relation to what they're trying to observe from her. This was definitely a good angle to take, and while I'm pretty sure most of it was explored in the anime, I can't remember for sure, so it mostly felt new to me, which was nice.One thing that's a little disappointing about this book is the plot. In the first volume of the series, Kyon meets another being like Yuki who tries to kill him, but then Yuki saves him with her crazy alien powers, Koizumi shows him closed space and how Haruhi affects the world with her moods, Asahina time travels with him, and Kyon saves the world as he knows it when him and Haruhi get stuck in closed space. There was just so much going on; in this book, not so much. It's just about Haruhi wanted to make a movie for her school's culture festival and how she's making weird things happen because she wants them to happen for the movie (such as making Asahina be able to shoot lasers out of her eye). Of course, the SOS Brigade can't let Haruhi know that she's *actually* making these things happen, because then shit hits the fan. There's a lot of Haruhi bossing everyone around, especially Asahina, and Kyon complaining about being caught in her stupid project. None of it was especially riveting, and it's not surprising that they only spent two episodes or so of the anime on this story arc.One of the most interesting things that happens in this book though (besides the SOS Brigade [except Haruhi and Kyon] revealing they're pretty much all suspicious of each other) is Kyon almost hitting Haruhi. There is a scene where he literally almost punches her because she purposefully intoxicates Asahina. Haruhi is insulted that Kyon would want to go against her (though she doesn't seem too bothered that he almost hits her -- it's just the rebellious attitude that bothers) and she seems legitimately HURT by this, which is strange in regards to Haruhi's character: she doesn't care what anyone thinks, which is made apparent when you think of her treatment of the other brigade members, which is either indifference, or bossing them around. Also, we know at this point that most of what happens to Haruhi, such as who she's surrounded by, is influenced by her desires and the way she wishes the world actually was; so why is she so attached to the completely average Kyon? Sure, she doesn't *know* that the other brigade members have supernatural powers, but that's why they're there. This connection between Kyon and Haruhi is one that still remains largely unanswered (though speculated of course) among fans of the series, and while I think their layered relationship is actually better translated in the anime than this novel, it was still presented well in the novel.I think that's one of my favorite things about this series: it really is quite layered and at times profound, despite its absurd premise. It's not that obvious in this volume, but later on, relationships are revealed to be quite in-depth, especially in regards to Kyon and the other brigade members. Not to mention that Haruhi's special... gift, brings up all kinds of philosophical, metaphysical and existential questions, which these books just brush the surface of, though once in awhile they take a dive in and really try to unpack it all.I think my least favorite aspect of the novel was the writing. Like I mentioned above, I've read enough manga and watched enough anime to get a sense of how Japanese speak and express themselves (I think so anyway), so reading this novel wasn't that strange, but I imagine it would be for other people. Kyon's turn of phrases are just... strange, and his metaphors come off as kind of clunky and out of place. I believe this is an almost direct translation though, which is where some of the awkwardness might be coming from. Also, and I try to remind myself of this constantly, these are LIGHT novels -- they're not meant to be high brow literature and thus, I'm sure the language is meant to be more on the light and less-serious side.Final Verdict: This installment in the Haruhi series is rather unexciting, especially after the fairly explosive first volume, but I really shouldn't be complaining because I knew what I was getting into with this book before I even started. While the plot was a lot less exciting, characters get a little more developed, even if they're revealed to be simply more ambiguous than Kyon originally realized. The relationship between Haruhi and Kyon is also further developed which is of course good, seeing as how the connection between the two characters is one of the most intriguing aspects of the whole series. My only complaint is with the writing, but I can't really blame the author or the translator for that (who I'm sure did a fine job), it's probably just something that got lost in translation. Also, this book is a LIGHT novel (which you can read the definition for here) and as such, the writing isn't supposed to be amazing to begin with.

