Well, pains me to say, but I’m gonna be the wiener who has to tell everyone the flaws of Haikyuu! again.
I’m going to preface this review by saying that because I actually play volleyball, lots of the issues I have with the show are specific to someone who has knowledge of high-level high school volleyball, so because the vast majority of this fanbase doesn’t know anything about volleyball outside of this show, you might not be as annoyed at certain things as I am. This is just one humble man’s opinion.
First off, I want to say that Haikyuu is not a bad show by any means, and in fact, I think it’s better than the vast majority of sports anime. Unfortunately, I don’t like shounen, which Haikyuu makes itself painfully obvious that it is. There’s no subtlety, everything is tell, don’t show. They try to teach you the sport of volleyball as you watch and act like you’re 8 years old while doing so. They have to explain each and every little intricate rule, which ultimately makes the show less entertaining and harder to sit through, especially when you know everything they explain in the first place.
I’m just going to get this out of the way right now, the animation for this show is fantastic, as expected. There is nothing to complain about from the art or sound departments, except for the fact that S2 had a better OP, but that’s subjective ;) Soundtrack can’t be expected to be incredible for a 10 episode series about literally one match, but the sound design and effects are spot-on as usual, so I don’t think it really matters at all.
One thing I can truly say is a virtue of the show (aside from the gay undertones, those are always of high quality) is that the atmosphere of the matches in Haikyuu are great. There’s enough tension and stress without it causing the viewing experience to suffer, but it’s also realistic enough to not just turn into a joke or feel like there are no consequences. The rivalries are quite plausible and well-developed (if a bit cheesy at times) and I love the camaraderie between members of different teams, it warms my heart.
Another thing I like about Haikyuu is how nothing comes easy. You sometimes see in sports shows that if you just put training in, you can’t lose. That’s not the case at all, you have to have talent or your work means nothing. The players in Haikyuu all have to use their individual skillsets to better the team’s chances at winning, and while it’s not necessarily a revolutionary concept, it’s executed well beyond mediocrity.
There are many other things I like about this show, these are just the ones I’m best able to provide my unique opinion on rather than just the standard “i like haikyuu beucase haikyuu has good plot and characters and hype!”. If you want to know my opinion on anything, feel free to ask me.
Now we have to get to the things I don’t enjoy about Haikyuu!
The main complaint I have so far is how stupidly overpowered Ushijima is. Let me tell you something: I have played against the #1 club volleyball team in the country for my age group. They have 3 players on the youth national team. None of them are even close to as unstoppable as Ushijima. That kind of power to just blast through blocks does not exist (if you’re at all competent, which obviously Karasuno is), his inability to be stopped, and the fact that he only hits hard (no variety) just grinds my gears. Another thing about Ushijima is how the show pretends lefties are inherently more difficult to play against. It’s just not true. Spin doesn’t affect passing almost at all and trajectory is barely different aside from the fact that they just have more range from the left side. At the end of episode 4 they finally block him, which made me encouraged that the rest of the series isn't going to be Big Boy hammering shit un-opposed, but as of episode 6, they haven't gotten another one, so that hope died out fast.
I feel like in the recent episodes they've run out of ways to make the matches exciting so they've resorted to massive ass-pulls like the whole "Guess Monster" thing and the forced backstory in episode 6 to invoke empathy for the seniors, the approach block, the constant conversations between the nets (which if you do that in person, it's so disrespectful). It's just really rubbing me wrong lately, I'm not sure why.
Something about the animation that was very apparent in the first season was recycled animations, which I fear in this series because they’re playing the same team for 10 episodes. By recycled animations, I mean they’d use the exact same 2 second sequence for hits, but just swap character models to make it look different. This time, they don’t even need to do that, so I’m wary of how they’ll continue to create unique animations for each hit and not reuse ones from the earlier episodes. This is just a fear/premonition, but I think it’s a reasonable one considering it’s been done before.
Now onto the games. They’re too perfect and choreographed. Everything that happens is either pass, set kill, or pass, set, hit, other team digs, set, hit. There’s no chaos, which is what makes volleyball so much fun, the unpredictability and sheer magnitude of sensory overload and things you have to pay attention to all at the same time. Now I understand that they can’t animate all of this because that’s just unreasonable, but it still is a legitimate point to bring up. The games don’t feel natural, they feel like a writer mapped them all out (which obviously still would’ve happened if they DID feel random, just don’t worry about it and hit that “Helpful” button below my review) and eliminated unpredictability. I feel like this complaint would be eliminated if everything happened faster, there’s just an uncomfortably long amount of time between pass, set, and hit.
The final thing that made me want to poop my pants were some of the ridiculously basic things these players are just learning. I cannot believe in episode 2 they had to explain what the position “Opposite” was. Position names are quite literally the first thing you learn in volleyball and the opposite is just anyone who hits on the right side. Boggles my mind. Another thing related to this is the follow-up assumption that Karasuno doesn’t have an opposite if their own fan doesn’t know what the position is, but that’s not right because on their combinations, Sawamura comes in to hit, meaning he’s their opposite when he rotates to the front row (which is half the game btw). I truly don’t understand. Something else they mention is using the strategy of taking away angles to force them to hit to certain areas. That is also something you learn the very first time you learn how to block. Yet again, I don’t get how these national-level high school athletes don’t understand this basic stuff.
I will say though, all in all, I am enjoying this season and will continue to do so simply because it’s Haikyuu! I love volleyball and I love anime. Mix them together and you get a special order delivered straight to my doorstep. Anyway, if you enjoyed or hated this review, feel free to send me feedback, I truly don’t mind either. Thank you for reading!read more
Just wanted to start out by saying that if you were never into sport anime shows, then you should give it a shot. I personally would recommend watching haikyuu for starters. I was never really interested into a lot of shounen (except for a few) and i was never really interested into shounen sport anime's because I never knew how they would make the show.
