Monday, July 3, 2017

Manga Review: Haikyu!!, Volume 5, by Haruichi Furudate

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: November 2016
Volumes: 26+
Spoilers?: No.
Buy it here: Amazon. Barnes and Noble. Book Depository. RightStuf (comes with extra gift!).
Volume: 1. 4. 6.

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?

Having lost all of their practice games against Nekoma, the cracks in Karasuno’s teamwork are more apparent than ever! With Inter-High qualifiers looming over them, Hinata, Kageyama and the rest of the team need to work hard to stand a chance. But with two of the prefecture's top four schools in their qualifier block, Karasuno’s chances look slim. How will they overcome this challenge when just thinking about their second opponent, Date Tech, makes Karasuno's ace, Asahi, tremble in fear?


Some of the in-between competition times, and some of the time at the beginning of the competition as everything is being explained, can be a bit boring for me. I don't really care much for the actual volleyball rules and techniques. Plus, the in-between time doesn't have very much character focus—it doesn't spend extra time outside of games to let the characters hang out and grow and get to know each other. Most of the focus is on the game and their skills progression. Which I actually don't mind.
The group gets to practice some more, they have two weeks to practice what they've learned from the practice game. And then they start on the inter-high competition. Karasuno's first round is against another small school, and though they give a good game, Karasuno wins. After the first game, I liked seeing how shocked Hinata is, because this is the first time he's won a game. At the same time as he's reflecting, we get to see how the loss is for the other team. We also get a small break to see how the girls' volleyball team is doing, and how they might be getting some inspiration from the overly optimistic boys' team.
The second round is against a team that Karasuno lost against the school year before, which certain members are still upset about. It's nice to see how the team works together in order to make up for it, especially for Asahi. Even though the team is still learning and getting to know each other, they do work well together. They are becoming a solid team.

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

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