Haikyuu review: is it worth a watch for volleyball players?

Haikyuu is a Japanese manga strip that discusses the story of a short volleyball player. It is being transformed into a popular TV series. You start from his insecurities and how he deals with them. Over time he finds a team to play with and after a lot of adventures, they are able to grow into a great volleyball team that participates in a lot of tournaments and competitions. It is a coming of age of a group of players that have to learn a lot about life and volleyball. A lot of people are big fans of this series. Let’s see if it is something for you as well.

What does haikyuu mean?

Haikyuu!! Is the official title of the manga. It means volleyball in some dialects of Japanese. It is actually written as Haikyu with a line above the last “u”. Since we don’t have this type of letter on English keyboards, it is written with two times the letter “u” to compensate for this. Given that the Japanese culture has some specific nuances, it is difficult to translate these words. The writers and translators, therefore, have to put in a special effort so that everything is understandable for everyone. It might sound like a weird name at first but you will get used to it. It also has a cool vibe as you can really shout the word in an exciting manner. 

The exclamation points are also part of Japanese culture. It is showing excitement and the goal is to attract the attention of the readers. At the end of the day, there are a lot of manga strips and the goal is to convince readers to pick up this specific manga.

Japanese are very proud of their own culture and language and therefore they didn’t want to use the English word volleyball. A lot of local cultures want to keep their own identity and therefore they find new words for items and activities. 

Learning about new cultures is very interesting as it can broaden your worldview. The Haikyuu!! Manga can help you with this. It is also interesting to see that volleyball is being played worldwide and everyone has a unique take on the game. 

Is it worth watching Haikyuu?

If you are open-minded and accept that some of it will be different than the TV series that you have seen before, Haikyuu is worth watching. There are several seasons so you can spend a lot of time on it. Especially for new volleyball players, it can be a great way to learn the rules and understand the team dynamics. Also for more experienced players, it can be worth it as they can look back at their own evolution and appreciate how far they have come already. 

The great thing about this series is that the characters are really well developed. This makes you curious and pushes you to learn more about them and makes you empathize with them as well. You celebrate when they are doing great and get concerned when they don’t. Over the seasons you know all the things that have shaped them and how this affects their reactions to events. Some players had to overcome a lot of adversities and you see that they develop tenacity that can push them during difficult moments. 

There are a lot of characters so it can be hard to track them all. You are following the main characters over time and they will meet some opponents later on in their life again. You can always go back to the episode during which they met to understand the dynamics of their relationship. 

For a lot of volleyball players, the scenes about having conflict in the team and the excitement of playing a match will be recognizable. Watching this series can bring back a lot of memories about tournaments that you played in and players that you clashed with. The coach also gets a lot of attention in this series and this leads to intense moments. 

Not all of the volleyball scenes are realistic but a lot of spectacular moments have a big overlap with reality. For example, liberos can perform spectacular dives to save the ball. This is also displayed in this series. Overall, there is a lot of suspense in Haikyuu and this can make it worth a watch.

The best way to get an idea if you will like Haikyuu is by watching the following trailer. This contains some spoilers though so might ruin part of the storyline if you find this really important. 

As you can see, they use a specific drawing style that is not that common in the USA. Some people don’t like it for that reason and prefer to stick with more familiar shows. It is not for everyone and that is OK. 

It is also important to note that you can’t find all the seasons on Netflix so it can be a hassle to watch the show as you might have to do some research to find out where it can be seen (at the moment it is on Crunchyroll but these things can change over time). 

The seasons are still being rolled out and people that enjoy binge-watching the whole series might want to wait a while until every season is out already. This can still take a few years though. 

To conclude, we can state that Haikyuu!! is a lot of fun to watch. Especially if you have friends that also check out some of the episodes, it is a lot of fun to discuss what happened in a given episode. The TV series is still unfolding so it is quite exciting to see what will happen in the coming seasons. You should give it a chance and see if you like it. If you feel that it is nothing for you after two or three episodes, you can always move on to another TV show.