Synonyms: High Kyuu!!
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2014 to Sep 21, 2014
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.671 (scored by 57101 users)
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SynopsisA chance event triggered Shouyou Hinata's love for volleyball. His club had no members, but somehow persevered and finally made it into its very first and final regular match of middle school, where it was steamrolled by Tobio Kageyama, a superstar player known as "King of the Court." Vowing revenge, Hinata applied to the Karasuno High School volleyball club... only to come face-to-face with his hated rival, Kageyama!
A tale of hot-blooded youth and volleyball from the pen of Haruichi Furudate!!
(Source: Shounen Jump)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Haikyuu!!
Side story: Haikyuu!!: Jump Festa 2014 Special
Sequel: Haikyuu!! Second Season
Summary: Haikyuu!! Movie 1: Owari to Hajimari, Haikyuu!! Movie 2: Shousha to Haisha
Characters & Voice Actors
To be honest, I'm guilty of being biased and judgemental, and more than once to boot. A few years ago I had seen my friend's collection of Naruto manga. I scoffed and even teased him a bit, having seen what appeared to be ridiculous anime promos on TV aimed at children. Within a year, I had discovered anime and manga myself. I have since apologized. Then, a year ago in the fall FAL league, I found myself incredulous at how popular and highly praised the sequel to Kuroko no Basket was. Subsequently, I stumbled across a volleyball anime with what seemed to be an interesting premise.
Therefore, I believe apologies are in order. I'm sorry, sports anime genre. I'm sorry I looked down on you. I'm sorry I didn't give you a shot sooner. I'm sorry I wrote off Kuroko no Basket and Yowamushi Pedal and the several other of the genre I have since added to my plan to watch list. If you want to give thanks for my change of heart, you need look no further than a wonderful little gem called Haikyuu!!
Quickly becoming one of my favorite anime, Haikyuu!! was the show I looked forward to most each week. It is a well-rounded work that made every Sunday a little better. As today is the day it finished airing, I'm a bit surprised that more people haven't completed it and/or written reviews. Hoping to help others that may not have given Haikyuu!! a chance, here I am now expressing my humble opinion.
Adapted from a Shounen Jump manga, the story could be boiled to to pretty typical shounen stereotypes. It contains an underdog, teamwork, perserverance, etc. However, in my opinion, Haikyuu!! integrates these themes incredibly well, and also sets itself apart from your run of the mill Jump product. The protagonists are relatively inexperienced and are far from being the best volleyball players out there. Crazy quick 'level up's don't exist, and you will find no inexplicable victories here. Instead, we receive a well crafted story with good pacing that follows the formation of the Karasuno to their foray into the high school volleyball circuit.
Another issue people typically have with the shounen genre is flat, 2-dimensional characters that have little or poor development. I like to think this problem does not plague Haikyuu!! In fact, I'd say this is a strong point in relation to many other anime/manga. Haikyuu!! mainly focuses upon the exploits of the two main characters and the team as a whole, but does take the occasional detour to explore backstory, relationships, character development, comedic moments, and minor characters. That last item especially separates this show from the rest. A recurring theme throughout this sports anime is, not surprisingly, losing. I was very impressed with Haikyuu!! on how it depicts the emotions and point of view of nearly all minor characters, whether they appear again or not. For me, the level to which they were explored is rare among any story I've come across. On a side note, having not experienced not much from the sports genre, I am no authority on how others deal with losing games. However, subjectively, I think it handles the concept fantastically, and possibly better than the above-mentioned basketball and biking anime. It spends a fair amount of time presenting how the characters react and cope with loss.
As far as technical aspects go, Haikyuu!! does not disappoint. The artwork is clean and the animation fluid. Production I.G. did a wonderful job putting together a great visual work. In addition, the OST is superb. Personally, the background tracks helped set the scene and kept me emotionally invested throughout intense, comedic, and dramatic scenes. I cannot compliment the audio side of this anime enough with how well it worked. As a bonus, I fell in love with all of the openings and endings. Hopefully, you're as lucky as I was.
