Haikyu!! (ハイキュー!!, Haikyū!!, from the kanji 排球 lit. "volleyball") is an anime based on the manga with the same name created by Haruichi Furudate in Weekly Shōnen Jump. The series was animated by Production I.G and was directed by Susumu Mitsunaka from season 1 to season 3 and is now directed by Masako Sato for season 4 onward.
Junior high school student—Shōyō Hinata—gains a sudden love of volleyball after seeing a game on television. Although short in height, he becomes determined to be like his favourite player, nicknamed the "Little Giant", after seeing his plays. However, his dreams are destroyed in his first official match, where his team suffers a crushing defeat against the junior championship favourite team, which includes the so-called "King of the Court" Tobio Kageyama. Hinata vows to follow in the footsteps of the "Little Giant" and enter Karasuno High School to defeat Kageyama, only for the two to wind up as unlikely teammates. By combining the genius-like qualities of Kageyama with Hinata's sheer athleticism, the duo create a brand-new volleyball tactic. Their new combo allows them to get over their differences, and a strange alliance is created between the two. They are constantly filled with fun and laughter, which rubs off on their teammates. Thus begins the Karasuno boys' volleyball team's journey to the nationals.
Why It Rocks
- Many of the series's matches are very intense and are well written.
- The series remains faithful to the manga and doesn't add filler episodes.
- Many well written characters such as Hinata, Tobio, Tanaka, Nishinoya. As well as the antagonist and rival teams from other schools such as Bokuto, Kenma and Oikawa.
- Very stellar animation especially for the matches.
- The Japanese voice acting is really good.
- Many of the openings are incredible.
- The series also had some funny moments as well such as "Meat is God" and "Oya Oya"
- The series had the wait nearly 4 years for the 4th season.
- The series is a bit fast paced due to Production I.G. cramming a couple of chapters in 1 episode.
- The English Dub wasn't really that good.
- Haikyu!! could be one of the reasons why Volleyball in Japan has skyrocketed in recent times.