Anime Film Review: Haikyu!! The Movie: Talent and Sense

Haikyu!! The Movie: Talent and Sense was the first of two compilation films released after the third season of the Haikyu!! anime series.

Haikyu!! The Movie: Talent and Sense
Directed by: Susumu Mitsunaka
Written by: Taku Kishimoto
Starring: Kaito Ishikawa, Daisuke Namikawa, Sumire Morohoshi, Komatsu Yuka, Maeno Tomoaki, Shuuhei Sakaguchi, Miyu Irino, Yoshino Hiroyuki, Sakurai Toru, Arthur Lounsbery, Kengo Kawanishi, Ayumu Murase, Shunsuke Takeuchi, Makoto Furukawa, Yusen Isamu, Hosoya Yoshimasa, Yu Hayashi, Satoshi Hino, Koki Uchiyama, Kazunari Tanaka, Hiroshi Kamiya, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Toshiki Masuda, Tamaru Atsushi, Mitsuaki Hoshino, and Seirou Ogino
Run Time: 90 minutes

I was so happy to hear that Crunchyroll was finally making two of the Haikyu!! compilation films available for streaming. However, it had been a while since I had last watched Haikyu!!, so I hoped I remembered enough of what happened to be able to follow what was going on.

As soon as this film started, I immediately recognized what I was seeing. However, I did appreciate how when Karasuno gets to the training camp, the viewer is given reminders of who the various teams are. This was a nice refresher for someone like me who hadn’t been immersed in the franchise for a while.

This first compilation film focuses on the training camp, the training that the various members of Karasuno’s team undertake in order to get stronger, and on Karasuno’s match against Aoba Johsai that took place during the second season of the series. Montage sequences were utilized during the section featuring the individual training, and during one of the sets against Aoba Johsai. The montage sequence in the set against Aoba Johsai really felt as if the set was going at “warp speed.” But since they needed to limit the time for the compilation film, this needed to be done in order to get to the climactic part of the final match between Karasuno and Aoba Johsai.

Overall, the condensing of the story from the episodes to this compilation film worked rather well. The only jarring part, which made it clear that something was skipped, was when we go from seeing Karasuno arriving at the venue to the match starting with Aoba Johsai. Daichi is clearly seen with an injury on his cheek at the start of the Aoba Johsai match, even though he didn’t have it when they arrive at the venue. This continuity error comes about because a match Karasuno had before the one with Aoba Johsai was omitted, which would have shown how Daichi got the injury to his cheek. But this was the only glaring issue I saw with how the story was condensed for the compilation film.

After the match is over, we get footage of Aoba Johsai’s team that I don’t remember seeing in the Haikyu!! television anime series. This footage shows how Oikawa and the others deal with their loss to Karasuno, and I thought these new scenes helped to flesh out the players from Aoba Johsai a little more. Also, it was nice to have something new to watch in the film, since most of the footage that was included I had already seen when watching the second season of the anime series.

The ending credits include some of the memorable footage and scenes from the second season of Haikyu!! that didn’t make it into the film. After the credits, there’s a scene that teases what’s to come in the second compilation film.

In the end, I have to say that Haikyu!! The Movie: Talent and Sense was overall well-done compilation film. Even if you’re already familiar with the story from the anime series, this is worth watching for the new footage that appears near the end. Also, the volleyball matches are exciting to watch, even the parts that are shortened down for a montage sequence.

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