  • Theresa ♫
    2019-04-30 01:57

    Alright, before I start this review, I just want to mention thatI HAVE SEEN THE ANIME FOR THIS BOOK.I watched all of Season 2, episodes 10-14 anime for The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya. And I don't USUALLY recommend for my fellow review readers to just watch the TV-version of the books that I recommend (because USUALLY the books are better, right?)I mean have you SEEN the Toilet Twilight movie? And New Moon was rated 4 out of 10 stars on IMDB. (Which...isn't that awesome of a movie.)I mean shirtless guys, sparkling vampires, melodramatic drama, yeah. It's all there in those movies, but that's not all that makes a good movie you know!Especially when the movie is based on some cliche story. -_-Sorry, sorry, I'm not here to rant on Twilight, but my point is: NO. I don't recommend movies that much. (Twilight, wrecked--like it wasn't already. Percy Jackson and the Olympians, TOTALLY WRECKED. And I'm in love with Harry Potter and Daniel Radcliffe and all, so I won't regret saying that the Harry Potter movies are okay but they don't beat the books at all. The Hunger Games--surprisingly, I haven't seen yet.)Even anime, I don't really recommend over the manga. (Unless the anime is Princess Tutu, or some kind of action/ninja/shounen manga, like Naruto or Death Note or Bleach or stuff like that. I'll watch the anime of those over reading the manga.)But this one . . . I'm recommending the ANIME over the light novel.Why, you ask?1. The anime has more EMOTION. It shows more EMOTION than this book. I mean I LOOOOVE Kyon's narrating voice, but what HAPPENS in the book is expressed with more emphasis in the anime.You know what I mean?The characters in THIS book aren't as emotion-full as they are in the anime. They're kind of like blunt robots.2. Maaaaaybe it's because I saw the anime first before reading this book. (Then again, even if I did read this book first, I'd still probably recommend the anime.)Well, the anime is visual AND audible. AND not only does the anime STICK TO THE PLOT OF THE STORY (instead of some anime plots that change the plot from the manga they corresponded with), it kind of IMPROVED the story or it emphasized the emotions in the book.Or maybe I was just bored of this book because I already KNEW what was going to happen. Right from the beginning of the book, I knew that (view spoiler)[Haruhi was planning to make a movie. She began making the movie reality with her god-like Haruhi powers. Kyon's mission is to convince her that the movie isn't reality so that she doesn't completely reconstruct the world. The movie ends with a disclaim at the end. Dun-da-da-dun!! (hide spoiler)]. I already knew all that stuff.So I wasn't tearing through the book all, "Oh my gosh, I HAVE to find out what happens!" or "I wonder what the ending is like."Nope. I already KNEW. (The not-so-benefits of watching the anime before reading the book. But then again, my first time watching the anime was pretty exciting.)But yeah. This book COULD have been better. Emotion-wise.I mean when Kyon described things, and then placed his thoughts into the text, that was what I liked. I LOVE that kind of narrating. That's what made first-person narrating--you know, FIRST PERSON.The character/narrator is supposed to tell his thoughts too, not just OBSERVE the scene.Besides, I'm the kind of person that likes dialogue more than descriptions, so...BUUUUT, when the characters reacted to each other, when they were supposed to be determined or angry or upset or curious or scared or WHATEVER they were supposed to be, it wasn't described well at ALL. I don't even know how to describe how the descriptions weren't descriptive, which is probably a problem.The things they said, like their dialogue and stuff, didn't have tags to them. It didn't say HOW they had said their dialogue. (I have no idea if they yelled or laughed or screamed or whispered or just bluntly spoke the quote with no emotion at all.) And dialogue descriptions are part of showing the emotions that the character has when they speak!Oh, and exclamation marks help, too.And maybe all-caps. (But all-caps probably don't look good in a novel. Comic books, manga, or Theresa reviews, maybe...)You know, SOMETHING TO MAKE THE DIALOGUE DISTINCT!I mean what sounds angrier?"I hate you."or"I hate you!"or"I HATE YOU!"or"I HATE YOU!!!!!!!!"or even my way of saying such a thing."I HATE YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU!!!!!!!!!!!"See? PUNCTUATION MATTERS.And then there's even italicizing and bolding and underlining to add more emphasis!All these things could have DEFINITELY been used in the book. So many different options and ways to show emotion!But this book...still ended up being pretty blunt and emotionless.Anyway, the plot IDEA was pretty interesting.With Haruhi Suzumiya, for some weird reason, the CONCLUSION to the books (the endings) seem to happen really, really fast. As fast as a HEART BEAT!And you hardly get any foreshadowing ideas that actually HELP YOU figure out what the real conclusion is.And the conclusion is usually something you DON'T expect.And the conclusion just JUMPS AT YOUR FACE. You don't expect it. (Unless you KNOW what the conclusion is going to be already. Like, you already read the book or watched the anime or got spoiled or SOMETHING.)(I'm gonna mention a few examples from the TMoHS series, so....INTO THE SPOILER ZONE WE GO!)(view spoiler)[In the first book, the clues were all "Kyooon, do you know the story of Snow White? Sleeping Beauty?? HMMMM?"Yeah, those seemed like random things that were just mentioned.Then the thought came up that said, "Hmm. How are both of those stories ALIKE?"And then....I think....that Kyon woke Haruhi up from the closed space by KISSING. I didn't expect that at all, even with the clues that I got!Season 1-Episodes 1-5 (or 6, I forgot) (hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[And for the endless eight episodes (the episodes that everyone seems to hate, but I actually like them), when Haruhi kept wishing that summer would never end and it kept relooping over and over and over forever and ever and ever, Koizumi kept mentioning, "Kyooooon, you should appear from behind her and say, I LOOOOOVE YOU!"And Kyon kept going all, "Nooo. Nooo, that's disgusting, ew." And I kept thinking, "Oh, dear Kyon! You'll end up saying it to her anyway!" And I seriously couldn't wait!And then it ended with Kyon saying, "Haruhi! Let's do the rest of our homework on the last day of summer!"I was NOT expecting that. And there was a clue about that (the clue kept REPEATING like 8 times) and I didn't expect it at all.Season 2-Episodes 2-9 (hide spoiler)]The faux clues I get lead me to a conclusion that I THINK might happen, but then a totally DIFFERENT conclusion ends up happening instead. BAAAAAH, it can be frustrating, but it has its own thrill.It's probably a good thing about this book.Oh. And we still don't know what Kyon's real name is.Anyway, OVERALL: This book gets 3 stars. Pretty blunt and not as emotion-full as the anime, but the story line is good.I had to interlibrary-loan-request this book (Because my library district didn't have this book, so I had to request it from a library far far away) TWICE. I didn't finish it the first time, when I requested in in January.I finished it in July, when I checked this thing out on July 16th.Lots of procrastinating, but I FINISHED IT! And no, the book wasn't enough to be able to keep me interested in the story, but the anime was.So, onto the third book. MWAH, HA, HA, HA!!!

