The Haikyu!! anime series continues to draw in new fans while keeping existing fans very entertained as they wait for more material to get animated. Coming from the manga by Haruichi Furudate, the folks at Crunchyroll have been handling the streaming of the past seasons and specials that have come out. They’re doing some new promotion for one of their more evergreen shows now with a new clip from the ninth episode of the second season of the series as we watch Ukai return to the court and has to work hard to get back into the groove so that he can be the team’s ace!
The series was directed by Susumu Mitsumaka for the first three seasons and Masako Sato for the fourth season. Taku Kishimoto handled the series composition with Takahiro Kishida adapting the character designs. The animation production was handled by Production I.G.
The Japanese cast includes Ayumu Murase as Shōyō Hinata, Kaito Ishikawa as Tobio Kageyama, Daisuke Namikawa as Tōru Oikawa, Hiroki Matsukawa as Takanobu Aone, Hiroshi Kamiya as Ittetsu Takeda, Hiroyuki Yoshino as Hajime Iwaizumi, Kaori Nazuka as Kiyoko Shimizu, Kazunari Tanaka as Keishin Ukai, Kouki Uchiyama as Kei Tsukishima, Miyu Irino as Kōshi Sugawara, Nobuhiko Okamoto as Yū Nishinoya, Satoshi Hino as Daichi Sawamura, Sōma Saitō as Tadashi Yamaguchi, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Asahi Azumane, Yūichi Nakamura as Tetsurō Kuroo, Yuu Hayashi as Ryūnosuke Tanaka, and Yuuki Kaji as Kenma Kozume.
The English dub was directed by Kyle Jones for Sentai Filmworks with a cast that includes Bryson Baugus as Shoyo Hinata, Scott Gibbs as Tobio Kageyama, Adam Gibbs as Koshi Sugawara, Benjamin McLaughlin as Hajime Iwaizumi, Cameron Bautsch as Tadashi Yamaguchi, Chris Patton as Toru Oikawa, Clint Bickham as Kenma Kozume, David Wald as Keishin Ukai, Gareth West as Ittetsu Takeda, Greg Ayres as Yu Nishinoya, Greg Cote as Ryunosuke Tanaka, Justin Doran as Daichi Sawamura, Leraldo Anzaldua as Kei Tsukishima, Mike Haimoto as Takanobu Aone, Orlanders Jones as Asashi Azumane, Rebekah Stevens as Kiyoko Shimizu, and Ty Mahany as Tetsuro Kuroo.
Plot Concept: Haikyu!! is a slice-of-life sports anime revolving around Shoyo Hinata’s love of volleyball. Inspired by a small-statured pro volleyball player, Hinata creates a volleyball team in his last year of middle school. Unfortunately, the team is matched up against the “King of the Court” Tobio Kageyama’s team in their first tournament and inevitably lose. After the crushing defeat, Hinata vows to surpass Kageyama After entering high school, Hinata joins the volleyball team only to find that Tobio has also joined.