It was when Shoyo Hinata saw the legendary volleyball (haikyu) player known as “the Little Giant” compete at the national volleyball finals. From that point, Hinata began a quest to be the best volleyball player ever. In a sport in which tall athletes dominate, however, Hinata's height of 5'4” is considered too short. Now playing for Karasuno Public High School with his rival, Tobio Kageyama, Hinata does not believe that a player needs to be tall in order to play volleyball, especially when a player can jump higher than anyone else – as he can.
As Haikyu!!, Vol. 17 (entitled Talent and Instinct; Chapters 145 to 153) opens, it is Aoba Johsai 24 and Karasuno 23 – game point for Aoba. Then, it is on to the National Spring High School Volleyball Tournament – Miyagi Prefecture Qualifier Round Finals to face the seemingly, machine-like, unstoppable Shirotorizawa Academy.
[This volume includes a bonus story.]
THE LOWDOWN: It is still the same. The Haikyu!! manga is really good at depicting all that is fast and furious about a volleyball match. Creator Haruichi Furudate is always placing challenges in front of his star team, Karasuno, as the players move through the brackets of the big spring tournament.
Haikyu!! Graphic Novel Volume 17 offers two competitive matches – the end of one and the beginning of another. The latter may be the most important match depicted in Haikyu!! yet. It is time to get on the court, dear readers, and enjoy this exciting sports manga.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Fans of sports manga will want the Shonen Jump title, Haikyu!!