Thursday, April 5, 2018

Manga Review: Haikyu!!, Volume 19, by Haruichi Furudate

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shonen Jump (VIZ Media)
Release Date: January 2018
Volumes: 30+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 18. 20.

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! Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?


Karasuno is giving it their all against Shiratorizawa. I forgot for a period that these games are longer; and they really are. The players should be exhausted, but every time you think they'll get discouraged, they only get more determined and play harder.
We see Tsukki subtly calculating everything and taking what he can; Nishi is also getting the hang of Ushijima, and the team is learning how to maneuver his playing to their advantage. Even Shoyo starts something new over halfway through the game, when he gets angry and pumped and decides to block hard. It's fun seeing the team work around Shoyo's crazy, fierce playing, so that he can do it. The team works together so well, and brings all of them higher.
Every time I start a volume of this series, it only gets better and reminds me why I love it so much. The teams' enthusiasm is contagious, and it makes me excited and worked up with them. It's probably even more so in the anime.

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