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Haikyuu!! Review-

Released in the spring of 2014, produced by Production I.G. Haikyuu!! is an adaptation of Haruichi Furudate”s manga of the same name.

Haikyuu!! came to me at a time when I was forcing myself to click on the eighth episode 07-Ghost. I’m sure it has a plot somewhere but watching a supposedly strong character behave like a damsel in distress for five episodes can take it’s toll on you. Due to this fact, while Haikyuu!! did lack a lot of things, it pretty much acted as a savior for me.

Synopsis: Inspired after watching a volleyball ace nicknamed “Little Giant” in action, small-statured Shouyou Hinata revives the volleyball club at his middle school. The newly-formed team even makes it to a tournament; however, their first match turns out to be their last when they are brutally squashed by the “King of the Court,” Tobio Kageyama. Hinata vows to surpass Kageyama, and so after graduating from middle school, he joins Karasuno High School’s volleyball team—only to find that his sworn rival, Kageyama, is now his teammate.-MAl

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Released in the spring of 2014, produced by Production I.G. Haikyuu!! is an adaptation of Haruichi Furudate”s manga of the same name.

Haikyuu!! came to me at a time when I was forcing myself to click on the eighth episode 07-Ghost. I’m sure it has a plot somewhere but watching a supposedly strong character behave like a damsel in distress for five episodes can take it’s toll on you. Due to this fact, while Haikyuu!! did lack a lot of things, it pretty much acted as a savior for me.

An anime focused on volleyball, I would say it nails the most important aspect of it- it makes you love Volleyball. Starting from the way the game is presented to how much it is apparent in the characters’ behaviour, it makes you watch wide eyed as the ball is tossed over the net.

Now, the protagonist himself is a character I couldn’t get myself to like. If not for the character interaction, and any other setting, Hinata Shouyou would have been on my top five annoying character list. He is a  loud energy ball driven by his all encompassing love for volleyball. Take away all that, and I don’t know who he is. He comes off as this character who, while in need of improvement in the Volleyball department, apparently requires little to no self improvement. Now, there are two more seasons and I hope he gets the character development he deserves.

Speaking of character development, Kageyama Tobio, the second main character is the one who gets a massive boost. When he is first introduced, he looks like the kind of character one could instinctively hate, as Tsukishima describes, “an egocentric king”. At first glance, you would think he would be the one remaining a stoic impenetrable wall, while Hinata grows as a person, when in reality it gets too reversed. Kageyama grows tremendously over the series, both as a person and a player.

 

As for the supporting character, it’s sad but they had more depth than Hinata. I particularly liked Tsukishima and Asahi. Asahi went through some real growth himself, though his was condensed in the span of  a few episodes. In general, all the supporting cast, including the opposite team players, especially Oikawa(I’m a sucker for two faced characters) and Kenma an awkward but confused bub, had some solid personality.

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One of the anime’s best aspect is how much it emphasis over team work. I have seen a lot of sports anime and while they speak of team work, in the end individual talent is the one that ends up stealing the show. Which is why watching different team come up with strategies, power attacks and watching them co-ordinate the game around each other leaves you feeling amazed.

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Now, the pacing needed some work. Sometime it felt like everything was over in an instant while some issues drag on for days. The art and sound were okay, not good not bad.

Haikyuu!! is certainly an enjoyable show, and after watching it I understand why it had a huge success.

 

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