Fans may have to wait a little bit for Haikyuu season 4, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be getting anything in 2017.
This year’s 16th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed no information about Haikyuu season 4, but we did learn that later this year there will be two compilation movies for the anime adaptation of Haruichi Furudate’s volleyball manga.
The first film, Haikyu!! Sainō to Sense (Haikyu!! Genius and Sense), will chronicle the match against Aobajōsai High School (aka Seijou) in the anime’s first season, which pitted Karasuno setter Kageyama against his senpai, Oikawa, for the first time in an official match.
The second film, Haikyu!! Concept no Tatakai (Haikyu!! Battle of Concepts), will focus on the championship match between Karasuno and Shiratorizawa, which is interesting considering that the entire third season focused on this game. Of course, season 3 was about four hours total, and the film will be considerably less than that, but still.
Unfortunately, compilation movies mean that we likely won’t be getting Haikyuu season 4 anytime this year. I suspect that Production I.G., the studio that produces the anime, is waiting for more chapters of the manga to be released so that they have more material for season 4. While the anime hasn’t yet caught up to the manga, it is getting dangerously close, so it makes sense that they would release compilation films in order to buy some time. It isn’t new material, but at least it’s something.
I’ve been wondering how they plan to break up the manga in season 4. Will they return to the 25-episode format of seasons 1 and 2, or will they make smaller, more focused seasons like this last season?
The current chapters are sent at Japan’s national volleyball tournament, and the chapters in between the Shiratorizawa match and the current arc focused on our favorite first years participating in special training camps while the rest of the team honed their skills for nationals. While it wouldn’t be ridiculous to break up nationals into different seasons (Kuroko no Basket did this with its national tournament arc), it would make more sense for season 4 to be a shorter season that concentrates solely on the training camp arcs, with season 5 (hopefully) revolving around nationals. After all, since the manga is ongoing, we have no idea how far Karasuno will go at nationals, so it’s reasonable to wait and see.
What do you guys think about the compilation movies? Any thoughts on season 4?
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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