“Haikyu!!” A look back and commentary on the highlights

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This article contains information about Haikyu! spoilers!!

The second season of the TV anime “Haikyu! TO THE TOP”. In this article, we will be reviewing the charm of the work and the fourth season of the TV anime.

Haikyu! TO THE TOP” is currently in its second season of TV animation starting in October 2020. TO THE TOP”, even after the completion of the original manga in July 2020, its popularity has not waned, and it is gaining more and more momentum with the holding of original art exhibitions and stage performances.

However, as you can see from the fact that the TV anime has continued to its fourth season, “Haikyu! is a long-term series. Some of you may be wondering if you can still keep up with it.
But there’s no need to worry! Because I’m also a newcomer who started watching the anime version at the end of 2019 and joined the real-time viewing in January 2020.

I’m a newcomer who started watching the anime at the end of 2019 and started watching it in real time in January 2020. “Haikyu” has the power to attract people so much that they find themselves watching it all at once. This article will discuss the appeal of the work and the TV series.
In this article, I’ll give you a review of the charm of the work and the fourth season of the TV anime!

|What is “Haikyu!!”

The original story of “Haikyu! is a manga that was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from February 2012 to July 2020. It is a popular work that has sold over 50 million copies in 45 volumes.

The story centers around the Karasuno High School boys’ volleyball club in Miyagi Prefecture, and depicts a group of high school boys who are devoted to volleyball. It has collaborated with the Japanese volleyball league “V.League” and has attracted a lot of attention from professional players.

In 2014, the TV anime “Haikyu! Second Season” in 2015, and “Haikyu! Second Season” in 2015 and “Haikyu! Second Season” in 2015, “Haikyu! Karasuno High School vs Shiratorizawa Gakuen High School” in 2016, and theatrical compilation and OAD were also produced.

In 2020, the long-awaited “Haikyu! TO THE TOP” will start in 2020, and the second season will be aired in October, and fans will be entertained by the hot development every week.

|Haikyu! Here’s what’s great about it!

Why did “Haikyu! has garnered such enthusiastic support? Let’s take a look at the four things that make people want to touch this work.

Attraction 1: Karasuno High School makes you want to cheer for them

The first point I would like to mention is that Karasuno High School, the main character of the story, is not too strong from the beginning. The story carefully depicts the players’ rise to the top, which makes you want to root for them.

The Karasuno High School boys’ volleyball team was once strong enough to participate in the national tournament, but now their strength has declined. The other schools call them the “flightless crows,” and they are having a hard time keeping up.
Although the abilities of each student are not low, Karasuno High School has not been able to achieve much. Feeling responsible for not being able to lead the team to victory, some of the members stop showing up for club activities.
However, Karasuno High School starts up again when a new student joins the club. The team grows through practice and defeats.

The main character, Shoyo Hinata (CV: Ayumu Murase), is a small player in the 160cm height range.
In junior high school, he was unable to participate in official games due to a lack of players in the volleyball club, and even in the only tournament he participated in with the help of his friends, he was beaten by a team led by Tobio Kageyama (CV: Kaito Ishikawa).
Despite his lack of height and experience, Hinata aims to reach the top as a member of Karasuno High School, using his outstanding jumping ability and reflexes as weapons.

Other than Hinata, the other players also have their own issues to deal with, and they overcome them through games and other challenges. You will want to cheer for Karasuno High School as they gradually improve as a team and as individuals.

Attraction 2: There are as many stories as there are teams.

In “Haikyu! In addition to Karasuno High School’s rival, Nekoma High School, Shiratorizawa Gakuen High School, Fukuroudani Gakuen High School, Inarizaki High School, and many other powerful schools appear in the game. There are many episodes that focus on each team, so you’re sure to fall in love with each opponent!

The games against other opposing schools also reveal the days spent by the opposing team.
For example, episode 15 “Resurrection” and episode 16 “Winners and Losers” of the first season of the TV anime broadcast a game between Karasuno High School and Tokonami High School. Although Tokonami High School has always been eliminated in the first round, the story depicts the “life-sized high school volleyball team” through Hayato Ikejiri (CV: Hiromu Miyazaki), a teammate of Karasuno High School captain Daichi Sawamura (CV: Satoshi Hino) from junior high school.

