Haikyu!!: Episode 22 – “Evolution”

Haikyu!! focuses on two first-year high school volleyball players named Shoyo Hinata and Kageyama Tobio. The previous year they had competed against each other in a junior high tournament, and Shoyo decides to become Kageyama’s rival. The two boys come from very different volleyball backgrounds: while Kageyama was part of Kitagawa Daiichi’s team and is a self-centered setter, while Shoyo spend most of junior high practicing being a spiker by himself because his school didn’t have a team until his last year. On the first day of high school, Shoyo and Kageyama are surprised to see that they’re both at Karasuno High School.

At the beginning of Episode 22, Kageyama returns to the court as setter. Quite a bit of this episode focuses on Kageyama genuinely trying to be nicer to everyone on the team, except for Tsukishima right at first. Over the course of the remainder of the second set, however, Kageyama and Tsukishima can actually find a way to work together.

In addition to the growth we see in Kageyama as a character, we also get to see a flashback of Oikawa back in junior high. This flashback illustrates where Oikawa’s animosity toward Kageyama comes from. It was interesting to see Kageyama as a first-year middle school student because he looked so little and not jaded at all; this is such a contrast to the first-year high school student we see now. It just goes to show just how much he went through between the beginning of middle school and the beginning of high school.

Just as I predicted, Karasuno ended up winning the second set which now forces a third set to be played between Karasuno and Aoba Johsai. Episode 22 ended with the end of the second set, so the third set should be starting up in Episode 23.

There’s now only three episodes remaining for Haikyu!! Now that we now that there’s going to be a third set, will the third set take up all three remaining episodes? Or perhaps it’ll only take up two episodes and the final one is an episode to wrap up the series? In my opinion, this really could go either way, so I’m interested to see how the final three episodes of the series will end up playing out.

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