Manga Review: Haikyu!! V 20 by Haruichi Furudate @shonenjump

Contains Spoilers

Yeow! This is another volume that is all volleyball, all the time! After a nail-biter of a 4th set, the Miyagi Prefecture qualifier round finals advance to a fifth and final set. Tsukishima is hurt from deflecting missiles hurled at him from Shiratorizawa, and is taken to the infirmary. Kageyama is exhausted from unrelenting play. With Sugawara subbing as the setter, there’s a new dynamic to the team. Can they use it to their advantage and pull out a surprise victory?

Wah! I really like Tsukishima now, and with him out of the set, possibly for the rest of the match, I am crying. He’s so cool and logical with his blocking, and he’s trying to not let Tendo bug the snot out of him. Tendo has a gift of intense irritation. He targets pretty much everyone on the other team and pick, pick, picks until he gets under their skin. Tsukishima was holding up to his jabs, and sending a few zingers back his way, when he gets hurt. Boo!

Kageyama, needing a break, is benched. Sugawara has big shoes to fill when he’s subbed in. Sugawara is another likable guy. He works hard, tries to keep morale up, and fights his own doubts. He has a lot of self-doubt here. He realizes that his fear of failure is holding him back, so he finds the courage to just let go. He makes some amazing plays, botches a few, and is really maturing as a player. Too bad it’s his last year!

The heat is on between Hinata and Ushijima. Wow! Ushijima does not like Hinata. He’s taken aback because Hinata isn’t the most skilled player on the court. Technically, he’s probably one of the least skilled. His lack of technical skills, though, are more than made up for in his fervor to play. He is athletic and doesn’t recognize his limitations. Gravity and his lack of height mean nothing to Hinata. Ushijima doesn’t understand that, and his lack of understanding makes him uncomfortable. I can hardly wait for the next volume when things come to a head between the two of them.

The action is non-stop here, and the pain, sweat, and frustration are clearly telegraphed through Furudate’s frantic panels. I still don’t like volleyball, I still don’t understand much about the game, but this manga is an absolute blast to read!

Grade: 4.25

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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