Haikyuu!! (The series)
FINAL RATE: A+
Cry-o-meter: 2/5 (Definitely teared up a couple of times because of the positive emotions)
+Hinata is a good protagonist. I particularly like that he’s written as kind of naive and dumb (despite him being smarter than he seems), mediocre at volleyball, and yet even his team mates admit to being afraid of him just because of his sheer potential.
+A near-perfect manga to anime adaptation
+The character design is really, really good. Everyone has different face shapes, hair, eye shapes, iris shapes… Same-facedness is a scarcity.
+The OST is so good it’s sometimes genuinely distracting
+No seriously it has the best soundtrack out of the shows I’ve seen (my favorite tracks are Makko Shobu, Battle of Stamina, and Moonrise).
+Uplifting, inspiring and overall very positive
+Gets edge-of-your-seat intense
+The last play of Season 2 was honest to god the most intense two minutes of my life
+Within the realm of reality while still being interesting. I don’t really like sports magic in my sports anime.
+Literally everyone gets character development, and sometimes the arcs peak as late as season 3. I especially loved Tsuki’s and Yamaguchi’s slow burn character development.
+Even though it’s a show about male volleyball teams, the female characters are still well-designed and interesting
+That HYPE when the characters pull off something crazy
+That HYPE when you watch people’s reactions to seeing Hinata and Kageyama’s Quick for the first time
+All of the “antagonists” are well written and very likeable. Even Oikawa, the main antagonist of Season 1-2, and a literal trash bag, is easily one of the most popular characters.
-Not gonna lie there was a couple scenes in season 3 that were unnecessarily cheesy (specifically the visions of Ushijima pinning down the boys etc).
-Sometimes I get annoyed when Hinata just starts fuckin yelling
-I’ve encountered a handful of people who dislike the art style
-There’s a lot of characters but the writers basically give opposing teams two or three highlight characters in order to make that a little better
-I wish they had delivered exposition a bit slower, esp. concerning Kageyama’s backstory. That’s just a personal preference though.
-Unpopular opinion but the openings are kind of lackluster
Final Comments: Honestly one of my favorite shows, I love and am invested in all of the characters, I listen to the soundtrack when I draw, it’s just an all around good time. I could have given it an S but I felt like that might have been pushing it a little. You don’t even need to like sports anime to enjoy this show, as I’ve found with a surprisingly large number of people.