Taiwanese TV Show Calls Haruhi a Hentai Novel, Angry Fans Request an Apology, Kadokawa Shoten Apologizes

topOn 9/1, the hosts of a Taiwanese variety show called "The Guess Show" (我猜我猜我猜猜猜) introduced the light novel The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya as an adult light novel by saying it's "obviously H" and "so A[dult]," and went on to read out "adult scenes" from the book. The episode caused an uproar from the online community and the fans. The host's response was: "Obviously what I said weren't from the novel, I'm also a Haruhi fan, it's not my fault if they can't take a little joke." In the end, the show did not apologize.

A few days ago, Kadokawa Taiwan issued a statement explaining that the Haruhi novel is in fact not an adult novel, and asks the TV show to better organize its programs in order to avoid further confusion:

On the September 1st, during "The Guess Show," the hosts, while describing our company's light novel The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, associated the contents with descriptions such as "There's H" and "So A". The descriptions don't match the content of our light novel. Such action could confuse the general public, and may create an unfavorable environment for our readers. We are very sorry about this.

We hope in the future "The Guess Show" would better research its topics and respect its guests in order to prevent sending the wrong message to the audience.

We'd also like to thank our readers, fans and supporter of Haruhi. Our company will not be affected by the show, and will continue to publish quality light novels and contribute to Taiwan's anime market together with the fans.

Kadokawa Media (Taiwan) Co., Ltd.
September 3rd, 2007

The controversial episode can be found here (starts around 1:20 and "climaxes" around 2:20).

A brief transcript of some of the dialogues for your pleasure (Contains adult situations. Parental discretion advised):

Then a men dragged me out, his fingers massaging my white skin. With his flame of desire ignited, he begin to suck me really hard...I am a cigarette.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

I'm not sure what I'm more

I'm not sure what I'm more surprised by... that there is a controversy over such an obvious and harmless joke, or that Kadokawa Taiwan chose to dignify the outrage by issuing their statement.

It looks like the fans (and

It looks like the fans (and Kadokawa) were worried about regular people (average mom, clueless politicians, etc.) believing what the hosts said...that aside, if those H stuff they made up were really in Haruhi...XD *runs*


From a sales perspective, the "dignifying comment" would be sensible. Even if the statement was a joke, a misunderstanding prevents public adoption. It's not just the "Fans" you need to worry about, it's also the mothers of younger fans who may want to buy Haruhi and then restrict them because they heard it's full of porn. Or fans who are conservative about sex and don't want porn but do want an inventive story and are deterred from it because of potential pornographic content. Not to mention that some businesses may not want to carry an "adult" book and would reject Haruhi on false pretences.


They really deserves

They really deserves appologizes. It's not normal to make fun of anything.. but in these days nothing's normal anymore.