Haikyuu!! (abbreviated to Haikyu) has been one of those giants in sports anime that has grown exponentially in its story as well fanbase since its beginning in 2014. Now with the anticipation for Haikyuu Season 5, fans are looking for hints and news for its potential release. The anime revolves around the volleyball team of Karasuno High School as they make their way up from being the ‘fallen giants’ and ‘the flightless crows’ after years of a slump back up to the top (literally the theme of Haikyuu Season 4).
The way back to the top is fuelled by the new Karasuno team powered by Hinata Shoyo and Kageyama Tobio, the weird power combo of Karasuno, the ace, Azumane Asahi, Captain Sawamura Daichi, Wing-spiker Tanaka Ryuunosuke, setter Sugawara Koshi, and two more freshmen, Tsukichima Kei and Yamaguchi Tadashi.
Karasuno moves forward on their journey after beating Shiratorizawa at the Inter-High finals and trains further with their friends and competitors from Dateko, Aoba Johsai, Fukurodani, and Nekoma. The appeal of Haikyuu lies in its dynamic character development and focus on collective character improvements and not a simple focus on a sole protagonist. The series has been a recipient of critical acclaim and has now reached one of its final arcs in the anime after the end of the Haikyuu manga in July 2020.
Haikyuu Season 4 left us at the end of the Nationals being played in Tokyo as Karasuno successfully faced off Inarizaki High, beating the formidable Miya twins in a nail-biting showdown. All of the 25 episodes in Haikyuu Season 4: To the Top! Covered the events of this one match and gave us some interesting introductions to future opponents and old friends.
Where does Haikyuu Season 4 end?
With Karasuno’s old friends and competitors Nekoma and Fukurodani present, we see Kuroo and Kenma, Bokuto and Akaashi watching Karasuno High face off against Inarizaki which came with its own surprises. Hinata has learned how to receive! And has also ended up getting a lot of attention from Miya Atsumu and Hoshiumi Korai, as the latter fuels Hinata further in his dreams of being the Little Giant.
The eliminations to reach the quarter-finals of the Nations have escalated even further as new, stronger teams and more mysterious players have appeared in the show. As Karasuno progresses, the members keep honing their abilities with hopes of winning the Championship.
For the followers of the Manga which ended after its 8-year run in 2020, the content of Haikyuu Season 5 is perhaps already clear. Yes, the Haikyuu manga is over. But for the anime, a lot of content is yet to come. Safe to say, Haikyuu will not be ending with Season 5.
The Haikyu manga officially concluded in chapter 402 and with Haikyuu Season 4 only starting with Chapter 207 and stretching up to Chapter 292, there is plenty of content left to adapt – probably for a Haikyuu Season 6 too.
Haikyuu Season 5 Release Date countdown has begun, when is it coming?
The initial plan for a premiere date of Haikyuu Season 5 was a release for Spring to Summer 2021. The coronavirus pandemic delayed the production schedule for Season 4, pushing its release dates back. Haikyuu Season 5 has been subjected to the same kind of delays.
While there has been no official announcement or any release of trailers from the anime being produced by Production I.G animation studios, the original plan suggests a potential release from Fall 2021 to Winter 2022. It seems like the most likely timeline for release and leaves time for announcing possibly the final Season of Haikyuu which will cover the ending of the manga.
Season 4 landed on 19th December 2020, it has been a long wait of more than 1 year with no concrete news. Season 4 ended on many cliffhangers leaving the fans in a tizzy. The reason for the delay cited is COVID 19.
It was assumed that during Jump Festa 2022, some clarity will be shared. However, did not come to know about what we all were looking for.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary in 2022, there were announcements featuring Ayumu Murase and Kaito Ishikawa and new illustrations that Furudate-sensei drew for Jump Festa.
Four projects have been revealed at Jump Festa 2022, below are the details for each project
The first three seasons of Haikyuu!! premiered in succession in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Haikyuu!! Season 4 got a split-cour production with the first set of episodes released in early-2020 followed by the second cour coming to an end in early 2021.
Theoretically speaking, Season 5 may also go for a split cour schedule with release dates falling from Summer 2022 to Winter 2022 anime calendar.
As one of the Giants in leading Shounen anime, the much-anticipated series is slowly being brought to a close. Haikyuu Season 5’s release dates are expected soon, which will also contain surprise appearances from much-anticipated characters in the show and will also bring about new and harder opponents, more intense matches, and the same rush that Haikyuu promises and delivers.
