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Poll: Haikyuu!!: Riku vs. Kuu Episode 1 Discussion

Jan 10, 2020 11:48 AM

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The first match between Nekoma and Fukurodani wasn't as intense as I though it would be but it was still great. Bokuto was too good.

Nekoma's second opponent were so annoying with their tactics.

Lev's sister is hot.

Jan 10, 2020 12:01 PM
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Interesting match just like expected. It's not looking good for Nekoma though, that's unfortunate.
Jan 10, 2020 12:43 PM

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Been a while since Haikyuu, glad to see the animation is still living up.

Then again, Production IG is in their zone with sports anime
Jan 10, 2020 12:50 PM

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Man I love Bokuto, he's definitely one of my favorites.

Jan 10, 2020 12:50 PM

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being a manga reader, I'm really disappointed how this match got handled.
this is supposed to be like seijoh vs karasuno.
they rushed a lot of stuff and the whole game wasn't nearly as entertaining as it was in the manga, no tense, no excitement whatsoever.

nonetheless watching it being animated is still better than nothing. but you can't squeeze 5 chapters in 3/4 of the episode.
Jan 10, 2020 1:09 PM
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Bokuto really is my favourite Haikyuu character!
Jan 10, 2020 2:28 PM

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can't help but laugh every time Lev is getting teased by everyone. YAKUUUUU is so cool as always ;-;
The matches were too fast I think??? It wasn't as entertaining as it looked like in the manga just like what Zeke-frost also said above!!
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Jan 10, 2020 2:30 PM
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Everything feels unimportant,rushed and the music doesn't really fit the tone of the episode.

Bokuto is one of my favorite characters so I'm happy to see him again, I just hoped everything felt bigger and more epic.

The animation is fine, I kinda love the new artstyle, it reminds a lot of the manga.
Overall it was a good episode, I'm glad Haikyu is back.
Jan 10, 2020 4:21 PM
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Funny watching Lev get baited Bokuto was so silly sometimes for a great player
Jan 10, 2020 4:28 PM

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I cannot put into words how good and nostalgic it feels to have Haikyuu back. Time to put all these other phony sports anime to shame.
Jan 10, 2020 4:32 PM

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Would’ve been nice if this got extended but it for me hyped none the less

The end of the ep oh dear
Jan 10, 2020 4:48 PM

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This might end up the highest rated OVA in a long time.
Jan 10, 2020 4:55 PM
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陸VS空 is pronounced Rika verses Sora. So why does the MAL title say Kuu? Alternative reading??
Jan 10, 2020 7:41 PM

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You know it's gonna be an incredible experience when you get fired up mere minutes into the show as the soundtrack starts playing.

This was just too awesome, I'm so happy to have Haikyuu back after 3 years. Let's go!
I do wish this had more production value into it as it felt like some parts were skipped but it's still great.
Jan 10, 2020 8:22 PM

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idealtoy said:
陸VS空 is pronounced Rika verses Sora. So why does the MAL title say Kuu? Alternative reading??

Yep, I think it's more common in the Tokyo dialect, fitting considering the teams playing.
Jan 10, 2020 9:00 PM
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Jan 10, 2020 9:31 PM

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I love how Bokuto managed to forget how to cross spike. Weakness 37 lol
Jan 10, 2020 9:37 PM

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Bokuto the goat lol. Thou the first match was pretty normal. The second match is amusing and it just got really interesting now that Yaku got hurt. Time for Lev to show his stuff I guess. Also both of the sisters are great.
Jan 10, 2020 10:37 PM
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"Hei, hei, hei" that's what I hate, but missed from Bokuto 😆

My favorite player is, of course from Karasuno team, Tsukishima Kei.. but I really like the dynamic of Bokuto and Akaashi. Been a long time since I saw Kuroo too! 😍

I haven't read the manga yet, but I'm pretty satisfied with the first episode of the OVA. Although, I hope the episode could be added so the story won't feel like it is rushed 😃
Jan 10, 2020 10:38 PM

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idealtoy said:
陸VS空 is pronounced Rika verses Sora. So why does the MAL title say Kuu? Alternative reading??

it's because;
空can also Mean Kuu as a On Yomi (when it is with other kanji that makes a word in the language like in No Game no Life - Kuuhaku, Space [空白])
and it is not Rika, it is Riku (陸) such as in Sports anime, the Infamous Track-Field Club (陸上部 - Riku Jou Bu)

hence, Riku vs Kuu!
Jan 11, 2020 12:54 AM

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KajiKaji's character's team trying hard to fight against the opponent team.

The new comer is being nervous?

It seems like the main player of the opponent team (Kimura-san's character) is tennen?

They were able to advance to next match.

That next opponent has shady personality it seems. A member got affected.
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Jan 11, 2020 5:47 AM
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Well liked the first much hype...glad that two episodes came together
Jan 11, 2020 9:01 AM

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It's been 3 years since I last watched Haikyuu. I feel refreshed after watching this ep xD

But poor Yaku :(

Jan 11, 2020 11:28 AM

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I've gotta say even tho I'm not really invested in these two teams much...
the music for this series and the whole sound design is top notch, it's rlly good and I'm glad Haikyuu is back
Jan 11, 2020 3:01 PM

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I love Bokuto and Akaashi so much.

