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Gigazine & J-Cast: 2009 Haruhi Will Be 28 Episodes Long

posted on by Egan Loo

The Gigazine website has updated its article about the ongoing "renewed" airing of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya television anime series to corroborate reports that the airing in Japan will be 28 episodes long. The original 2006 Japanese airing of the anime was only 14 episodes long. Gigazine contacted the Teletama broadcasting station, and a representative reportedly told Gigazine that "we hear from the client that it is 28 episodes long." The Teletama representative also told Gigazine that the station does not know the details of the episodes' content — just that "it is 28 episodes long."

The J-Cast news website also contacted Teletama, and a representative said that the station heard that the "renewed" airing will include new material because of the planned 28-episode allotment. The 2009 airing began on Friday with the episode "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya I" ("Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu I"). This is the first episode chronologically in the science-fiction comedy storyline, but the second episode to air during the original 2006 broadcast.

Kadokawa Shoten published the original Haruhi Suzumiya light novels from Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito. America's Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is publishing the light novels in English. Bandai Entertainment released the 2006 version of the anime in North America, while Yen Press is publishing Gaku Tsugano's manga adaptation.

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