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Haikyu!! Inarizaki V Karasuno (Volume 30-Part 1) – A Review

Hello Everyone!
Welcome back to another adrenaline-pumping anime review.

Its been a long time since I’ve discussed Haikyu and the Inarizaki v Karasuno game looks exciting more than ever. Volume 30 is the main topic here. Let’s dive in.

Haikyu!! is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. It ran for over 8 years in Shone Jump and had an explosive and emotional final chapter. The story revolves around Hinata Shoyo, a highschool boy who aims to be the best at volleyball even if he is short. He wants to prove that even a short player can do good in volleyball.

Volume 30 ( Part 1 ) – Analysis and Review :

Chapter 261 : Hidden Surprises

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Kageyama tosses the ball from the outer side of the court into Karasuno’s side. Nishinoya is there to receive the ball as always and he tosses it to Asahi. In a brilliant show of strength, he smacks the ball on the blocker’s hand to score a leading point. The score is 24- 23 in favor of Karasuno.

Photo Courtesy : Haikyu!! – Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump

Karasuno with the momentum they have gained goes on the offensive. They receive Atsumu Miya’s serve and tries to set the ball to Tanaka. He gets destroyed by the Blockers and the game comes to a tie.

Photo Courtesy : Haikyu!! – Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump

Tanaka starts to think that he is having a bad day. He questions himself about what he’s doing. He feels that the opportunities he receives are being wasted. This match is building up pressure on Tanaka mentally and his perseverance tested.

Karasuno goes on the counterattack and sets up a back-row attack. Of all the people Daichi executes a back-row attack and Karasuno attains the leading point.

Chapter 262 : Always Fall Forward

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It has been an uphill battle for Karasuno till now. The most affected is Tanaka. As his confidence drains in front of his eyes, he recollects past events.

He joins Karasuno in his first year. He was a full-on delinquent looking kid. He respected Karasuno as a powerhouse even though they weren’t one at that time. He swore to help them win no matter what.

Photo Courtesy : Haikyu!! – Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump

The seniors have gone through so much during their first 3 years of Highschool. This is the one chance they are going to get and Tanaka wants to do everything he can to fulfill their dreams. This pressure eventually gets to him and it messes up his serves.

Photo Courtesy : Haikyu!! – Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump

He recollects what he has done the whole day. He continues his stumble down from the top. He ventures through many options as his mental stamina is under attack by Inarizaki.

Chapter 263 : Senpai’s Determination Part 2

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Tanaka spikes the ball against the blockers but it goes out of bounds. Inarizaki gets the score. Inaraziki serves the ball and Karasuno intercepts the ball. Tanaka asks for the ball but Tsukishima tosses it to Asahi who smacks it on the blockers sending it down. The score for Karasuno.

The ball is not given to Tanaka and this puts a dent in his head. Amongst players, it is considered an honor to touch the ball but everything doesn’t go that way all the time.

Photo Courtesy : Haikyu!! – Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump

Hinata switches in and boosts up Tanaka’s morale. He says that his blocking is good and he is in good form out there. He is quite delighted to hear it. He understands that he won’t be the best at something in the team but he has always had mental fitness through all the games. It has taken Karasuno to new heights. He realizes that he does get depressed now or then but it can’t stop him anymore.

Photo Courtesy : Haikyu!! – Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump

Tanaka goes on the attack and asks this question to himself. ” Do you have the time to be looking down on yourself? “
Adamant on scoring he pushes on forward.

Chapter 264 : Broken Heart

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Tanaka and his friends discuss a potential girlfriend situation. Kanako Amanai, a childhood friend appears for the tournament, and Tanaka’s friends think that he might have a chance with the young lady. He stays true to his love for Kiyoko- San.

Photo Courtesy : Haikyu!! – Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump

An embarrassing ” proposal at first sight ” situation occurs between Tanaka and Kiyoko and it is the most adorable thing that anyone would have ever seen. The first time they met, Tanaka had thought of being a cool guy that no one would talk up to but that all changed when Kiyoko San entered his life and it gives us all the feels.

When it comes to straightforward people, he is one that has been like this since childhood. He is simple and tells anyone what he sees in front of him. Everyone who knows him accepts this fact and it is a trait that helps him grow in the future as well.

Photo Courtesy : Haikyu!! – Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump
Photo Courtesy : Haikyu!! – Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump

He asks for a toss from Kageyama. He tosses the ball to Tanka. They all go on a synchronized run and Tanaka shoots a cut shot out of nowhere. His philosophy of repeat and repeat until you get it right prevails in the end and Karasuno wins the first set of the match. Tanaka overcomes his demons and walks triumphantly towards the second set. His mindset thought the ages have proven to be effective for this exact moment.

Photo Courtesy : Haikyu!! – Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump

Will Karasuno be able to grab the momentum and continue towards victory?
Or
Will Inarizaki get the better of them?
Until next time. See ya!

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