After 35 intense episodes I can finally write my review. This whole tournament was more fierce than I expected. I was wearing my new headphones and watching haikyuu, man it was so good. So before reading this review unlike the last haikyuu review this one contains spoilers.
Haikyuu season 2 synopsis:
Following their participation at the Inter-High, the Karasuno High School volleyball team attempts to refocus their efforts, aiming to conquer the Spring tournament instead.
When they receive an invitation from long-standing rival Nekoma High, Karasuno agrees to take part in a large training camp alongside many notable volleyball teams in Tokyo and even some national level players. By playing with some of the toughest teams in Japan, they hope not only to sharpen their skills, but also come up with new attacks that would strengthen them. Moreover, Hinata and Kageyama attempt to devise a more powerful weapon, one that could possibly break the sturdiest of blocks.
Facing what may be their last chance at victory before the senior players graduate, the members of Karasuno’s volleyball team must learn to settle their differences and train harder than ever if they hope to overcome formidable opponents old and new—including their archrival Aoba Jousai and its world-class setter Tooru Oikawa.
Haikyuu season 3 synopsis:
After the victory against Aoba Jousai High, Karasuno High School, once called “a fallen powerhouse, a crow that can’t fly,” has finally reached the climax of the heated Spring tournament. Now, to advance to nationals, the Karasuno team has to defeat the powerhouse Shiratorizawa Academy. Karasuno’s greatest hurdle is their adversary’s ace, Wakatoshi Ushijima, the number one player in the Miyagi Prefecture, and one of the country’s top three aces.
Only the strongest team will make it to the national tournament. Since this match is the third-year players’ last chance to qualify for nationals, Karasuno has to use everything they learned during the training camp and prior matches to attain victory. Filled with restlessness and excitement, both teams are determined to come out on top in the third season of Haikyuu!!.
So now since you understand the story let’s get right into it.
I think for some people, this show is able to connect with them on some deeper, meaningful level. The way that this show engages with its audience is truly something else. The way Karasuno interacts, the way they crack jokes, and their never-ending drive to succeed – it makes you feel excited. It’s as if you are there physically with them, cheering the underdogs on as they take on the world around them. Haikyuu is very energetic and fun to watch as well as it always keeps me on the edge of my seat and unable to tell who is going to win or lose the match in the end; which is new to me because most of the others I’ve watched I could easily tell if they would win or lose. The characters are refreshing and funny to watch, especially the expressions.
Haikyuu is an anime that manages to hold every bit of your attention even in it’s downtime.
The rivalries were also friendships formed by the teams. Like even though they were on different teams the more developed teams still helped Karasuno develop their skills after practicing against them, as well as giving some of the teammates individual help to make them stronger as a player. Not to mention how when they weren’t playing against each other they were shown actually hanging out with their rivals and being really friendly towards each other.
During the last season I kinda hated tsukishima because I didn’t think he would be a suitable player for karasuno but now after watching the match against Shiratorizawa I think he is the most coolest character. The first block against Wakatoshi gave me the chills, I literally got goosebumps. And yamaguchi serve was also amazing. One of my favorite scenes from the second season is when a minor character Ennoshita got his time to shine. I seriously didn’t think he would be a captain so that was a real surprise. The training camp between power house schools was awesome.
The way Haikyuu pumps the viewer up is something that should be applauded. I can’t speak for all sports anime since I haven’t seen many, but if they’re anything like Haikyuu, this could be one of the best anime genres. Art and sound were all excellent. Animation was done very well by Production I.G (see Ao Haru Ride, Kuroko No Basket, and Kimi ni Todoke), although nothing was truly that remarkable. For sound, the OP was very moving and embodied the whole competitive spirit. Voice acting was decent too for the context of this show.
Haikyuu remains as a must watch for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet and I’m glad that a show like this has an insane amount of mass appeal. Season 2&3 gives me even more confidence to say that Haikyuu is one of the best shows of last decade, maybe even of all time. This is defiantly one of those few anime that I hope will go on for a long time, and even then will still be sad to see it end. I literally had tears in my eyes. I was trembling mostly because I was watching it in A.C but this one of the best animes of all time.
Now that that’s all out of the way, it was a fun ride when it lasted. I can’t wait to see what the 4th season has in store for me.