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Tsuruya (鶴屋)
Age 15-16 (was 15 before The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya)
Gender Female
Height 160cm (5'4")
Occupation Student (grade 10-11), SOS Brigade Honorary Consultant, affiliate of The 'Agency'
Introduced In The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya
Last Appearance The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya
Voiced by Yuki Matsuoka (JP)
Kari Wahlgren (EN)
Elena Lukinyh (RU)

Tsuruya (鶴屋 Tsuruya) was born on December 6 and is Mikuru Asahina's best friend. She tends to be hyperactive and has a very loud voice. Tsuruya has long green hair and a prominent upper canine tooth. She is friendly and laughs a lot. Her sharp tooth gives her an idiosyncratic speech pattern, causing her to say things wrong and leave out syllables. Her speech is often accompanied with a lisp and her catch phrases: "megas" and "nyoro" (にょろーん). She also refers to the members of the Brigade in different ways, as in referring to Haruhi as "Haru-nyan".

She was named "honorary consultant of the SOS Brigade" by Haruhi. She appears in The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Episode 00 and plays baseball with the Brigade in "The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya".

Tsuruya appears to be quite athletic. She performed admirably (given the circumstances) in the baseball game, and various alternate versions of her have demonstrated strength and even hand-to-hand combat abilities.

Tsuruya comes from a wealthy family who knows a lot about the SOS Brigade. Her family cooperates with Itsuki's 'Agency'.



At first, Tsuruya seems like an excitable girl who loves to dive her head into fun things, like Haruhi; however, Kyon notices a distinct difference in that while Haruhi always pries into mysterious things and their qualities, Tsuruya only accepts that they are mysterious and simply has fun knowing that fact.

While she is Mikuru's best friend, their opposing personalities tend to clash. Tsuruya is loud, isn't afraid to take risks, get dirty, or play rough. Mikuru, on the other hand, is a shy girl who dislikes risky activity, being bad at sports and squirming when a ball comes close to her.

Season 1 artwork

Tsuruya is interested in strange musical instruments and is friends with ENOZ band member Mai Zaizen.

Tsuruya helps the SOS Brigade on several occasions, like playing baseball in The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya, playing a minion in The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina Episode 00, letting the Brigade "borrow" a house for Snowy Mountain Syndrome, and giving Haruhi a treasure map to have fun with (allowing the SOS Brigade to take the treasure provided that Tsuruya get one tenth of it) in The Intrigues of Haruhi Suzumiya. In a sense, Tsuruya acts in a similar way to Itsuki's 'Agency' in that she helps entertain Haruhi. However, in The Intrigues, when Tsuruya takes in the Mikuru from eight days later into her house without even inquiring thoroughly why there is a second Mikuru and accepting Kyon's patched alibi that she is Mikuru's twin sister, Tsuruya tells Kyon that her only purpose in entertaining Haruhi is that she likes to see other people happy without becoming a "lead player". To her, even though she knows that the members of the SOS Brigade are not "normal", finding the details is not important, and she only wants to see them smiling and having fun.

Tsuruya at the Cultural Festival

Itsuki later reveals to Kyon that it was never an original intention for Tsuruya to associate with the SOS Brigade and an error somehow occurred either when she was placed in Mikuru Asahina's classroom or when she was invited to compete in the baseball game in The Boredom of Haruhi Suzumiya. While Tsuruya's family is loosely affiliated with the 'Agency', the Tsuruya family completely consists of humans, and while the family does not inquire into the 'Agency', the 'Agency' does not inquire into the Tsuruya family either. Kyon thus perceives Tsuruya as simply an excitable girl with a cheerful philosophy of life.

Tsuruya's backstory and personality are considerably expanded in the novella "Tsuruya's Challenge". It is revealed that when she is not at school, she is frequently brought to high society gatherings in order to advance her family's interests. She resents these social obligations and, with her friend T, often attempts to abscond from them so that she can have fun outside the constraints of her social standing.

Alternate versions



Tsuruya has received her own version of the Hare Hare Yukai, along with two other character songs, 'Megas Curiosity' and 'Ain't Youth Great!?'

She also received two more character songs for the second season, Matsutte Matsutte! Irasshi~i! and Osawa ga Se no The End.