I really liked how this manga has such a realistic feel to it and how it can still give off this lighthearted vibe. It's nowhere as heavy as other sports shounen but still manages to convey the effort and feelings of the players.
Story - 10
I loved the story so far, how it's not just training-match-training-match and so forth but also focuses on the players and their quirks, you get to know each one quite a bit. Moreover, it's super funny without coming over as forced or insanely stupid so the humour is definintely a big plus as well.
Art - 9
It's not the best
I've ever seen but definitely fits the story, which is, in my humble opinion, way more important than it just looking pretty. Also, it makes the characters seem more alive, in a way, and adds a certain 'action' feel.
Characters - 10
There's one of every caliber which adds to the diversity of characters. The author really has a great feel for making characters clash and at the same time become great friends. It's hilarious at times, sentimental at others and always keeps the overall balance. I'm looking forward to future developments.
Overall, I rate this manga a 10 because all the factors above are making me enjoy it very much. It's a great read and I'd definitely recommend it not only to sports manga readers. Though you might enjoy it a bit more if you like volleyball/sports. ;))
After his horror manga Furudate-sensei changed genre to sport and while the prototype one-shot of Haikyuu still lacked "something" and it wasn't so well recieved (mostly by the "western" audience ) it got green on serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump and author took advantage of Haikyuu's potential to the fullest and created one of the most popular sport series in WSJ in years with addition of really well recieved anime.
The one who first looked as nemesis became biggest ally. Of course the path isn't so easy and takes time. And so by turn of fate our main duo (a promising
prodigy and quirky but high-spirited newbie) joins the same volleyball team. The team's goal is to become once again as famous as they were in past... While it is quite cliche proclaim in sport genre, it's overshined by characters. Their individual struggle, inside and also outside of the court feels quite realistic and really resembles a path of anyone who tried seriously doing a sport in school. With story progressing, we can see that even after some time, the team that come quite close to each other, still has it's own problems. Even if it is studing problems, sometimes low self-esteem, personal dispute or focusing on individual future. So step by step the team moves forward and while the path isn't easy, they won't give up (well you know, shounen sport manga :D) But...
One of the best part of this manga is the cast, there is a lot of different, unique characters and especialy their interactions with each other (often in very funny way). As the story goes on, aside from the main cast, which is expanding little by little, there also is vast variety of supporting characters, mostly from other teams. Thanks to experiences from matches, training,personal chalanges or even some common interests, the team bonds become stronger and after time some characters start to open up and develope. While we can see their growth, they still manage to keep their main quirks. We see a lot backstories, so it's easy to understand why are characters behaving as they are. It feels natural and it's fitting for sport manga stated in high school.
Artstyle is unique, and you can recognize author right away from it. On one hand it works nice with comedy aspect (author often uses funny visualizations of characters to lighten the mood) but when the atmosphere is serious, like in matches it is drawn really thrilling.
This manga is really enjoyable, especially for the characters and nice balance between comedy and sport. So if you are a fan of realistic sport manga, with a lots of humor, you should read this one ...
You're looking for a light sports manga? Then Haikyuu!! it is.
Story : Love the 'Your greatest enemy became your formidable ally' concept. The story starts out with a nice start. A young kid who wanted to play volleyball after he was amazed by an athlete performance on TV and wanted to be like him. The story was a bit slow-paced though, I'm not surprise if some people dropped the manga because its slow-paced. But I think the match was pretty well written and drawn that it covered the slow-paced. It's an 8/10.
Art : The art was outstanding. It was soft (for me, at least)
for a sports manga but it was well drawn. And when there's an unexpected situation or event, the art became even more outstanding and a pure perfection. The art was a 9/10.
Character : I love every character that have appeared in this manga so far. It was well drawn and their personalities were very interesting. From the duo main characters, to all of their team members, managers, the opposite teams and others. The mangaka also successfully wrote their interactions as well. Not to mention, the character development was a thumb up too!! It was a 9/10 for the characters.
Enjoyment : If you need a sports manga that was a light one, Haikyuu!! It is. As I read it thorough, this manga was very enjoyable. As I said before, the fact that the story was a bit slow-paced and more realistic, the match was well written and I couldn't forgot how amazed I was every time I read it. It was a 9/10.
Overall : It's an 8/10. This manga came out every once a week and the wait was worth it. I couldn't help but sometimes waiting impatiently for the new chapter to came out. I actually re-read Haikyuu!! couple of times already, but this manga never made me bored, no matter how I re-read it.
Haikyuu!!, a really fun and enjoyable manga. And anime as well. A friend recommended this one, and I grew more and more curious. After the first episode I was already hooked on the show. I started the manga only a little after I finished the anime, and I loved each line of it.
The story is really well-thought and all I can say is that it never makes me bored. Each match ends with a different outcome, and this is, in my opinion, a very difficult thing to do. Try thinking about how to end ten matches all in different ways. Every time, it made
me feel something different. I'm a little poetic right? But it's absolutely true. Then there's the fact that each character constantly evolves, evolves and makes himself stronger with his own hands. And every time the evolution is something... Really explosive. There's always competition and that's because "only the stronger can stay on the court longer".
The art is amazing and it's one of my favorites, because it represents human expressions well. And also the animals are done very well. I love how the magaka is able to draw the movements of even a single finger and to make each character different. The art truly shows the differences between every personality.
