The first volume of Haikyū!!

Haikyū!! (Japanese: ハイキュー!!) is a shōnen sports manga series written and drawn by Haruichi Furudate. It began as a one-shot in Jump NEXT! magazine on January 8, 2011[1]. From February 20, 2012[2] until July 20, 2020[3], the manga was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine, and is re-published as a series of tankōbon volumes. Viz Media began publishing the series in English on July 5, 2016[4].

Haikyū!! has been adapted into an anime series by Production I.G, as well as a series of stage plays, video games, light novels, a trading card game and more.

Name

The name ハイキュー (haikyū) is derived from the kanji 排球, an obscure word for volleyball, that literally means "ball throw". The most commonly used name for volleyball in Japanese is バレーボール (barēbōru).

Plot

The title art for chapter one of Haikyū!!

Main article: Timeline

Ever since he watched the legendary player known as "the Little Giant" compete at the high school national volleyball finals, Shōyō Hinata has wanted to be the best volleyball player ever! He decides to join the volleyball club at his middle school, but he must wait until his third year to play in an official tournament. His team is crushed by volleyball prodigy Tobio Kageyama, also known as "the King of the Court", in straight sets. Swearing revenge on Kageyama, Hinata graduates middle school and joins Karasuno High School, the school where the Little Giant played. However, upon joining the volleyball club, he finds out that Kageyama is there as well!

Chapters and volumes

Main article: Haikyū!! Volumes

Publication

Japanese

Haikyū!! was serialized in Shueisha's magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump, with a new chapter released each week (with occasional breaks), beginning with chapter one in issue #21–22 2012 on February 20, 2012[2] and ending with chapter 402 in issue #33–34 2020 on July 20, 2020[3]. Chapters were then republished in tankōbon volumes, beginning with Hinata and Kageyama on June 4, 2012[5].

English

At New York Comic Con 2015, Viz Media announced that they would be licencing Haikyū!! for release in English[6], and the first volume was released on July 5, 2016[4]. Individual chapters are also available on the Viz Media website, via its Shonen Jump membership programme[7].

The latest three chapters are also available in English on Shueisha's Manga Plus platform[8].

International releases

Logo of the manga in French

The Haikyū!! manga volumes have been released around the world in many different languages, and sometimes under different names:

Language Name English translation Publisher
Japanese ハイキュー!! Haikyū!! Shueisha[5]
English Haikyu!! - Viz Media[9]
Chinese 排球少年!! Volleyball Boy!! CN: Zhejiang Renmei
TW: Tong Li Publishing[10]
French Haikyū!! - Les as du volley Haikyū!! - The ace of volleyball Kazé[11]
German Haikyu!! - Kazé[12]
Italian Haikyu!! - L'asso del volley Haikyu!! - The ace of volleyball Star Comics[13]
Korean 하이큐!! High-Q!! Daewon C.I.
Vietnamese Haikyu!! - Chàng khổng lồ tí hon Haikyu!! - Tiny giant Kim Đồng[14]

Televisa's Smash Manga acquired the rights to publish Haikyū!! in Spanish in Latin America, but then ceased operations in June 2019, before any volumes were published[15].

Reception

Shōyō Hinata featured on the cover of Weekly Shōnen Jump

After the anime adaption of Haikyū!! that aired in the Spring of 2014, the manga's popularity jumped and was met with overwhelmingly positive comments, most of them from females, though the target demographic is for males. Since then, the manga's popularity has only continued to increase. Over twelve million volumes of Haikyū!! have been sold since December 2014, and merchandise, fanbooks, and doujinshis of the series are widely sought after in conventions located in both Japan and America[citation needed].

Haikyū!! was the 22nd top selling manga of 2013 in Japan, having sold 2,056,211 copies[16]. It became the 3rd best-selling manga in Japan in 2014, having sold 8,283,709 copies[17]. In 2015, it became the 6th top selling manga, having sold 6,531,508 copies[18]. It was the 5th top selling manga of 2016 having sold 6,474,394 copies[19]. In 2017, the series was the 6th top selling manga, having sold 5,067,939 copies[20]. It rose to the 5th top selling manga in 2018, having sold 5,030,624 copies[21]. In 2019, it fell to 8th place, having sold 4,514,838 copies[22].

Awards

Spin-offs and adaptations

Haikyū!! Cross Team Match!

Gallery

International covers

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Vol 1 english cover.jpg
Volleyball Boy 1 cover.jpg
Haikyū!! Les as du volley 1 cover.jpg
Haikyu 1 DE cover.png
Haikyu!! L'asso del volley 1 cover.jpg
High-Q 1 cover.jpg
Haikyu Chang khong lo ti hon 1 cover.jpg

Trailer

Haikyu!!_Official_Manga_Trailer

Haikyu!! Official Manga Trailer

References

  1. Jump NEXT! Published by Naoshi Komi & Haruichi Furudate - Natalie (retrieved July 10, 2020)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Opening with a jump "Haikyu!!" by Haruichi Furudate - Natalie (retrieved July 10, 2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 【Haikyu!! Conclusion July 20, 2020】 - @haikyu_com on Twitter (retrieved July 12, 2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Haikyu!!, Vol. 1 - Viz Media (retrieved July 10, 2020)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Haikyū!! 1 - Shueisha (retrieved July 8, 2020)
  6. Viz Media Adds Kuroko's Basketball, Haikyu!!, Yona of the Dawn Manga - Anime News Network (retrieved July 10, 2020)
  7. HAIKYU!! - Viz Media (retrieved July 12, 2020)
  8. Haikyu!! - Manga Plus (retrieved July 12, 2020)
  9. Haikyu!! - Viz Media (retrieved July 8, 2020)
  10. Volleyball boy - Tong Li Publishing (retrieved July 8, 2020)
  11. Haikyū!! - Les as du volley - Kazé (retrieved July 8, 2020)
  12. Haikyu!! Part 1 - Kazé (retrieved July 8, 2020)
  13. Haikyu!! - Star Comics (retrieved July 8, 2020)
  14. Haikyu!! – Chàng khổng lồ tí hon - Kim Đồng Publishing House (retrieved July 8, 2020)
  15. Smash Manga officially stops, what will happen to the manga? - Manga México (retrieved July 8, 2020)
  16. Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2013 - Anime News Network (retrieved July 10, 2020)
  17. Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2014 - Anime News Network (retrieved July 10, 2020)
  18. Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2015 - Anime News Network (retrieved July 10, 2020)
  19. Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2016 - Anime News Network (retrieved July 10, 2020)
  20. Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2017 - Anime News Network (retrieved July 10, 2020)
  21. Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2018 - Anime News Network (retrieved July 10, 2020)
  22. Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2019 - Anime News Network (retrieved July 10, 2020)
  23. Haikyu!!, My Love Story!!, Sunny Win Shogakukan Manga Awards - Anime News Network (retrieved July 10, 2020)
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