I pray you give Haikyuu!! a chance. If you are new to the genre, this might be a gateway to a new horizon for you. If you have enjoyed sports anime before, Haikyuu!! will continue your enjoyment of the genre. Inevitably, this show is and will be compared to Production I.G.'s other sensation, Kuroko no Basket. In the interest of bipartisanship and brevity, I will simply say that the main difference is that Kuroko no Basket relies more on spectacle, whereas Haikyuu!! integrates more realism. Regardless of opinion, I believe that you will really enjoy Haikyuu!!and, quite possibly, like me you will be eagerly awaiting season 2. read more
The most important thing in a team sports is, without a doubt, the team. This holds especially true for volleyball. Having six talented players is all fine, but as long as they aren’t a team and don’t show team spirit, that talent is surely in vain. But what if it’s the other way round; is it a surefire way to win when you have one team where not everyone is talented?
Not really. But the chances are higher when there’s one team, rather than six players.
Haikyuu!!, or High Jump in English, is about Hinata and Kageyama, two players who originally stand at the opposite side of the volleyball net – plus are personality-wise polar opposites too - and are, due to the fact that they attend the same high school, forced to work together. During that process, they learn the importance of a team and that you don’t lose or win alone. The show eventually does focus on the entire Karasuno volleyball team (and on other teams too), but it’s still obvious who the main characters are.
As with most sports anime, the plot starts with Hinata and Kageyama meeting (and fighting), then joining the Karasuno volleyball team, and the team battling others all the way to the Inter-Highs. The volleyball aspects are well explained though and nicely weaved into dialogues. We learn about the libero when the libero appears. We learn about Quick As when Kageyama and Hinata perform a Quick A. There is no huge info dump in that manner; the viewer is pretty much spoonfed with information, one term explained at a time. The plot isn’t very original and average at best, but to be fair, Haikyuu is an anime where it’s more about the characters than the story.
What I liked about Haikyuu was the fact that the show doesn’t rely on superpowers, even though it was somewhat unbelievable at some points. There is the fact that Kageyama can exactly pin-point where to toss the ball, for example, or Hinata jumping a felt hundred metres high. But except that, there are no laser beams emerging from the player’s eyes, there is no “super saiyan”-mode, nothing like that. And the best part is: Even the supporting cast thinks it’s weird. They think it’s weird when Kageyama perfectly tosses the ball to Hinata, who jumps a felt hundred metres high. They laugh when a character names his moves. I simply loved that because most sports anime tend to take those things for granted, which isn’t realistic at all.
As previously mentioned, Haikyuu lives off its characters. The first eleven episodes are about the main team, Karasuno, which helps the viewer to learn and love the boys one by one, as most are characterized well, have good interactions with each other and their motivations are shown too. Then the opposing teams and characters kick in. There is the ”fated rival” Nekoma, who appears in three episodes and then vanishes into thin air with the promise to meet again in the Inter-Highs. There is Tokonami, the loser team, and Dateko, the team that caused the ace Asahi to have a volleyball trauma. But the only opposing team truly worth mentioning is Aoba Johsai which we get a lot to know of, as many of the players were once teammates or upperclassmen of Kageyama, but especially so Oikawa, who can be seen as the antagonist of Haikyuu. He gets such strong characterization and his motivations are laid out so well that it makes him easily one of the best characters in the series. Other characters who develop really well are Karasuno’s Tanaka – who gets introduced as one of the comic relief characters in the beginning and gets fleshed out properly later on – as well as Nishinoya, who is introduced as a hot-blooded, loud character, but quickly turns to one of the pillars of the protagonist team.
I wish I could say the same about Hinata, but sadly, that isn’t true. While his motivations do get shown early in the series – as he is the main character – he still acts most of the time like a “volleyball Naruto”; hotblooded, highly friends-focused and especially annoying in matches, when he screams “Bring it on!” for the tenth time (even if it does get revealed that it has a reason why he screams that way). As for the other main character Kageyama, he certainly develops from the mean, oppressing attitude which brought him the nickname “King of the court” (no, that’s definitely not praise), to a person who learns to depend on others and to listen to them for once. I really like Haikyuu’s cast, save one or two characters, and they make the show very good.
The animation, as the studio behind the series is Production I.G, certainly does not disappoint. The scenes look crisp, the matches look fluid, and what I loved especially was, in some parts of the show, when the characters smash the ball – that was when the animation became a lot like a sketch and that was very impressive in my eyes. There is also a scene which was reminiscent to the Monogatari Series to me in Episode 21; when the vice-captain Sugawara wants to tell Kageyama to “do his best”, but stops in the middle of the sentence and the plain text “Let’s win” gets shown for two seconds. Sometimes the characters look off-model (especially the ones watching the game), and sometimes scenes are reused over and over again, but overall, it’s certainly a visual feast.
