Haikyu!!'s 2nd Event Anime to Ship With Manga's Volume 21 in May

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Event anime premiered last November at Jump Special Anime Festa

This year's ninth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that second original event anime of Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! manga will be bundled with a limited edition of the manga's 21st volume, which Shueisha will publish on May 2.

The 22-minute event anime, titled "VS Akaten," has an original story not seen in either the manga or the anime, involving Hinata and Kageyama failing a test and finding that the make-up exam conflicts with their training camp. The story is connected to Haikyu!! Second Season's fourth episode. The deadline to pre-order the limited edition of the volume is February 29. The limited edition retails for 2,980 yen (about US$24).

The episode premiered at last year's Jump Special Anime Festa tour in November.

Haikyu!! also received an event anime at 2014's Jump Super Anime Festa. This special received a DVD release with the 15th volume of the manga last March.

Viz Media will publish the manga in North America in 2-in-1 editions beginning in July, and describes the manga as follows:

Ever since he saw the legendary player known as the "Little Giant" compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has aimed to be the best volleyball player ever! He decides to join the team at the high school the Little Giant went to – and then surpass him. Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?

Furudate first published a one-shot version of the Haikyu!! 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 manga's 19th compiled book volume last December.

The first season of the anime adaptation of Haruichi Furudate's volleyball manga premiered in April 2014. Sentai Filmworks has licensed and released the series on home video in North America. Crunchyroll streamed the the first season as it aired, and is streaming the second season as it airs in Japan.

The anime franchise received two compilation films last July and September.

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