Manga Review: Haikyu!! V 23 by Haruichi Furudate @shonenjump @vizmedia

May Contain Spoilers

The qualifier between Nohebi and Nekoma rages on! Nohebi is skilled at manipulating the judges and the fans, while pouring on mental intimidation. Can Nekoma stay focused on playing their best and securing their spot in the Nationals?

I was a little disappointed with this volume because the Karasuno team is only in a fraction of it. Instead, the action centers around the match between Nekoma and Nohebi as they battle it out to see who goes to Nationals.  I like Kenma and company well enough, but they just don’t have the same character appeal as Hinata and Kageyama. Probably because I don’t know them as well, and they don’t have as many challenges to overcome (that we have seen, anyway).

During the match, they do learn some needed teamwork. Lev, who is gifted but caves under pressure, gets some much needed confidence. Kozume finally understands that all of the plays and all of the players are connected during the game. There isn’t a single person on the court solely responsible for the team’s victory or defeat – it’s a group effort and everyone has to give  their all.

When we finally do get back to Karasuno, the team is prepping for Nationals. Today is the day they are taking measurements for the tournament pamphlet. I thought this was a very humorous chapter, as Hinata and Kageyami turn everything into a competition. Who has the highest jump? Who has the longest block? Obviously Hinata will never win in the tallest player category, but he makes a big deal about growing the most, in terms of percentages, even though it’s a fraction of an inch.

I can hardly wait for the action at Nationals to begin!

Grade: 3.75 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?