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 to 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. Haikyuu Season 4 covers the Haikyuu manga from chapters 207 to 292.
When is Haikyuu Season 5 coming out?
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 of 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.
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 Fall 2021 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
Trailer or even teaser of Season 5 has not yet been revealed by the makers. It is likely to happen few weeks before 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.
In the meantime, enjoy official trailer of first cour of Haikyuu!! To The Top.
What will be Haikyuu Season 5 plot?
The upcoming season 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.
As far as Haikyuu Season 5 episodes is concerned, 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.“
Who will be part of Haikyuu!! Season 5 Cast?
The current cast of “Haikyuu!!” villeyball 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
Where can I watch Haikyuu English Dub?
Season 4 of the sports anime series titled, “Haikyuu!! To the Top” has not received the English dub version yet. It cannot be confirmed when Haikyuu English dub will land on Crunchyroll. But 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
Haikyuu fans would be looking forward to following the manga all the way so that the anime ends in Haikyu Season 6 and maybe even a Haikyu Season 7. Share with FlickerBuzz the surprises you would like to see in Season 5 of Haikyuu.