  • LSWebb
    2019-04-24 00:37

    ....Maybe it was just me?Okay, so I watched the anime first, both seasons and the movie. I like it a lot. By the time I had watched, season 3 had been begged for for several years, and the movie had been out for about 3. When rather giving a proper third season they went with the Nagato spin-off, I figured the only way I'd really get the whole story was to read the light novels. I don't do so well with light novels. I like good prose. It seems the prose here was incredibly simple, even before translation, and as someone with a decent knowledge of the Japanese language, I'm willing to bet that the translator *also* isn't giving particularly good prose. With the exception of most expository dialogue about the nature of Haruhi, most of it follows the simple grammar of Japanese. A translator's job is not just to translate the literal words on the page, but to also translate the it into what would actually be said in another language. Which means the prose should at least be decent, even if it isn't in Japanese. Beyond that, Kyon is just such a pain in this volume. I liked the first one okay, I could put aside the simple prose because the rest was enjoyable. But I got so tired of him complaining about Koizumi and creeping on Asahina every chance he got, and then some. Also, I just wasn't particularly fond of the plot in this volume. It picks up near the end with all the implications of what could happen if Haruhi started to believe the stuff in the film was real, but even in the anime this was one of my least favorite arcs. I'm glad I watched it in Kyon order, because if I'd watched in Haruhi order, I wouldn't have made it past the first episode (the movie they create). Hopefully the next one won't be so bad it takes me almost a year to finish it as well. Then again if I take a year each, maybe they'll reboot the anime and actually finish it this time...

  • Andersen Albert
    2019-05-05 00:53

    My least favourite book in the series so far. It was still very entertaining, with the usual character antics shining through, but it was definitely a lot slower than it needed to be.I still recommend this book, but if you don't like the characters, I don't see you liking this one.

