Manga Review: Haikyu!! V 16 by Haruichi Furudate @shonenjump

May Contain Spoilers

The slug-fest between Karasuno and Aoba Johsai continues! With the team behind and things looking grim, Yamaguchi begs for a chance to redeem himself. He’s been practicing his jump floater for weeks, and he’s ready to try it in a game. Will he cave under the pressure again?

No! He won’t! Yamaguchi, looking like a whole new character, confident, aggressive, determined, preps himself to deliver a damaging jump floater across the net. And guess what? He actually gets it done! He gives new life to Karasuno! Yay! The game goes ON! and ON!

Kyotani, losing his temper to Tanaka’s taunting, gets pulled from the game. And of course you hope that he’ll stay out of the game, so Karasuno can wrap things up and move along. But NO! A third year gives him a tongue-lashing, as well as a choke-hold, and threatens to basically beat the crap out of him if he ruins things for the team. Since Kyotani has a hard time getting along with others, and blew off practice for months, some of the other players resent the face that he gets to play, while they don’t. I can’t say that I blame them. Part of being on a team is, obviously, getting along with your teammates!

This volume is one savage volleyball attack after the next as both teams give it everything they’ve got to advance in the tournament. The tension is high, and my fingernails have been chewed to the quick.  And it’s not over yet?! Who will win this match? Will Karasuno lose and have to go home to cool their heels, or will they finally knock Blue Castle out of contention?? Good thing I have V17, so I can find out right away!

Grade: 4.5 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! Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?
It’s Karasuno versus Aoba Johsai in the Spring Tournament Qualifier semifinals, and Aoba Johsai has the upper hand at the end of the second set. Tadashi Yamaguchi is sent out as a pinch server to throw a wrench in the momentum of the game. Can he get past the painful memory of his past failures and close out the set for Karasuno?!