Monday, September 4, 2017

Manga Review: Haikyu!!, Volume 7, by Haruichi Furudate

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: January 2017
Volumes: 27+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 6. 8.

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?


I took a little break since reading the previous volume, so I had to get back into the mood for volleyball. Since I'm also not a sports person, it took about half a volume for the excitement to kick back in.
We're still in the fight with Blue Castle, and it's intense. We end the first round and then the second round, and of course we're halfway through the third round when the volume ends. Though, I was getting so worked up at the end of the second round, that for a moment I forgot that it wasn't the end.
I love seeing all of the character development and relationship progress amidst the games. All of the Karasuno players are rather new and are still getting to know each other. It's nice seeing them come together to win, come to understandings and decide to move past problems. Especially Kageyama, who has to figure out how to play with all of his teammates that are not Hinata.
We also get to know each team they're fighting. We got some insight in the competition between Kageyama and Oikawa. It was also refreshing to see Oikawa's teammates giving him a hard time, and their acknowledging his fakeness. It was interesting to see how he got where he is now, though.
I'm hooked, yet again. I really can't wait to see how this game ends.

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