The illustrator and original character designer of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu) Noizi Ito is compiling a new artbook featuring all of her character designs from the popular light novel series, written by Nagaru Tanigawa. The light novel series has been renowned for its narrative and art style. Artist Noizi Ito designed everything from the characters to the backdrops to the writer’s, Nagaru Tanigawa, description. Noizi Ito is a well known female artist in Japan, illustrating and designing the characters for popular series such as Shakugan no Shana and many video game titles.
Last year, Noizi Ito has announced that she will be producing an artbook based on the Haruhi series; she has already produced an artbook based on the Haruhi series titiled Haruhi-ism Ito Noizi Illustration in 2009. The new artbook is set to release on May 1st this year, coinciding with Nagaru Tanigawa’s next light novel series, which is still currently remains a mystery.
Regardless, Ito has released the cover for her new artbook, which features the three main female characters of the Haruhi series: Mikuru Asahina, Yuki Nagato and Haruhi Suzumiya.
While I’m still eagerly waiting on news for a third season of the anime, any fans of the series, Ito’s work, or artists should grab this artbook and be in awe from Ito’s wonderful work.