Haikyuu!! is one of the most well-known sports anime of all time. With a following and demand so huge, the series has had a total of four seasons, four movies, and a couple of OVAs. To help you get started on the series, here's a Haikyuu!! watch order guide for 2022, including movies and OVAs.
What is Haikyuu!! About?
When Shoyo Hinata saw a highly spirited volleyball game on TV, with a small player nicknamed "Little Giant" dominating it, he first found himself awestruck and then determined to become great though small just like him.
Three years later, in his last year in middle school, Hinata and his team play against Kitagawa Daiichi, the school where the great volleyball player known as the King of the Court goes to and plays for.
Though Shoyo's team inevitably loses, his obviously raw but mad skills catch the attention of the King of the Court, Tobio Kageyama. Hinata, on the other hand, gains an understanding of Kageyama's greatness and a rivalry is formed between the two.
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Now in high school, Hinata is determined to become the best and defeat Kageyama. This plan is quickly foiled as he steps into the gym and finds his supposed rival. It turns out they will have to play for the same team.
Haikyuu!! chronicles Hinata, Kageyama, and the rest of the Karasuno High School volleyball team's journey towards Nationals, where they resolve personal issues, defeat other greats and ultimately win back their school's reputation as a powerhouse.
The Haikyuu!! anime is based on Haruichi Furudate's manga series of the same title.
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Haikyuu!! Watch Order Guide
Haikyuu!!'s popularity across the world and over has produced hundreds of merchandise, themed cafes, fan art and fiction, and even an official stage play.
Thankfully, the series follows a pretty clear narrative and an uncomplicated plot so it's quite easy to get into.
Here's an accurate watch order guide for Haikyuu!!:
|Official English Title||Season Number/Type||Release Date||No. of Episodes|
|Haikyuu!!||Season 1||April 2014||25|
|Haikyuu!!: The Arrival of Haiba Lev||OVA||March 2015||1|
|Haikyuu!! The Movie: The End and the Beginning||Movie||July 2015||1|
|Haikyuu!! The Movie: The Winner and the Loser||Movie||September 2015||1|
|Haikyuu!! 2nd Season||Season 2||October 2015||25|
|Haikyuu!!: Vs. Failing Grade||OVA||May 2016||1|
|Haikyuu!! The Movie: Talent and Sense||Movie||September 2017||1|
|Haikyuu!! Karasuno High vs. Shiratorizawa Academy||Season 3||October 2016||10|
|Haikyuu!! The Movie: Battle of Concepts||Movie||September 2017||1|
|Haikyuu!! Special Feature! The Spring Tournament of their Youth||OVA||August 2017||1|
|Haikyuu!!: Land vs. Air||OVA||January 2020||1|
|Haikyuu!!: The Volleyball Way||OVA||January 2020||1|
|Haikyuu!!: To The Top||Season 4 Part 1||January 2020||13|
|Haikyuu!!: To The Top 2nd Cour||Season 4 Part 2||October 2020||12|
The movies are recaps of the seasons they immediately follow and can therefore be skipped without worry. However, they are still worth watching because they have extra scenes that are either manga scenes that weren't adapted or original animations made specifically for show in the movies.
The first three OVAs can also be skipped since they're mostly just to provide a bridge to the next seasons.
However, the last two OVAs which were released alongside each other are manga-accurate and essential to the story. The two OVAs also introduce major characters so they most definitely cannot be skipped.
There you have it! The best order to watch the Haikyuu!! series as of 2022. After you've finished watching all of the anime adaptations, there are still a few manga chapters that you can enjoy!