As for the sound, it always fits to the mood, and varies from electronic to straight up swing over rock; this applies to the opening and ending themes as well. A special mention belongs to the voice cast; there were many familiar and unfamiliar names, and all of them did a great job. All of them suit to their respective characters, but the one that shined the most was Oikawa’s voice actor and my favourite, Namikawa Daisuke, who made Oikawa to the great antagonist that he is.
When I watched Haikyuu on a weekly basis, I was looking forward to every next week, and loved every single episode. When I rewatched it once the show was over, I didn’t enjoy it that much. I thought the events before the Inter-High (which starts in Episode 15) to be average at best. But after the Inter-High started, that was when my enjoyment had a peak, especially so in the last match, Karasuno vs Aoba Johsai. To me, that’s when the series really evolves from the average sports anime to a great one.
Haikyuu’s core theme is the team. It’s about learning to trust each other when you’re in a team, it’s about winning and losing as a team, it’s about overcoming obstacles as a team. For being that team-focused, Haikyuu really spends lots of its time for the viewer to get to know the team, and handles its characters with great care, even though the plot is by no means unique. It has great animation, a fitting sound and a wonderful voice cast. If you are debating whether or not to watch this, then don’t hesitate and start Haikyuu. You won’t regret it.
So if you can tell from my score, I really freaking love this anime. I have to preface this by saying, I am NOT a sports anime fan. It's one of the last genres I look to because I've disliked/dropped over 90% of the ones I've seen. So I'm incredibly biased.
The story in Haikyuu! is what amazes me most possible.
It's all volleyball, volleyball, volleyball, yet I'm never tired of it (despite not being an avid volleyball fan). The relationships between the players develops in all aspects: the relationships between the players as friends, as teammates, as students in different school years, as a cohesive team against other teams. In between is volleyball. At every corner is volleyball. This is literally a volleyball explosion. But you really see the story behind why the characters love it. How the love developed for them. How much of themselves and their past they've put into the game. What torment and triumph they feel from the sport.
Like every other sports anime, Haikyuu! there are out of this world, impossible moves that even pros can't do. BUT I never feel that way. They don't drag it out or make it ridiculously over the top. It happens, then they move on with the game.
In sports anime, another thing I noticed that can drag a story down is when they try to work in explanations of how certain aspects of the sport works. Haiykuu! manages to work it in flawlessly. My knowledge of volleyball stops at the grade school level (where all we did was rotate, the positions weren't named, and players weren't allowed to even dive or roll). The explanations are short, to the point, and staggered. But now I know all the positions, the rules, the different types of moves, special attacks, formations, etc., without really realizing at the time I was being schooled on the subject.
Every single sports anime I've seen, I'm guilty of fast forwarding through games or matches or tournaments. Literally every one. I've never done it with Haikyuu! Not even when I rewatched the whole series.
The art is very good, a solid 8, but not the best ever. It really works to highlight the fluidity of movement throughout sports play. It's not over the top or excessive, so it's a bit quiet with how good it is. I think the best indication of how good the art is, is when you're looking at someone on the opposite side of the net, and the player is basically melding into the net, but it doesn't look weird at all. If you watch it, you'll get what I mean.
I also really like the character designs. The characters are drawn in the more realistic, life-like style vs. cartoon-like. This really adds to the game play; their muscles tensing, their movements, their presence.
The sound is what gets me. It's really effective. Just like the art, it's not over the top. A certain sound happens and you know something is about to go down, like a cool move. A certain tune plays and you know you're about to see someone who is a worthy opponent. It really highlights the mood. Also the sports sounds, the squeak of shoes on a gym floor, the smack of the ball, even the sound of the ball slicing through the air makes everything more believable.
The voice acting is very good as well. The tones and nuances fit each character's personality. I can't say any examples without giving things away (because not all characters are introduced at the same time).
Haiykuu! does a really good job of developing the characters. You know what each character's personality is like. What their role is on the court and on the team. Even the characters that are on the bench, you really feel it and connect with them even if they aren't the ones playing in the main match (i.e. their disappointment at not playing, their desire to be on the court, their feelings of support for their team).
If someone does something hilarious or quirky, as the viewer you can easily think to yourself, "that is SO like so-and-so to do that."
You really get a sense of the character's ability, athletically and emotionally. their maturity levels (both mentally and sports-wise). Their tendencies and characteristics that make them, THEM.