Overall, this is a true masterpiece, which completely defeats all of the other Sports Anime I ever watched. This is a must-watch for all of the action fans. I really recommend this manga.
this is one of my top manga that i never really tired reading it. if slam dunk like the masterpiece of sports manga, i think haikyuu is like a little brother that could surpass the big brother^^
i'm not a fan of sports manga because sometimes it gives that unrealistic moves like super kick and such, haikyu have such thing but they put it in realistic way that makes it looks cool and not awkward. i have zero interest in volleyball, but after reading this my perception of volleyball changed 100%. the story really easy to follow, a very heartwarming highschool life, the humour &
jokes fit for everyone, just perfect.
well at first the author draw the character quite detail but it changed a bit later on the series but it doesn't matter! it is still acceptable and the expression never fails me! the background always very well drawn, maybe because it's a sport manga it's quite hard to follow the character movement & motion, but still it's drawn very well that you'll understand if you really pay attention to the illustration ^^
at first glance i thought hinata was like the annoying idiot noisy lead character but after i find out about him, yes, he is simpleminded idiot and noisy but he is freakin damn cool. lots of sports manga character has this 'arrogance' feeling to want to be on top, but hinata is so innocent that you want him to reach the top..
and the way the author make kageyama a genius yet a gigantic innocent dork is really fresh, but still giving this cool-guy vibe in unique way. the rivalry between lead character gives this fresh feeling. almost all the supporting character has a good story and the character development is pretty well created as well!
it's a masterpiece, the manga & anime, i never really bored to re-read/re-watch because it always give this fresh energy! youthful and fun! the artwork is great, a light yet exciting vigorously story!
for you who needs refreshment and heartwarming story full of youth and man sweats it's highly recommended!
Here's the deal - Haikyuu seems to be one of the many newer sport-based series to appear. Volleyball however isn't really that interesting to depict in a manga - for anime it's so-so for the medium is more appropriate, but it's harder in manga.. Overall it's a good series with one major and few minor problems - the big one being pacing.
What I mean is - I was watching the anime(s) first and when I watched all that was available I continued from the manga (from around chpt 120), and for the remaining 71 chapters (read up to 191 at the time of writing)
the story advanced ONLY TWO GAMES.... Awfully slow... One game took about 50 chapters.. A year for a game.. lol.. Had I been waiting for a weekly chapter I probably would have dropped it...
For a more detailed review :
Story - 7/10 - It's good but nothing special/new. Kinda a sports manga/anime stereotype - MC with some qualities tries to improve through trials and tribulations... But too bloody slow, as mentioned above pacing is ridiculous... e.g - a set can take up to 10 (or even more) chapters, yet the following one ends in half a chapter?! WTF? You can't just create such a disparity, a huge battle in one and nothing in the other one, like it doesn't even matter?? And this happens multiple times...
Art - 6/10 - Sometimes it's impressive, other times I'm having great difficulty deciphering who's who in the panel... Also sometimes lacks detail, like it was drawn in a hurry...
Character - 7/10 (barely) - Nothing really spectacular here, characters are really one-dimensional though, very little growth and only for some characters etc - the first years do leave some sort of an impression but the older ones are all bland and uninteresting... Maybe this is 6/10, or even 5? No, there were a few situations when things got interesting, so it gets a 7/10... But don't get your hopes up..
Enjoyment - 7/10 - Well, it's a sport series with some humor and something happening most of the time.. The sometimes bad art and lack of story/character progression does hinder enjoyment quite a bit, but the series overall are still passable - I do recommend the anime more though, much easier to go through, though I doubt it will catch up any time soon...
I've been a Haikyuu!! fan for a pretty long time. I eventually decided to pick up the manga a year back, and I do not regret it. Even though I already knew the plotline due to being an anime only, I stuck through the chapters and it kept me engaged due to Furudate's genius paneling and art style.
As you read this manga, the characters grow on you, and you learn and develop with them. Furudate's building of character is amazing, they make all of the characters believable and they aren't afraid to throw in conflict to shape and mold these characters. There is a
lack of development for the second years (on Karasuno), but nothing is perfect. Furudate makes you sympathize with many characters, something that isn't easy to do. They utilize flaws and strengths, relationships and conflicts, goals and dreams, so that the reader has no choice but to relate and remember these characters. Not every character in this manga is crazily gifted or anything. There are ordinary people, people you can look at and understand--characters that are believable.
Not to mention the art style! Furudate's art style has evolved over the years and I can honestly say that it is probably one of my favorites. Their style has become more unique, and distinguishes Haikyuu!! from other mangas. The paneling in Haikyuu!! is gorgeous as well. Furudate lays out their pages in a way where you can sense the motion and flow of the matches. They use panels in many creative ways to set the mood or tone of the chapter.
Yes, Haikyuu!! is a manga about volleyball. However, it reaches beyond the sport itself. It shows the true meaning of teamwork and friendships. It establishes itself with its realistic plot line and believable characters. There isn't a single team in Haikyuu!! that feels flat. Every relationship has been carefully crafted with personality dynamics considered. Haikyuu!! is character driven, just as much as it is action driven. At first glnce it may seem shallow, but it is in fact the opposite. It deals with insecurity, friendships, and dreams. In conclusion, yes, Haikyuu!! is an amazing manga and anime.