We Fly Baby !!: Haikyuu !!!

WARNING: Spoilers in review read at own discretion 

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Anime:
 Haikyuu
Published: 2004
Genre: Sports, Slice Of Life
Producer: Production I.G
Episodes: 60

This is the first review as part of my 300 followers special if anyone didn’t know people had to pick from 20 anime, the five with most votes I would watch and review. A lot of you guys chose popular titles and one of those was infirmus Haikyuu.

Plot

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.

Thanks to his short height, Hinata struggles to find his role on the team, even with his superior jumping power. Surprisingly, Kageyama has his own problems that only Hinata can help with, and learning to work together appears to be the only way for the team to be successful. Based on Haruichi Furudate’s popular shounen manga of the same name, Haikyuu!! is an exhilarating and emotional sports comedy following two determined athletes as they attempt to patch a heated rivalry in order to make their high school volleyball team the best in Japan.
From Mal 

 

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This is my first ever spoiler review I am doing, all of mine have always been spoiler free. The fear of writing spoiler reviews I am over as I always avoided writing them, Haikyuu help me get over that threshold. To the extent I enjoyed Haikyuu felt I couldn’t bring myself to write a spoiler free review, no way could I convey of the moments that had me tearing, yelling.

I’ll start by saying this show deserve all the praise and hype people have given it since it aired in 2014 after finally watching it. Sports anime has all the usual cliches of an individual or team having their ups and downs to reach their goal, is always the main cliche. Haikyuu had all the typical cliches in a sports series  but it was done right in a way that makes this series a memorable one for me. 

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The greatest standout for me watching Haikyuu how over three seasons no matter how minor or major any character was, you got to know them. One of the hardest things I find in anime is having equal screen time for any character, handling this aspect I can get picky about sometimes. Haikyuu amazed me while concentrating on Karasuno a lot but showing back story of opposing teams they had to face.

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Every opponent Karasuno faced Date Tech, Shiratorizawa, Aoba Johsai you learned of their own goals they had and the reasons they played volley ball. One best moment I can recall from season two where Karasuno playing Aoba Johsai for the third time, in order to face the unbeatable Shiratorizawa. Arrogant Oikawa leader has a lapsed moment towards the end of the match, where Karasuno comes fighting back. You see a time when his deep grudge against Shiratorizawa’s Ushijima consumed him of how better he was than him. His friend made him snap out of his wallowing, selfish hole to make him see, should not be so focused on himself. I still don’t particularly like Oikawa but seeing the weaker sides of arrogant, self absorbed characters like him, shows how hard we don’t want to look weak at times.

I learnt something from every team Karasuno faced, their aspirations they had, this aspect made it than more enjoyable to watch. The intense atmosphere in every match, expressed through the characters faces, had you feeling their desperation and need of wanting to win. But Karasuno’s burning desire to want to make it to nationals just got brighter and brighter through every trial they faced.

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I can’t see any reason why no one would not enjoy of the Karasuno characters, I enjoyed learning something about every individual. From starting with no team but big factor that changed this was Kageyama and Hinata the crazy combo duo. Hinata there is nothing I would change about him, right off the bat his huge love for volley ball was infectious. Everything about him is infectious, the desire to show you don’t have to be tall to play volley ball. His needs of his skills to grow only got bigger and became a force to be reckoned with. Being a small person myself Hinata I easily connected with and had me rooting for through his growth of a character. Hinata was the main heart of the team, to give them a boost of when needed. A favourite moment relating to this was in season one Asashi completing whether to return to volley ball, Hinata abruptly saying shouldn’t deny your love for it and not put all the blame on yourself.

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SLAMS THAT BALL DOWN !!

This was a beautiful moment for Asahi overcoming the blame he placed on himself for not being able to get over Date tech’s Iron Wall. It’s amazing of surrounding yourself with positive people, that encouragement just lifts you, to overcome that fear. All the team had their moments to shine and again great to see they had their individual screen time. But above anyone else Tsukishima in season three when facing against Shiratorizawa. Through seasons one and two, was unclear if he loved volleyball or desire to play. Wasn’t until the influence of Ushijima that switched his attitude around completely, I was very surprised up until that point I felt the least for his character. The moment he stopped one of Ushijima’s spikes, yelled for the first time in triumph, it’s where you find yourself screaming yes with him. Tsukishima was the last of the members to have his moment but the wait was worth it, he made season three that much more memorable.

 

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A rare cool moment with Hinata he has

Out of the Haikyuu cast of characters most who grew obviously was King of the court Kageyama. Primely focused always trying to solve things on his own, Kageyama never looked at the big picture around him, isolating himself in his own bubble. Meeting Hinata, someone very pushy Kageyama not used to a person of that nature around, became the turn around for him. It was funny any moment like the picture, Kageyama comforting Hinata, was an indication of him residing in his own bubble less and less. Playing his opposing team Aoba Johsai was hilarious his former team mates, in utter shock at how Kageyama has changed. I love Kageyama developed in the end into accepting that he doesn’ t have to take on everything, he can rely on people. Him and Hinata together I thought were amazing, just had laughing every time they used their insane super quick attack the expressions of their opponents was priceless.

