Haikyuu! A Meaningful Anime Series of Volleyball

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Aug 112019
 

Haikyuu !! is an amazing volleyball sports anime that tells the story of two characters who think that they will be enemies but eventually become comrades: Hinata Shouyou and Kageyama Tobio.

“Enemies” and “Allies” become one. That sounds paradoxical, but it is the most accurate description of Hinata and Kageyama’s relationship: the strongest enemy is the strongest ally!

In volleyball, once standing on either side of the net, it is a battle. And the battle of the two takes place quickly. Hinata has failed miserably, the pain of losing the game caused him to burst into tears, but in that tears, there was also the determination to take revenge. Kageyama, though in the position of the winner, doesn’t feel satisfied at all, because there are moments when confronting each other, he realizes in Hinata’s eyes an overwhelming strength, the power that makes he felt threatened.

Just like that, in the opponent’s eyes, they are opponents. Viewers wait for a familiar plot: after the first encounter, the result will be the one who loses the winner; They both practiced non-stop and then reunited at a top match. But all speculations have turned in a completely different direction when they know that their relationship does not stop at the words “enemy”. From the opponent, Kageyama and Hinata are forced to be teammates in a situation that no one can predict: they join a high school, join a volleyball club.

Hinata’s frightening speed and power combined with Kageyama’s precise pass made them an invincible duo. In the past, there was no one ball that could maximize Hinata’s power, nor did any of the smokers keep up with Kageyama’s fast pass. The chemistry between the two matched like the next two pieces in a puzzle game.

Even though being partners, Kageyama and Hinata have always considered the enemy to be the one to overcome. It doesn’t show up in quarrels or races, but it’s the times when Kageyama and Hinata work together. Their combination is successful because they are both constantly training to catch up to their opponents, so Hinata can get a pass from Kageyama, and let Kageyama be able to make the most accurate ball to Hinata.

 

Tadatoshi Fujimaki: Author of Kuroko No Basket

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Mar 052019
 

Kuroko No Basket is the most popular sports manga in Japan. When adapted into an anime, it once again created a big craze in Japan in particular and throughout Asia in general. Kuroko No Basket’s author is Tadatoshi Fujimaki. Let’s find out more information about this artist!

The anime version is produced by Production I.G. The film was broadcasted on April 7, 2012 and ended Season 1 on September 22, 2012, with 25 episodes. After the end of season 1, the producer plans to continue broadcasting season 2 in 2013. Information from Shounen Jump newspaper reported that Kuroko no Basket season 3 was in March 2015. Anime has also been released DVD and Blu-ray format.

1. Tadatoshi Fujimaki used to be a basketball player

Kuroko No Basket is based on what Tadatoshi Fujimaki used to experience when playing basketball from secondary school. Therefore, he can understand the terminology and movements in this sport. He gave the character Kagami Taiga the use of shoes and a headband based on Michale Jordan’s model in real life.

2. He dropped out of school to pursue his dream

When Tadatoshi Fujimaki was young, he made money by drawing Dragon Ball and Slam Dunk at the request of his friends. Then he won the grand prize in a drawing contest with ¥50,000. It is a great motivation for this artist to pursue his dream boldly. And when Tadatoshi Fujimaki was in college, he decided to drop out to join Shueisha Publishing. It was this choice that changed his life forever to become a young artist with a huge turnover.

3. He used to be threatened by an overstated fan

Tadatoshi Fujimaki was once sent anonymous letters by an overstated reader. He threatened him not to draw Kuroko No Basket manga anymore. The incident was even more serious when he sent a letter of intimidation and terror to the secondary school that Tadatoshi Fujimaki once studied.

Because of this incident, he could not participate in many events with fans. However, accepting a life-threatening threat, he still tried to complete the ending of Kuroko No Basket manga. Fortunately, the perpetrator was arrested by the police.