Haikyuu!! #01 — Bipolar Disorder

April 6th, 2014


Why is half the court blocking?


I worry about Japan’s attention span sometimes. Winning is everything! But it’s okay if you mess up, cause it’s just a game. You’re amazing and wasting your time with those losers, but you suck and need to get better! Would you just make up your mind? What’s really surprising is the animation which is really not that bad at all. Art and the tendency for their eyes to drift to the sides of their heads like they’re slowly morphing into fish-people less so, but this had the most sport being actually sported of any of the awful sports shows this season so far and in memory really.

If there was one sports show that someone held a gun to my head and forced me to watch this season, this would easily be it. It covered about twice as much ground as any of them and used montages for the correct montage purpose instead of the usual awful way Japan likes to throw them out. It still has all the usual awful things that’ll keep me from watching it though, unless someone shows up with a gun and particularly unusual demands; the melodramatic shouting (internal and external) about various things, people slotted into bizarre specialties that show only a vague understanding of the sport at best, and long pauses during ‘dramatic’ moments in order to fill in (and often repeat) an explanation of what’s currently going on in ultra-slow motion, and then repeating it.

So if I had to recommend one sports show this season, this would easily be it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not full of the same awful cliches as all the rest, they’re just packaged and prepared much more palatably.


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5 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • The Phantom says:

    Did you really mention “recommend” and “sport show” as part of the same sentence?, and a godawful sport show on top of that….

  • Flip Porter says:

    Oh btw there is a manga chapter crossover of this and Nisekoi. Look forward to that being an ova later.

  • mirgond says:

    >> Why is half the court blocking?
    Uh, it’s quite normal for three people to block in volleyball? ^^

    • Aroduc says:

      Unless you’ve got all three forward players clustered on the exact same spot/side of the court AND an opposing setter that’s nearly hitting the ceiling, it’s most certainly not.

  • Totali says:

    This show is gonna be so awsuuuuuuuuum