Favourite Moments and Ones that Killed Me  

Episode 10 Season 3 – Asahi, Sugawara and Daichi moment realising they just won and going to nationals, was crying so much that moment.

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Episode 25 Season 1 – Karasuno losing to Aoba Johsai totally shocked me, seriously thought they would win

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Episode 22 Season 2 – Yamaguchi’s moment redeeming himself as pinch server and given Karasuno the advantage against Shiratorizawa

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Episode 9 Season 3 – Tsukishima moment he finds his hook/love of volleyball

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All of the Haikyuu opening and ending themes I loved all of them, gave a snippet peak into what was involved in each seasons. But Opening one “Imagination” by SPYAIR is my favourite out of all, perfect high energy I work out too on a daily basis now. All of the music in Haikyuu fitted perfectly with all those built up moments that were coming, can’t fault anything on that.

 


 

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This moment…. god stabs you with happiness and tears

 

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Beautiful Shot… dam this animation


Haikyuu delved deep into the desperations winning, coming back after so many down falls, this is all convey through the amazing cast of characters. My first sports watch Chihayafuru was a emotional but now the experience Haikyuu gave me is on another level in terms of emotional struggle. Production I.G  soft tone animation heightened the important scenes of the losses, wins,  and individual loves of volleyball, those scenes had me always on the brink of tears, because I am a sap. From the other two sports anime’s I have seen, Haikyuu wins the award for emotion.

 



Best Boys

 

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Noya !!


I love the cast of characters from Haikyuu a lot even the annoying ones. But I have two guys from Karasuno absolutely love but right up first Noya Nishinoya. He may be a bit of a delinquent but one of the most level headed out of the team to keep everyone calm. Particularly in season two and three any panic among the team, his silly natures quickly made nerves disappear. He has such a optimtaisc nature about him and just loved watching him in matches, so focused on his duty to the team. He was the only one that could keep Asahi calm as the strong friendship they shared. Noya is a very likeable and loveable character.

 

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Sugawara !! 

Second favorite surprisingly is Sugawara another level header individual. You could really count on him when things got in a bit of a pinch for the team. He’s not someone to say what he truly feels sometimes, for example his secret jealously towards Kageyama as being used as the main setter in a lot of the matches. He knew as a setter he didn’t possess some of Kageyama’s genius skills but gave it 100% in honing his own skills, no matter what he thought. His sweet, calm nature and reliability are the reason I really love Sugawara.


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For anything I didn’t like about Haikyuu are really minor, when Oikawa does one of his insane serves and the crowd shouts “Ole”. Haha that got old after a while and crowd you saying that is getting old. I can’t from my point fault much on Haikyuu, it was so dam enjoyable in every aspect. If you have never seen Haikyuu the first few episodes can seem slow to some people but once things get going you’ll become hooked, like I was told numerous times. Haikyuu is a series others should feel necessarily the need to nit pick but enjoy it for what it is, it’s the reason the show has been hyped so much. Like with any sport anime I learnt a lot from a educational point of view about volleyball, the strategic aspect was easy and fun to follow.

Haikyuu is the kind of series that can just lift your spirits and have fun with. Strategic, entertaining matches, loveable characters and emotional ties this show what it is. Your on the emotional ride with all the characters of the win, losses and revelations they all have. The comedy relief aspect in the show will have you laughing barrels, very cleverly used throughout all seasons, just can put a smile on your face. I’ll say it again I had so much fun with this series and know others will too, it’s gone up on my re-watchable list.

 

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YEHHHHHH !!! crazy duo !!


I do hope my followers enjoyed the first review from my 300 followers special, sorry it so long to come out, as I had a lot to say. Next up for me to watch and review is Yona of the Dawn I’ve chosen so look forward that !!

Time for me to learn that super quick attack ahaha !!

Please comment below any thoughts you have !!

I’ll see you all in the next post !!

LitaKino

 

 

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15 thoughts on “We Fly Baby !!: Haikyuu !!!

  1. OMG YOU FINALLY FINISHED!!!! NOW WE CAN FANGRIL FOR REAL!!

    *ahem* What I mean is awesome review, you really hit the nail on the head, this is just one of those anime that draws you in from the beginning and the character development is out of this world! There are so many characters to love and each one definitely get’s their time to shine!! I agree with you, Noya is frickin amazing, but after watching season 3, Tsukki is the best boy in my heart lol tho Kat, would definitely agree with your choice! 😛

    I love the first OP, I even have it set as my ringtone on my phone!! Gaaah, after reading this review I want to go back and re-watch the whole thing!! We need to get the band back together and talk about this soon!! 😉

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    • Yes !!! Fan girl together. NOYA IS BEST BOYFOR SURE !! I need the haikyuu merchandise haha badly. First op is your ringtone 😆 awesome shit, nobody who doesn’t know what anime is will miss out on that awesome tune wohoo !! YES ALL NEED TO BAND TOGETHER A SKYPE CALL IS IN ORDER I THINK !!

