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Translations: Bleach 600 (2)
By: FURUDATE Haruichi
Serialized In: Weekly Shounen Jump
Hinata is full of enthusiasm for volleyball, and he's determined to become the ace of the volleyball team as he enters high school! Unfortunately, due to having too few players and no real teachers, his middle school volleyball team just kind of casually played around. He has no real experience or skill with the game and only has the ability to jump really high and spike the ball. The real first-year ace, the super-serious, highly-skilled, irritable Kageyama, has no patience for clueless Hinata's ambition. Will Hinata be able to find a useful place on his new team?
Oh, I guess there wasn't already a thread. Well, I've been reading it, and I don't know. It has some promise, but I'm not seeing that it's amazingly good. I need to see something more to understand why the Japanese fans have been consistently ranking it highly.
1. they got rightfully cancelled
2. I dropped them because they don't appeal me at all (kuroko no basket,...)
This manga is cool because it has a peculiar art. The sports itself is interesting and the setting is really realistic at this moment. I mean: in a lot of sports manga, the main character shows instantly a secret, unrealistic sports move. Hinata is small but there are actually small people with such a détente.
I loved it that the main character lost in his first chapter and that he did a nice smash (plain and easy)
I have dropped this Sport-Manga, because the Artwork doesn´t suit to me and to this sport-manga. It´s more childish and scribbled.
I saw a lot of people say a lot of things of Furudate's art, but this is the first time I see someone calls it "childish".
And coming from someone with Magi's avatar, that's a real funny thing! LOL
I don't really see Furudate's artwork as childish?
He hasn't shown a superpower yet, but he still has apparently great jumping skills and understanding of where the ball is in the air, even if he's not that good at volleyball, so it's not like he's a complete bum. I have to say that I thought a little bit of Kuroko's relationship with his jump happy friend, where Kageyama's Kuroko and our protagonist is the jumper. I don't like the outset. We've only seen five chapters, so we can't see in what direction this is going, but I haven't seen anything that warrants the Japanese fans loving it. It's decent (it's not Dois Sol level of shit or anything), but it hasn't drawn me in or anything.
Seriously, small people jumping high is kinda realistic. I am 188 cm and in football I dare to admit I have even lost header duels against people who are -15 cms... Jumping might be favoured by length but a small guy jumping high isn't supernatural either. It does exist since jumping isn't about length only; it's about timing, power, agility, etc... I didn't call him a bum but he isn't as extraordinary as Kuroko, Eiji Ryoma,... were in their manga.
The point is that Hinata has only played one game. A game in which he was determined to lose because he didn't have a team. The same goes for Kageyama whose history is still vague but we can guess that his team left him. He's being called soloist and thus he doesn't fit in a team. This is what Volleyball and other team sports are about, it's about forming a team and playing like a team. The story is focusing on that with decent character development. These 5 chapters have been really enjoyable for me
but you are 100% right, it's too early to be right on both sides
Last edited by Koen; April 30, 2012 at 04:07 PM.
It's not as if shorter people can't outjump taller people, but taller people have a length advantage as well, so it's not only about jumping in volleyball. In football, you can make up for being shorter by having better footwork, positioning, and timing for your jump. We saw in both legs of Barca vs Chelsea (Go Chelsea!) that Barca's general lack of height meant that against a physically more imposing defensive side, their technical skill wasn't able to help them on set pieces. Our height advantage took set pieces and crossing out of the game for the most part. Barca did get its first goal off of a corner, but it wasn't through outheading Chelsea defenders.
It's true that both Hinata and Kageyama have never had the support of a team around them in their MS volleyball careers, regardless of how short or long they were. I've liked the five chapters, but I'm not in love with it yet. We'll see what happens in the future. I would like for Haikyu to become a success, but I do need something more at the moment.
We're probably both right to some extent.
Last edited by FrostyMouse; April 30, 2012 at 04:46 PM.
I don't think Furudate's art entirely works here, he's obviously better at drawing horror and it looks weird when he tries to rein it in like this. He's good at action shots though, which helps a lot for a sports manga.
I agree with Koen overall, it's not perfect but it's one of the better sports manga we've had in a while.
Well Furudate's art is definitely influenced by Nishi Yoshiyuki (muhyo to roujie). Latter one is known for manga with creepy faced characters. I think that Furudate's art is an adult version Yoshiyuki's art...
Yes, Galactic, if you have read Yostuya then his art is indeed more suited for horror but it is on the other hand cool that a sports manga is drawn with a different art. His characters have always had something tall and slender together hence why it works in this volleyball manga
For starters, even though I'm no fan of Kuroko, Jump keeps it around because it's liked. Maybe they forced it at first but now it has a legitimate fan base and an anime.
Secondly, it seems to me that people would get tried of seeing the exact same art style in every single manga Jump puts out and wouldn't be so quick to dismiss a comic just because the author has a more original drawing style. Maybe it's just me.
I personally love the fact that his style doesn't fit the standards of spots manga art. As much as I love sports manga, most all look like sports manga, this one doesn't which to me gives it a really cool atmosphere especially since I read and loved Yotsuya. Seeing the same art that scared me in a bright and fun way is cool. And saying you can't figure out why the Japanese readers are giving it such good ranking because you don't see anything special is a little asinine considering it's now six chapters long. Name one Jump manga that seemed "special" before the first volume was over.
It's good because the characters are interesting, the artist has set them up where a lot of potential depth can be added during their development over the course of the story already, the way he draws his actions scenes are amazing, it doesn't try to just to get by on it's "game scenes" and instead is trying to get by on it's characters and plot, and it's the only sports manga I've read in a long time that seems like it could be more than "win the championship then end".
Hope it sticks around for quite awhile.