  • Vlad
    2019-05-07 02:52

    Stopped at 60%. It's unbelievably boring. NOTHING happened for 60% of the book. I can't torture myself with this any longer.

  • Quinlan
    2019-05-10 22:50

    The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya is a solid sequel to Melancholy, and covers the misadventures of Kyon and the SOS Brigade as they (attempt to) make a movie for the school festival.This books features more comedic moments and unexpected supernatural occurrences than the previous, and for many might be more enjoyable. I don't want to spoil these occurrences but I will say some of them are more comedic in the anime adaptation due to the presence of audio. Definitely something fans of the series will enjoy, but those new to the series should definitely read Melancholy first.

  • Jack Smack
    2019-04-19 19:41

    Was ok.

  • SamuelRodríguez
    2019-05-08 03:03

    En este segundo tomo, Haruhi se propone algo muy sencillo: hacer una película que impresione al mundo entero. Obviamente, ello dará lugar a todo tipo de situaciones cómicas y ridículas. Una directora excéntrica y despótica, una protagonista muy tímida y sin idea de actuar, una villana inexpresiva, un co-protagonista que solo sabe sonreír y un cámara/editor/chico-de-los-recados que desearía estar en cualquier otro sitio... ¿Qué puede salir mal?Aparte, se nos darán a conocer un poco más las facciones e intereses que ya se nos presentaron en la primera novela, a la vez que se profundiza un poco más en algunos personajes y las relaciones que hay entre ellos.En lo demás, sería volver a repetir lo que ya dije en la review del primer tomo. Y, como igualmente mencioné, los capítulos del anime correspondientes a este libro son prácticamente calcados al texto.

