We meet again! In last week’s episode of Haikyuu!! Karasuno Koukou vs Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou!, we were given an amazing dose of volleyball action both from the Karasuno team and the Shiratorizawa team. The match has progressed a lot since its start. There are still more to come – especially in this fourth episode of our favorite sports anime series!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 月の輪
The fourth episode of the series showcases most of what each team has to offer. Everyone is pulling out all the stops and they are going all out in both attack and defense. In fact, it can be seen that Karasuno is already becoming solid in their defense against Ushijima’s killer serves and spikes.
Haikyuu!! would certainly contain more thrilling scenes on the court, so I excitedly took my seat in front of the computer and waited for the opening scene.
It was excruciating to wait for one whole week to watch the next episode of Haikyuu!!. The last episode left us off with the promise of a much more thrilling game play. Here are some of the highlights that make the fourth episode worth watching.
Highlight #1: Mobbing
As seen in the previous episode, Tsukishima and the rest of the blockers were able to narrow down the path of Ushijima’s spikes so that Nishinoya, Karasuno’s guardian deity, would be able to cleanly receive them. At the behest of Tsukishima, the Karasuno team is now able to gauge Shiratorizawa’s attacks as well as match their timing. This is Karasuno’s total defense.
Yachi, Karasuno’s first-year manager, likened the strategy Karasuno uses to the attack methods of birds of prey – mobbing. In order to bring down a much bigger bird, smaller birds would gather together and simultaneously attack their prey. Karasuno is doing the same thing: they put three blockers with a libero waiting behind against Ushijima’s attacks.
Highlight #2: Shirabu’s Attack Commences
As a setter, most people already have a preconception that Shirabu is only setting up the ball for the spikers. Especially since he is in Shiratorizawa, Shirabu is pretty much the ‘setter’. However, he now bares his fangs. He shows that he can also attack, just like the rest of the team.
There is a scene where he attempts to pull off a dump shot. Karasuno gets deceived by him as he positions himself in a way that lets people think he will set up the ball for the spikers. The dump shot is indeed successful. However, take note that Tsukishima one-touches the ball. There is a feeling of a developing showdown between these two volleyball players.
Highlight #3: Hinata’s One-Touch Block
Both Shirabu and Tendou get a shock as Hinata jumps for a one-touch-off of Tendou’s spike. Do remember that Hinata is of small stature. Even though he can jump really high for spikes, his blocks require more polishing.
On Hinata’s side though, he is only able to pull off that one-touch block successfully simply because he received an instruction from Tsukishima. Of course, receiving advice or instructions from that guy is kind of rare as well.
Highlight #4: Kageyama’s Return Dump Shot
Shirabu’s dump shot is returned in kind by Kageyama pulling off a return dump shot. Karasuno’s very own King of the Court hates to lose to other setters out there, after all. He won’t let Shirabu get away with the dump shot he pulled off earlier in the game.
Highlight #5: Break Point
The two teams just keep seesawing between break points. Whenever one team reaches break point, the other team does whatever they can to take the point back. No one is backing down!
Highlight #6: Ushijima’s Kill
When everything’s on a stalemate, both team look up to their aces. Ushijima easily proves that point in this episode as he orders Shirabu to gather all the balls to him. He delivers as he continues to unleash intense killer spikes over the net.
Highlight #7: The Long Wait is Over
All throughout the game, Tsukishima never allowed Shirabu to have any success or feel any accomplishment with the spikes he sets up. Ultimately, Tsukishima does this with the aim of making Shirabu irritated. This way, he will commit a mistake and skews his set up. Once Shirabu makes the mistake, Ushijima’s spike will fail. He won’t be able to deliver a successful spike past the block. He patiently waits and waits – until it happened! When it did, everyone in the court gets shocked as Tsukishima was able to successfully and cleanly block off Ushijima’s strong spike – alone. It’s pretty epic!
Themes & Trivia
This episode of Haikyuu!! is based on the 166th chapter of the series. It can be found in the 34th issue of the 2015 Weekly Shōnen Jump series.
There’s a lot of things in the episode which we see for the first time: First,Tsukishima initiates a conversation with Hinata. Second, Tsukishima shows an extremely joyous expression. These are just some of the moments to look forward to in the latest episode of the Haikyuu!! series.
Stay Tuned, Guys!
The release of Episode 05 next week marks the mid-season of Season 3. Moreover, the next episode seems to be about the game’s third set. Just stay tuned here in Manga.Tokyo to get a recap on the next episodes of the Haikyuu!! series.
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