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Hidden References in the Classics Club

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Yonezawa-san likes to play little “pranks” in his works. This exhaustive public reveal of hidden references in the series even includes those in the last two volumes, and will make you go “Ohh”, “I see!” or “Seriously?” while nodding your head in agreement. We shall now introduce these various references, with comments from Yonezawa-san himself. (Sentences between inverted commas are comments...

The Tempo Loss Bishop Exchange of Haruhi Suzumiya (Part 5)

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Prev Chapter Contents Next Chapter I’d forgotten to mention this, but in Pair Shogi, there is a five-minute break time. While partners are prohibited from discussing with each other during play, some time is separately allocated to analyze the current situation, decide on the future direction of play and plan out strategies with one’s partner. As such, Pair Shogi holds quite a strong position as...

The Tempo Loss Bishop Exchange of Haruhi Suzumiya (Part 4)

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Prev Chapter Contents Next Chapter “So, once again, I am in your care.” “Let’s go on an all-out offense from the opening to the midgame to the endgame! Leave them no room to wriggle around! We’ll corner them by hook, crook, or jutte!” “You’re not planning to use violence off the board, are you?” “P-Please go easy on me……” The four of us surrounded a table and got ready for a fair fight. The team...

The Tempo Loss Bishop Exchange of Haruhi Suzumiya (Part 3)

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Prev Chapter Contents Next Chapter Starting from the conclusion, Suzumiya-san held quite some interest in Shogi itself, rather than the fact that the two of them were playing a game. “Whose turn is it? Is it Mikuru-chan’s turn? Hmm…… Ah, so that’s why you were so troubled. You could use a captured piece and go for a check on the next turn, or get your dragon to retreat near your own pieces and go...

The Tempo Loss Bishop Exchange of Haruhi Suzumiya (Part 2)

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Prev Chapter Contents Next Chapter It was a day in early winter, near the end of our first year. I turned up at the SOS Brigade Clubroom, only to witness a rare occurrence. “Umm, this, silver general, right? My silver general has been captured, right……” “Shall we make it such that Asahina-san’s silver generals will never die?” “Is something like that alright?” “Of course. If anyone has a...

Lesson 3 – Katakana (Ya ~ N), Diphthongs

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Overview Lesson 3 Katakana Table Hello everyone! Today, we will look at the last 4 columns of the Katakana table, and we will also finally learn how to make all sorts of sounds with Katakana diphthongs! Katakana (Eighth column) Katakana (Ninth column) Katakana (Last two columns) Like in the Hiragana table, ヰ (Wi) and ヱ (We) are considered obsolete. Diphthongs Just like with Hiragana, diphthongs...

The Tempo Loss Bishop Exchange of Haruhi Suzumiya (Part 1)

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Preface Contents Next Chapter There is no single viewpoint of the world. I, Itsuki Koizumi, certainly know that having a subjective viewpoint is a vague, unreliable notion. Let’s say, for instance, that I want to look up at the night sky. We can only hope that the celestial bodies that seem to be floating amiably next to each other, on the false spherical surface of the sky, remain coldly...

15-year walk with the Classics Club

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Since Hyouka was released in 2001, Yonezawa-san has walked on and progressed along with the <Classics Club>. Now that they have become “old friends”, we will cover the inside story behind the <Classics Club>, and talk about how it came to be, and where it will go. Interviewer: Takii Asayo Q: I heard that you started the <Classics Club> series in 1999, and that you...

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