May Contain Spoilers
This volume of Haikyu!! didn’t hold my attention as well as previous ones. I’m not sure if it’s because the volleyball match wasn’t as high energy, or if Hinata and Kageyama trying to convince two reluctant upper classmen to rejoin the team just didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat.
The theme of this volume would be “Please join the team!” Takeda has his work cut out trying to convince Ukai, the grandson of the successful former coach, to step up and help the team work on the basics that they lack. It’s only when he learns that the team will be playing an old rival that he agrees to take the position, at least until after the Golden Week training camp is over. The last day of camp will be celebrated with a practice match against Nekoma High School, another team that has fallen far from their glorious days as a highly competitive team.
Hinata and Kageyama have their work cut out for them as they tirelessly badger ace Asahi and brash libero Nishinoya to rejoin the team. Asahi is suffering from an overwhelming sense of self-doubt after having no success getting the ball through the defensive line in the last game he played. He feels that he let the team down, and that they are better off without him. Nishinoya refuses to play unless Asahi does, for much the same reasons. He feels that he let Asahi down by not saving the ball enough and giving Asahi the opportunity to bash the ball over the net. I really like Nishinoya. He’s passionate about the game, and is so so angry at Asahi for turning his back on it. He’s also shorter than Hinata, which is why he has concentrated all of his efforts into a defensive position.
Asahi is a tall and lean, making him the perfect wing spiker. He can really smash the ball around. What he can’t do right now is confidently take his position on the court. Hinata’s hero worship is both annoying and endearing; Asahi is everything that Hinata is not. Tall, laid back, and in possession of a massive spike. Hinata wants so badly to be like Asahi, and when Kageyama gets after him for spacing out during a match, he realizes that everyone on the team has unique skills that make them crucial to the success of the team. It was just ironic to hear Kageyama, who once thought he was the most important player on the court, lecture Hinata everyone pulling to together.
The next volume features the match with Nekoma, and I’m looking forward to that.
Grade: 3 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book
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?