Haikyuu!!: Episode 24

孤独の王様” – Removing the “Solitary King”

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Le gasp… <(。_。)>

Aoba Johsai’s victory was pretty obvious, but to have those suspicions confirmed was still very upsetting. This review really was supposed to come out sooner. And its lateness just goes to show how long it’s been taking for me to recover from the utter shock that this episode was. They say time heals all wounds, but that really isn’t working in this case. Alas, reviews still don’t write themselves, so here goes me, trying not to sniffle too much as I type away my thoughts on this episode.

Rather than focus on the sadness, let’s look at the good things. This match really was not about Karasuno winning, because obviously they did not. Instead, it was to show us that these boys, although still a very new team, can indeed work together. Again this harks back to teamwork and team spirit. Through playing in the Inter-High, Kageyama has truly evolved, from being the ‘solitary king’ to being one of the team. Karasuno really is where he belongs and it is refreshing to see Kageyama not only get along with his teammates, but to appreciate and trust them as well. He might have felt shocked as well as left out when he saw Kunimi genuinely smiling upon being encouraged by the Aoba Johsai team; he might harbor feelings of bitterness and self-pity; but he has to remember that he has his own teammates, teammates who are always there for him. If anything, this Inter-High was more of a prelude for Karasuno, their real tournament has yet to come.

Overall, it was a thrilling quarterfinal; a very good game indeed. Being on the sidelines, I am sure any viewer would share that sentiment. However, as Takinoue (that blond dude from the Karasuno Neighbourhood Association team) said, it is much different if you are the one playing. Being a player, no matter how hard you fought, it is difficult to say that it was a good match if you did not win.

Now that I have said my piece, it’s seiyuu time. Again, the spotlight is on Namikawa Daisuke. His performance was everything I could have hoped for Oikawa and so much more. Now that their game against Aoba Johsai has concluded, I doubt we will hear that much more of him till… goodness knows when. And so, gushing while I can, I shall say yet again, that Namikawa did brilliantly as Oikawa.

At the end of it all, there was food. As Komorebi said, anime food always looks so good. And so, while the Karasuno boys consume much needed nutrients to repair their exhausted muscles, let’s take yet another moment to recover. They will get stronger.

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