Nathan Fillion, Patrick Stewart, Karen Gillan and Kelly Hu at Salt Lake Comic Con FanX 2014
Shouyou Hinata and Tobio Kageyama are first year high school players on the Karasuno Volleyball team. Hinata is usually underestimated because of he is short. His inexperienced middle school team was defeated, but Hinata dreams of becoming the ace of his high school team.
Kageyama is “The King of the Court” because of his arrogant attitude and dominating skills. He is one of the best setters in the game. He faced rejection in his middle school years, which makes him hesitant to trust his high school team.
Although the background setting is often simple, the art of the characters is interesting. For example, the eyes of the characters are shaped uniquely and are not the typical “anime eyes.” The shape helps portray what the character is thinking or feeling.
Each character in the anime has an important role in the story. Hinata and Kageyama ally together to help their team reach its goal. Kageyama is the “oni,” a Japanese demon, while Hinata is his “kanabo,” the weapon that the oni uses.
Though there are complications in the beginning, the characters gradually form an interesting bond throughout the story. The group of individual players slowly becomes a real team after going through some hardships and earning some victories.
There are very few mistakes, if any, from the voice acting side of the anime, and the voice actors are a fitting match for each character.
Haikyu!! is a story about friendship and maturing. It is for those who want to laugh, possibly cry, and cheer on an underdog volleyball team who are trying to fight their way to the national championships. It is an ongoing anime series that airs every Sunday and currently has 19 episodes. You can find it on Crunchyroll.com.