anonymous asked:

Okay so. I always liked Saeko/Akiteru but also Saeko/Ukai and NOW IM FACED WITH AKI/SAE/UKAI and there is no content of them what so ever why do I do this to myself. Why. They could be so good together ahhhh she's so smol and they're so tol

oh i’ve never thought about them before, but dude?? so much potential??

i really like the idea of saeko/akiteru and saeko/ukai as well, but i have a hard time thinking how ukai and akiteru connect and how they would interact

come back and give us more!!!

Haikyuu!! 227 Review

As I mentioned in my MHA review, Haikyuu!!’s been kind of slow recently, and it’s mostly due to some wonky character development and what I’ve come to realize is a regular bit of chaos after every training or growth arc. Basically they usually have people growing, but apart from the main team: reintroducing their new stuff usually has a bit of roadbumps.

The last few chapters (which I haven’t reviewed) have focused on Kageyama, his slight reversion to the “King of the Court” mannerisms we thought he’d moved past after the first bit of the story, and then finding a pleasant balance between his natural tendencies towards perfectionism and being demanding with the “people skills” needed to gel with his team.

This is good, mostly because it had the necessary “blowback” from the rest of Karasuno, and contextualizes Kageyama’s place with the rest of the team: while not everyone on Karasuno is a genius, they are mostly confident people who are not going to be walked on. Seeing conflict within the team is awesome because we get to see them work past it and be people, rather than superheroes.

By now, they’ve spent so much time together that they know when something is different, and how that person might react based on their personalities. Seeing people being able to recognize why Kageyama reverted back to the King of the Court without it being this huge dramatic thing spoke to the humanity of the characters and how they’ve grown as friends. 

The problem, though, is balancing how long that conversation takes: too short and it’s just this blip that isn’t significant, but too long makes it draaaag.

I hate Asahi’s topknot. That is all.

This chapter is interesting because at the end of the day, they’re still playing eight sets against Date Tech in practice, and that’s going to wear on them. Previously we’ve seen people have to physically stop the team from practicing, but I like the realism of having the players get a bit tired and having that affect their performance.

Y’know, like in real sports.

Again, growth. Kageyama openly complimenting Tanaka (who he doesn’t really interact with that much?) is pretty cool, mostly because we’re also seeing that thought bubble. Kageyama going to that camp separated him from his teammates’ growth, and learning what they’ve done in the interim will let him trust them more.

I think the camp (along with the “goodie two-shoes” comment) introduced a big element of doubt into Kageyama due to the caliber of competition he was partnered with or against. This isn’t to say that he doesn’t think Karasuno can perform; I think it just made him think “shit, I need to be the best I can be.” Sadly, that kind of blew back on him in the sense that his team was like “hey dude, remember us? Stop being a dick.”

It wasn’t malicious, just more borne out of stress, urgency and maybe a bit insecurity. I enjoy this because a typical shonen protagonist just does the whole “awesome! A challenge!” and brushes off the other element where you wonder if you can actually conquer that challenge.


I love seeing the three “ghost” second-years get some time to shine, mostly because if Haikyuu!! goes beyond this year in terms of the story, they need to be developed adequately. We saw in previous chapters that they’d started to learn better serving, and it also serves as a foil to Yamaguchi (who now might have to work for his pinch server spot if someone else can do jump floats.)

I like Date Tech’s role in the series because they’ve grown and haven’t been left in the dust after Karasuno defeated them. Aone went from being hella intimidating to being hella intimidating and more than a one-dimensional character; despite Karasuno being able to beat them in offense, he’s still going to shut them down when it comes to his specialty.

I’m mainly contrasting this with Eyeshield 21, where rival teams kind of become cannon fodder after the Devil Bats beat them — they never seem to have that same air of an intimidating challenger. Thankfully that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

More Hinata growth, but through Kageyama’s eyes it’s pretty funny; we’re not given the direct answer to his questions, and it’s shown Hinata isn’t even thinking about it, either. Not everything has to be a special unveiling or a major plot point: sometimes change can happen and just happen. Everyone is experimenting, and some stuff is working better than others.

Woo Asahi development! I actually really liked the “However, I am oddly… unafraid” line because it puts the nail in the “Date complex” aspect of his character and shows that he’s going to be mentally prepared for the massive challenges in the coming matches.

Karasuno’s ace will need to be on point, and not developing his character past “weak-willed, glass heart” will put him oddly out of place against those challenges. This still allows him to be him outside of matches, but it’s cool to see him be like “yup, I got blocked, time to shove that out of my brain and try again.”

Again, this is a callback to the original Nishinoya/Asahi storyline: the former is a libero and can guard Asahi’s mistakes, leaving the latter free to worry about spiking. Asahi putting the entire success of his team on his back is what shattered him especially hard when he did fail: we’re seeing here that that has changed.

