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Haikyu!!: Collection 1 (2014/Sentai Blu-ray)

Picture: A+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Episodes: A

Shoyo Hinata isn't the tallest volleyball player out there, but he dreams of one day playing in National Championships. He joins Karasuno High and finds out he his teamed with Tobio Kageyama, his old middle school rival, better as the King of the Court. Together, the both dreams of getting to the nationals, but can they learn to work together and build a volleyball dream team?

In Haikyu!!: Collection 1 (2014), Hinata is one of the shortest volleyball player out there, but what he lacks in height he more than makes up in spirit and the natural reflexes to play as forward spiker for the team. Kageyama on the other-hand is considered a genius setter and has the ability to see where the ball is and more importantly where it is to be needed, but until he met Hinata, nobody has been able to keep up with his moves. Together, they bring out the best in each other, but it would be a cold day in hell before they admit there are the perfect couple.

This is your typical sports anime, a story of a newbie underdogs dreaming to become champions (which any sports athlete can relate to). It features on your usual theme such as skill, the training, teamwork and sportsmanship.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is stunning all the way and among Sentai's best, while the lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo is warm, rich and even has nice Pro Logic surrounds. Extras include clean opening and closing animations and trailers.

Episodes are...

The End and the Beginning - Hinata plays his last volleyball game of Junior High.

The Volleyball Club of Karasuno High - Hinata plans to join Karasuno High's volleyball team and finds Kageyama are now in the same school.

The Most Powerful Ally - Hinata and Kageyama work together to impress the Captain and join the Volleyball team.

The View from the Summit - Kageyama learn that volleyball can't be played alone, but trusting in each other.

The First Time Jitters - Hinata and Kageyama learn how to play together for their first (practice) game.

An Interesting Team - As the guys play their first practice game, once Hinata gets over the jitters they start playing well.

Vs the Great King - Blue Castle High's captain shows up and challenges the team.

The One They Call the Ace - A new player shows up, Noya.

A Toss For the Ace - Hinata and Kageyama tries to convince the former ace player Suga to join and play for the team again.

The Dream - Hinata decides he has to be his own kind of Ace.

The Decision - The team spends a week at summer training camp.

The Cat and Crow Reunion - Hinata's teams faces an old rival volleyball team, Nekoma High.

Worthy Adversaries - After a close loss, Karasuma High vows to learn and improve their teamwork and meet again at the nationals.

- Ricky Chiang


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