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Lost in Translation
This year's 51st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine is announcing on Monday three more cast members for the anime adaptation of Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! volleyball manga on Monday. Satoshi Hino (The Familiar of Zero, Shakugan no Shana) will play Daichi Sawamura, Miyu Irino (Sacred Seven, Kingdom Hearts) will play Kōshi Sugawara, and Yuu Hayashi (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Kingdom Hearts II) will play Ryūnosuke Tanaka.
In the 2012 Vomic (voice comic) adaptation of the manga, KENN, Tomoaki Maeno, Keita Miyanaga, Jun'ichi Yanagida, and Daisuke Motohashi played Hinata, Kageyama, Sugawara, Sawamura, and Tanaka, respectively.
The story of the original manga follows Shōyō Hinata (voiced by Ayumu Murase), who began playing volleyball after seeing the "small giants" who played the sport when he was in elementary school. He suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio Kageyama (Kaito Ishikawa). So, Hinata joins Kurasuno High School's volleyball team, vowing revenge against Kageyama.
However, Kageyama is also on Kurasuno's team. The former rivals form a legendary combo with Hinata's mobility and Kageyama's precision ball-handling. Together, they take on the local tournaments and vow to meet Kurasuno's fated rival school in the nationals.
Furudate first published a one-shot version of the manga in the Winter 2011 issue of Shueisha's Shonen Jump Next! magazine, and then ran another one-shot in the main Weekly Shonen Jump magazine later that year. In the following year, he launched the series version of the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump. Haikyu!! received a crossover story with Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi, another Weekly Shonen Jump manga that is inspiring a television anime.
The Haikyu!! anime will premiere on Japanese television in April, 2014.
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