I almost forgot I haven’t posted my Haikyuu S4 anime review. Lol.
Haikyuu S4 or more formally known as Haikyuu!! To the Top, is the latest season of the franchise. I got the chance to watch this series weekly last Winter season. It was, after all, one of the animes I most anticipated to watch this year.
Now, for my review.
After their triumphant victory over Shiratorizawa Academy, the Karasuno High School volleyball team has earned their long-awaited ticket to nationals. As preparations begin, genius setter Tobio Kageyama is invited to the All-Japan Youth Training Camp to play alongside fellow nationally recognized players. Meanwhile, Kei Tsukishima is invited to a special rookie training camp for first-years within the Miyagi Prefecture. Not receiving any invitations himself, the enthusiastic Shouyou Hinata feels left behind.
However, Hinata does not back down. Transforming his frustration into self-motivation, he boldly decides to sneak himself into the same rookie training camp as Tsukishima. Even though Hinata only lands himself a job as the ball boy, he comes to see this as a golden opportunity. He begins to not only reflect on his skills as a volleyball player but also analyze the plethora of information available on the court and how he can apply it.
As the much-anticipated national tournament approaches, the members of Karasuno’s volleyball team attempt to overcome their weak points and refine their skills, all while aiming for the top! (MAL)
I’ll be honest, out of all the seasons in this franchise, this one takes the cake for being the weakest in terms of intensity and hype. However, when it comes with character development? It’s all what I ask for.
All through out the season, we got to see Hinata and Kageyama grow in front of our eyes. Kageyama on All-Japan Youth Training Camp, while Hinata along with Tsukishima on a special training camp. Though the latter (Hinata) wasn’t able to “play” much.
The training camp arcs pretty much used up the majority of the first half of the series. Not that I’m complaining, after all, the main characters need this “sort-of break”, for them to be better in their craft. And damn, they achieved it.
I especially loved Hinata’s growth all through out the arc, as we not only see him struggle, we also got to see him adapt and implement his new “knowledge” of volleyball to his playing. And that development can be seen in the 2nd half of the series.
Kageyama, on the other hand, had more subtle development compared to the orange-head. The whole time, we see him trying to adapt and catch up to his amazing peers on Youth camp, we don’t really know more much of his thoughts, until the the 2nd half of the series. I have no problem with this kind of growth pattern as I was able to catch on to it.
I don’t think this series would end without highlighting some of the supporting characters too. We got to see some backstory of the volleyball team’s manager and resident beauty, Shimizu Kiyoko, Tanaka’s blooming romance, and the 3rd year’s past. Alot of the new characters were also given some spotlight, especially the upcoming rivals of the Karasuno volleyball team.
This new season of Haikyuu not only gave us new content to devourer, we also get to see an upgrade in terms of character designs and animation. On surface level, the difference between the old and new art is not really visible, but you’ll be able to catch on to the changes. It’s like the characters, for some point, “matured” with their new look.
And I am not complaining.
After all, this season pretty much was about growth, so the new look fits well.
Okay, for the music, I actually enjoyed listening to them. Watching the series weekly made me like the OP and ED more than I expect it to be. The OP fits well with the mood and feels of the season, while the ED grounds the series and ends every episode on the right note.
Overall, this season wasn’t bad.
Yes, I did say that this new series seemed weak compared to its predecessors, but it’s understandable. This kind of season is needed to set up the anime for greatness.
And definitely, I am quite excited for the next season now after seeing this one.
Hi guys! Sirius here.
This is a random update on my blogging. You guys might’ve notice my long and random postings by now. I do hope you guys understand, my work pretty much occupied my weekdays and I am also having a hard time finding time for me to write stuff on weekends.
Yeah, life has been hectic recently. Still, I will continue to try and post as much as I can.
Anyway, this has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading 😀