Give it a shot: Haikyuu!

Hey guys,

So considering the fact that this site covers a wide spectrum of topics, I figured I’d create a section recommending things from the topics. To start off, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite animes called Haikyuu!

Intensity off the charts

One of the biggest strengths of Haikyuu is the show’s tendency to emphasize moments such as serves, spikes and blocks by adding more flair to those scenes. That extra attention to detail adds to the intensity of the action and is part of what makes Haikyuu so much fun to watch. Words don’t do these moments justice, so here are a few examples:

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Gif created by Reddit user fivethreepoint

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Gif created by Makeagif user Leenah

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Gif created by Reddit user fivethreepoint

A concept that works

Haikyuu is a show that sets itself up as the ultimate underdog story. We get to see Karasuno High School rise back to former glory as the players strive to make it to Nationals. We watch Hinata Shoyo, one of the show’s main characters, go from a kid whose passion for volleyball far outweighed his skill to somebody who starts to become more and more of a formidable foe on the volleyball court. It is the evolution of the players themselves over the course of the show that make Haikyuu a blast to watch.

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Gif from popkey user  @q0N3b

The team actually loses

The process of Karasuno emerging as a top contender is one that is enjoyable to watch due to the fact that there are some growing pains for the team. This isn’t a show where the team magically wins every game. For example, there is a training camp arc in the second season where the team loses every single game at the camp. While it may sound somewhat painful to watch, it is all part of the process of the players learning and adding more tools to their arsenal so that they can be more successful in the long run.

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Screenshot from my Crunchyroll account.                                                                                           Although they still have to play another match at this point in the season, this just shows how much of an adjustment period that the team goes through before becoming stronger.

The opposing teams

What fun would Haikyuu be if the other teams were all boring? The show does an excellent job in having compelling opponents with specific characteristics attached to them. For instance, there’s the almost impenetrable defense of Dateko, the receiving power of Nekoma and the unpredictable Johzenji. These scenarios work in that they provide unique challenges for Karasuno to have to deal with and force the team to adapt to win. Not only that, but the teams in the show also have their own cheers which are sure to get stuck in your head.

(Video created by YouTube user Izumi Yuhi)

That’s it for now. I hope this had me you consider watching Haikyuu. There a ton of reasons to watch this show, and the reasons I listed barely scratch the surface.

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