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Haikyuu!! Second Season – 19

“The Iron Wall Can Be Rebuilt Again and Again”

「鉄壁は何度でも築かれる」 (Teppeki wa Nando demo Kizukareru)

Datekou vs Seijou:

This episode of Haikyuu!! was as straight forward as they come. The first half was dedicated to the Datekou vs Seijou quarterfinal match, and even though it didn’t last that long, it was still an entertaining (albeit predictable) game. While it seemed like to could have gone either way last week, when we jumped midway into the second set with Datekou’s new team struggling against the experienced Seijou, it was clear how this was going to go down.

The main focus was on the team’s new first year setter, Koganegawa Kanji. Like his teammates, he’s tall and wide and compliments that Iron Wall of Datekou. Pair that play style with the familiar chanting of “Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s Go! Datekou!”, and it’s hard not to root for the underdogs. They made plenty of mistakes (which resulted in plenty of laughs), but Seijou are simply the stronger team, thanks to their third years sticking around for one final tournament. While Oikawa is definitely the conductor of the group – making sure that everyone does their best whilst providing a few slick dunks and a strong serve – it’s Iwazumi who stood out the most. And so he should, considering he’s the ace of a powerhouse team. I know plenty of manga fans love him, though I’ve never found much to gawk over. But I have to admit that him breaking through Datekou’s defence and winning the game was a pretty epic finish. Nice kill, Iwa-chan!

Preparing for the Rematch:

The B-part to this episode was all about setting up the destined rematch between Karasuno and Seijou, whilst wrapping up Datekou’s presence in this tournament and building them up for next year. The new team didn’t perform as well as they hoped, but I suspect when the next big tournament rolls around they’ll be much more polished and perhaps go further than ever before. The rivalry/friendship between Hinata and Aone is ever endearing, and I’d like to see them face each other once again. Hinata has improved since they last fought, but in a year’s time who knows who’ll come out on top.

Speaking of Karasuno, they didn’t do too much this time around. It was strange but also refreshing to see two other teams get the spotlight, but at the end of the day it all comes back to the crows. They watched the second set and now know what they’re up against. Memories of their last match with Seijou are still fresh on their minds, and each player has something to prove. This whole tournament has effectively been building up to this match, and I cannot wait to see it in animated form. As tense as everyone is, it’s going to be a blast. Also, I’ve got to say how adorable Yachi was when she was trying to comfort Yamaguchi before making herself nervous over what went wrong last time. With Yachi on their side, perhaps things will work in Karasuno’s favour. Yachi makes everything better, after all (fact).

Overview – What’s Next?:

This simply isn’t an episode that can be dissected and discussed on a deep thematic level. If you enjoy either Seijou or Datekou, you probably got fair enjoyment out of their quick match, but the good stuff lies in what’s to come, and the set up for that in the latter part of this episode has me majorly hyped. Karasuno vs Seijou is underway once again!


February 13, 2016 at 4:09 pm
  • February 13, 2016 at 6:16 pmGuile

    Really, the first half of the episode did a fair bit to flesh out the absent seniors of Dateko, too. I loved that bit where the Dateko seniors were heckling that smug half of the Iron Wall. The blond 3rd year’s mean laugh at his expense cracked me up.

  • February 13, 2016 at 11:38 pmMistakenMishaps

  • February 14, 2016 at 12:44 amYukie

    Every time a Haikyuu season gets close to hitting the episode 20, I become sad at the prospect of having no more Haikyuu…

    • February 14, 2016 at 5:10 amSamu

      Don’t worry, we’ll almost guaranteed a third season… when there’s enough source material to adapt (which will probably be another 1.5+ years).

      • February 14, 2016 at 5:30 amleongsh

        My estimate is probably Spring 2017 for season 3. That would give it approximately 58 weeks for the manga to build up enough of a lead. By then it would be about 95-100 chapters ahead.

      • February 14, 2016 at 6:30 amSamu

        Spring 2017 would be my guess as well. No sooner than that at least. Going by the average chapters covered per episode, where we are in the manga right now would cover up to episode 14-16 of S3.

  • February 14, 2016 at 6:54 pmCarma

    I love how Furudate builds for the future. Remember those guys from Johzenji? They’re gonna be tough next year. And Kakugawa with the 2m guy? Tougher.

    And Datekou? The Iron wall will be ready to challenge Karasuno next year.

    • February 15, 2016 at 3:04 amSamu

      Definitely. It feels like a lot of the teams are being set up for future developments, and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

  • February 14, 2016 at 9:35 pmLightHawk

    I adore Aoba Jousai’s chant for every serve, it is so hype inducing, will never get tired of it. Excited for the revenge match.

  • February 16, 2016 at 12:25 pmLeticia

    Ufff this episode was good (as all of them are) but the last minutes got me so pumped!! I so want my revenge against Seijou!! Bring it on!!

  • February 16, 2016 at 3:44 pmAndré

    I hope they lose the game, so we can move on to the next year… I’m hyped to see how the “weak” senpais will lead the team.

    • February 16, 2016 at 5:26 pmGuile

      I really doubt that’s going to happen, considering how Ushiwakamaru-whatever-his-name-is has been hyped, and the way they lost to Seijo last season.