Manage Review: Haikyu!! V7 by Haruichi Furudate

May Contain Spoilers

The battle between Karasuno and Aoba Johsai continues! And it may shock you, but it doesn’t end in Volume 7, either! I love the never-ending battles in shounen manga, be it cooking battles, board game battles, battles to the death, or my new favorite – VOLLEYBALL battles! I still don’t understand the rules of the game, but the tension is ratcheted up so high that all I needed to know was that Karasuno has their work cut out for them if they want to progress in the Inter-High Tournament!

Kageyama has been benched for losing his focus, finally allowing 3rd year Sugawara some court time. I love Sugawara. What a positive, cheerful guy. All he wants to do is play, but he knows that Kageyama has more natural talent than he does. What Sugawara excels at is motivating his teammates and getting them to work together, and to work together harder, than Kageyama can. Right now, Kageyama’s biggest cross to bear is his ego. He thinks he has to carry the team, and that he’s ultimately responsible for their victory or defeat, and it takes away from his sharpness. Sugawara has no such illusions. He knows that there are six guys out there, and they all have to give their all or they are going to lose.

While he was sitting on the bench, Sugawara was getting a feel for Blue Caste’s strengths and weaknesses. Taking his observations out on the court, and getting his guys  in sync, he turns the momentum back around. Being a more seasoned player, he also gives Kageyama a good example of how a team leader is supposed to act. You have to have faith in your teammates, or they won’t have faith in themselves.

This was a fun volume. Kageyama has to take a long, hard look at his own faults. He needs to learn to communicate with the other players on his team, and he needs to learn to respect them and they ability to play. Up until this point, he hasn’t done that. Hasn’t even come close. After being forced to watch both Sugawara and rival setter Oikawa, the light bulb goes on. Maybe not spotlight bright, but he realizes that he needs to be a leader, not a volleyball prodigy who thinks he can carry the entire team on his talent alone. I’m looking forward to Volume 8!

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

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?