Even a lot of the teams they face, you can easily fall in love with the opposing players, because they make sure to develop them as well. This also makes matches much more interesting and makes you more emotionally invested in them.
I personally love Haikyuu! to beyond the moon and back. I'm going to state it here, that this is the first time ever that I have liked an anime much more than the source manga it's adapted from. I'm just being honest. If someone had told me to read Haikyuu! the manga, I would have eventually dropped it. I started reading it after I started watching the anime, and I'm only continuing because I'm so emotionally invested in the characters and want MORE!
The anime really brings the story to life.
Plus the overall humor woven throughout the whole series, is an awesome bonus
Yeah, 10 out of 10. Again, this coming from someone who is not a sports anime fan. Or maybe I just hadn't been introduced to the right one, ehem, in order to see the light.
I can not express how happy I am that I stumbled across Haikyuu!!
It's really incredible how everything connects well into almost perfection.
The story is simple but at the same time manages to hook you up. I ended up making a all nighter just to finish it. The characters are so well developed and alluring that I found myself almost screaming every time they succeeded or crying when they didn't. In contrast with many of the sports anime out there, Haykyuu is real. It shows the reality of training everyday, of victory and defeat. As a former athlete I could relate to all the experiences mentioned in the show.
In my humble opinion the art is amazing. The way the movements flow is great, being volleyball a fast paced sport, the animators managed to show that quite well and without losing quality. Can't really say much more. It's that good.
The sound works very well with the animation and the story, complementing the scenes that don't have any talking characters and adding to the dramatic or fanny moments. The openings and endings are catchy specially the first opening and the second ending! :D
I really liked the show, I felt like I was in my competition days again. It's real and it's funny.
Definitely a must watch.
Hope that if you read this you'll give it a try.
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Both are sports anime. Haikyuu is more funny too than Kuroko no basket. Both anime have a group of colorful characters and two main characters that are aiming to be the best at something . One is Volleyball and the other is basketball.
Both of them have intense sport matches and an interesting development of the characters.
An unlikely duo trying to do their best in order to overcome their weaknesses and bring out the best in their teams. Both shows have a similar cast which share various humorous conversations. Either through hard work and practice or with talent, the characters are overcoming their obstacles one by one in order to achieve their dreams. That, of course, doesn't mean there aren't any bumps in the road. Haikyuu!! focuses more on the real aspects of sports, while Kuroko no Basket focuses on the suspenseful, which makes it seem over the top quite a few times.
Same plot style, story-telling style, characters interaction style.. The two just have same style, nearly in everything.
You should enjoy the other if you enjoy the one. except you are one easy bored person. Such same style can make you boring when you watching the second.
Kuroko no Basket and Haikyuu has a similarity in two characters sharing a dream and competing to be the very best. They are both part of a team as well and goes up against powerful adversaries to prove their worth. There is decent humor coming from the character interactions and stylish plays each episode plays out. Do note though that Kuroko no Basket has more of over-the-topic antics with its gameplay. But nonetheless, I would recommend both series especially if you're a sports fan looking to see players strive to succeed and trying to make their dreams becoming a reality.
It has almost the same feeling. Well, Haikyuu' duo might be slightly more comical and has more "rivalry" relationship than Kagami&Kuroko.
both sports anime made by Production I.G. revolving around hand based sports with small 5-6 man teams. similar atmosphere and focus for both is on bond between 2 highschool first year MC's where one supports the other to score with their impressive jumping ability.
Kuroko no Basket and Haikyuu give a similar feeling of intensity during games, as sports anime, and have both comedy and drama. They also have a similar focus on friendship and competition between team members.
The first thing I thought of when I started watching this anime was Kuroko no Basket. In relation to Kuroko no Basket, two players with extraordinary talent need one another in order to reach their full potential. In Haikyuu!!, Kageyama and Hinata were enemies at first, but end up playing for the same team when they enter high school. Kageyama is only interested in being a setter and Hinata strongly prefers being a spiker. The two must learn to work together in order to form a perfect duo to be the team that can stay on the court the longest.
-are sports anime.
-feature two players that at first don't get along well.
-have a duo of a skilled player and one with potential to get better.
Haikyuu!! focuses more on realism than Kuroko no Basket, which utilizes more spectacle.