Haikyuu Season 5 Trailer
The trailer or even the teaser of Haikyuu! To The Top Part 2 or Season 5 has not yet been revealed by the makers. It is likely to happen a few weeks before the Haikyuu Season release date. If the speculations of season 5 airing in Fall 2021 to Winter 2022 anime calendar turn out to be true then expect one teaser in October 2021 timeframe.
Here is the fanmade trailer you can enjoy
In the meantime, enjoy the official trailer of the first cour of Haikyuu!! To The Top!
What will be Haikyuu Season 5 plot?
The upcoming Haikyuu! To The Top Part 2 or Season 5 is expected to cover the events after this match of the highly anticipated Karasuno versus Nekoma, ‘The Dumpster Battle’. Kenma and Kuroo are seen at the end of Season 4 talking about their upcoming match. Hinata knows that is difficult to engage Kenma and get him to be invested in a competition, as he too, is somewhat a genius setter. Hinata promises to give Kenma a match he would remember.
The season will also shift focus from Karasuno to Fukurodani briefly and further Bokuto’s story arc. Bokto’s explosive play style and his prowess as the ace of Fukurodani will be explored in the coming Season 5. If you remember the Tokyo Training Camp Kageyama attended in Season 4 Part 1, all the players there have a part of play in the upcoming seasons.
How they turn out as opponents for Karasuno remains to be seen in the anime. The content of Season 4 is allowing speculations for Haikyuu Season 5 to cover the remaining matches of the Tokyo Nationals Arc, but it is certain the Haikyuu is not ending with Season 5.
I can’t wait to see Kageyama’s development of helping Hinata break out of the cage Kenma put him in and the result of Hinata just constantly jumping high and breaking down Nekoma’s tactics. Expectedly there will be the last few rallies where Kenma is showing a lot of will to just keep playing. Once it gets over, fans want to see that respectable montage of everyone shaking hands and hugging.
Summing up what fans would like to be squeezed in the coming episodes. Though they are excited for the whole match with Nekoma, but some specific moments everyone is holding their breath onto:
- When Hinata breaks through Kenma’s “cage”
- When Kenma is thinking to himself about the contradictory feeling he always feels when playing video games with “don’t die yet”
- More Kuroo/Kenma flashbacks
- Tsukki and Yamaguchi’s serve/block combo
- Bokuto and Akaashi’s reactions to the game
- Hugs and high fives at the end of the game
There is also a probability of making one Season out of Nekoma’s game since it is pretty long, somewhat similar to what they did with Shiratorizawa.
Who will be part of Haikyuu!! Season 5 characters?
The current cast of the “Haikyuu!!” volleyball team is likely to be retained. Some of them started in the first year along with Hinata and Kageyama.
Expect the following Haikyuu characters to be retained
- Ayumu Murase as Hinata,
- Kaito Ishikawa as Kageyama,
- Yu Hayashi as Ryunosuke Tanaka,
- Satoshi Hino as team captain Daichi Sawamura,
- Miyu Irino as Koshi Sugawara,
- Koki Uchiyama as Kei Tsukishima,
- Sôma Saitô as Tadashi Yamaguchi,
- Nobuhiko Okamoto as Yu Nishinoya,
- Yoshimasa Hosoya as Asahi Azumane, and
- Hiroshi Kamiya as adviser Ittetsu Takeda
Yamato Video recently revealed the vocal cast of Italian dubbing. While sharing the name Yamato said – “New rumors coming soon … with maybe even a nice trailer “
One can expect that the coming few days are critical for Haikyuu fans. Expect a taste of the adaptation with the first trailer out soon.
Who will be retained in Haikyuu season 5 characters for the English dub?
It is likely that English Voice narration artists of the first three seasons will be retained. Their names include
- Bryson Bauga as Hinata,
- Scott Gibbs as Kageyama,
- Greg Cote as Tanaka,
- Justin Duran as Sawamura,
- Adam Gibbs as Sugawara,
- Leraldo Anzaldua as Tsukishima,
- Cameron Bautsch as Yamaguchi,
- Greg Ayres as Nishinoya,
- Orlanders Jones as Azumane, and
- Gareth West as Takeda
Where can I watch Haikyuu English Dub?
