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(✿◠‿◠) Anime!!! – Haikyuu!! Second Season

List Item:  Watch the 100 best anime TV series
Progress: 33/100Title: Haikyuu!! Second Season
Episodes Aired: 25
Year(s): 2015-16

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.

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(✿◠‿◠) Anime!!! – Haikyū!!

Two weeks later and this is no longer a wrist problem, but my whole right arm and shoulder. The dictated reviews shall continue on.

List Item:  Watch the 100 best anime TV series
Progress: 9/100Title: Haikyū!!
Episodes Aired: 25
Episodes Watched:
25
Year(s): 2014

If you had told me when I started on this list that I would become fan of sport anime… I would have looked at you with a bemused expression. Now that I have seen Haikyū!! I am beginning to wonder how many great series I missed out on over the years.

The dynamics of a sports anime is very different to sports film; for one thing you have longer to focus on character development rather than relying on tired stereotypes. Also thanks to the magic of animation you can spend longer on shots and individual plays and so attribute extra meaning to every success and mistake.

I only have Cross Game to compare with, so it will be a while before I am able to provide actual insight into the genre. However, I’m really think that I liked Haikyū!! over Cross Game. Main reason? I felt a greater sense of support for this volleyball team.

The genius behind Haikyū!! is that this team is far from perfect. In Cross Game the focus was on two near unbeatable players with the others as they support cast. Here no one is faultless. Everyone makes mistakes at important moments in the match. And the main two characters, while so clearly destined for great things, get it wrong quite a lot of time. This makes the team not only more relatable, but a lot more fun to support.

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In the first episode I was slightly underwhelmed by the quality of the animation. To be perfectly honest I was actually rather creeped out by some of the faces. Especially Hinata whose wide eyes made me feel slightly nervous. I utterly fell for the character very quickly due to his incredible energy and sheer determination. I also slightly fell for Tsukishima, but that will be he reminds me of someone I had a crush on when I was a lot younger.

The second season of Haikyū!! is also on the list with a third to follow in October. Because I done to sports animes in a row I will be going for something different now. However, the second season will be watched very soon so I can watch the third season as it happens. Fantastic series.