REVIEW | HAIKYŪ!! SEASON 3

Let’s start with a quick rundown :
Season 1? bored to death.
Season 2? simply amazing, I was hyped all along.
Therefore we have one bad, one good. What about season 3, which broadcast ended recently? Well, read on.

Carte d’identité : HAIKYŪ

Type : Shōnen
Genre : Sport
Titre original : ハイキュー!! (Haikyū!!)
Auteur : Haruichi Furudate
Réalisateur : Susumu Mitsunaka
Studio : Production I.G
Dates de diffusion : October 7th, 2016 – December 9th, 2016
Durée : 10 épisodes de 25 min ∼

Trailer (english subs) :

Synopsis :

Inspired after watching a volleyball ace nicknamed “Little Giant” in action, small-statured Shouyou Hinata revives the volleyball club at his middle school. The newly-formed team even makes it to a tournament; however, their first match turns out to be their last when they are brutally squashed by the “King of the Court,” Tobio Kageyama. Hinata vows to surpass Kageyama, and so after graduating from middle school, he joins Karasuno High School’s volleyball team—only to find that his sworn rival, Kageyama, is now his teammate.

Thanks to his short height, Hinata struggles to find his role on the team, even with his superior jumping power. Surprisingly, Kageyama has his own problems that only Hinata can help with, and learning to work together appears to be the only way for the team to be successful. Based on Haruichi Furudate’s popular shounen manga of the same name, Haikyuu!! is an exhilarating and emotional sports comedy following two determined athletes as they attempt to patch a heated rivalry in order to make their high school volleyball team the best in Japan.

My review : season 3

Tsukkiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~~~~♡!!!!!!

Oooh, huh-humm… *clearing my throat*. Groupie moment. 1, 2, 3, let’s calm down.

I briefly talked about this third season in the article QUICK RIDE | #6 All about sports PART 3. At first glance, nothing crazy for the start… Once again, the hype effect got me without notice : I was waiting impatiently for this 3rd season because I loved the 2nd one. When you see how it ends, you can only say “WEEELLL. Can’t wait for what happens next”. And when you learn the sequel will be released 6 months later, you can only say “GREAT. They won’t do a Shingeki, that’s awesome… “*.

* Shingeki No Kyojin, firts season released in 2013. The second season was due in the end of 2016 but was pushed back until spring 2017. You’ll always find saavy people to tell you “it takes more than 2 minutes to make a quality anime, ya know!! And the manga doesn’t have enough chapters to suplly for 25 episodes”... 3 years, though…

The premiere day, I was in front the TV screen at 26h25 (2:25 AM).

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Twenty minutes later, the reaction was fairly lukewarm : “Ah. Really, this show… *sigh* it’s a bit like a rollercoaster…”. The episode wasn’t bad but contrary to a majority of viewers, I knew that I wasn’t going to be subscribed every week. This is how I ended putting everything on hold until further notice.

February 2017, je binge watch all the episodes and here’s what I think :

This series doesn’t foolow a linear progression but a exponential evolution instead. This third season of Haikyu send us to the sky, unapologetic and without any qualms : we’re close to disrespect.

I had some doubts during the first 2-3 episodes, partly because I didn’t find it super exciting and also because I was puzzled by the strength of Karasuno. It seemed odd and “too easy”. For several years, Shiratorizawa was the undisputed masters of the region and even a big team like Aoba Johsai didn’t take a single victory. On the other hand, you want to tell me that Karasuno, who was still an average team a few months ago, would magically be able to beat them? In the name of the dream, I totally adhere to this idea, I’m not a pragmatist. But hey, it’s still questionable.

After that, it was a shower of positive things.

Characters development? Check. It stays brief because we don’t have 25 episodes before us, but it’s efficient. I mostly think about Ushijima the strong and impassive player who gradually shows cracks in his mindset ; Shiratorizawa’s coach who reveals a great fragility despite his apparent solidity ; and of course, OF COURSE! Tsukishima, the player who, through the seasons, shows the most beautiful evolution on the physical and psychological level.

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Tsukki! Tsukki! Oh Lawd, yeeesss!

He never disappoints me, I appreciate how the story puts a spotlight on this character.

Sexyness? Check. All the characters show a strong charisma, by their humor, their extravagance, their strength, their intelligence. A flaw in character or weakness becomes a force here. That’s what I mean by sexyness, they attract, they make me adhere. Even Hinata who I often see as the little one who gesticulate everywhere for no reason (well, it was mostly my impression at the beginning of season 1) has a certain elegance in its spontaneity. In addition, I appreciated the team aspect : even if some combinations or duos persist, you can see that Karasuno’s functioning is more fluid, cleaner, more intelligent ; you can feel that the collaboration is complete, they are connected and at the top of themselves.

Spectacular? Check. I had some Kuroko moments*. Basically, you witness great moments of entertainment, that is to say mixing emotion, extraordinary moves, beautiful gameplay, cool camera angles, adrenaline, allegories. I can’t help thinking of this sequence during the 10th episode, around the 5th minute, where you can see by a very symbolic image how Ushijima masters Karasuno by his phenomenal force.

* see review on season 1, here.

Technical development? Check. The movements of the characters, the fluidity of the animation, the intensity of the sounds, the angles of view, the camera movements… All these aspects are magnified in this season.

Strings and tears? Ouuuh, check! It is a match, moreover a final so it was to be expected. You can also hear the Thine Be The Glory, it’s wonderful. I find emotional sequences to be well made, they don’t weigh down the story. They serve the purpose and encourage real empathy rather than rejection.

Overall rating, totally subjective and non-binding : 10/10

I hesitated between 9.5 and 10. The half point is played on the construction of the season : just ten episodes that focus on a single game. It’s a both negative and positive criticism so I prefer to leave the half-point of hesitation in favor of the series.

I think this season is the antithesis of season 1, it’s how I like it, it concentrates everything I want to see in an anime about sport : poetry, entertainment, finesse, humor and a well-crafted technique. The last episode suggests a season 4 a notch above, which goes even further in the aspects that I have just cited. I hope, I cross my fingers, I would really like to see a little more twists and tension as the last few minutes let us hear 🙂

Chrys Prolls

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