Episode 24 “The Limit Switch”
Neither of the teams allows a big lead while tenaciously accumulating points one by one. The players maxed out their stamina, the gravity starts bothering them, but the seesaw game doesn’t release them. The winner of this match will advance to the final… The game is coming down to the wire!
Kageyama and Hinata showed a fine play, allowing team Karasuno to regain the upper hand. However, neither of Karasuno nor Seijo allows the opponent to lead the game. People in the stadium – regular audience and the high school cheering teams – are all on the edge of their seats, eyes glued the development.
Finally, the point reaches 20. But, it is not Karasuno’s point. It is Seijo who took the lead.
And the hero who came to save Karasuno is none other than Yamaguchi, who made
an outstanding performance in the second set, he comes back as a sub server to the court. His serve almost turned to an ace, but the Seijo players don’t let that happen. Next, a chance ball comes up. The Karasuno members turn this opportunity into a synchronized attack, but again, the Seijo players are tenacious, they pick up that ball, too. In the end, Seijo used a feint ball effectively to score.
In Seijo’s offense round, it is Oikawa’s turn to serve. He serves a no-touch ace ball, tipping the point of the flow favorable to Seijo. The game comes to a match point.
Daichi is not ready to lose, he manages to finally receive Oikawa’s serve, cutting the flow. However, the game quickly goes back to Seijo’s match point. The Karasuno team brings in Sugawara who shows amazing ball control by serving the ball to the just right course, but, again, Seijo’s members pick the ball up, and the ball goes to their opponent. Then, Hinata noticed. At the very last moment, Hinata senses that the first attacker is a mock, instead, Kyotani is coming in with strategically staggered timing. Hinata jumps to block Kyotani, and bumps into Kageyama who’s already in midair to do the same block. They pulled off the block, the ball bounces off right in to the opponent’s court. The score from this rally brings Karasuno to tie with Seijo, 24-24. Yesssss!
The game is down to the wire. Karasuno’s to serve. Sugawara takes the ball and aims at the closest possible serve range. Team Seijo manages to turn this difficult serve into an intense spike attack. The blockers manage to weaken the speed of the attack, and Sugawara picks it up. At this point, everyone expects to see another synchronized attack tactic to explode.
No, in fact, Kageyama lightly tosses the ball to faint. Only Oikawa is able to react. With heated intensity, he rushes to the faint ball, but, his hand doesn’t reach the ball. With this, team Karasuno turns the tide – they are one up now, and the game comes down to match point for Karasuno!
Sugawara makes another attempt to serve the ball closest to the net. It goes well, but, Seijo’s members manage to receive it, leading to Kyotani’s smashing inner spike. Tanaka dashes to pick it up, and the ball bounces off on his head, but, the ball is still effective. Karasuno’s members lead this ball to a synchronized attack, the Sugawara version. Asahi blasts a powerful attack. This attack doesn’t ace, but, it is effective enough to mess up Seijo’s flow. The ball bounces off the court.
Oikawa doesn’t give in. He runs, catching it up, and maneuvering a super long and perfect toss for Iwaizumi, who jumps to the occasion and blasts an explosive spike into Karasuno’s court.
Karasuno’s captain, Daichi, tries to block it, but the ball is way too powerful, it slaps his hand, flying outside of the court. Tanaka flies to the ball again, picking it up. The ball is too far away from the net, but, it is a waste to simply return the ball only to give a chance to Seijo. Asahi risks the chance and attempts to turn the ball into an attack ball.
The powerful attack reaches Seijo’s team, who, can’t handle it. The ball bounces right into the net.
Kyotani dives in, and tosses the ball up with all his might, but the ball floats up into Karasuno’s court.
Kageyama sees a chance and attempts to smash it, well, Seijo’s team doesn’t let him, and Kageyama’s quick attack is blocked and the ball flies off the course. It bounces off on Sugawara’s head, and luckily, the ball goes up straight, still in the court. Yes! Karasuno’s chance ball.
“GIVE IT TO ME!”
Hinata’s voice echoes throughout the court.
He dashes, getting ready for an attack. Seijo’s team reacts to this and a three-player block flies in. Kageyama tosses the ball to Hinata, who, squares off with the three blockers, and at that moment, he sees it. The weak spot between one blocker’s fingers – Hinata blasts the flaming spike right into the weak spot.
Oikawa reads the course at the last moment, but even he can’t react quickly enough to catch the ball that bounces off of the blockers’ fingers, and, the ball flies off of Seijo’s court.
After the fierce battle, Karasuno won! Victory for Karasuno!
### Last Comment
Boy, what an intense ride. It felt like a showcase of all the thrilling and exciting moments. This exactly is hand-gripping, edge-of-the-seat entertainment! I felt like I forgot to breathe, because I was so drawn into what was happening in front of me.
The speedy storytelling is amazing. It’s kinda weird to say, because it is an anime, and not a real-world volleyball game, but it felt real .
That scene where Kageyama tosses the ball to faint? I got goose bumps! So creative, so out of the box.
The good-looking Oikawa cringed to the court floor, trying to catch the faint ball, and couldn’t, then he stared at Kageyama with a crazy zeal in his eyes. Do you remember, it was the opposite way, the last time?
And, I just want to say Yachi is super cute when she puts her palms together and literally prays to god.
Karasuno finally won a game over the team that shares spiteful connections. This is a great episode, it still leaves a lingering sensation in me.
(C) 古舘春一／集英社・「ハイキュー!! セカンドシーズン」製作委員会・MBS