  • Minh Nhân Nguyễn
    2019-05-16 00:51

    3 saoCuốn này sử dụng mô tuýp giống như cuốn 1, tức là phần đầu thì chậm rãi, nhẹ nhàng, hài hước, đến lúc cuối mới nảy sinh vấn đề cần giải quyết. Có điều cuốn 1 có lợi thế là các nhân vật đều mới, chỉ cần giới thiệu từng nhân vật với những đặc điểm khác thường và hé lộ ra bí mật của họ là đã thấy thú vị rồi. Còn ở cuốn 2 này thì các nhân vật đều đã quen thuộc, không còn gây tò mò nữa, cũng không có nhân vật mới nổi bật nào xuất hiện. Thay vào đó thì tác giả tập trung khai thác ở lợi thế 'quen thuộc' của nó, đó là đáp ứng mong đợi của độc giả được thấy các nhân vật yêu thích của mình trong những tình huống, trang phục khác thường, mà ở đây nổi bật là Asahina. Đối với các fan của manga hay light novel đọc sẽ thấy hứng thú hơn là những ai mong đợi một cuốn sách có cốt truyện hấp dẫn.Nội dung của tập này xoay quanh chủ đề quen thuộc trong các truyện Nhật Bản có chủ đề liên quan đến học đường: lễ hội văn hóa trường. Và với ý định quay một bộ phim "hướng đến giải Oscar hay Cành cọ vàng" của Haruhi thì những thành viên trong đoàn SOS lại lâm vào nhiều cảnh dở khóc dở cười. Truyện đi theo lời kể của Kyon, với đầy những đoạn mô tả cảnh vật và suy nghĩ sinh động, chi tiết của anh chàng, nếu không quen đọc manga hay light novel thì sẽ thấy hơi mệt mỏi, nhưng loại sách này lại rất hợp với kiểu cầm theo đọc mọi lúc mọi nơi khi có thời gian rảnh như ở bên Nhật. Đọc sách loại này ta có thể đọc một lèo mà chẳng cần suy nghĩ gì nhiều, đọc nhẹ như không, là một cách tốt những lúc ta có thời gian dư thừa mà không muốn lãng phí. Khổ sách nhỏ gọn xinh xắn, dễ mang theo cũng góp phần vào việc này :).Về nhân vật thì ở tập này tính cách các nhân vật được giữ nguyên như ở phần trước. Ai cũng có một tính cách đặc biệt thú vị. Mình thích nhất là Nagato với vẻ lạnh lùng, cool ngầu, nhưng cũng là người ra tay giải quyết các rắc rối do Haruhi gây ra. Haruhi thì vẫn là một cô nàng ương bướng, ngang lì, là nguyên nhân chính gây ra các tình huống trong truyện. Nhưng ở tập này các nhân vật khác có nhiều đất diễn hơn nên Haruhi kém nổi bật hơn tập trước, sự ngang bướng cố chấp của cô nàng nhiều khi vô lý nên làm mình cũng bớt thích đi một chút. Asahina chắc là nhân vật trung tâm ở tập này, vẫn dịu dàng nhút nhát với thân hình "nóng bỏng", nhưng những chi tiết này lặp lại hơi bị nhiều, cùng với hoài nghi của Koizumi ở gần cuối thì xem ra nhân vật này không phải dạng vừa đâu. Koizumi thì mờ nhạt như chính nụ cười của cậu :), nhưng cũng là một nhân vật hay ho, chắc các tập sau sẽ được khai thác thêm. Kyon là nhân vật chính, suy nghĩ của anh chàng thì đầy cả ra, nhưng thể hiện ra ngoài lại rất ít, luôn cảm thất bất bình cho Asahina nhưng ít khi lên tiếng bảo vệ cô nàng, có thể cho người đọc cảm giác cậu là một người nói suông, anh hùng rơm, nhưng đó là đặc trưng của dòng light novel này rồi, cũng không trách cậu được.Đoạn cuối, cũng như tập 1, sau hầu hết đoạn đầu sách thư giãn cho người đọc, thì nó sẽ đưa ra một vấn đề ở mức độ "nghiêm trọng" cần giải quyết. Và đến lúc này thì các nhân vật nói rất về nhiều khái niệm phức tạp để dẫn tới vấn đề này. Một lần nữa, mình thấy phần này không hay bằng tập 1. Các ý tưởng nó đưa ra hơi bị trừu tượng, khó hiểu, mà không gây hứng thú cho lắm; trong khi ở tập 1 vấn đề đưa ra phức tạp vừa phải, bất ngờ, nhưng cũng rất logic. Cách giải quyết quá đơn giản và nhanh chóng nên thành ra đó cũng không phải là vấn đề gì lớn lao như ban đầu đặt ra. Tuy vậy nó cũng gợi mở ra một số suy nghĩ mới mẻ có thể được khai thác trong các tập tiếp theo.Đây cũng chính là điểm khiến mình dè dặt khi theo những serie dài tập như thế này (hình như bộ này hơn 10 tập +_+), vì rõ là tác giả có một bí mật hay ho cho cả câu chuyện, về các nhân vật chính chẳng hạn. Nhưng bí mật này sẽ chỉ được tiết lộ ở tập cuối cùng, các tập trước đó cũng chỉ đóng vai trò hé lộ dần từng chút từng chút của lời giải đáp đó thôi. Nên khi đọc những serie như vầy mà tập cuối còn xa thì cũng chỉ đọc với tâm lý đang dạo chơi chứ không mong đợi tìm thấy lời giải ngay sau đó được. Và với mình thì việc theo dõi một serie dài như thế này trong tâm trạng tấm màn bí ẩn đó còn treo trước mắt thì cũng hơi bị khó, nên cũng chưa biết sẽ đọc tập tiếp theo không. Nhưng đến lúc này thì mình cũng còn khá là cảm tình với bộ này :).

  • Konmari-Mia
    2019-05-12 23:47

    I started reading this book for more reality-bending madness and only finished because character (view spoiler)[Shamisen the Talking Cat (hide spoiler)] was that good. Meowgnificant, even.It's worth noting that, in the book's afterward, author Nagaru Tanigawa adds that he hadn't intended on this book existing - he had no plans for a series of 'Haruhi' books. Keep that in mind when, and if, you read this book because the lack of a plan definitely shows. This volume saw a noticeable drop in quality from 'The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.' It's repetitive, less funny and failed to match the tension of the 'The Melancholy' - a book which is fantastic and absolutely worth purchasing. In 'The Sigh,' Kyon makes too many asides and is so obsessed with Asahina that, as a reader, his infatuation with her is practically a nuisance.While the repetition is no doubt thematic and Kyon's infatuation no doubt plot relevant, there are ways to work these elements into a story that don't leave the reader checking to see just how many pages he has left to read. After 'The Sigh' I am questioning my interest in reading any farther into the 'Haruhi' universe. Reality-bending? More like "book-closing."

