Haikyuu!! - Height doesn't measure heart
Haikyuu (stylized as Haikyuu!!), originally a Japanese shonen manga series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate, has expanded into a franchise that offers a variety of mixed media including anime, compilation films, video games and a radio drama. The name Haikyuu is derived from the pronunciation of the kanji for "volleyball," because the story chronicles the lives of junior high schoolers who passionately play the sport in hopes of becoming champions. Individual chapters of Haikyuu have been serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump since February 2012, with standalone volumes published by Shueisha. The series was initially published as a one-shot in Shueisha's seasonal Jump NEXT! magazine prior to serialization. As of December 2017, 29 volumes have been released in Japan and the manga has been licensed in North America by Viz Media. The Haikyuu manga has been met with generally positive reception and has sold over 28 million copies as of January 2018.
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Haikyuu centers around a short middle school student named Shoyo Hinata who gains a sudden love of volleyball after watching a national championship match on TV. He is particularly inspired by the championship's star player, who is nicknamed "Little Giant." Shoyo's school doesn't have a volleyball team, so he makes one and begins intently practicing by himself. By Shoyo's final year of middle school, five more players have joined the team and they are finally able to compete in a tournament. Unfortunately, Shoyo and his teammates quickly lose against a championship favorite team that includes the so-called "King of the Court," Tobio Kageyama. The loss ignites a fiery ambition in Shoyo to one day defeat the great Tobio. Shoyo eventually enters Karasuno High School, joins their volleyball team and is totally caught off guard when he discovers that the rival he swore to surpass is one of his new teammates. Due to his short stature, Shoyo struggles to find his role on the team, even with his superior jumping power. Surprisingly, Tobio has issues that Shoyo is suited to help with, so learning to work together becomes a universally beneficial goal.
The exhilarating and emotional Haikyuu anime television series adaptation by Production I.G aired from April 2014 to September 2014 on MBS, other JNN stations and on Crunchyroll with English subtitles. Its digital and home release in North America was licensed by Sentai Filmworks. The second season of the anime aired from October 2015 to March 2016 and the third season aired from October 2016 to December 2016.
Haikyuu is set in Miyagi Prefecture and features a lot of real-life places and buildings from that area throughout the story. Some scenes in the Haikyuu anime also show characters speaking the regional Tohoku dialect. Regional terms are even integrated into the names of people and schools in Haikyuu. Collaboration products featuring Haikyuu characters can be found at actual volleyball competitions across Japan. Haikyuu has also inspired a surge in the number of Japanese middle and high school volleyball players. The most significant increase has been among boys after the year 2012, which is when Haikyuu began serialization. Slam Dunk, a basketball manga from the early 1990s, had a similar effect in the realm of basketball. Even if you're not into sports, you will unexpectedly find yourself rooting for Haikyuu's loveable characters throughout the series.