After losing his first and last volleyball match against Tobio Kageyama, "the King of the Court," Shoyo Hinata swears to become his rival after graduating middle school. But what happens when the guy he wants to defeat ends up being his teammate?!
I love this series. It's hard to say why; it isn't very popular and there isn't anything special about it. There is the typical hot-blooded shounen hero who is a little ehh... on the IQ scale but is actually a hidden genius at the game and his dark-haired talented rival who initially clash in everything but gradually realises that they have things in common and work extremely well together to pulverise their enemies. Oh, and in true sport manga fashion, they are the underdogs. Does it sound a bit familiar? So, my point is, there isn't much to differentiate it from the rest of the sports manga aside from the fact that it's about volleyball which is considerably rare compared to all the baseball mangas that are a dime a dozen. But nevertheless Haikyuu!! is a manga that I look forward to reading, suffer heart problems when there isn't any new chapters, and fangirl immensely over cool scenes. Why? Like I said at the start, it's hard to say. It has nothing in particular that stands out from the crowd, but what it does have is simply a combination of little things that works, and works very well. There's just something about it that makes you feel good. The cliched talks and speeches and one liners makes me inspired instead of wanting to groan and shout for them to get along with it, the comedy actually makes me laugh and the characters are all so likeable! Plus, some (important) matches are done in like four or five chapters! Do you know how much of a miracle that is? Do you know how weird that is, how strange, how praise-worthy? I have read my fair share of sports manga and let me tell you, NO (important) MATCHES ARE DONE IN MERELY FOUR/FIVE CHAPTERS! There is one particular manga called Rookies whose matches can drag on for twenty-odd chapters. Can you imagine the pain in slogging through them? (I would recommend reading it anyway fyi) I have nothing to entice you to read Haikyuu!! except for my whole hearted recommendation that this is great which I can't back it with actual proof but man, you've got to read it! Also, Furudate Haruichi really knows how to make things cool. There are some important scenes where the pose, the angle, the facial expression and all-round awesomeness just made me stop for a moment and seriously fangirl.
I'm going to preface this by saying, I'm not usually a fan of sports. I have no interest in real life sports, however, Haikyuu! brings something to the table that makes me keep coming back and anxious for the next chapter. I truly love this manga, the characters are well developed and believable as is the storyline. I also thoroughly enjoy the art.
I first came across Haikyuu on Facebook. I liked a Kuroko no Basuke page and it had pictures of artwork done in subway platforms to hype up the current season. However, there was also art of people playing volleyball as well. Being a former volleyball player myself I had to check it out. Then I found Haikyuu. Story Young Hinata Shoyo was inspired to play volleyball after watching someone who's not particularly tall perform so well. Then in juinior high, he pushes for a volleyball club but there wasn't enough interest. By his last year he just barely manages a team. His very first game was against powerhouse Kitagawa Daiichi lead by genius setter Kageyama Tobio. The game wasn't even close as Hinata's team lost. Afterwards Hinata swears to Kageyama that he'll beat him in the future. Now in high school, the same as the player he admired, he runs straight to the volleyball gym to sign up for the volleyball club. To his surprise he finds Kageyama there as well. Now going to the same school, they must work together and win. Pretty common sports anime: two guys who can't stand one another join together. It's done really well here though. There's a good mix of comedy and action. Art Basic shonen style. One thing about sports anime is that it's better seeing it animated than picture by picture. It wasn't really that much of a problem. They get the really dramatic shots in the best way. It's like the perfect photo was taken that really captures the moment well. Characters There's a whole lot. Maybe there's more than it really needs. However the main core of the Karasuno High Volleyball team is really solid. Not all of the team is covered as there's like 2 or 3 guys without a name or personality. They all have been developed very well. Overall Kind of confusing if you don't know much about volleyball at all. However, it's really good. If there's no action there's sure to be comedy and vice versa. It's all about if you're entertained or not. I am fully entertained by this.
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