Haikyu!! Volleyball TV Anime Gets Sequel
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Production I.G's anime adaptation of Haruichi Furudate's volleyball manga premiered in April. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series for North American digital and home video release, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. The 25th and final episode of the first season aired on September 21.
The story follows Shōyō Hinata (voiced by Ayumu Murase), who began playing volleyball after seeing the "Small Giant" 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 Karasuno High School's volleyball team, vowing revenge against Kageyama.
However, Kageyama is also on Karasuno'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's manga also received an anime special for the Jump Special Anime Festa event on November 9. The anime will get a DVD release with the 15th volume of the manga on March 4. The manga has also spawned a series of novels, and a Nintendo 3DS game adaptation shipped in Japan on September 25.
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. Shueisha will publish the 14th compiled volume on December 27.