This isn't bad at all, but still pretty disappointing compared to the manga. Just too condensed, I suppose.
I'll see how next episode is but this will certainly be the first piece of Haikyuu!! content that I don't give a 9 or 10/10 to.
Jan 11, 2020 4:05 PM

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Amazing 9/10 episode
Jan 11, 2020 4:09 PM

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loeyeol said:


It was great but also made me uneasy since Nekoma and Fukurōdani are two of my favorite teams. I didn't want to have to pick who I wanted to win.

An empty head full of flowers.
Jan 12, 2020 6:30 AM

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Nekoma lost but they still have a shot a nationals?? ughh. I'm so confused
Jan 12, 2020 6:46 AM

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bokuto sounds like hard gay when he says hey hey hey

Pyoung said:
Nekoma lost but they still have a shot a nationals?? ughh. I'm so confused

pretty sure there's 3 qualification slots for their region because its tokyo.
Jan 12, 2020 7:07 AM

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Tyestor said:
bokuto sounds like hard gay when he says hey hey hey

Pyoung said:
Nekoma lost but they still have a shot a nationals?? ughh. I'm so confused

pretty sure there's 3 qualification slots for their region because its tokyo.

After Watching the second episode I get it now but that's really something they should have explained at the beginning sheesh
Jan 12, 2020 11:41 AM

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Didn't like how rushed the Nekoma vs. Fukurodani match was. They were competing for a spot in the Nationals yet there barely was any tension.

That said, it's still Haikyuu!! and I tend to love everything this series releases but I wish this side story wasn't that condensed.
Jan 12, 2020 12:36 PM

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My little Kenma and Bokuto are back, I'm so happy! But I have to agree that the match felt a bit rushed. Nonetheless, this is still better than nothing.

On the other hand, Nekoma's second rival has quite a nasty technique to distract their opponent. I'm not really fond of that to be honest.(︶^︶)
Jan 12, 2020 3:51 PM
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[quote=Usopp8000 message=58944877]
idealtoy said:

and it is not Rika, it is Riku (陸)

hence, Riku vs Kuu!

Thanks. Spell correct tried to fix that one. I usually catch them but missed this time.
Thanks for the insights.
Jan 12, 2020 4:53 PM

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Interesting match just like expected
Jan 13, 2020 7:24 AM

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mmmmy god, the way i missed this show and the guys ;n; last part was intense af
Jan 13, 2020 3:05 PM

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This episode did not have a lot of intensity. But it was still fun to watch!
Jan 14, 2020 4:38 PM

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Wahhhh I like Nekoma and Fukurodani, I root for them! I love them since the training arc, they help team Karasuno a lot! ❤️

Ehh??! Fukurodani win?! I love them too but Nekoma still have a chance to play at Nationals right?! I'm waited too long for Karasuno x Nekoma fight!

Nohebi is annoying! Why Nekoma is weak now? ;(
Jan 14, 2020 10:17 PM

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im disappointed at how rushed it was tho :(( SEEING MY FAVS AGAIN COMPENSATES IT THO
Jan 15, 2020 5:43 AM
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The director seems don't have none experience with action scenes. I doesn't felt any excitment while seen the spikes and defense like the others maches in all Haikyuu. I really expect the 4 season isn't like the Ova
Jan 15, 2020 3:08 PM

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well, yh I expected to be more epic like karasuno vs seijo in second season but damn good still :3 fukurodani was really strong didn't think nekoma would have so bad time but after their won very clearly, love the white jersey of nekoma and fukurodani so cool damn i really love this series, better animation, soundtrack etc nice job production ig, to the top promises to be good, hype.

masterpiece gfx by nate ジ

Jan 23, 2020 9:58 AM

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That captain Daisho is showing such a good example for his teammates... How good would tease do? Nothing! It will break someone's spirit and creates pressure for a team so it will loose the game :/ not cool! And that look shows he's searching for a target to tease and bring someone down. Such a troublemaker and I'm already disliking a character. Good grief!

I can't believe Kenma stabbed Lev while saying he's not near Shoyo's level XD At least he gave strenght and it wasn't that bad in the end ;)

Great episode!

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Feb 4, 2020 12:24 PM

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This was a bit underwhelming, had to pause and rewatch for a bit cause I missed how suddenly they started playing another team, lol.

I watched all the movies recently so it shouldn't feel so distant to me but the match was really mostly lost on me. Not much hype as with usual Karasuno matches.

It was good to see Haikyuu again though, still hyped for the new season.
Mar 7, 2020 1:27 AM

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The first match seemed so normal I guess Haikyuu isn't Haikyuu without intensity and cool osts and great camera angles.
Apr 5, 2020 12:08 AM

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Goddamn i forgot who these characters were
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Apr 9, 2020 12:20 AM

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Omg, they don't need an injury now.
Aug 18, 2020 9:59 PM
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I did not like this, 6/10.

It just felt rushed. You didn't even get into the meat of the first match before you're already playing the second one? And they're in some type of losers bracket? I thought if you lost you were out?

It felt like parts of two incomplete episodes glued together to make one. It lacked a good transition between them to make it flow better.

I thought Lev was a better player than that. He was pretty awful.

Maybe I don't like the "other" teams enough to watch an OVA about them without the Crows also involved. Or, maybe, if it was just produced better I would've liked it even without the Crows? Idk.
Aug 25, 2020 10:22 PM
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bokuto is so hot....he has a great body & lmfao @ how ditzy he is


also that text hinata sent to kenma LOL I LOVE THEM, so that's what kenma replied to in the last episode of s3

but i’ll probably remember over and over again
you were there and everyone else was there
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