YMMV / Haikyuu!!

  • Accidental Innuendo: Takeda's cheerful "I'm good at getting on my knees and begging." certainly counts. If you're curious: he's talking about begging for practice matches with other schools.
  • Arc Fatigue: Despite them being hyped as the strongest team in their area, the battle against Shiratorizawa is considered this by some fans. It lasted over 35 chapters, where an average match ends in 10 or less chapters. The fact that most of their team are consisted of entirely new characters doesn't help, even more when you one of them is considered a Base Breaker. Taken even further when you consider it happens right after the 18 chapters fight against Aobajousai, who are much more well-liked by fans.
  • Awesome Art: The action scenes are very well done and the character designs are well thought out. Every character has distinct features.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Tendou from Shiratorizawa. Either you think his constant bragging and shouting is obnoxious, or the saving grace of the relatively bland Shiratorizawa.
    • Terushima. Ever since he made his introduction by hitting on Kiyoko and making her uncomfortable, to say that he's been a polarizing character within the fandom is an understatement. Either he is a horrible human being and a sexual deviant, or a high school boy whose actions, while dumb, are blown way out of proportion. It is very rare to come across a fan who doesn't have a strong opinion of him one way or another.
    • Oikawa is either a childish bully who tried to beat up Kageyama and has a terrible unsportsmanlike attitude or a misunderstood kid who had to work hard to get where he is and yet almost never gets to win. Other people defend that while he isn't a perfect kid (being that he's introduced as an antagonist), he also has some good qualities to make up for it, cementing him as Jerk with a Heart of Gold. It's a pretty heated discussion in the fandom. And let's leave it at that.
  • Bishonen Jump Syndrome: And friggin' how. Although in this case the character designs are a bit more Moe than other Jump series.
  • Broken Base:
    • The fact that Sentai Filmworks decided to release this series sub-only while giving a widely panned Madhouse produced action anime based onfind a light novel an English dub did not win any favors.
    • The fanbase is especially divided over the Karasuno vs. Shiratorizawa match. Was Karasuno's win over Shiratorizawa well-earned and realistic, or was it an Ass Pull that only happened because of Plot Armor? Was it well-paced and down to the finest detail, or was it needlessly dragged out and slow? Was Tsukishima's development during the match a cathartic moment for the character, or did he take up too much focus at the expense of other characters? Did the backstories for some of the Shiratorizawa players make them endearing and sympathetic, or were they just pointless Filler that added nothing to the characters? It's very tough to a real consensus about this match among the fandom.
    • On a meta-level, fans are torn about Yumi Kuroiwa's termination from the animation staff. Was it unfair that she was fired for simply posting not-safe-for-work yaoi fanart of the characters from Haikyu!! on her Twitter account, or was it justified since she was part of the official production and thus had the responsibility of maintaining the series' image? Was she fired because of the fanart, or because of her unprofessional behavior regarding her absolute hatred of working on Kuroko no Basuke?
  • Die for Our Ship: Poor, poor Yui Michimiya. Ever since she was revealed to have a crush on Daichi in Chapter 150, the more militant Daichi/Sugawara fans have started bashing her relentlessly. The sad part is, before Chapter 150, she was actually a fairly well-liked character, and if not well-liked, then at least the fans mostly left her alone. But, unfortunately, that seems to be a thing of the past now. All of this becomes even more ridiculous when you realize that Sugawara ships her and Daichi in canon.. It gets even more ridiculous, if you can believe it, by the fact that she is such a minor character and went so long between appearances that most fans had forgotten who she was when she reentered the story.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Sugawara. He ranked fourth in the first popularity poll despite not playing in any matches since Kageyama became the regular setter (he only played in one match for a partial amount of time during their official match with Aobajousai). In their second official poll, he got second, just behind Hinata and beating Kageyama, who got first in the last poll.
    • Yamaguchi too. Despite being Tsukishima's Tagalong Kid and not having a lot of action, his feature moments and boundless effort for growth seem to really make him stand out because he got seventh place in the second popularity poll, right behind Noya, Oikawa, Tsukishima, and the top 3 mentioned above.
    • Akaashi is pretty popular as well. He got 14th place when Bokuto, who does a lot more during the training camp arc and is their team captain, got 18th.
