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“But we got to play”: Haikyu!! and the Dynamics of Japanese School Sports

Recently, I’ve been pretty into watching an anime called Haikyu!!. The story follows the lovable scamp named Hinata: a dude who loves volleyball and wants to become the star on his high school team. He’s joined by the cast of Kurasuno High, who are all just about the sport of “NICE KILL!”s and “ONE MORE POINT!”s.

I’m still trying to nail down what exactly it is about Haikyu!! that has me so invested. Maybe it’s the characters who bounce off each other so well. Maybe it’s how the rules and tactics are thoroughly explained, even though I only know about the sport on a surface level, but perhaps it’s just the pure enthusiasm that spews out of all the players. It’s probably just all of these things, but honestly it’s the first sports themed show I’ve really gotten into.

However, I think a large part of what makes Haikyu!! succeed is how honest it is about the Japanese school sports system. Now, I cannot comment if any other shows have addressed the same issues, but Haikyu!! is one of the most realistic (no dinosaur extinction final moves here) sports shows I’ve seen. In that way, I think I connect with it a little more, which is what I would like to talk about today.

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