Do you suppose Furudate-sensei's background as a horror manga artist might have affected your initial perspective on the art style? For me personally, it's one of the things that drew me in because I like darker things, but I'm curious about your perspective.
Honestly, probably. I’m not really into horror or creepy things, kinda makes me uneasy. I just remember watching the first episode and being like where’s the adorable moe eyes?!? Where’s the cute bubbly animation?? I was kind of an anime noob when I started watching Haikyuu and I definitely didn’t appreciate it like I do now.
I still love the moe style (LIKE MISS KOBAYASHI’S DRAGON MAID, IT HAS THE CUTEST CHARACTER DESIGNS OF ALL TIME I STG)
But I definitely appreciate the “creep” factor that Haikyuu sometimes has NOW more than I did when I first started watching!