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  2. i think another big thing for me was the entertainment of watching the game wasnt sacrificed for extra character development. everything was all just jammed in there. it’s a problem i had with shows like ping pong girls, where they were only really focused on the players and the game was boring to watch.

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  3. Yes! You finished!! And hit with the magic of Haikyuu!
    You pretty much summarized a lot of the reasons as to why Haikyuu is so great as a sports anime. I loved how the backstories of opposing teams were integrated. Sometimes sports animes get so caught up in solely focusing on the team everything else falls to the background. The episode that shows Daichi’s middle school friend and the Karasuno volleyball womens’ team captain (can’t remember her name) was one of the best episodes that highlighted the pain of loss!

    Ahh and yes I think we were all shocked they lost to seijoh the first time!! I thought they had in the bag! ahh!! Time to fan girl with naja, kat and I!

    Reading this made me remember I still need to do my anime re-watch series to re-live the feels this anime gave me!’ Great review!!

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    • Haha I know you guys were waiting for this review would have had This written sooner. I’m proud of this review as purely is about my enjoyment of the series glad I did a spoiler version as felt I couldn’t convey my feelings about it 😊 daichis episode was good. YESSS REWATCH IT ALL THE FANGIRLING !!

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  4. I am so glad you enjoyed this series! I love it so much. I agree with you 100% the end of season one completely threw me off! I whole-heartedly expected Karasuno to win. I literally cried when they didn’t, I couldn’t believe what I had just witnessed. That is also why it took me so little time to finish season 2 lol. I was determined to see my crows fly again!

    I actually love Oikawa. He’s one of my favorite characters! I think it is because I can relate to his sense of drive and hopelessness having played sports before. The fact is that there are times when it doesn’t matter who much you practice or how much you want it there are people out there that are just naturally better than you and no matter what you do you can’t change that. It can be a very hard pill to swallow in the sports world. I hope that as time goes on the Oikawa becomes to realize more and more that it doesn’t matter if an individual is better then him as long as he brings out the best in his time.

    Ushijima is better then Hinata but Hinata’s team out played his by working together and having 100% trust in each other’s ability to break their opponent down. I feel like Oikawa is on his way to making this realization himself and he does have the ability to bring out the best in the players around him but he still has a little ways to go. What can I say I’m a sucker for a tortured soul ❤ :p

    Noya is AMAZING. I love what he brings to the team. He knows exactly what to say and when to say it to get his guys motivated. He is great to adapting to the team's needs. When they need comic relief he's there, when the need reassurance, he's there, when they need tough love, he's there. I also agree that Sugawara is great for the team as well. He really does provide a foundation for the other members to build on. He provides that consistency you know what I mean?

    Ah, well I could gush about Haikyuu all day lol! I'm so glad you liked it as well and I really enjoyed your post.

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  5. HAIKYUU YEEEAAAAAS
    I love that both Haikyuu and Daiya do that, show the other teams, their dreams, goals, desires, their personality. Also hate them because I cry when they lose, be it the mains or the rivals, rip me.
    I’m tiny too, so I definitely feel for Hinata. I know some people hate/dislike Hinata because they find him obnoxious, but I’ll fight tjem! 🔪🔪🔪🔪
    Tsukki maturing, growing and getting that moment when he finally gets his moment GOT ME SHOOK 🔥🔥🔥🔥
    When they lost and cried, I became such a wreck too. I wanted them to win. I thought they’d win too ;_;
    Yamaguchi is definitely an unsung hero, poor baby birb 😭
    When we saw the third years as baby first years on third season, and then they cried because they did it, I was so MOVED AND FFF 😭✨
    YES YES ABOUT IT BEING INSPIRATIONAL, HOOKING, AMAZING, pray for our birbs in the nationals 🙏🙏🙏
    Noya with hair down shakes me every time tbh 😹
    What’s going to be your next sports anime? 👀👀✨

    P.s.: infirmus haikyuu? Did you mean infamous?

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  6. Because this is a series that I really, reeeaally want to get into sometime soon, I treaded very lightly to avoid spoilers . . . I think I succeeded . . . anyway, the first of the 300 followers special down, woohoo!! I’m really looking forward to what you have to say about one of my favorite shoujo anime, Yona of the Dawn~!

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  7. […] We Fly Baby !!: Haikyuu !!!– This post comes from Lita Kino from Lita Kino Anime Corner! Last but certainly not least is a review about one of my all time favorite sports anime, Haikyuu!!! After weeks of urging on twitter from both Kat and myself… and the rest of the aniblogger community, Lita took the plunge and FINALLY watched Haikyuu!!! This is a fantastic overview of the series and a must read for both fans of the series and folks still on the fence about watching it!! […]

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