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EP. REVIEW: 2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team




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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:46 am Reply with quote
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I'd be lying if I didn't say the sport still feels more like a template, a medium for delivery of the story between the characters rather than a focal point the show is especially interested in.

I think that's true of pretty much every sports show, isn't it? I guess some are more character-focused than others, but the best ones do that. I noticed that you tried to explain your feeling about how this was different several times, but I still don't understand your reservations. Smile

I guess I do agree that there's more emphasis on the story going on between the leads than on the mechanics of the sport, whereas Haikyuu!! was more about just getting to play, if that's what you were after.

I was a bit annoyed at Haijima for not telling Kuroba why he was excluding him from the practices for so long. Let alone why they all seemed to have agreed to shut him out of the after-practice socializing as well. None of that really tracked for me.

I'm enjoying it a lot so far. The volleyball animation is more than adequate, stealing a few trademarks from Haikyuu!!, like the closeups of dynamic sneaker plants. As of episode 4, I've noticed they're paying attention to the dialect (I don't speak Japanese, but even I can hear that Kansai-ben sounds different, and the Fukui-ben sounds different to me as well) which is a nice touch.
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Scoot



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 10:53 am Reply with quote
How is this anime even made? Doesn't this manga only have 3 chapters and on hiatus as well? I don't understand.
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MagicPolly



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:07 am Reply with quote
Scoot wrote:
How is this anime even made? Doesn't this manga only have 3 chapters and on hiatus as well? I don't understand.

It's based on a novel, the manga is an adaptation of it too.
I was confused at first too lol
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Akamaru_Inu



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:29 pm Reply with quote
"The epic highs and lows of high school sports don't exist in a vacuum"

Ah, another cultured Riverdale fan, I see.
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Zhou-BR



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2021 7:47 pm Reply with quote
I really hope this week's episode will be the last time some stupid interpersonal drama will keep the characters from actually playing matches. I'd hate this to become another Battery.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2021 7:12 am Reply with quote
While I get that people could feel a little whiplash from the revelation that Haijima was set up, I welcomed that explanation because from what we were shown it never rang true to me that Haijima's temper tantrums had been so vicious and/or relentless that someone would try to kill themself to escape it. I could see it being a contributing factor perhaps, but it felt like something else had to be going on with the kid. It didn't seem like Haijima's behavior was any worse than Kageyama's in Haikyuu!!, but fortunately his teammates found a less destructive way to teach him a lesson.

I'm not sure what it is about this series, but watching an episode makes me feel like I'm on a pendulum and it makes me dizzy. I don't know if it's the shot framing or what, but it's weird. Btw, I do kinda like Noitamina's new logo animation. Smile
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Cardcaptor Takato



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:15 am Reply with quote
The way the show backpedals on Hajima's backstory to make it all a misunderstanding/setup just makes all the buildup to that point feel pointless now that they could have spent on the other characters or showing more volleyball matches and it just seems like they got cold feet with having to address serious difficult issues.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:32 am Reply with quote
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Whether what we get here is in fact engaging and entertaining on its own merits

What mostly kept me entertained (at least until the outburst of drama at the end) was that Fukuho's coach was Seido's coach from Ace of Diamond, plus that one kid's uncanny resemblance to Cameron in Ferris Bueller. Smile
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:48 am Reply with quote
Ep 7
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But it's tainted with the unspoken question of whether Haijima would be willing to stop himself from playing in a hypothetical situation where that would be best for the team (something we saw a glimpse of with him in the very first scene of the show, as a matter of fact), along with the implication that Shinichiro limiting his own playing would be at the behest of Haijima supposedly increasing his own total amount of game-time.

I'm not sure how this follows. The issue isn't if Oda (I always have to stop to figure out who Shinichiro is since no one calls him that) doesn't play as much, Haijima plays more. They play completely different positions. He only said he could make up for any lost attack power, not that he'd play more, since he's already playing all the time anyway, isn't he? And in the opening scene referred to, he already wasn't playing, which apparently wasn't best for the team, so his wanting to play wasn't entirely selfish. Sure, like everyone else, he wants to play, but mostly he wants to win, and he knows his skills are needed for that to happen. Even so, he did challenge Uchimura to try to take back his place as a starter over the first years.

I don't think Haijima has said anything strategically wrong either. It's just that he completely lacks the tact and social skills to make his point without it sounding confrontational or hurtful. And he's somewhat aware of that, which his frustrated toes revealed much more clearly than his words. Smile It doesn't help that his problem is probably due to his singular focus on volleyball to the exclusion of everything including empathy. He seemed genuinely shocked at the idea that Oda was more than a physical presence on the court.

One thing that really bugs me is that these are decisions that their coach should be making, not the captain. Didn't they say the coach was some kind of volleyball wizard, or did I imagine that? He barely seems interested in the job. Anyway, I love these kids.

The one question I have which will not be answered, is why 2.43 meters? That's such a random number. Why not 2.4 or 2.45 or 2.5? It's even more ridiculous in Imperial numbers (7 ft. 11 5/8 in.). Smile
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