Haikyu!! films are on their way! After four exciting seasons of the Volleyball-centered anime, the makers have decided not to bring another season. Instead, they are concluding the show with two feature-length films.
The announcement was made on Twitter on Saturday, after a 5-day countdown that began on the official website on August 8. Read on to know more about the upcoming Haikyu!! movies.
Teaser for the Two Films Shared
Along with the announcement, the official Twitter account of Haikyu!! also shared the teaser of the two-part finale. The teaser gives a glimpse of the finale’s story and shows multiple panels from Furudata’s manga, including some from the post-time skip story arc. The footage also features snippets of voiceovers from the characters in the series.
アニメ続編 劇場版二部作 制作決定！
— 劇場版「ハイキュー!! FINAL」 (@animehaikyu_com) August 13, 2022
The announcement video has also revealed a ‘kick-off event’ that is scheduled for August 2023, but the exact dates are not yet announced. While some fans are excited about the franchise being turned into movies, others are disappointed that the beloved series is coming to an end.
Some are also worried that many important plot points from the manga will be missed in the films since there are still 110 chapters left to be covered in the anime, and each film will have to be at least 5 to 6 hours long to cover them all.
The Anime Debuted in 2014
As per the official description, Haikyu!! is a slice-of-life sports anime revolving around Shoyo Hinata’s love of volleyball. Inspired by a small-statured pro volleyball player, Hinata creates a volleyball team in his last year of middle school.
Unfortunately the team is matched up against the “King of the Court” Tobio Kageyama’s team in their first tournament and inevitably lose. After the crushing defeat, Hinata vows to surpass Kageyama After entering high school, Hinata joins the volleyball team only to find that Tobio has also joined.
The first season of the anime series premiered in April 2014 and featured 25 episodes. The second and third seasons followed in subsequent years. However, the fourth season came out in January 2020.
At the end of season 4, Karasuno gained victory over Inaruzaki after a much-hyped match. Fans are now eager to learn what the future holds for the boys of Karasuno, which will form the storyline of the two-part finale films.
The Show is Based on Manga series by Haruichi Furudate
Haikyu!! is a manga series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate, which was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from February 2012 to July 2020, with its chapters collected in forty-five volumes.
Over 50 million copies of the series had been sold across the globe, and it consistently ranked among the best-selling manga in Japan during its initial run. The series was adapted into Anime by Production I.G.
The show’s cast includes some experienced and popular voice actors, including Ayumu Murase (Noragami) as Hinata and Kaito Ishikawa (Backflip!!) as Kageyama. Other members of the cast include Kouki Uchiyama (The Ancient Magus’ Bride), Daisuke Namikawa (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations), Yuu Hayashi (Tokyo Revengers) and Kaori Nazuka (The Case Study of Vanitas).
All seasons of the anime are available to stream on Crunchyroll. For more news and updates, keep watching this space.