- Series: Haikyu!! (Book 9)
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1421590999
- ISBN-13: 978-1421590998
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We don't get too much actual volleyball in this volume. The team has to prepare for the training camp in Tokyo, but first they have to deal with exams. And there are a good few who do not excel in school. Somewhat surprisingly, Kageyama struggles with school, and unsurprisingly so does Shoyo. They're both awful. But everyone works together to study and memorize and do their best on the coming finals.
During this, we meet a new character. Yachi is a first year, and she's trying out for their manager, since the third-years will be leaving soon. She's very hesitant, but she's smart and crafty. I think she'll fit in rather well. Her and Shoyo are already forming a friendship, unsurprisingly.
Kageyama and Shoyo get to meet the star of Shiratorizawa in this volume, and it's an odd stand-off. It leads to the training camp, where everyone is putting their all into being better. I was surprised that we're not getting too much actual in-game volleyball during this, but more character growth and relationship progression. Shoyo in particular seems to be taking a step forward.
Another new character we meet is Ryunosuke's older sister. She's feisty and a fighter, and I like her. She gives Shoyo a surprising insight into the original “Little Giant”. I didn't actually put much thought into the two meeting at any point, but it seems to be hinted at a couple times here. That should be interesting, even if it doesn't happen for a while.
I'm very into this series by this point. Can't wait to read the next one.
A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!
[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
For new characters, Yachi was introduced as someone who naively followed Shimizu into exploring what the Karasuno volleyball club was about. Her quick interaction with her fellow first years was shown to seeming inspire her continue to pursue the club. Thankfully her interaction with Hinata brought about a moment of growth for Yachi which still, to this day, remains one of my favorite set of chapters in the manga (Villager B).
For old characters, Hinata and Kageyama realized just how far they were behind the other teams. This was highlighted in a well executed set of panels in which they had a discussion with the best in their prefecture, Ushiwaka. Ushiwaka likened Karasuno to that of a barren cement plot, while other teams or individuals were a rich, lush bountiful garden full of flowers ready to be harvested. It was amazing.
I think one of the best parts of this volume was the artwork. Furudate really hit it out of the park with the page spreads constantly. The panel with Ushiwaka was actually the most iconic in the volume. Another page spread with Hinata on the poster from Yachi was another extremely memorable and well drawn page, shame about the spine interrupting a few of these.
Overall, the plot, both discussed here but also the parts not discussed (including the start of the next arc, a training camp) was on point. It moved at a great pace. It also showed that Furudate can keep the manga interesting even when the characters are not knee deep in a tournament.
The art was amazing as well.
~Extras this volume included the usual drawings and comments on the pages between chapters. Unfortunately there was no afterword or omake/bonus pages~