Tokonami High School is helpless against Karasuno High School’s attacks. As the mood of resignation sets in, Ikejiri says, “You can’t win if you don’t try to win,” a line that Sawamura told him when he was in junior high school.
Ikejiri reminisces about the three years she spent in her own way, painfully aware of the lack of practice and the difference in seriousness about volleyball. Her teammates regained their motivation, and they all scored a point together in the final minutes.

Still, the end of the game was easy. Some of you may have sympathized with Ikejiri as he shed tears after losing by a large margin.
There are teams that win, and there are always teams that lose. The fate of sports is depicted from multiple perspectives, which gives the story a three-dimensional feel.

Attraction 3: The game development is unpredictable until the end

The main reason why I want to watch “Haikyu!
Is I care about the outcome of the game. The fact that you don’t know who will win the game until the very last point keeps you on the edge of your seat.

One of the factors that makes my hands sweat is the “deuce” that is used in volleyball and tennis.
The weight of each point is incomparable to that of a normal game.

In “Haikyu! there are many matches that go to deuce, and sometimes the game goes to the fifth and final set. Even when you’re behind, you’re always on the edge of your seat, wondering if the game will turn around or if you’ll get caught up.
That’s why you can’t help but be curious about the rest of the story and press the play button one after another.

Attraction 4: “Volleyball is so cool! Animated images that make you think

So far, I’ve talked about the charms common to the original work, but I’d like to introduce some of the highlights unique to anime.

Of course, the most appealing aspect of anime is that it moves. Especially in sports, it is easier to understand the players’ play and the development of the game when it is visualized.
However, the drawings in “Haikyu! is more than just easy to understand. Even if you are not familiar with volleyball, there are many points that make you think, “Volleyball is cool! Even if you don’t know much about volleyball.

One of the most famous plays is the “HENJIN quick attack” by Hinata and Kageyama. They raise the toss just in time for the spike and launch an unbelievable attack. In a real game, this play would be over in an instant, but the coolness of the play is accentuated by the slow and dynamic camera work of the anime.

For example, in episode 24 of the second season, “Extreme Switch,” the two players move quickly, Kageyama’s expression as he entrusts the ball to them, Hinata finding a hole in the opponent’s defense and moving on to the next motion, and the opponent’s movement over the block in slow motion are shown one after another before the speedy spike is released.

Also, “Haikyu! focuses not only on spikes, but also on receve, tosses, and all other aspects of play, so you can feel the appeal of each position.
Once you find your own “cool! Once you find your own “cool!” point, you’ll want to replay the same scene over and over again.

|TV animation “Haikyu! Let’s look back at the history of Karasuno High School in the first, second and third seasons!

The TV anime is currently in its fourth season, “Haikyu! Let’s take a look at Karasuno High School. Let’s take a look at the story so far, focusing on Karasuno High School.

Phase 1: The First Battle of the New Karasuno High School Boys’ Volleyball Team

The first season depicted Hinata and Kageyama from the time they joined the club to the Inter-High School qualifying round.

Hinata joins the men’s volleyball team because he admires the 170cm tall “little giants” who supported Karasuno High School in its heyday. However, he encounters his nemesis from junior high school, Kageyama, in the gym.
Kageyama is a high level setter, but he has a difficult personality, and his nickname is “King of the Court”. When he enters Karasuno High School, he begins to think about becoming a setter for the team.

Hinata and Kageyama have been fighting with each other during their club activity visits, but as they practice more and more, they master the “oddball speed attack” where they hit spikes at an unbelievable speed. Karasuno High School will try to qualify for the Inter-High School Tournament while making the most of the Hinata-Kageyama duo.

The game takes a tumultuous turn as the ace Asahi Azuma (CV: Yoshimasa Hosoya) struggles against the ironclad defense of Ide Kogyo, and the setter’s duel with Aoba Josei led by Kageyama’s senior, Toru Oikawa (CV: Daisuke Namikawa). As they overcome each hurdle, they continue to grow as players and as a team.

Phase 2: Aim for the Spring High School Volleyball! Karasuno High School has improved!

The second season depicts the training camp for the Spring High School Volleyball National Tournament and the match to determine the representative of Miyagi Prefecture. At the training camp, they borrow from the powerful schools in the Kanto region, including Nekoma High School, and reconfirm the skills they need to acquire.