Season 4 of the sports anime series titled, “Haikyuu!! To the Top” will be receiving the English dub in March 2022. The Japanese Dub with an English subtitled version of all 4 seasons is currently streaming on Crunchyroll. It cannot be confirmed when the Haikyuu English dub will land on Crunchyroll. Funimation has not added the title yet to its library but it is hopeful that the English dub might land soon.
VRV, exclusive to the US is streaming all four seasons of “Haikyuu!!” anime with English subtitles. If you have HIDIVE access you can stream English Dub/Sub of the third season of Haikyu!!.
Seasons 1 and 2 of Haikyu!! that were streaming on Netflix have been removed from 1st November in many regions. These seasons were running for 2 years and it seems the license to the stream had come to an end.
Will Haikyu!! return to Netflix?
However, looking at the anime’s popularity it is very likely to be again added to the catalog of Netflix. The platform is likely to renew the license for Haikyu!! and with Season 5 coming it seems highly probable.
Netflix has done the same with Attack on Titan before on a regular basis.
Is Haikyu!! on Amazon Prime Video?
How many episodes are there in Haikyuu Season 5?
As far as Haikyuu Season 5 episodes are concerned, it is likely to have 12 episodes. Fans on Reddit are expecting
“Make season 5 the Nekoma match, and a shorter season. May be 9 episodes for this match. If they want, they could tack the Mujinazaka/Fukurodani match on at the end to bump up the episode count to like 11-12.“
Is Haikyuu Season 5 the last season of anime?
Haikyuu fans would be looking forward to following the manga all the way. With sufficient story material available, one can even expect the anime to end up with Haikyu Season 6 and maybe even a Haikyu Season 7.
A new Haikyu Manga released to celebrate its 10th anniversary
In 2022, Haikyu Shonen franchise is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To mark the occasion, apart from an art exhibition, a real-life volleyball game, a special 1 pager manga will make a debut. Creator Haruichi Furudate will release it later this month with a few more surprises planned to celebrate the anniversary.
During Jump Festa 22, Haikyu has announced 10 projects for the upcoming 10th anniversary. 4 of them were revealed:
- 10th Anniversary Illustrations
- Locations for the Haikyu!! FINAL Exhibit
- A Radio Drama is written by Furudate
- An upcoming collaboration with the V.LEAGUE
Fans were disappointed since they were waiting to hear about Haikyuu 5. But with the anniversary celebrations on the way, most of the fans will be getting their hopes up, when in reality they probably just weren’t ready to reveal that much in December 2021.
Haikyuu Manga Special Chapter
Haikyuu! manga has been able to build a captivating plot by Hauirichi Furudate that got serialized in the flagship magazine of Shueisha for 8 years. The manga serialization had officially ended in the summer of 2020 with Chapter 402 as the last one. Haikyu !! is made up of a total of 45 volumes.
But it was during Haikyuu’s 10th anniversary, that the author and the publisher announced to publish a special chapter of the manga. It had been announced in February, however, no official details have come except for a leak from WSJ.
The number of pages of Haikyu!! Special chapter has been revealed along with the date. Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will publish the oneshot chapter of Haikyu!! spokon on Monday, April 26, 2022.
Haikyu!! manga Special Chapter will have a total of 19 pages. This included a color page with the lead character Kuroo, captain and pivot of the Nekoma team. The name of the chapter will be “Haikyuu Tokubetsuhen Matsuri Futatabi” with a probability of centring around time prior to Hinata’s story.
Is Haikyuu the best spokon in the truest sense of the word?
After the huge hype, anime generated since its first appearance, Haikyu!! has definitely left an indelible mark as one of the best-made spokons on TV in recent years. Haikyu !! has managed to win over his fans by including those who chew little or no spokon.
It can be compared with another masterpiece in the 90’s, Slam Dunk, which didn’t allow basketball rules to drift. Now Haikyuu !! retraces the same steps glorifying sport as the protagonist of the work. Haikyu !! can be defined as a 360 ° spokon. It has managed without exaggerations to show a precise vision of the world of volleyball. It stands apart because it has managed to stay aloof from the vicissitudes in which young athletes get implicated.
Somewhats similar to the works of this genre such as Free !!, Yuri On Ice or Kuroko No Basket, in the Haikyuu anime it is the sport only that is a common thread that unites and emotionally binds the characters.
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