    • The most impressive case has to be Iwaizumi Hajime, Aobajousai's ace. His canon role is basically Oikawa's friend/handler, yet he placed 9th in the second popularity poll, being the third highest-ranked non-Karasuno character (after Oikawa and Kuroo) and beating three Karasuno regulars. He's also a party member in the fantasy-themed game Haikyuu Quest and one of PV narrators in Haikyuu!! 3DS game (again, determined by fan votes – Iwaizumi placed first).
    • Nekoma in general is very popular, but Kenma is probably the one who takes the cake in that team. It helps that he’s somewhat really relatable to many viewers (especially western fans), due to being introverted, socially awkward and fond of gaming.
    • After Karasuno lost to Aoba Johsai, Haikyu!! took a tumble in ratings and became the least popular manga in Weekly Shonen Jump for several weeks (which could have caused the series to be cancelled). Yachi's introduction in the series boosted its ratings back up again.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Kuroo, captain of a team who has cats as their definite Animal Motif and who has on occasion been drawn as a cat in extras, is often assumed to be a trickster with ulterior motives, despite nothing being evidence of it, except his occasional provocation moment and his trademark Cheshire Cat Grin. Indeed he's quite the nice guy most of the time, as lampshaded by himself. Not too different from the bad rap cats themselves get.
    • Ushijima claims that Aobajousai is infertile soil, which leads to the implication that Karasuno is concrete, and that Ushijima believes that they'll also never win. Except that plants which manage to grow through concrete have to be a lot tougher than plants which grow in perfect conditions in fetile soil, hence Karasuno beating Aobajousai and then Shiratorizawa, after overcoming their problems and blasting through their limits, like plants fighting for nutrients and then through concrete.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While Haikyuu is fairly popular in Japan, it has attracted a large fanbase in the West as well.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: As much as Tanaka and Noya going out of their way to prevent other teams from chatting with Kiyoko is played for laughs, chapter 105 of the manga shows that there might be some very good reasoning for their overprotectiveness.
  • Het Is Ew: The fandom has started to fall under this. It started in Chapter 150, when a blushing, stuttering Michimiya gave Daichi a good luck charm for Karasuno's match against Shiratorizawa.. The fandom went up in flames during this moment. It got worse in Chapter 175, when Kiyoko grabs Sugawara's hands to warm them up before he takes the court to start the fifth set against Shiratorizawa. Sugawara gets flustered at the contact, and the fangirls went insane.
    • Some fans really don't take very kindly to those who like to ship Yachi with any of the males, an attitude that really started to crop up once she finally made her appearance in the anime.
    • Surprisingly averted by the revelation that Akane has a crush on Yaku, though this is probably justified given that Yaku isn't especially popular and Akane is too young to plausibly end up with him anyway.
  • Ho Yay: It's kind of inevitable due to having a primarily male cast, but it's less than what one would expect.
    • Hinata and Kageyama's Vitriolic Best Buds friendship attracts a certain type of shipper like flies to water, and it doesn't help how they quickly grow into an extremely-close partnership that others confuse as lasting much longer than it has.
    • By the way they're introduced, Nishinoya and Asahi acted as if they were a couple who are trying to make up after having a big fight.
    • Oikawa and Iwaizumi are really close, the two act Like an Old Married Couple, and are rarely ever seen apart.
    • There is some between Kuroo and Kenma who are childhood friends despite being a year apart. Kuroo trusts Kenma a lot with his skills so he never doubts him.
    • It’s almost inevitable to see some of this between Sugawara and Daichi, thanks to their status as Team Mom and Team Dad of the team and Sugawara being Daichi’s Number Two.
    • Furudate's habit of introducing characters in duos provides fans with a lot of conveniently non-intersecting, ready-to-ship pairs with unique dynamics. In addition to mentioned above, there is Tsukishima/Yamaguchi, Takeda/Ukai and Bokuto/Akaashi. Tanaka, being the only Karasuno regular without an "obvious" pairing sometimes gets shipped with Ennoshita, or Nishinoya, if the shipper is willing to break up Asahi/Nishinoya and have Asahi be the loner.
    • It's also worth noting that every setter except Kageyama is commonly shipped with his captain/ace.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Kageyama is this at the very beginning of the series and in the events leading up to it. In his middle school days, he constantly yelled at his teammates, put pressure on them to perform to his standards and refused to listen to their input. It got so bad to the point where his teammates abandoned him in the middle of a game and labeled him the "King of the Court" due to his near-tyrannical behavior. But once he got to Karasuno, his sincere desire to change because of that moment, combined with the panic he feels to win (especially during Karasuno's first official match against Seijoh) and his general Adorkable nature have pretty much won the hearts of the fandom, to the point where he's arguably become more Woobie than Jerkass.
