The Karasuno High School Volleyball Club finally won their way into the nationals after an intense battle for the Miyagi Prefecture Spring Tournament qualifiers. As they were preparing for the nationals, Kageyama is invited to go to All-Japan Youth Training Camp. At the same time, Tsukishima is invited to go to a special rookie select training camp for first-years in Miyagi Prefecture. Hinata feels panic that he’s being left behind as one of the first-years and then decides to show up at the Miyagi Prefecture rookie select training camp anyway... As they prepare for the nationals, Hinata, Kageyama and the rest of the Karasuno High School Volleyball team get ready to face some new challenges!!
It was pretty good in general, but the art style changing kinda ticked the entire anime kinda off for me, but it was still really good like the last four seasons were. I am sorry if this is a bad review, this is only my second one so I am kinda experimenting on how to write these reviews.
Let's start with just one question, WHY THE HELL DID THEY DO THAT TO ASAHI!! Oké but besides that question (cough cough) i was so disappointed this time I really expected something different because this season really lacked team spirit and amazing battles (matches) because their were only scenes with practice until episode 9. And at the end the match didn't even end!! That was so frustrating |(￣3￣)| but overall this season really disappointed me and I really hope the season after this doesn't I'm a big haikyuu van after all ( ✌︎'ω')✌︎
Okay, let's take it point by point. First of all: Story. To be completely honest, Haikyuu's story does not stand out at all. It's the classic tale of an underdog with high ambitions and determination fighting against common expectations and rising to the top. This season of the show doesn't stray far from that basis. But I will say, pushing the main character down enough to make him seem normal is unusual and all the more refreshing for it. Overall? The story is bland. Animation. So this is weird because, technically, the animation quality has only improved for the show, with To the Top being the most impressive. It's smoother than the other seasons, but after watching and loving those, I'm not sure it's entirely an improvement. Not to mention, some characters look different in a very jarring way. That's right, I'm talking about Asahi. His hair, more specifically, seems much tamer and, with the high bun he sports (heh) for most of the season, he just doesn't fit in as nicely as before. Kageyama, too, looks smaller? Less intimidating? Which is...odd and out of character. On the other hand, characters such as Sugawara look better with a softer edge. On the whole, it's just a major difference that can cause difficulty watching the series if you are sensitive to these things. But I would recommend watching the season anyway because of the next two criteria. Sound. I don't really have a lot to say about this because I'm hardly experienced enough in music or sound design to have an educated point of view. BUT. The sounds of the rubber squeaking against the gym floor are one I am familiar with and the show does a great job of conveying the accompanying excitement and restlessness that comes from being in the environment. That's an impressive task. To add to that, the voice acting in the entire series is impeccable, each individual full of character and nuance that is well conveyed through the animation and voice acting. This season does an incredible job just like the others. Haikyuu's intros are some of the more impressive and, at least to me, that is primarily because of the music. The song is a perfect fit and is just a generally nice listen! The outro does feel a bit out of place and dull, but the intro more than makes up for it. Characters. And here is the heart and soul of Haikyuu. The series has a bland and overused storyline, but it's because of the wonderful cast of characters that this show has managed to capture the hearts of so many people. The returning characters from Karasuno are just as hectic and wonderful, with To the Top putting slightly more focus on the background character of Kinoshita. Karasuno's volleyball opponents all feel alive and with every win, the audience also feels a sense of loss for the team that could not be. It's this amazing characterisation that kept me watching through the first 3 seasons and the character development of Kageyama and Hinata in this new season is endlessly captivating. Kageyama grows comfortable asking more from his team, and Hinata starts to focus on developing his skills and strategising while in play. Overall. Great show, good season, boring story but phenomenal characterisation. The animation is jarring and slightly off-putting for returning viewers, but the sound and voice acting make it bearable. Go watch it now!
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