The Surprise of Suzumiya Haruhi may very well become the title of a new anime project someday (with the complementary Kadokawa marketing fiasco, of course). But for now, that is simply the title of the next volume - the 10th one - from the light novels series which spawned this whole over-hyped franchise in the first place. The actual Japanese title is Suzumiya Haruhi no Kyougaku, as was announced
yesterday in Kadokawa Shoten's The Sneaker magazine.
The same magazine's next issue will publish an excerpt from said volume, which will be Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito's first new one in three years. The word "slackers" is right on the tip of my tongue, but I dare not utter it, since I'm not much better either. The previous, 9th volume was called Suzumiya Haruhi no Bunretsu; and just as a quick reminder, this month's Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu
(The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) anime film was based on the light novels' 4th volume - so rest assured, there's plenty more material left to be animated.
Anyway, speaking earlier of Noizi Ito - the female artist behind Haruhi's curvaceous character design (as well as Shana
's, among others
) - she will make an appearance
at Sakura-Con 2010. The event is taking place at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Downtown Seattle Washington, between April 2-4. Apparently this will also mark her first appearance in the U.S., so if you happen to drop by, go easy on her, eh?