Manga Review: Haikyu!! V 18 by Haruichi Furudate @shonenjump

May Contain Spoilers

The pressure is on! If Karasuno can’t stop Shiratorizawa, they are going to get knocked out of the Spring Tournament, and their dreams of going to Nationals will be over. Shiratorizawa is a powerhouse, with the huge playmaker Ushijima driving the team. Will Karasuno be able to adjust their techniques to make it through the match?

Right now, things are looking a little grim for Karasuno. Shiratorizawa is comprised of gifted players, all of them hand picked by their grumpy old coach. He only cares about winning, and he thinks it’s foolish to use flashy plays with high school students. The tried and true are all he believes in, which led to friction between the older Ukai. Now that his grandson is running the show, Coach Washijo doesn’t think too highly of his strategies. He’s also a yeller, and when he gets frustrated by his players, he lets loose. Glad this guy isn’t my coach.

Every single player on Karasuno has the opportunity to have a great play, and I enjoyed their moments of triumph, however brief they may have been. Tsukishima is fast becoming a favorite, and when the chips are down, he gets to deliver a few stings to the overly confident Shiratorizawa front line. Every time he did, I gave a little cheer.  He went from being a complete PITA to a guy I really like.

Kagayama keeps getting stuffed, and Hinata’s quick stunts aren’t helping much in the short term. Karasuno is like a swarm of gnats, though, and their inability to back down is wearing away at Shiratorizawa. I am now caught up in the series, and it’s going to be an agonizing wait for the next volume!

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy provided by publisher

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

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