    • Tsukishima definitely falls under this. He spends a good portion of the early parts of the series constantly razzing and belittling Hinata, taunting Kageyama by calling him "King" (a nickname he knows Kageyama hates), and even snarking off to his senpai. It's easy to see why people might not like him at first. But then, his backstory comes along, how he Used to Be a Sweet Kid, and idolizing his older brother, only to have his faith completely shattered once he catches said brother in a lie. Combine this with his Character Development in the Shiratorizawa match, and fans have far more of a difficult time hating him than they did before. He's still an asshole 85% of the time, but an asshole you'd still want to root for.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Hinata, good God Hinata; there's Hinata x Kageyama, Hinata x Tanaka, Hinata x Tsukishima, Hinata x Nishinoya, Hinata x Sugawara, Hinata x Yamaguchi, Hinata x Kenma, Hinata x Kuroo, Hinata x Lev, Hinata x Aone, Hinata x Kiyoko, Hinata x Yachi, Hinata x Oikawa and the list goes on; quite literally, Hinata could get shipped with anyone.
    • As the series has progressed, so has the crack shipping. There are so many interesting, dynamic characters now that just about every single character can fall under this trope. For example, other than Hinata, Kageyama has been shipped with Sugawara, Oikawa, Iwaizumi, Tsukishima, Yamaguchi, Yachi, etc. Yachi is shipped with Kiyoko, Hinata, Yamaguchi, Kageyama, Tsukishima, Asahi, Kenma, Tanaka, Nishinoya, Lev, and so on. Almost every character has their own set of ships that it's pretty much Everyone x Everyone at this point.
    • While most characters tend to have only one or two really popular ships with a bunch of smaller, crack pairs, Kuroo stands out for having significantly popular ships with Kenma, Tsukishima, Daichi, and Bokuto in addition to all of the crack, not even counting the platonic ships. No other character has as many pairings actively generating a lot of fanwork.
  • Les Yay: Yachi and Kiyoko. Yachi only agreed to become a manager at first because she was spacing out admiring Kiyoko's beauty and not listening to what she's saying. Kiyoko herself also became much more talkative when talking with Yachi than the boys.
  • Moe: Hinata, Sugawara, Yachi, and Kenma are adorable. Nishinoya also counts, especially with his hair down. Asahi hasn't exactly got the look, but he sure does have the personality.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Narm Charm: Ushijima's speech about fertile and barren soil as analogy to talent sprouting, as well as Hinata's reply (that if such thing was true, he must have sprouted from concrete), has this effect on some people. It does manage to set the point across, but such an intricate and out of the blue comparison coming from the stoic and blunt Ushiwaka, with background plantations and growing tomatoes to illustrate his point, is just inherently funny. The fact that it managed to become a meme based around the character (see Memetic Mutation right above) speaks for itself.
  • Never Live It Down: Terushima's introduction, in which he persistently hits on an unwilling Shimizu and only gives up after getting distracted by Hinata's arrival. The manga doesn't mention this afterwards (aside from him cheerily greeting her later, in front of the whole Karasuno team this time), nor anything of the kind comes from him again, but it still leaves a sore taste in the mouths of more than a few fans to this day.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Kageyama's face after Hinata hit him in the head with a failed serve, Hinata himself says it's his scariest memory.
    • Hinata's smile in the match against Nekoma.
  • Periphery Demographic: Like many other sport anime, a large amount of its fans are Yaoi Fangirls who are there to see the boys' interactions, and not the sports.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Tsukishima's Character Development in the Training Camp arc sums up to: you don't need a big dream goal in order to justify your hard work on a sport, or even to play that sport at all. Even if it's just a school club activity, you can play it seriously because it just feels really good to win, and to have a personal Moment of Awesome. It doesn't need to be grander than that.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Whenever a team loses, especially in the episode where there's an entire montage dedicated to showing all of the different teams who have lost, and a subplot about the girls' volleyball team losing their match.
    • Karasuno losing in the second to last episode of the first season. It doesn't help that the next episode shows them all quietly beginning to cry as they eat.

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