Thursday, October 26, 2017

Manga Review: Haikyu!!, Volume 12, by Haruichi Furudate

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: June 2017
Volumes: 28+
Spoilers?: Yes.
Volume: 1. 11. 13.

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?

Thanks to their practice games with Tokyo’s powerhouse teams, Karasuno now has a whole new arsenal of weapons at their disposal. Hinata and Kageyama’s new quick set is also starting to come together! When the Spring Tournament preliminaries begin, Karasuno has high hopes of turning all their past frustrations and losses into victories!


I love how the rivalry is played out in this series. When they first meet a new team, some of them just instantly turn into thugs, and I love it. Shoyo gets super intense sometimes, and it's intimidating. But then, on the other hand, they also form such close camaraderie and friendships through the rivalry; even as they work hard to win, they also appreciate the other team and understand them.
In this volume, the prelims start. The first round is rather easy for Karasuno, but it's nice to see a smaller team attempt to get their enthusiasm back and try until the very end. Even when it's a short game, there's inspiration to be had there.
Next, they go up against a team featuring a giant, a guy who is 6'7”. This team puts up a bit more of a fight, but Karasuno works hard to make it even. And after that, there's an interlude for more practice. More practice games and more technique refining. The next volume will be the start of the real spring tourney, and it should be good.
I can't wait.

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

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