Both awesome sports anime about unlikely talents, teaming up with someone very talented, to make a successful team.
they are both my favorite sport anime I really think anyone
who loved knb would also love Haikyuu!! :
they both have amazing characters
they are both extremely funny
if you like the games in knb you will love them in Haikyuu!!
they make you want too see more and never get bored
their relationships is what made me love haikyuu so much as knb
Kuroko no Basket and Haikyuu!! are both sports-themed anime with a well developed, dynamic cast of main characters. The characters are portrayed with contrasting personalities which makes the show interesting as it is not overly fixated on merely the abilities of the strong players, but also how the players overcome their various challenges (regardless of height, personality, past grudges etc) to improve as a team. If you have watched either, it is highly likely that you'll enjoy the other as well.
-a very good view of their sports
-not a OP main character
-Very Close to the manga
Both made by Production I.G.
Both have two strong players join the same team.
Though both are different sports, they have the same atmosphere.
Both protagonists aim for victory and are highly motivated.
They both are sports animes, although different sports, the animes have a similar feel to them. Kuroko no Basuke and Haikyuu!! are both very engaging and have good, interesting characters.
Both made by Production I.G, both have two strong players join the same team, though both are different sports, they have the same atmosphere and both protagonists aim for victory and are highly motivated.
Both animes is about sports and friendship
The story lines themselves are totally different, but if you enjoy sports anime or liked Kuroko no Basket, then you will definitely enjoy Haikyuu. Both have really strong and likeable characters then have a 'never give up' attitude and the matches themselves will leave you on the edge of your seat.
- Both are sports.
- There are mainly two main protagonists in both the anime.
- The art style of kuroko and haikyuu is kinda similar.
- the depiction of the story and character developments are similar too.
- Ther is fair amount of comedy in both of them.
Both are sports anime and both offer an adrenaline rush while the main characters are pushing their hardest to get a win. Personally i feel Kurokos is a bit more toned down in comparison to Haikyuu but bother are excellent.
Both anime have characters who are hard working and passionate about sport. They also have one thing in common that stood out for me! Thats how each individual character is much more effective working in a team rather than facing challenges on their own. Art is quite similar in a way and If you enjoyed watching kuroko no basket, I guarantee you will love Haikyuu.
Both are sport anime. Both are the story of a team going throw competitons. They both have as main characters two guys that do not do well at the beginning. For me, both were addictive from the beginning to the end and i can´t wait for the respective sequels
This is only in my opinion:
-They're both sports
-You can learn a few sports life lesson (I'm not sure about KnB though)
-The art is awesome. :>
-Plus, it's intense. X>
Both of these animes have loveable characters with a great sports theme
A short guy with exceptional skills at only one speciality (Passing or spiking) teams up with a more serious genious type who aims to be the best. These two friends later find a mediocre high school team to face some old friends from middle school as enemies in high school, while carrying that team to victory. They both have a colorful cast, exciting matches, shounen aspects and godlike sport skills that surpasses professionals.
Both anime series are thrilling sports anime with two main chars that become a duo and in both series they rely on each other alot and form special attacks thanks to the help of the other. While in Kuroko No Basuke they play basketball and in Haikyuu!! they play Volleyball. Both of them feel extremely similar.
Both anime are sports anime. They both have good character development and similar art style. The matches in both anime are intense and also give the watcher a sense of victory when the main characters win.
Both series are composed by a surprising duo that combines to become stronger and more efficient after training.
Also, the same goal (defeating other teams) is present and the characters look alike; they all have a special ability making them powerful in their own domain.
It is obvious that it's two anime based on sport. Haikyuu is about volley-ball.
It's more based on true feelings that we can go through as a volleyball player, which I am and which i can definitely confirmed. I started haikyuu at first, and it gave me chills.. Really. When i ended the first season, i was so excited about the second one, that I had to calm down my restlessness. So I started KnB, and as in KnB, we go through a lot pain, struggle in every kind: about a situation, a relationship..
I was really surprised to like it as Haikyuu which the story speaks me more because of the fact that i love volley ball and that i truly know what they are talking about because I've been through it. But KnB showed me the complexity of a basket ball game.
KnB and Haikyuu share those strong feelings we can go through in sport. It's hard to stay emotionless, because it is undeniable that it is what's making us alive.
Both great sports anime although I enjoyed Kuroko no Basket more. Both have:
- character development
- intense matches
This is a sports Anime, both Anime centre around main characters trying to better themselves in their respective sports, Haikyuu!! may not have as many episodes as Kuroko no basket but the story development and animation for both are great.
