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Haikyuu!! Second Season – 14

OP2 Sequence

OP2: 「FLY HIGH!!」 by BURNOUT SYNDROMES


“Still Growing”


「育ち盛り」 (Sodachi Zagari)

Nothing Beats a Good ol’ Montage:

It feels like forever ago since the last episode of Haikyuu!! aired, even if it’s only been two weeks in reality. While all the new premieres are trying to nab the spotlight, Haikyuu!! sticks to exactly what it’s good at: being Haikyuu!! That includes ridiculous comedy, gradual character development, and a whole lot of fist-pumping goodness. While the action was put on-hold this week once again, it was all to set-up for the matches that are going to come. If you read into the OP and ED enough (which are both awesome – though I prefer the visuals to the songs), you can pretty much piece together the rest of this season, so I would suggest that anime-only fans try not read too heavily into them. But what you can take out of it is that it’s going to be all volleyball from here on out. The past two episodes gave us some simple matches, but this is when it gets real, when any of the powerhouse teams of the region could be kicked out at any point. This is likely to be the last breather from the court action in a long time (and that’s including what material will carry over into the inevitable third season).

As we’ve come to expect, Haikyuu!! knows how to do a great montage. I loved seeing everyone finally pulling off their moves that they’ve been practicing since the Tokyo training camp. It’s not came easy to them, but that’s for the better. While this past cour may have felt slow to some, I stand by that it provided much-needed character development for many of the cast, introduced a bunch of new loveable faces, and makes it more believable that Karasuno now stands a chance against the bigger teams.

Tsukishima Development Continues:

Remember when I said Tsukki was pretty much going to be promoted to a main character? I wasn’t kidding – he really is. It’s a good time to be a Tsukki fan right now, so if you aren’t already, I suggest you jump aboard the train and enjoy the ride. He came into this season the least developed of the main cast, yet 14 episodes in and he is the character we know most about – more than Hinata and Kageyama, I would argue. It’s nice to see that he’s making amends with his brother after he lied about his high school volleyball days, and is helping him become the better player. He brings up his glasses – though that’s not mentioned again in this episode – before inviting his brother to join him at his university’s volleyball team. And Tsukishima accepts!

While Tsukki has grown a lot this season, this episode felt like that extra push he needed before stepping on the court. We got plenty of awesome closeups of him looking disdainful or smirking at his own success. Hinata questioned him about blocking Ushijima, which Tsukki dismissed at first, before going off and learning boy to improve his block by asking the coach, watching stronger players in action, and improving his own ability. It felt good to see that one guy get his spike sent back, while Tsukki couldn’t help but grin. It wasn’t quite his ‘moment’, but we’re certainly getting there.

Overview – What’s Next?:

This episode felt like the last stop before we head off on a 8-hour bus journey without any bathroom breaks. We’ve got plenty of breathers up until now, but with the qualifier tournament up ahead and all the big teams on the scene, it’s time for business. It was funny to see the bathroom joke was kept going, this time perhaps worse than ever before when pretty much everyone arrived on the scene within the space of two minutes. But as Ushijima points out (with absolute confidence), there can only be one team that advances and get to play in nationals in Tokyo. This is Karasuno’s last shot for the Battle at the Garbage Dump – but if they’re to reach that point, they’ve got plenty of powerhouses up ahead. First up is the playboys and party team, Johzenji.

ED2 Sequence

ED2: 「Hatsunetsu」 by tacica

Preview

January 10, 2016 at 6:05 am
12 comments »
  • January 10, 2016 at 7:40 amN

    *Stares at a particular screen cap*
    Very unsubtle, Samu.
    I think you know what I’m talking about. :)

    • January 10, 2016 at 7:54 amSamu

      I’m afraid you’re gonna have to clarify that one (preferably in a spoiler tag!).

  • January 10, 2016 at 7:50 amRichie Kim

    This scene is somewhat familiar…

    Like when Hinata’s first meeting with Lev?
    http://randomc.net/image/Haikyuu/Haikyuu%20Second%20Season%20-%2014%20-%20Preview%2002.jpg

    Anyway, a good character development of Tsukishima in becoming determined to improve his defense skills even when he thinks he’s sure of being unable to stop Ushiwaka’s spikes.
    http://randomc.net/image/Haikyuu/Haikyuu%20Second%20Season%20-%2014%20-%2021.jpg

    So Karasuno has got a new opponent, and his nickname really depicts his brash personality. FYI, I thought it was a certain VA who has starred as Seirin’s ace… instead this VA is only 18 years old. O.O
    http://randomc.net/image/Haikyuu/Haikyuu%20Second%20Season%20-%2014%20-%2012.jpg

  • January 10, 2016 at 10:45 amCarma

    Tsuki is nice, but as the anime moves and since I started reading the manga, I become a Daichi fan.

    I love the opening, the rest of the season will be great.

    • January 10, 2016 at 1:54 pmSamu

      Daichi was also my favourite character when I started reading the manga, but then the Tsukishima development happened and Yachi appeared and he got bumped down a few places.

      And I agree that the rest of this season will be great. I can’t wait~

  • January 10, 2016 at 12:30 pmleongsh

    Next week’s episode will be fun with Johzenji as anime-only people will get to see why they are called the party team.

  • January 10, 2016 at 2:52 pmPurple Bomber

    I’m starting to get a little nervous about how far this season is going to go.

    Show Spoiler ▼

    • January 10, 2016 at 3:15 pmSamu

      Well…

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • January 11, 2016 at 6:34 amShirocat

    Can’t wait for ‘party’ team ;D Also new opening is not bad, but still the worst of the Haikyuu ops, I like Hinata, but other members felt like left off.

  • January 13, 2016 at 7:44 amNyurufufu

    The thing that I love about this anime is that the characters aren’t just likeable but they develop well as time passes by and seeing that growth makes you proud like you’ve been rooting for them as an individual and as a team even if the hurdle is somehow hard to overcome. I am not really into sports but I wished I’ve been part of a team before. :DDD Haikyuu is awesome. Anime changes people’s lives LOL

  • January 13, 2016 at 12:09 pmMi-Chan

    Ahhhhh, 25+14 = 39? That’s what I was doing those past two days, watching Haikyuu! I like Tsukki’s character growth, but still enough my focus hasn’t been on him as much as the third year’s, Tanaka and them two :p I think the duo have my complete focus.

    Though with that last episode, that line when he says ‘bad things always happen next to the toilet’ had me laughing so hard xD that clip was cool, the silver haired guy from Date-co (lol that’s what i’ll call them) has a very cute reaction xD

    Let the battle begin!

    Ty for ur review, M

    • January 13, 2016 at 12:16 pmMi-Chan

      I think I spotted Nara Shikimaru in that ending too xD