A special event for popular manga and anime Haikyu!! was held on December 17 at the ‘Jump Super Stage’ of Jump Festa 2017.
The guest speakers were Ayumu Murase (Shoyo Hinata) and Kaito Ishikawa (Tobio Kageyama). From the Hyper Projection Performance ‘Haikyu!!’ came Kenta Suga (Hinata) and Tatsunari Kimura (Tobio). They arrived full of energy, and the fans welcomed them with shouts of joy.
The four cast members from the animation and theatrical performance had a special talk on the stage about the appeal of Haikyu!!
The third season of the animation has just ended with great success. Suga and Kimura have always been huge fans of both the original comic series and the animation. On the stage, they looked back on the animation, and spoke passionately about their favorite scenes.
After that, Murase and Ishikawa, who have seen the Hyper Projection Performance ‘Haikyu!!’, spoke about the fantastic aspects of the live performance. A new version of the performance is going to start next March. Murase and Ishikawa highly praised the cutting-edge technology of the projection mapping and how well it worked with the lively performances by the cast. They mentioned that it was as if the characters really existed in the real world.
In addition, a special announcement was made regarding Haikyu!!’s first concert event. The event, called ‘Haikyu!! Concert 2017’, will be held at Tokyo International Forum on February 26, 2017. At the concert, a special orchestra will play the best music from all three seasons of the anime, with the best scenes from the series being shown on the background.
On top of this, BURNOUT SYNDROMES came on the stage for the fans! They played Fly High, the opening theme from the second season, and Hikari Are from the third season. Their powerful live performance filled the atmosphere with great energy.
At the end, the guests showed their gratitude to the fans. The event was wrapped up with everyone shouting the word Otsukareshita-!! (a word showing respect for each other’s hard work). This has become a custom at Haikyu!! events. The stage event was a great success!
Haikyu!!’s tremendous popularity does not look like it is coming to an end any time soon. We have the special concert and a new version of the Hyper Projection Performance to look forward to. What else is there to come? We need to keep an eye on Haikyu!!