You didn’t hear it here first, but it’s been announced that the next issue of Weekly Shonen Jump will contain a brand-new Haikyuu!! one shot!
The globally popular Haikyuu!! manga ended back in 2020. It was meant to coincide with the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which because of reasons was delayed by a year. The final pages of the last chapter showed Hinata and Kageyama – along with several other characters – as members of the Japanese national volleyball team. The fourth season of the anime adaptation aired later that same year.
A special chapter of the manga was released about two years later, in April 2022. A who’s who of fan favorite characters, the one-shot depicted a special exhibition game featuring players from all of the teams that were introduced in the series. This helped to tide fans over while we waited for news about the next season of the anime.
Sadly, it was announced in August 2022 that the anime adaptation would not get another season. Instead, Haikyuu!! would end with two films. The announcement was vague enough that many people were confused, still hoping that we would get a season five. After all, the most hyped match of the entire series was next on the agenda, and to not give it a proper season seemed insane.
But this news was confirmed in later announcements, such as when the title for the first film was revealed. Gekijōban Haikyu!! Gomi Suteba no Kessen (Haikyu!! the Movie: Decisive Battle at the Garbage Dump) will adapt the long-awaited first official match between Karasuno and Nekoma. The film releases in Japan on February 16.
The new 16-page chapter of the manga, which publishes on February 5 in Japan and will feature a full-color page, is meant to commemorate the release of the film. It will tell a “different angle” of the match between Karasuno and Nekoma, which in the manga is chronicled approximately from chapters 293-325.
I’m always excited for new Haikyuu!! content, so I’m anxiously awaiting this new look at an iconic manga arc. I’m very curious as to what the “different angle” would be, since the original chapters were told from various character perspectives. Make sure you stay tuned for my review, because you’d better believe I’ll be coming here to gush about seeing my volleyball boys again.
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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