Shoyo Hinata isn't a large guy, but he's got huge ambitions. Ever since seeing a small player score in a National Championship, he's been determined to become the next big thing in High School Volleyball. Unfortunately, the one time he was able to pull enough players together to form a team in junior high, they were completely trashed in their first and only match against a team led by up-and-coming setter Tobio Kageyama.Now, enrolled at the same high school where his idol once played, Shoyo's finally going to get his shot to join and play with a top team. There's just one problem: Tobio Kageyama's decided to attend the same school, and he's already considered one of the best players in the game. Can a kid out of nowhere hold his own against the King of the Court? Or could the rivalry and competition actually be the best thing for both of them?
Source: Sentai Filmworks
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A Toss to the Ace
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I first came across this after seeing a picture on Facebook promoting Kuroko no Basuke with pictures of the anime at subways. In the pictures, there was art of people playing volleyball. As a former volleyball player myself, I had the investigate. There I stumbled upon the manga for the show. It was done basic Shonen style. I'm not saying that's annoying but it's too common. While reading, I found out there was an anime and was counting the days until it aired. Story I'm not sure how common the tale of "Rivals becoming Allies" is told but it's done right here. The story starts Hinata Shoyo, who is inspired to play volleyball after seeing someone called the Little Giant fly around the court despite his small stature. At his first volleyball game in his last year of Junior High, he runs across genius setter Kageyama Tobio. Although displaying great athleticism, it was enough and Hinata lost and vowed that he will defeat Kageyama. Once in high school Hinata bolts for the gym to sign up for the volleyball club. To his surprise he finds Kageyama practicing and must be teammates. Love the concept. The story is really dramatic and I love it! All the feels just build up and explode! Animation Love that too. Art style is amazing! It reminds of Pokemon Origins. In some anime's they just show a freeze frame of the characters doing something and whatever. Here, they show them doing the entire thing from hitting, setting, to serving. Love it! One of the greatest things animated is Oikawa's jump serve. It's so fluid it's almost hypnotizing. One thing that bothers me is the setting. The ball isn't supposed to spin when you set! It'll be a violation. However, I'm just being picky. After that nothing to dislike. Sound Great as well. The first opening was amazing! I thought it was out of placed at first but i grew accustomed to it and began loving it. Also, the characters' voices match perfectly to their personality. Kageyama has a tough serious tone. Hinata has a high pitched enthusiastic tone. I also love the sound of the ball being slammed to the floor. Another great aspect is the sound effects. They just felt right. The sound of the ball making contact with the player really takes me back to my days playing in high school. The way it sounds when it's served and when the ball touches their forearms are exact and precise. Characters They're all loveable! Hinata's naivety, Kageyama's arrogance, Sawamura's stern demeanor, Tsukishima's tsundere attitude. They're all developed very well. Everyone is the way they are for a very good reason. Kageyama's distrust comes from former teammates hated playing with him so much they just stopped playing with him. Tsukishima's "I have something better to do attitude" comes from fear of being disappointed. What makes a good sports anime to me is the characters. Although Hinata is pretty much the main character, the series isn't totally focused on him. Everyone is also featured just as much. You care about everyone on the team, not just the main character. Overall If you want a really good sports anime then here. Like other sports anime they give you some facts and rules by pausing the action and explaining. That's not here and I don't mind since I've played. Everything about this anime works.
I will just say this now: Haikyuu is VERY overrated. The plot is practically killing me from how cringy and long it goes on for, It's like the Chimera Ant arc from HXH all over again. I personally do not want to watch a full 10 episode season (Season 3) which is just all volleyball gameplay. The characters are honestly overrated as well, but some of them are alright. The fandom is also horrible, they come up with ships that should be considered illegal (And are gross in the first place), the fando, is just toxic in the first place anyway. I only began watching Haikyuu because of peer pressure and the feeling that I would get made fun of for not watching something as main-stream as this. I regret watching this when I could've used that time for something else.
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