It’s been over 18 months since I saw the first season of Haikyuu and within a few minutes of the first episode of the second season I wondered what had taken me so long to get back to it. I really fell for the first season and it’s impressive just how quickly the second season was able to get you back into the fray.
The experience of watching the second season was sizeably different to the first one. Where the first season focused on them having to pull a team together and, eventually, suffering a shattering loss at the end; the second builds on this defeat and we see the team training up to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Whilst I still have no idea of half of the volleyball terms being used, it’s amazing how much I have learnt about this sport through sheer osmosis. They can start talking about pinch servers, liberos and other positions and I actually know what they mean. I still haven’t quite gotten to grips with the different ‘tempos’, but I’m getting there. Still, it shows how this show has been able to disseminate enough information to help you enjoy the sport.
And here’s the thing, I really enjoy watching these volleyball matches. It’s not like the boxing in Hajime no Ippo where time is artificially elongated to make a match last multiple episodes, in Haikyuu they will skip large sections of the match because it won’t add to the story. As a viewer who is not really into sport, this editing helps a lot. It also helps with the tension that we’ve seen this team lose important matches, so you’re never quite sure of the direction an episode will take.
That is until the final few episodes as, given the title of the third season, you know how this has to end. Then again, if I was watching this live then I would have had no idea of the outcome and, despite being mostly certain of how the match would finish, I still found myself cheering at the TV like a bit of a loser.
Hopefully by the time this goes up we will know more about the elusive fourth season of Haikyuu, but until then I have the third season to watch… right after I finish The Ancient Magus’s Wife, Food Wars: Season 3, my re-watch of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and the other things I’m currently watching.