I was incorrect and was amazed at how well this show played out. It gives you the experience you really want to know about volleyball. It really gives you the feeling on how much care people put on their sports career and how badly they want to achieve in being a great player, even when you are in doubt that you may never become something due to your height or strength (Height would be for Hinata)
Whenever there may be a game or a tournament there would usually be much tension between the characters. It keeps you wondering what would be the teams next move. The amazement and surprisingly good twists they have to the show . The rivalries also are very well played out and it just makes you want to watch how it all plays out.
Oh boy lets also not forget the soundtrack and the art in general. All of haikyuu openings are on point and are amazing. Their songs fit the theme of the show really well. The sound effects and also the way the music plays out whenever their is tension is also really amazing.
Overall, this show is really well being a sports anime show. It's really amazing for how they play out their characters and how close they make their friendship. (Not That Gay) Their character development is also really well and I really love watching this show and the previous seasons.
So yeah watch the entire series (you wont regret it!!!)read more
"Haikyuu!!" is one of those series that you either find "eh, ok.." , or "GREAT!!".
I will let you guess which one I am as you read my review.
The third season of "Haikyuu!!", practically one match, is as simple as the one before, and the one before that one. Pretty straightforward stuff: If you enjoyed one season, you will enjoy the rest. If you didn't enjoy one season, you won't enjoy the rest either. No joke, the consistency of this series scares me.
Now, to get more in depth, while the story itself really isn't anything special; the rest makes up for it.
The art really screams that it's both a shounen, and a sports series. Very much like "Kuroko no Basuke", as it is made by the same studio.
The music, and overall the sound, isn't anything mind-blowing; the OST is really fitting the occasions, the sounds during the match (like the cheering, the squeaking of the shoes, the ball hitting the players' hands, etc.) are great, and the OP is quite to my likings.
Remember, when talking about the story, I said that the rest makes up for it? I mostly meant the characters. I don't think there's anyone who won't like at least one character from the show. They develop nicely, and have some non-obnoxious personalities that can be very relatable.
In the end, if you enjoyed the other 2 seasons, you will definitely enjoy this one as well!read more
Update: I originally planned to let this review be deleted once the series finished, since its role was only to inform the people interested in watching this season of Haikyuu during its airtime and to kill some of the hype as to diminish people being dissapointed that this season is at the same level of the previous seasons due to the amount of hype Haikyuu got from people who enjoy it where at this point won't care about its flaws, and its role was also to inform said people that Haikyuu has been consistent and it is a guarantee that it is at the same level of quality they've enjoyed so far. However, a friend cheered me on against deleting, so I've decided to update my thoughts on the series and present a more complete overview. There will be one more final edit once the series ends, based on how it ends, and then I'll remove any update notice completely.
As I've said, this season of Haikyuu was consistent in terms of what it has already presented so far. But I'd also like to note that due to its length and enviroments being pretty much stuck in one place in the same game, this season of Haikyuu will feel more like a long high budget OVA than a new season. It is a continuation of where it has left off previously, with the finals between Karasuno and Shiratorizawa, the match taking the entire length of the anime. There's no new story elements, and the character development that the characters got is now presented in how the characters evolved, especially a specific character. And just like the other matches of Haikyuu, the opponents are presented as well, with the series taking time to explain the motivation and strengths of most key characters in the team. The third season is pretty much the culmination of the character development as well as the presentation of the team of Shiratorizawa, and that's pretty much why the series is so long, and also why it feels like an OVA. It doesn't serve anything new or unexpected, but presents the facets of the series that its fans enjoyed, which is what I think the ideal OVA should be. And as a result of such I consider it to be good.
The match itself is fun, it presents Karasuno's versatility and willingness to try new things against a team that has honed their skills in a strong and consistent style to overpower their opponents. While this may make Shiratorizawa sound like a boring team, since this means that mostly Karasuno's players will try to make interesting outlandish plays, Shiratorizawa's team players all have different skills and capabilities, and its the presentation of those skills that is the entertainment value coming from that team, as the team also values individual talent and the ability to score, over necesarily having strong teamplay. So you'll have a player who's a very strong spiker, one who's a very strong blocker, and other such examples.
In terms of drama, I still think Haikyuu is a tad ridiculous, but it didn't really have the opportunity to be overlydramatic this season, because its main focus was a more subdued character in terms of presenting his development and that behaviour helping in relieving a bit of the overcompetitiveness that kinda bothers me in Haikyuu. The overlycompetitive nature of Haikyuu is mostly an issue of the former seasons, so I won't go on talking about it.
The animation is consistent and looks as good as it always did, but I assume the fact that they didn't really animate any other locations than two places is due to budget constraints. However, the animation didn't go on a downwards spiral in terms of quality, it's just as fluid and detailed as always. The OST from what I heard was recycled, so there shouldn't be any changes that should unnerve you. Even if there were changes and I'm wrong, I couldn't notice it, and as such, the OST is at least very similar in style and there shouldn't be any problem caused since it's the same thing.
To end things, I still think its likely that if you enjoyed Haikyuu, you will enjoy this season, and if you didn't, this season won't change your mind. I still don't believe that Haikyuu has either risen or declined in quality, and the reason it is well received is because its fans are being delivered the things it has had set up and the things it has prepared it for. Which any good series should know how to do and Haikyuu did. Just be aware of how much you've enjoyed the series so far before starting this season.read more
Sometimes when you look at a new season you find yourself despairing because all you see are a bunch of sequels to anime you've never seen. However I'm here to tell you that you should view this as a fantastic opportunity to catch up on all these anime you haven't seen before the new season begins!