Pinch server Shimodaira Kanna enters high school with the hopes of appearing regularly in volleyball matches even though he sucks at everything aside from serving. The club he enters has three other formidable first years. But that's not all, even the older members look like a strong team. Will he get his chance to shine?
This is easily the most underrated manga/anime I have seen. I have the honour of being the very few (300 is small ok) that have read this, and also have the honour of convincing the people seeing this to read it. If this starts to get popular and stays on this kind of quality, it could easily be one of the top known sports manga currently being published!
The story is like nearly any other school team sports story, a team that aims to win the biggest school tournament there is in their respective sport, and the journey they take to win it is the story. Nothing so far seems different from what I've just said, but there's only been just under 50 chapters so far, so I could be wrong. There's nothing wrong with this kind of story, I actually enjoy these kind of stories, which is why I'm giving the story an 8.
The art isn't anything special, but I like how the characters are drawn, which is most important part to me in reading a manga. Also, the scenes where something big happens in games are drawn very well.
For some reason, the main character is more appealing than most other MCs in sports manga/anime. He reminds me of Onoda from Yowamushi Pedal, except Shimodaira (the MC) feels more interesting to watch/read about. The supporting characters feel fleshed out enough for you to care about them, and I'm sure in later chapters they will have deeper background stories attached to them, as it's still a new manga. The thing that separates the characters from manga like this (Haikyuu!! mainly) is the fact the opposition and the main teammates (the first years and a couple of seniors) seem more appealing, mostly due to how they play and their personalities. The opponents are much more interesting than the opponents in "Haikyuu!!", mainly due to how they play.
Who doesn't like seeing the MC being underestimated, only to stun his opponents with his skill? Not only that, but the way in which the MC plays is also intriguing! His skill is serving, sounds boring right? However, the way in which he serves and beats his opponents is almost too enjoyable to see. So far the matches have been awesome, and seeing the disbelief on the opponents faces when they find out how truly strong Shimodaira is, really makes the manga enjoyable.
This is a must read if you enjoy sports manga. The only reason this isn't getting a 10 is because currently there's only 48 chapters, so it's still in the early stages of the story. I really hope soon enough this sports manga will be one of the most popular sports ones out there! An anime adaptation might boost its popularity but I feel we might have to wait a while for that to happen.
Please, please, please give it a try! If you decide to read it after seeing this, let me know what you think about it. Thanks for the reading! read more
Harigane Service is a manga that has a potential to be a mainstream sports manga title. I love the character development of the protagonist Kanna and I also love how the story progress. The only downside that I have in this manga is the slow updates but nevertheless, this is the first time that I read a manga that focuses on the pinch server and the mangaka really did its best to highlight the protagonist's role. All in all, its a good read and I hope that everyone who like Haikyuu or other sports anime can give this manga a go :)
An entertaining, slightly over the top volleyball manga. If Haikyuu!! is the gold standard then this is running second, though can still be very enjoyable.
It's still early on but there's been some intrigue built into the plot. Given that this is published monthly, I think that some parts that ran for a few chapters could have been condensed into 1 or 2 to keep the pacing moving along and interest up.
The action scenes are very well done and a highlight of the series. Most characters have a distinctive design and personality; some are more extreme than others and could be seen as annoying, but may grow on you.
There's an annoying tendency after just about anything happens for a reaction shot of the main character in the very next panel. It's as predictable as the "dramatic" sound drops on reality TV. Count how many times Shimodaira goes ":OOOOOOOOOOOOO" after a spike for yourself!
Overall, this is well worth reading if you're a fan of Haikyuu!! or sports manga in general.read more