Manga Review: Haikyu!! V 13 by Haruichi Furudate

May Contain Spoilers

Hinata really needs to stay out of the restroom before the start of games. Every time he goes he is confronted by a player from another team. It’s a scary, scary place for him, especially when he’s fighting his pre-game nerves. This pre-game confrontation features players from several teams and was absolutely hilarious. 

Karasuno’s opponent this time around is Johzenji. Johzenji’s motto is “Play harder than anybody on the court,” and they think they are party animals. Well, volleyball party animals. They have an unorthodox way of playing, and it throws Karasuno off their game. Johzenji’s players are like a bunch of individual cogs that spin around and somehow work together to get the job done. They lack discipline, though,  and this occasionally trips them up. Kageyama and Hinata have a hard time getting a handle on how to play against them. When Kageyama gets hurt in the first set, they both get pulled from the game. Poor HInata – quivering on the sidelines instead of leading the charge on the court!

The game against Johzenji was fun. The illustrations were full of energy, which made the game seem even more exciting. All of the Karasuno players get to make incredible plays, which Johzenji just shrugged off.

Next up is Wakutani Minami. Wakunan is a more disciplined team. They are well prepared for the match, and aren’t fazed at all by Kageyama and Hinata’s quick set. After Daichi is dramatically injured, it looks like curtains for Karasuno! And since Daichi is one of my favorite characters, it was doubly dramatic! Poor Daichi!!!

Grade: 4.24 stars

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About the book:

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?
Karasuno fights their way through the preliminaries and wins, earning them a spot in the October Qualifier Rounds of the Spring Tournmanet. Their first opponent is a team of partiers from Johzenji whose motto is “play hard”! They’re a highly unorthodox team that improvises crazy attacks on the fly, leaving Karasuno baffled on how to counter them!