On “Haiku Day” in Japan (August 19th or 8/1/9, pronounced ha/i/ku), or, going with an alternate pronunciation, Haikyu!! day, a Nico webcast celebrated with the release of a second promo video for season three. This one introduces us to Karasuno’s forbidding adversaries, the Shiratorizawa volleyball team.
On July 18th, Shonen Jump magazine announced seven additions to the cast of Haikyu!!’s third series, the anime given the full title Haikyu!! Karasuno Koko VS Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koko (Karasuno High vs. Shiratorizawa Academy). The characters cast, as listed below, were all members of the Shiratorizawa team:
Subaru Kimura (Ping Pong‘s Manabu “Demon” Sakuma) as Satori Tendo
Shimba Tsuchiya as Tsutomu Goshiki
Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Durarara!!‘s Mikado Ryugamine) as Kenjiro Shirabu
Teruyuki Tanzawa (009 Re:Cyborg‘s Cyborg 005 / Geronimo Jr.) as Reon Ohira
Takuma Terashima (Log Horizon‘s Shiroe) as Eita Semi
Kenji Fukuda (Beelzebub‘s Kaname Izuma) as Hayato Yamakata
Daiki Omori as Taichi Kawanishi
The magazine also confirmed that Ryota Takeuchi is returning as Shiratorizawa’s captain and ace, Wakatoshi Ushijima.
The new series adapting Haruichi Furudate’s manga will premiere this October, with all staff once again returning from the first two seasons. Susumu Mitsunaka is back directing at Production I.G, alongside assistant director and Gintama key animator Mariko Ishikawa, with Taku Kishimoto of ERASED handling series composition. Takahiro Kishida of Durarara!! will design the characters, and Yuko Yahiro of Kuroko’s Basketball rejoins Takahiro Chiba of Psycho-Pass as chief animation director. Meanwhile, Hiromi Kikuta is serving as sound director, and Kiznaiver‘s Yuki Hayashi is composing the music with Asami Tachibana.
The first season of the anime premiered in April 2014 and the second followed in October 2015, reaching the end of its 25-episode run on June 12th. Crunchyroll streamed both series as new episodes aired in Japan, and they summarise the show as follows:
Based off of the original Weekly Shonen Jump manga series from Haruichi Furudate, Haikyu!! is a slice-of-life sports anime revolving around Shoyo Hinata’s love of volleyball. Inspired by a small-statured pro volleyball player, Hinata creates a volleyball team in his last year of middle school. Unfortunately the team is matched up against the “King of the Court” Tobio Kageyama’s team in their first tournament and inevitably lose. After the crushing defeat, Hinata vows to surpass Kageyama After entering high school, Hinata joins the volleyball team only to find that Tobio has also joined.