The members of Karasuno practice harder and harder, but Kei Tsukishima (CV: Koki Uchiyama) is not so enthusiastic, thinking that “volleyball is just a club activity. But Kei’s childhood friend, Tadashi Yamaguchi (CV: Souma Saito), lights a fire under her heart. He is a player with no outstanding talent, but he is frustrated by a mistake he made in a match where he played as a pinch server, and is working day and night on his serving skills.

Tetsuro Kuroo (CV: Yuichi Nakamura) of Nekoma and Kotaro Bokuto (CV: Ryohei Kimura) of Fukuroudani also pushed Tsukishima, saying, “One day, you will get hooked on volleyball.

Then came the Spring High School Volleyball Miyagi Prefecture Preliminary Round. Especially in the rematch against Aoba Josai, the evolved power of Karasuno High School was demonstrated.

Period 3: VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen High School! A heated match that was slowly shown in one school year

This is the third season consisting only of the finals of the Miyagi Prefectural Representative Tournament of the Spring High School Volleyball. Karasuno High School faces off against Shiratorizawa Gakuen High School, the strongest in the prefecture.

Karasuno High School is overwhelmed in the early stages by the spikes of Wakatoshi Ushijima (CV: Ryota Takeuchi), who even the stable “guardian god of Karasuno” Yu Nishitani (CV: Nobuhiko Okamoto) can’t catch, and the blocks of Satori Tendo (CV: Subaru Kimura), who uses anticipation to block attacks. However, with the help of Tsukishima, the team stops Ushijima’s spikes and begins to fight back.

The back-and-forth battle went into the final set. Kageyama, who was beginning to show signs of fatigue, was replaced by third-year player Koushi Sugawara (CV: Miyu Irino), who made a surprise appearance.
How will Karasuno High School, which is constantly evolving, break down the walls of the powerful schools? It’s a story you won’t be able to take your eyes off until the end.

|The fierce battle against the strong enemy Inarizaki is hot! Highlights of the 4th season

The fourth season, which is currently being broadcast, depicts the All-Japan Youth Training Camp, the Miyagi Prefecture Freshman Selection Training Camp, and the Spring High School Volleyball National Tournament.

Kageyama participates in the All-Japan Youth Training Camp, which brings together a number of notable high school players, including Kourai Hoshiumi (CV: Natsuki Hanae) of Kamomedai High School and Kiyoomi Saku (CV: Kosuke Toriumi) of Igorizan Gakuin High School. In particular, Hoshiumi, like Hinata, is short in stature but plays in a manner reminiscent of the “Little Giants” and inspires Kageyama.

Hinata, on the other hand, sneaks into the Miyagi Prefecture freshman selection training camp without being invited. While picking up the ball and watching the court from the outside, he tries to improve his weaknesses in defense.

Each member of the team had improved their skills and were ready for Spring High. An unexpected incident occurs when Hinata loses his shoes, but thanks to the fine play of their manager, Kiyoko Shimizu (CV: Kaori Nazuka), they manage to overcome it and go into the first round.
Will Karasuno High School be able to see the view from the top? The fierce battle attracts attention.

|Struggle with the Miya brothers of Inarizaki!

The school to watch in the fourth period is Inarizaki High School, which Karasuno will face in the second round.

Setter Miya Atsumu (CV: Mamoru Miyano) and wing spiker Miya Osamu (CV: Hideaki Kabumoto) are the brothers known as the “strongest twins in high school volleyball. They are known as the “strongest twins in high school volleyball.” Their potential is remarkable, as they immediately copy Hinata and Kageyama’s HENJIN quick spike.

Middle blocker Rintaro Suna (CV: Nobunaga Shimazaki) puts Karasuno at the mercy of his excellent sense and unpredictable spikes.

The captain of the team, Shinsuke Kita (CV: Kenji Nojima), supports the team with his unwavering mental strength.

Alan Ojiro (CV: Jun Kasama) is the ace of Inarizaki High School. He has known the Miya twins since they were children, and is also their tsukkomi.

Inarizaki High School tries to win the game by using everything they have, including getting the cheering squad on their side to disrupt Karasuno’s serve. It will be interesting to see how Karasuno will conquer a team that won’t let them win easily.

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In this way, Haikyu! has a lot of charm. The more you watch it, the more you’ll be hooked! The more you watch, the more you become addicted to it. If you are also a Haikyu! please let me know your favorite character in the comments.

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