Haikyuu (Season 4): To The Top: First Impression: “A long awaited season gets a great start.”

Hey guys, how’s it going? Rahul here coming in with as brand new blog. I hope everyone had a great week. I have prelim exams starting soon so that’s going to keep me busy. Other than that I have a few performances lined up for me on the guitar and a few basketball competitions and selections coming up. So, I’m excited to see what’s in store in the coming weeks. So, let’s begin.

Haikyuu was by far one of the top sports anime ever created. And I’m sure a majority of anime fans will agree with me on this as well. Season 4 didn’t come at me with a surprise because this was one anime I was always at the back of to check when season 4 was coming out. The first 3 seasons provided nothing but pure enjoyment through amazing character development and thrilling volleyball matches that had you at the edge of your seat at all times. So, naturally, expectations are set high for this new season of Haikyuu.

The season started off with a bang introducing a great new story line. First, they held a small recap of what happened at the end of season 3 by showing us that Kageyama got selected for the All Japan volleyball Youth Camp which is an extremely amazing feat. Further, Tsukishima was selected for a camp to improve the overall volleyball skills of the Miyagi prefecture. The anime also hints at an upcoming spring tournament which I’m sure will be where all the new skills are displayed from the intense training.

The biggest surprise of the episode was when Hinata sneaks into the same training camp as Tsukishima and eventually finds a way to convince the coach to allow him to participate in some way. Now, here are my theories:

1. Kageyama will now train with amazingly talented players who will show him that he doesn’t have to do everything by himself in order to score a point. He will learn how to play more like a team because now he has players around him who can review any sort of ball that Kageyama sets.

2. Hinata is now training in a camp full of tall people. This will allow him to learn how to overcome his number one challenge. He will be forced to learn how to properly receive a smash and rather than the ball coming perfectly into his hands, now he will have to angle the ball in the air, make decision mid-air, adjust to new setters, etc.

3. Tsukishima will now have more practice with tall players which will increase his defence, Further, he will find more love for the game and will learn to appreciate Hinata more as he struggles to become much stronger.

All this training will lead to much stronger first years. The new and improved Kageyama and Hinata will surely be amazing to watch in the upcoming spring tournament and national games. Of course, the seniors won’t sit idly and will surely train a lot themselves so that they can be good supporters for the first years.

Coming to the animation, we see that this season of haikyuu has gone with a new style of animation which is way different compared to the previous seasons. The calm style that we are so used to has now become more rough and this has changed the way we see the characters as well. But, I don’t think this will be a problem for long because we can adjust to the animation very quickly. However, I am extremely anxious to see how this animation will play out during the volleyball matches because the animation quality of the matches in the first 3 seasons was beyond amazing and so, my expectations are even more for this season.

The opening song for this season is above average and the ending song is pretty good compared to the previous seasons. I can not express how excited I am to see how this season plays out in terms of matches, hype, humour, character development etc. Overall excited and can’t wait to see more.

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