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Haikyuu!! Second Season – 15


“Place to Play”


「アソビバ」 (Asobiba)

Johzenji High – Contagious High Energy and Good Fun!:

This Johzenji match is such good fun – it’s delivering high energy, brilliant animation, and constant action. What’s even more noteworthy is how this episode managed to make a team of playboys seems so likeable. The past few times we’ve seen them they’ve come across in a somewhat negative manner, but once they get onto the court it’s impossible to ignore how contagious they are. It’s easy to see why they’re known as the party team, as everything they do is for fun – they play volleyball because it’s fun, if they see the ball going towards them they’ll each react in what they assume to be the most ‘fun’ thing to do. That results in plenty of collisions and failed attempts, but their occasional failures don’t damped the mood. In fact, they’ll laugh off their mistakes even if it costs them the set point. So no matter what impression we had of them before now, after this episode they seem like they’d be a great laugh to be around (except for them aggressively hitting on other girls).

What’s funny about this match-up is that it feels like Karasuno is facing off against a younger and more inexperienced version of themselves. Of all the schools they’ve played with until now, Johzenji have the same goofiness and unpredictability about them. That throws Karasuno off at first, but once they get used to their plays they’re able to take control of the court. There does seem to be an apparent difference in skill, but Johzenji are definitely not bad players; the fact that they’ve gone this far in the tournament says enough about their game sense and ability. And while it doesn’t seem possible that Karasuno could lose, this is definitely the most enjoyable match-up of the tournament thus far.

The Importance of a Strong-Willed Captain:

What I loved about this episode was how so many characters got their time to shine, whether it be Tsukishima and his new sports glasses, Hinata and his spiderman jump off the wall, Kageyama blocking the ball with his face and then denying that he’s got a nosebleed, Suga stepping out on the court with Narita (for the very first time?) and getting a few points in there, and perhaps the funniest of all is when Tanaka and Noya get Kiyoko to say the word ‘spank’. There were so many moments that made me laugh or smile, and that’s something that Haikyuu!! always manages to do, and I can’t imagine that ever changing.

However, the MVP of the weeks has to be Karasuno’s captain, Daichi. Poor Daichi gets labelled as boring by Terushima, which I wouldn’t say is wrong, especially when he’s filled with a team of wacky players each with their own quirks and play styles. In comparison, Daichi is plain and sticks to defending most of the time. While he doesn’t get many opportunities to shine on the court, this episode gave him quite a few – whether he was encouraging Hintana and Kageyama, defending Johzenji’s powerful spikes, or being there to save the team and set-up for a counter attack. Before Tsukishima got all his character development, Daichi used to be my favourite character. He, along with Sug and Asahi, definitely deserve more screentime, especially if this could be their last opportunity at high school volleyball.

We also got a nice flashback focusing on the previous Jozenji captain (as it’s mainly all second years in the current team), as well as a stirring speech from Misaki Hana (Fujimura Ayumi) who brings her team back down earth when they’re on the verge of losing the second set, reminding them of the previous captains words, spurring them to victory, even if it isn’t ‘fun’. Whatever the case, I’m sure Terushima and his boys will make the most out of this situation, as they step back into the game all fired up, as if this was all just a warm up for the real action.

Overview – What’s Next?:

This is definitely my favourite match of this tournament and season as a whole. Funnily enough, I never warmed much to Johzenji when I read the manga, but once you see them animated and hear their voices, it’s hard not to like them. I’m glad this is the also running more than one episode – which is what I expected – but we’ll see how the rest of this season is going to shape up depending on what they try and squeeze into the next 10 episodes. Either way, this week’s Haikyuu!! was pure fun and I never wanted it to end. More Johzenji action next time around!

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January 17, 2016 at 5:53 am
15 comments »
  • January 17, 2016 at 7:12 ambossarvin

  • January 17, 2016 at 7:15 amcookiethief

    That image of Daichi standing in front of the “simplicity and fortitude” flag! Hinata and Kageyama definitely wouldn’t be free to do what they do without their captain.

    • January 17, 2016 at 12:29 pmSamu

      I loved that moment. And agreed, Daichi is the exact type of captain that Karasuno needs (until this tournament is over…)

      • January 17, 2016 at 9:03 pmMi-chan

        Why
        Did
        You
        Have
        To
        Add
        That
        LINE!!!!!

        Until tournament is over????? /does an Asahi-san face!

        I can’t see Karasuno without them, not yet :(..

  • January 17, 2016 at 7:42 amWorldwidedepp

    http://randomc.net/image/Haikyuu/Haikyuu%20Second%20Season%20-%2015%20-%20Large%2008.jpg

    many Face Twins here, but yeah. they are CGI just with “handdrawn” faces, surly they learned it from Etotama

    i do not complain, and you should not burn to much money. It’s okay

    • January 17, 2016 at 10:59 pmMi-Chan

      now I’ll always find myself looking for them -.-” it is so obvious too!

  • January 17, 2016 at 8:22 amYukie

    Suga on the court (wish it lasted a lil longer, no offense to Kageyama and Hinata xD)! Aone speaking! Daichi’s turn to shine!

    This is probably the most goofy and hilarious sports match I’ve ever seen out of all the sports anime I’ve watched. I was laughing at both sides throughout the entire episode.

    • January 17, 2016 at 3:59 pmSamu

      I feel sorry for diehard Suga fans. It must suck that your favourite character only gets to step onto the court when Kageyama isn’t around…

  • January 17, 2016 at 2:13 pmCarma

    I loved Narita’s face and attitude when he enters the game, not a shade of fear or nervousness.

    http://i.imgur.com/HBpVl4V.jpg

    It’s because of the rival? Because of Suwa? Because they’re winning? And he delivers. Glad Karasuno is building the whole team, They will need it.

    • January 17, 2016 at 3:06 pmErimaki

      It might be just me, but it seems like he’s not entirely sure what’s happening yet :D

    • January 17, 2016 at 4:03 pmSamu

      When an opportunity like that pops up, I think you’ve just gotta take it.

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  • January 17, 2016 at 8:59 pmMi-chan

    I can’t express how much I love Daichi, his very presence is .. Daichi-like? How could he call him boring, he hasn’t seen the creep look have they!! How peersistent the captain is !

    I didn’t expect that hit in the face, poor Kageyama, that’s Hinata’s forte not his! (getting hit in the face), but its always a happy mement when you see Suga on the court.

  • January 18, 2016 at 8:03 amsivilyslare

    Is Lost in America down for anyone else or is this problem solely mine? I’m quite concerned though.

    • January 18, 2016 at 8:19 amSamu

      Yep, I believe Enzo is working on it right now.

      • January 18, 2016 at 8:35 amsivilyslare

        Okay, cool. Thanks for the update!