  • Manoel Elpidio
    2019-04-27 03:36

    Unlike the first volume of the series, The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya faces several problems in its narrative, making this the weakest release in the series, in both an individual and collective way. For the former, the main issue here is the overall plot: the attempt to narrate the making of a film isn't exciting at all, especially when readers have just come from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, in which fast-paced action ruled during the second half of the novel. Moreover, it fails in this aspect. The author tries miserably to make the reader interested in the constant problems the characters face as Haruhi warps reality according to her script desires, and as a result, Kyon's narrative completely loses its meaning. The protagonist himself becomes more of an unseen character for most of the plot, and his role as the problem-solver is completely left aside until the final moments of the volume. In turn, what is highlighted here is Haruhi's personality as she starts making ridiculous demands to shoot her "perfect" film; the combination of Kyon's inactivity and Haruhi's actions annoys throughout the entire story, and makes the reader realise that Tanigawa was completely lost and didn't know which direction to take when writing this novel.If the plot of the novel itself already disappoints for its inefficiency as a Haruhi Suzumiya novel, after going through the following volumes, nothing here makes the fictional universe move forward and take a new step for the series as a whole. A small discussion between Kyon and Koizumi near the end of the story reveals a very confused information on the background of the organisations studying Haruhi. While it refers to a major event taking place in the shadows, the actual conflict won't be revealed until way further in the series, during The Dissociation of Haruhi Suzumiya, and the only bit of useful information revealed to Kyon during the story is not present in this volume, but in one of the side-stories from The Wavering of Haruhi Suzumiya.In other words, The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya is completely passable as both a volume of the series and a standalone novel. It takes a lot of effort to read through the entire book without becoming disappointed with the directions taken here. This was most likely due to the hurry Tanigawa might have had to publish this full-story novel after the first, but this doesn't make this one seem completely void of function among the other volumes.

  • Timothy
    2019-05-14 22:43

    As fun as Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was, The Sigh of Harushi Suzumiya seems to fall short of the feeling of fun and excitement that was prevalent in the first book. In some ways that's not surprising since (from my understanding), Tanigawa never originally anticipated in creating a sequel, and this book in some ways feels a bit light in content and plump in filler. After all, how can one top a (potentially) world ending cataclysmic event that occurred in Melancholy?Compared to that, the 'crisis' that is prevalent throughout this book seems somewhat anti-climactic and in some ways petty. For the most part, this book is basically about the ego of Haruhi. Although it was present in the previous book, it was only visible in palatable doses, while here, we're treated to the whole enchilada. In addition, about five percent of the book is of Koizumi's (for better lack of word) technobabble, as he talks one theory of 'reality vs fiction' after another.Frustratingly, most of this would have been bearable if not for the odd translation decisions made by the translator throughout this book. For a book that's set in Japan, most of the cultural references were replaced with an American equivalent. While that is certainly understandable to give the non-Japanese speaking reader a certain context to understand, it leaves me somewhat puzzled as to why then, certain terms themselves are left untranslated? Unless, one is familiar with Japanese or has a dictionary handy, I doubt anybody would know what 'hikkikomori' or 'tokusatsu' means. Personally, I'd have been find if the translator left the name of a Japanese band in the script, if it meant translating the rest into English. At least with the bands, I would still understand the context.Overall, it's a decent book, but mainly for fans of the series who would be reading this just to barrel through to the next book in the series.

  • Samantha
    2019-05-19 20:44

    This is the second book in a series of 12+ about a strange group of friends and their club.Set in Japan, Haruhi Suzumiya is a kind of crazy high school girl who dreams of meeting aliens, time travelers, espers, etc. Unbeknownst to her, she has some god-like abilities and has subconsciously drawn these very people to her. She starts a club, and recruits 4 members. Yuki Nagato- a silent and emotionless alien. Mikuru Asahina- a time traveler from the future. Itsuki Koizumi- an esper from a secret organization who transferred to Haruhi's school to observe her. And Kyon- the only ordinary human who she's willing to talk to. The series is about the adventures she drags them on in her boredom.In this book, Haruhi and the SOS brigade shoot a movie about Mikuru being a "Battle Maid from the Future" and Yuki an "Evil Alien Mage" who is trying to stop her for some reason. Haruhi basically throws together the script as she goes, so the movie has no coherent plot. The brigade is glad to be doing something relatively normal until Haruhi starts subconsciously using her powers to make Mikuru's battle maid attack, the "Mikuru Beam", real. She also makes a cat talk and several other strange things happen.This is a series of "light novels", and I like the style in which they are written, almost like a documentary of Kyon's (the narrator) strange life.They're all great, amusing books, although I wouldn't recommend them to people, mostly because they'd probably find them quite weird.

