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Haikyu!! Volleyball Anime's Ad Introduces Cast

posted on 2014-01-26 15:00 EST
Story of 2 rivals turned volleyball teammates to premiere in April

A new commercial for Production I.G's anime adaptation of Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! volleyball manga aired on Sunday.

The commercial introduces the main cast members:

The story of the original manga follows Shōyō Hinata, who began playing volleyball after seeing an inspirational player nicknamed the "Small Giant" when he was in elementary school. Hinata suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio Kageyama. 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.

The staff includes:

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.

Production I.G's Haikyu!! anime will premiere on MBS, TBS and their affiliates throughout Japan in April. A giant billboard for the anime will go on display inside Shinjuku Station for one week, starting Monday.

[Embedded video via Vito Plahuta]


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