An intense battle rages on at the Tokyo Qualifiers for the three remaining spots in the national volleyball competition. Nekoma High School, Fukurodani High School, Nohebi Academy, and Itachiyama Academy all passionately strive to participate in the tournament. Despite various issues on the court, Nekoma especially wishes to prove they are worthy of moving on to the national level.
As the teams aim to secure their place by overcoming both their opponents and their own weaknesses, the Tokyo Qualifiers determine which teams will reign victorious and join the national competition.
Imagine your first review on MAL being about Haikyuu can't get better than this.
Anyway these OVA's were in my opinion pretty enjoyable to watch, even though it was pretty short it just worked. And like its Haikyuu so it was bound to be good.
These are basically the events that happened, before the 4th season of Haikyuu. So I guess you could say it is important to watch.
We follow Kenma and his team play a match against Fukurodani. And well that was pretty entertaining to see I sure laughed a lot. Especially because of one of my favorite characters (Bokuto).
I won't really spoil
what teams went through so I would really recommend watching it yourself.
The art style was pretty good, I felt there were some times it was a little worse than normal. Not saying that it was bad just a little different then let's say Season 3. But still very good. Some moments were truly beautiful.
I also liked the characters a lot, I really liked what they did with a "certain" player to show that he should not be underestimated. And in my opinion, what makes Haikyuu in general so great is the characters most of them are all unique and so likable. So yeah can't complain.
The sound was pretty good just like always, Haikyuu never disappoints in this factor.
So in conclusion, I would say watch this before you start with Season 4, so you can get hyped up for upcoming matches. It does not take very long so its really worth it.
Alright, listen, I understand that I can't expect a perfect ten out of a couple of episodes, but if I left it at that, what would there be to review? So, I'm gonna go over why these OVA episodes could've done a bit better regardless of the fact that they were still awesome.
With Haikyuu!! I'm used to experiencing amazing scores of music because that's what the standard has been so far. During these episodes, though, I don't know that I necessarily felt that. The music didn't hit me like it has in the past, which is unfortunate. Similarly, the voice acting wasn't quite as
familiar as I thought it would be. There wasn't much by way of shouting during the games like they normally do. There were still some awesome musical moments, too, when there was a chance. Art-wise, Haikyuu!! has one of the best styles in all of anime. I did feel like the movement of the characters during serves or jumps were a bit choppy for some reason, which struck me as weird since Haikyuu!! is usually really good at that, but it didn't bother me that much.
There isn't much to say about the story. It's very much an in-and-out type set of episodes. There isn't any extra information given because these episodes are really only here to serve the purpose of showing us the outcome so that we know what's going on heading into the fourth season. That isn't a bad thing at all, though I do wish these episodes were able to provoke a bit more emotion than they ended up doing. Since these OVA episodes had to cram a whole lot of manga material into two episodes, it makes sense that it felt a bit rushed. Another thing Haikyuu!! is typically good with is immersing the audience in the game that's on screen, but since so much happened in these two episodes, they weren't able to do that. Does it really matter? No. Like I said, the outcome is more or less all that matters in these episodes, but I was still hoping these matches would've been represented a little differently.
Whatever, I'm just pumped to be back in this story. I'll see you at the end of next season!
Don't pass by them ! You should watch them before beginning the S4 ! Yes it's not Karasuno, and it's not the main characters, and that's why it's interesting. It's basically the story of two Nekoma team matches , on their way to the nationals. So, the major part of the OVA is playtime. But that's not all, the true goal of these episodes is to develop the characters from Nekoma, their personal side, but also their relationship with the other members of the team, and also with their enemies like Fukurodani. We also meet a new team, the Nohebi team. It's not the most
interesting team in the manga, and personally I didin't really like their game methods, but the match was still interesting and we learn a lot about them in the two episodes.
Haikyuu is still a beautiful anime for me. There is no change with the anime, and like in it, we have some beautiful moments, during certain actions like spike or blocks for the example.
Not a lot to say about it here, it's basically the same sound as in the anime. I would like to have maybe more original music during the matches for the OVA.
I think it's the most interesting part of these two OVA. We can learn a lot about the Nekoma's player, and the Nohebi team, and their relationship. That's why I think that these two OVA are musn't be avoided : they allow us to understand better the motivations of the characters to win, and to go more and more beyonds their limits, why they are fighting. But they also involve certain characters questionning about their way of playing, and how they can improve it, ourselves, and with their other teammates.
It's true that it's a little bit less interesting than the main plot, but these two OVA are still a good entertainment, and for me, could have been in the actual anime.
For anyone who's planning on watching season four of Haikyuu!!, I would suggest (and recommend) watching this two-episode OVA special to get back into the groove of Haikyuu!!, and to get hyped up for 'Haikyuu!!: To the Top' as it's been over 3 years now since season 3 last aired.
There wasn't much added to the story since there are only 2 episodes and that this focused on the two games in the qualifiers. There weren't many key moments (mainly being a certain person's injury, not naming names, and who qualified for the tournament). You could probably mistake this for a filler episode(s) if you think
too much on it.
The animation for this was quite good, as there were some scenes where the art and animation quality were at a higher standard than usual, however, don't get your hopes up on expecting any groundbreaking, internet-breaking sakuga, since this was an OVA, not a 1/2-cour series (where most of the attention and production is currently). It's what you would expect of Haikyuu!!, which is still good.
The soundtrack was very good, we get to hear some of season 4's OST, which will hopefully turn out great and will be put to good use. Haikyuu!!'s soundtrack is always great, so there's no complaints in the sound department.
Since this is a special focusing on two games with three different teams, we get to see the interactions between the characters in focus. We get introduced to a bunch of new characters with new/similar personalities and different playing styles. There were some good comedic moments alongside some flashbacks and internal monologue scenes which helped further a few characters' development - the usual stuff you'd see in sports anime.
Overall, I quite enjoyed this OVA, as it's done its job of hyping me up for the new season of Haikyuu!! There are some things you need to take away from watching this, mainly the new characters and the two teams that qualified as the representatives for the tournament. If you're a fan of Haikyuu!! and you want some more content to watch, or to get ready for the upcoming season, I would recommend watching this.