  • Chibineko
    2019-05-14 19:53

    While I read & liked the first volume, I'll admit that this one was a little tedious at times to read.I just couldn't help but feel that Haruhi was a little too obnoxious of a character in this book & didn't really see a huge amount of growth as a character. The first novel established her as a quirky character who might have been a little irritating, but more importantly was someone who made the effort to live her life as she wanted it. I couldn't help but like that about her & I felt like that just wasn't as well done in this book. The story also seemed to tread a little too much water at times & I really feel that the story was overinflated for the page count. The story could have been told in less & been all the better for it. It's not all bad, though. Despite its shortcomings the book still managed to hang on to that feeling of crazy fun & keep me interested for the long haul. The artwork in this was fantastic & I really feel that this was some of the best artwork in the series so far. It intrigued me enough to want to check out the next volume in the series, which is one of the most important things about a book in the long run. (Not *the* most important thing, but still important.3.4/5

  • Nathanael Booth
    2019-05-19 20:56

    I really should have knocked this one out in a couple of days (certainly not as many as ten!). It has only five chapters and moves pretty well. It’s—well, it’s Haruhi Suzumiya, which means that it’s a juvenile novel (more irritatingly so here than in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, what with reminding the audience who everyone is every page or so)—but it’s also surprisingly smart. As a matter of fact, it occurred to me that Haruhi finds herself in a similar predicament to that of Binx Bolling ("The Moviegoer")—she is dissatisfied with the modern world, and tries to correct that dissatisfaction through the movies. In Haruhi’s case, she decides to actually make a movie, and so alters the nature of reality itself. Very similar, in fact, to what movies actually do—to what art and literature actually do as well—making the inconceivable conceivable and recreating the world. The joke at the end isn’t really effective, since Haruhi already exists in an impossible world (in fact, Koizumi once posits an impartial observer looking into their world and considering it fiction, suggesting an infinite regress of narrative, or something like that). In all, a pretty smart read.

  • Kate Farron
    2019-05-07 23:35

    I instantly bought this after reading Melancholy, and can I just say? I'm thoroughly disapointed. Melancholy was great: it had humour, suspense, brilliance, it was just really good! Sigh takes a turn for the worse, definitely. Kyon's just babbling about Asahina all the time - we got it, she's cute. Keep your pants on. For heaven's sake for the hundredth time we know your a pervert who's only there because Asahina looks likes a waitress, give it a rest already!Haruhi also wasn't as entertaining. She was a bitch. Sure, she was a bitch in the previous one, but she was still fun! There was nothing fun about her in this one. In fact all the characters were dull, and the plot was too. Just extremely extremely dull.So yeah, don't expect anything great coming from this book. If I wasn't so eager on having a bunch of books with anime covers on my shelf, I would probably avoid the next one, but I think I'll give it ago. The first book was great, so I'm hoping this is just a minor blip on the radar.

  • James
    2019-05-01 21:51

    The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya is the second volume in the series following the lives of the members of the SOS Brigade and their extraordinary adventures. In this volume, Haruhi vows to make a student film for the school's cultural festival, with all the parts filled by SOS Brigade members and friends. However, to everyone except Haruhi's annoyance and dismay, when filming begins, her powers and unconsciously manifested which could lead to the rewriting of reality itself. Tanigawa provides both light-hearted fun following these high school students around but he also provides a surprising depth to his work - a extract where the brigade members sans Haruhi come across a talking cat and debate the meaning of language is just one example of the philosophical trend in the series. An excellent continuation to the already-best selling first volume, the adventures of Haruhi Suzumiya are set to continue!