Thursday, September 28, 2017

Manga Review: Haikyu!!, Volume 10, by Haruichi Furudate

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: April 2017
Volumes: 27+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 9. 11.

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?


We get some more practice games in at the beginning of the volume, and then there's a little break while they wait for the week long training camp. During this break, everyone on the team has started practicing different moves. They've all decided to improve their skills and they're pushing themselves and each other to do more. Kageyama and Shoyo have a confrontation where Kageyama has to accept what Shoyo is trying to do. We also see Asahi trying to get better, and even the back players are trying some new techniques.
Then the real training camp starts, and they get to try out those new moves with each other in a real game. And... it's not so great. Because they weren't really practicing these things with each other, and now they're all at different levels. It's actually quite funny to watch.
During this, we get to see that Tsukkishima is the odd one out—he doesn't care about volleyball. He doesn't think he's good, and he doesn't see the point in practicing like everyone else is doing. It's interesting to see his backstory, and to see him being pushed to do more.
I'm intrigued by all of the back stories we're seeing, and all of the dots that are being connected to the “Little Giant”s story. I'm wondering where that will go next.
I'm starting to really almost love this series. I can't wait to read the next one.

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