A gift for sports fans, both series delivers themselves with competitive teamwork and plays that focuses on development. The main characters has a passion for the sport that they are playing and works towards their goal to becoming stronger each episode. Their teammates helps them along the way while tackling through difficult obstacles. It is realistic as we see how much the characters grow through their development over the course. I recommend both series especially if you're the type into sports with competitive team play.
Both are sports anime. One is about volleyball and the other is about baseball. Both anime have highly passionate main characters who are aiming for the top.
You can say they are LITERALLY the same.
1. Main character generally sucks in the sport of his choosing, but has that one "special" ability which allows him to somewhat function
2. He is surrounded by teammates that are either as generic as they come, or also have some sort of a "special ability"
3. In both shows, MCs learn that special abilities aren't enough so they try to incorporate more stuff into their arsenal
4. Comedy is bit-by-bit the same type
5. Similar art and animation
6. Pretty unrealistic to the boot
7. High-school shounen sports
8. Both are also predictable to the boot
9. Both follow every cliche you can find in the sports genre
10. Both are easy and fun anime to kill your time
Differences? One is about Baseball while the other one is about Volleyball.
The main character starts with a team made of newbies from an unknown school.
The main character also is very skilled.
The main character goes to an elite school for the sport.
They are both freshman going into high school.
They both have rivals on the same team.
Only difference is that 1 is volleyball and 1 is baseball.
This two overpowering and rip-roaring sports shows contains the 'team work' in all its magnificence. With competitive, stubborn and hard-working main characters, both shows bring sports anime into a definitely higher level. Excellent character development, in high school setting.
Both main characters are very talented, competitive, somewhat hard-headed, and are very enthusiastic about the sport they love.
Both MC's are often underestimated by others but always manage to surprise the people around them about what they can do and how much potential they really have.
Before they went to high school, both MC's were from middle schools that are no good in the particular sport.
One is about baseball and the other is about volleyball; however, both anime have that element of "excitement" that will leave watchers hanging after every episode. Both are great!
If you love one of these two anime you'll surely love the other!
Both have underdog protagonists that are optimistic, love the sport they play and have a lot of talent even though their experience in the sport might be less than most of the other players.
Both about a team sport.
Both about a partnership formed in the team and how they work together to overcome obstacle.
Though they both have a "main" protagonist, ultimately, both animes has two main protagonists that it develops over the course of the series.
If you like one, you would most definitely like the other.
Ace of Diamond and Haikyuu!! are both sport-based anime, and are focused when the characters are in highschool.
When I watched this show, one thing constantly popped up in my head. That was, "This show is incredibly similar to Haikyu".
Not only do these shows revolve around high school sports, but the main characters are determined first years who are striving to be the 'ace' of their team. In an instant, they develop a rivalry with another boy but realize quickly that the team cannot do well without either of them. The main event of both shows is the yearly national high school tournament in which they partake, attempting to bring back their high school's former glory. With lots of practise and intense matches, both main character's skills begin to shine, gaining them acknowledgement from their 3rd year seniors who for them, this will be one of their last if not their last high school tournament.
Great funny, Action pack sporty anime that will make you laugh cry and jump out of your seat to cheer.
Oofuri and Haikyuu both have main characters who have unique abilities that can surprise opponents despite their silly and weak appearances.
There's also a bond between the two teammates that develops overtime through compromise and overcoming each other's strengths & weakness. (Like Mihashi & Abe's battery, and Hinata & Kageyama's Setter and Spiker teamplay) If you enjoy a light hearted sports anime then you'll love both of these!
They are both sports animes.
Ookiku Furikabutte (Oofuri) is about baseball and Haikyuu!! is about volleyball.
Shouyou from Haikyuu reminds me a bit of Mihashi from Oofuri.
They both trained a lot to get better and they also both have a huge handicap. for Shou it's his small height and for Mihashi his low self-esteem.
Still these boys are eager to win for sure and refuse to give up!
Only have watched the first aired episode of Haikyuu but I can already feel that I will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed watching Oofuri.
And I think it's totally worth checking out both if you like sports anime and if you like adorable dorks with their own abilities!
The teamplay between the two main characters is very similar, as well as the attitude of Kageyama and Abe towards Hinata and Mihashi.
Plus, the animation is also similar.
I have no clue why KnB and DnA have more recommendations than this because Oofuri is actually the closest thing to HQ!!. Very similar main characters as well as side...
