Episode 25: Declaration of War
The Karasuno High School Volleyball team has finally won an important match against the archrival, Aoba-Johsai High School (a.k.a. Seijo). This allows Karasuno High advance to the Spring Inter High Miyagi Prefecture Final. Their next opponent is Shiratorizawa High School, the best and strongest team in Miyagi.
Only one winner can move on to the national. Karasuno’s upheaval against the “absolute monarchy” Shiratorizawa High now begins!
Review (spoiler alert)
Right after the grueling match, Seijo’s team captain, Oikawa, glares at Karasuno’s genius setter Kageyama right into the eyes, and snarls, “Don’t get on the high horse.” Without a delay, Kageyama growls back, “I won’t.” I almost can’t believe how composed Kageyama is, after having won the meaningful – and highly emotional – victory from the rival.
Seijo’s coach speaks to the losing team. His speech sinks to the stomach. “You all fought well.” The ace attacker looks unbearable. One by one, beginning with Oikawa, the rest of the team mates pads him on the shoulder, in encouragement. From the viewers’ point of view, we side with the Karasuno Team, by default, I do, too. I mean I can’t help it. But, watching the losing team’s emotional reactions made me realize that everybody has its own story. At the other corner of the room, Karasuno team is huddling, happy and boisterous. I felt hesitant to join them sharing their high spirits. The stalk gap between winner and loser, spotlight and shadow, tinges me. Aww.
Oikawa runs into Ushijima. Oikawa advises that Karasuno is truly strong so not to be under evaluated.
It may look like Oikawa is howling an empty threat to Ushijima, the captain of Shiratorizawa. But, what if…? What if Oikawa actually respects Karasuno’s true value? If that’s true, Oikawa may have said that out of frustration because Ushijima is not respectful.
Back at the school, Hinata and teammates receive an unexpectedly large amount of welcoming and congratulatory reactions from the rest of the school. This scene made me feeling happy and proud!
At the school gym stadium, the team has an after-match meeting. It seems that everyone is brimming with confidence.
Even the powerhouse Seijo has never beaten the King, Shiratorizawa High. Karasuno High is going to face the champ tomorrow. No one thinks Karasuno can tank Shiratorizawa. That’s the common view.
“It doesn’t matter!” Hinata howls, and he shines here like a bundle of confidence.
The meeting is over, and the coach tells everybody to go home and rest up. But, Kageyama and Hinata, along with the club manager Yachi-san who is wheedled in, starts more practice.
Yachi-san shares her feelings. She is not shy about sharing her emotions and showing gratitude. What a great girl.
The final is tomorrow, Hinata and Kageyama exchange last discussions before going home.
Hinata says, “I’m super nervous… but really excited!”
Kageyama replies “We’re gonna win tomorrow.”
And then, fist bump, followed by the ending theme. Nice! The show ends with Hinata and Kageyama facing off with Ushijima, declaring a war.
I’ve just remembered something. After the game, it is a customary to have an interview with opponent team’s coach.
Is this only in Japan, or a global thing?
The Haikyuu!! series third season production schedule has been confirmed. This is good news! I already can’t wait for the next season to begin…!
(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
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