Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Manga Review: Haikyu!!, Volume 4, by Haruichi Furudate

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: October 2016
Volumes: 26+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Shoyo Hinata is out to prove that in volleyball you don't need to be tall to fly!
Ever since he saw the legendary player known as “the Little Giant” compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has been aiming to be the best volleyball player ever! He decides to join the team at the high school the Little Giant went to—and then surpass him. Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?

The training camp kicks off with a bang! Hinata and his teammates train their hearts out in preparation for the practice game against Nekoma, but they'll need to polish their receiving skills if they want to win. Then finally, after all their hard work, the moment they’ve all been waiting for arrives—the revival of the long-standing rivalry between the cats and the crows! And Nekoma’s starting setter looks vaguely familiar…


I read the first volume of this, and I wasn't all that impressed. I've been putting off reading more, and I skipped a couple volumes. So it surprises me how good this volume was.
It starts off a little iffy. I only know about three of the characters, and there are so many of them now. They're in the middle of practice, and getting ready to do a practice game with another school. Then the game starts, and the team is trying hard, and learning a lot about themselves and their own techniques.
I really liked seeing the similarities between the two teams, and the counterparts and friendships that seemed to have formed. The way they could be rivals on the court and then friends outside was nice. Kenma is an intriguing character, and I liked seeing the way Inuoka and Hinata played together.
The beginning of this volume was a bit boring to me, probably since I was thrown into the game so fast. Plus, a lot of the explanations about volleyball rules and whatnot is rather boring, but I'm not a sports fan, so I expected that. But later, when the game is really going and they're thinking and trying hard to get better and win the game, it actually got rather interesting, and I wanted to read more. I was surprised by how into it I got at that point.
I'm surprised, but I'm actually looking forward to reading the next one.

 A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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