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Haikyu!! Gets 2 Compilation Films Before 2nd Season & Stage Play

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2nd TV season, stage play debut this Fall

This year's 17th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the Haikyu!! anime will have two compilations films. It is also reporting that the previously announced sequel will be a second television anime season that begins airing this fall. The first film, Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Owari to Hajimari (Haikyu!! the Movie: Ending and Beginning), will open on July 3. The second film, Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Shōsha to Haisha (Haikyu!! the Movie: Winners and Losers), will open on September 18. The magazine unveiled a visual for the films.

In addition, a major event, Haikyu!! Matsuri! (Haikyu!! Festival!), will take place at the Pacifico Yokohama on August 30.

Then, a stage play adaptation has been green-lit for this fall. The "hyper projection performance" will run at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo in mid-November. It will then travel to Osaka's Theater Brava! in late November, and finally to the Tagajō Shimin Kaikan's Great Hall at Miyagi's Tagajo City Cultural Center in early December. "Worry Kinoshita" is directing the stage play, and Norihito Nakayashiki is writing the script.

Future issues of Weekly Jump will give more details on the compilation films and stage play's tickets.

Production I.G's anime adaptation of Haruichi Furudate's volleyball manga premiered last 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. This special received 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 published the 14th compiled volume on December 27.

The manga recently ranked at #15 in Male Readers category of the 2015 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook.

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