Friday, November 24, 2017

Manga Review: Haikyu!!, Volume 14, by Haruichi Furudate

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: August 2017
Volumes: 28+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 13. 15.

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?

It’s the middle of the quarterfinal round of the Spring Tournament qualifiers, and Karasuno’s captain, Daichi Sawamura, is injured! With their most reliable player out of the game, the only one who can replace him is...Chikara Ennoshita?! This volume also includes the bonus one-shot chapter “Nisekyu!!”—a collaboration with the author of Nisekoi!


Daichi is out of the Wakunan game, and it shows how much each of them depends on each other. Aside from that, we get to see Shoyo do some crazy fast moves on the court. It's impressive, and yet he still doesn't think he's on level with the Little Giant.
Aside from that, it's sweet to see how badly all of them want to try and do better, for each other and the team and for themselves. How they give each other the chance to try again and again, even if they mess up. And how, even when one team loses, we get to see them mourn it and feel determined to do better next time and to try again.
At the end of the volume, we get a fun little cross-over chapter with Nisekoi, and that was great. It was fun to see how well they worked together, and the camaraderie that formed, even when Nisekoi has a much more exaggerated style of action/fighting. It was fun.
I love this series. I'm looking forward to reading more.

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