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In the second episode of Haikyuu!! Karasuno Koukou vs Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou, the match between the two high school volleyball team heats up! The story is indeed packed with volleyball action. You will be kept on the edge of your seat as you watch the epic pre-Nationals clash that we’ve all been waiting for!
Japanese Original Episode Title: “左”の脅威
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With the introduction of Ushijima’s powerful left spike in the previous episode, Karasuno is starting to feel the pressure of the battle. Their movements are really stiff and they are making basic play errors that they would have otherwise not committed: they misjudge if the ball will be in or out and they can’t decide immediately who would receive the ball. They are all over the place until Sugawara shouts at them to stop messing around. With the refreshing guy of the team scolding them for their stiff play, the Karasuno boys on the court have no other choice but to pull themselves together. Of course, Sugawara receives a piercing glare from the referee for his action!
Once the boys get their act together, they immediately go back to the Karasuno team we all know – a team filled with fighting spirit and the desire to win! They resume their play and persistently defend against Shiratorizawa’s attacks. They also make sure to counterattack whenever a point is taken from them. The game is way too exciting, so don’t forget to breathe while you are watching this week’s episode!
Just like the first episode, there are lots of highlights worth watching in this week’s episode of Haikyuu!! Season 3. I, your recap specialist, will make sure to bring you the best highlights as if my life depended on it!
In the previous episode, we have witnessed the power behind Ushijima’s left-handed spike. In fact, it was so powerful that Karasuno’s guardian deity Nishinoya wasn’t able to receive the spike cleanly. One of the reasons why he wasn’t able to receive it despite his amazing libero skills was that Ushijima’s raw power was classified to be in the top-tier among high school volleyball players. Another reason was that left-handed volleyball spikers are quite rare and Nishinoya isn’t used to them – yet.
Nevertheless, Nishinoya doesn’t run away from a good fight. With pure confidence in his receives, he promises his team that he will receive the ball nicely in no time. Just give him three balls and he’ll take care of the rest!
Karasuno wouldn’t go out on the court without a plan. One of their strategies focuses on defending against Ushijima’s spikes. That isn’t a surprise at all considering that Ushijima is the core of Shiratorizawa’s attack patterns.
The plan? Since Ushijima’s spikes usually shot at an angle, the blockers have to tighten up their block. Doing so will eventually open a straight path for Nishinoya to receive the spike cleanly.
The plan doesn’t go well on the first few attempts though. Ushijima still dominates the court. Nonetheless, it doesn’t take long before Karasuno’s guardian deity pulls off a clean receive from Ushijima’s full power spike.
Here we see just how Tsukishima has finally blended in with the team. Proof of that is his improving performance as a middle blocker. Even though he still has his apprehensions, he does his best to block Ushijima’s spikes using his logical thinking and tall height as his weapons. He amazingly keeps up with the opponent!
Despite the fact that he is doing more than what he normally would in blocking opponents, he fails to completely shut off Ushijima’s attacks. Since he is at the front lines experiencing Ushijima’s raw power, he thinks that it can’t be helped that they can’t get a point off the enemy.
Do you think Tsukishima loses faith and just lets the opponent rack up point after point? Don’t be fooled! Something happens to spur Karasuno’s logical thinking into action!
The resident goofball of Shiratorizawa won’t let himself be upstaged! He blocks the quick strike Kageyama sets up for Hinata without any problems. If the quick strike freshmen duo Kageyama and Hinata plans to bring down Ushijima, it seems they have to beat Tendo first. This scene is most definitely leading to the exciting events in episode 3!
This episode is dedicated to the memory of Coach Ukai’s voice actor, Kazunari Tanaka. At the age of 49, he passed away due to brain stem hemorrhage in October 10, 2016. It was indeed a sad day for Coach Ukai’s fans and Haikyuu!! fans in general.
Hinata and Kageyama weren’t that much in action. However, that only made way for us to see how the other players are. This episode successfully got the message across that all of the players in both Karasuno and Shiratorizawa have earned their right to play on the court (and earned some screen time too!). With how this episode went, I’m definitely excited for next week’s episode 3!
Next week’s episode is worth waiting for. If you are amazed with the plays you witnessed in episode 2, then be sure to expect more from episode 3. Who’s going to be the badass? Are there new heart-pounding plays and close calls? Let’s all find out together here in Manga.Tokyo!
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