Ah, that face. That face is awesome because it’s the “I’ve grasped my growth” confirmation. Kageyama’s “That’s not all there was to it” signals to us, as a reader, that Asahi isn’t just “tall spike dude” in his utility to the story: he’s had his own arc, has conquered one challenge, and is prepared to take on more with new skills and mindset.

Good stuff.

Thanks for reading; if you liked this review, reblogging is the best way to help me grow!


The anon asked me how I draw/differ Kagehina’s, Tsukishima’s and Daisuga’s eyes and I got a little overexcited about it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Little Haikyuu Things That Make Me Happy
  • The height differences 
  • The outrageous hairstyles 
  • Kuroo and Oikawa’s necks 
  • The way Yamaguchi says “Tsukki” 
  • Yachi’s gayness 
  • Siblings 
  • The other teams backstories 
  • girls are respected 
  • The sounds of OOOOooooooOOO AAaaaaaaHhh when Oikawa serves 
  • Ennoshita Chikara 
  • Asahi’s changing hairstyles 
  • The way everyone says Lev’s name 
  • When Bokuto says “Hey hey hey” 
  • such pretty, pretty setters 
  • Hinata not understanding volleyball terms so he says “Swoosh”, “Slash” and “Whack”
  • when characters with gravity defying hair let their hair down
  • all the different themes of each team 
  • the symbolic meaning behind their names 
  • Bokuto’s emo/dejected mode
  • The Mom Squad 
  • their legs omg
  • Hinata’s magical bathroom adventures 
  • How Kageyama has other sports anime versions of himself 
  • Oikawa’s yaoi hands 
  • Terushima’s piercings 
  • the adorable managers 
  • sugawara’s beauty mole
  • Hinata and Nishinoya jumping in the air when they’re happy
  • how Bokuto says “Akaashi”
  • the freaking meme team
  • don’t anger papa and mama crow 
  • characters wearing casual clothes 
  • the bro ships 
  • Tanaka Ryuunosuke 
  • the hilarious facial expressions 
  • how you can’t hate anyone 
  • Bokuto’s leggings omFG 
  • Kenma’s roots showing 
  • the captains 
  • how when someone is going to spike they look like they’re doing the Naruto ninja run 
  • Iwaizumi’s god arms 
  • Bokuto’s owl eyes and and Kenma’s cat eyes 
  • Tsukishima’s smirk 
  • Oya oya oya 
  • everyone must be protected at all costs
Tallest-to-Shortest Haikyuu!! characters
  • Lev Haiba:194.3 cm (6'4.5")
  • Wakatoshi Ushijima:189 cm (6'2")
  • Kei Tsukishima:188.3 cm (6'1.7")
  • Tetsurou Kuroo:187.7 cm (6'1.5")
  • Bokuto Koutarou:185.5 cm (6'0.8")
  • Sou Inuoka:185.5 cm (6'0.8")
  • Akiteru Tsukishima:185.2 cm (6'0.7")
  • Asahi Azumane:184.7 cm (6'0.5")
  • Tooru Oikawa:184.3 cm (6'0.4")
  • Keiji Akaashi:182.3 cm (5'11.8")
  • Tobio Kageyama:180.6 cm (5'11.1")
  • Tadashi Yamaguchi:179.5 (5'10.6")
  • Hajime Iwaizumi:179.3 cm (5'10.5")
  • Keishin Ukai:178.2 cm (5'10.2")
  • Ryuunosuke Tanaka:177.2 cm (5'9.7")
  • Daichi Sawamura:176.8 cm (5'9.6")
  • Taketora Yamamoto:176.7 (5'9.5")
  • Koushi Sugawara:174.3 cm (5'8.6")
  • Kenma Kozume:169.2 cm (5'6.6")
  • Ittetsu Takeda:166.5 cm (5'5.5")
  • Kiyoko Shimizu:166.2 cm (5'4.5")
  • Morisuke Yaku:165.2 cm (5'4.2")
  • Shouyou Hinata:162.8 cm (5'3.4")
  • Yuu Nishinoya:159 cm (5'2.1")
  • Saeko Tanaka:155.2 cm (5'0.9")
  • Hitoka Yachi:149.7 cm (4'9.1")

continuation of these c:

can you tell i ran out of ideas


All the ZZZs

Some things to consider:

  • Kiyoko being a kick ass gamer
  • Kags setting blankets
  • Asahi wearing reading glasses
  • Tsukki bringing Mr. Steggy with him to all trips (secretly!)
  • Narita and Kinoshita pretending to be deaf
  • Suga and Daichi trying very hard to be quiet and failing miserably
  • Ennoshita watching movies late at night and jotting down all the important director-y stuff (for future use!)