Abe/Kageyama, Mihashi/Hinata, Tajima/Nishinoya, Hanai/Suga (and Asahi) and many more.
What else can I say? Cute boys doing sports and bonding as a team. High doses of character development and adrenaline in each match to get you hyped up for your favourite teams.
Both are sports anime. Both give off a feeling of happiness, and a love for the sport they are playing.
Both have a main character who is good at what they do, but amazing when put with a pitcher/setter.
SPORTS + BROMANCE: Both shows passion for sports, Swimming and Volleyball, for only high school students.
Lots good humour, bromance, beautiful men, and badassery.
Both main characters start off as rivals in both shows, but in the end, good teamwork and friendship empowers all. You'll learn to love all the characters as well. :3
The art in both is similar. They are both about sports and have two main characters who are friends and rivals at the same time. There is a LOT of bromance in these two anime.
If you love the up-beat feel and adorably hilarious characters of Free!, you will enjoy the close friendships and on-point comedy of Haikyuu!!
Haikyuu!! has significantly less fanservice and little more focus on the team as a whole, and overall is the best sports series I've seen to date.
I'm pretty new to Anime and especially MAL, so this is my first recommendation but I honestly cannot stress it enough. I came straight into Anime and Free! was one of my first choices, I loved it, especially the whole slice-of-life and friendship story lines, they're really relatable. I told my friend I was desperate to find another Anime just like it with the same ideas of coming together as a team and breaking down walls to salvage and build new friendships and she recommended Haikyuu!!
If I'm being honest when I first started watching it, I wasn't too sure if it was my kind of thing, the artistry let me down a little but now I'm nearly caught up on the series and it's filled that gap that Free! left. Haikyuu!! is based around young boy, Hinata, striving to become an "Ace" in Volleyball and he faces many obstacles but as he joins the team, finds his place in his group of friends their power as a group strengthens, similar to the story of the swimmers in Free! Both Animes show that you can start from the very bottom and work your way up to the top when you have a group of friends helping and supporting you along the way. In addition, Haikyuu!! has wonderful humour and the characters (especially Tanaka) have made me laugh a lot through out the episodes.
Don't let anything put you off, I honestly recommend this Anime as a breath of fresh air, filled with the teamwork, friendship, hardships and humour just as in Free! but with it's own unique story and style.
Different sports yet both series have high spirits when it comes to teamplay. The main male characters are part of a team in the perspective sport they are involved in. But with that also comes adversaries and obstacles they must overcome. Considering to be an underdog, both series highlights their growth. At the same time, other characters on their team also get insight on their roles in the story. I recommend both series for sports fan interested in teamwork and a competitive atmosphere.
Both main characters, Onoda and Hinata strive to become better at their respective sport. Also, Imaizumi and Kageyama are both simiilar since they are already considered high tier players when the show starts.
Both shows have intense cliffhangers, and an urge to keep watching the show, hoping that the main characters will find success and be victorious in their battles.
Both are sports anime
Both main characters are very persistent and work very hard to succeed
Both main characters are surrounded by a group of supporting teammates
Both sports anime. Main characters are untrained in their sport, but still amazing at it. Both have very lovable main characters with friendly teammates.
The main theme for both series is the realism. Main characters from both series are beginners in their sports. Hinata=Vollyball and Maruo=Tennis. They wil grow stronger throughout the series. Great characters who support the main characters. You will learn a great deal about said sport in both series. Currently airing this year.
Both series feature competitive sport and although they are of different nature has the same mood. The main male protagonist is part of a team/club. They get involved against other players/teams to test the limits of their abilities. There is a lot of realism in both series with no superpowers but rather relying on strategies, teamwork, guts, and instinct. I recommend both sport series for anyone interested in the sports genre with fun and competition.
Both of these sports anime make more of an attempt to be more realistic than something like Kuroko No Basket (or Prince of Tennis). (Even though they're a whole lot of fun to watch too :) Baby Steps has a few problems with the art, but if you can get past those, you'll find a great fast-paced story.
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Opening Theme#1: "Imagination (イマジネーション)" by SPYAIR (eps 1-13)
#2: "Ah Yeah!!" by Sukima Switch (eps 15-25)
Ending Theme#1: "Tenchi Gaeshi (天地ガエシ)" by NICO Touches the Walls (eps 1-13)
#2: "Ah Yeah!!" by Sukima Switch (ep 14)
#3: "LEO" by tacica (eps 15-25)
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