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.
  • Awesome Art: The action scenes are very well done.
    • The character designs are well thought out. Every character has distinct features.
  • 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 on a light novel an English dub did not win any favors.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Yamaguchi standing up to Tsukishima.
    • Yamaguchi's growth as a player, culminating in scoring four consecutive points with service aces during the third match with Aobajousai.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Even when he's trying to pick a fight fangirls view Hinata as more cute than threatening.
  • 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.
  • Fan Nickname: Hinata is often referred to as "Sunshine baby" by fans.
    • Kageyama is referred to as "King of the Dorks" by fans.
    • Sugawara is commonly referred to as "Sugamama" by fans.
    • Fans commonly refer to those in the Karasuno team, particularly the first years, as baby crows. "Mama Crow" is also used to refer to Sugawara.
  • 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.
  • Ho Yay: It's kind of inevitable due to having a primarily male cast, but it's less then 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.
  • 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.
  • Les Yay: Yachi and Kiyoko.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • 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 90% of its fans are screaming fangirls! How the hell is this show shounen when its obviously pandering towards females?