Haikyuu Final Movie: Why the Film Is So Important for the Anime

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  • Haikyuu!! will conclude with two movies instead of another season, adapting chapters 291 and beyond, including the Time Skip arc.
  • The beloved characters from previous seasons will return, with the original voice actors reprising their roles.
  • Fitting over 100 chapters into two movies may be a challenge, but the creators may be constrained by budget limitations and the impact of the pandemic.


Anime has a proven method of bringing out the best in a sport, as evidenced by various shows over the years, including Slam Dunk, Kuroko’s Basketball, and Hajime no Ippo. While not entirely realistic and prone to exaggeration depending on the situation, these anime series are highly addicting, even for non-sports enthusiasts. Likewise, many people have become fond of the genre after watching Haikyuu!!, arguably the most popular sports anime.

Haikyuu!!, based on Haruichi Furudate’s manga of the same name, premiered in 2014 and ran for four seasons, totaling 89 episodes. However, it has been about three years since the fourth season concluded, and while fans have been waiting for the fifth season, the creators have announced that instead of another season, they would wrap up the anime with a couple of movies. With this in mind, here’s everything we know about the upcoming Haikyuu!! film Battle at the Garbage Dump, and why it will be essential viewing for fans.


Haikyuu Final Movie Will Cover the Last Arcs in the Manga

The story of Haikyuu has progressed so far, from Hinata wanting to become a pro volleyball player just like Little Giant to making it to the nationals, as seen in the fourth season. The previous season detailed Karasuno’s journey to the Nationals and how they advanced to the third round by defeating the strong Inarizaki team, which had the formidable Miya Brothers. The next stop for our Karasuno hustlers will be Nekoma, which boasts an incredible team headed by Kenma as their setter.

The new Haikyuu film will adapt the chapters from 291, and depending on where the first film aims to end, the second film may skip a few events to cover the final arc. Following the Nationals arc is the Time Skip arc, which takes place a few years after the tournament. We will probably see the result of Karasuno vs. Nekoma and the subsequent matches before moving on to the Time Skip arc, leaving other major events for the second film.

Haikyuu Final Movie Will Feature the Beloved Characters Fans Have Grown to Love

Since the first season of the anime, Haikyuu!! has maintained an equally keen focus on all the prominent characters. Thus, many characters from previous seasons will return, including Kuroo, Bokuto, Hoshiumi, and others. Ayumu Murase, who previously provided voices for popular anime characters like Ginro from Dr. Stone, Zerofuku from Record of Ragnarok, Kage from Ranking of Kings, and Neko from Durarara!!, returns to voice Hinata Shouyou.

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Kato Ishikawa also reprises his role as Tobio Kageyama, the most prominent Karasuno member after Hinata. The actor is best known for his work on Mashle, Goblin Slayer, The Rising of the Shield Hero, and Rent a Girlfriend. The film will also see the return of the supporting cast, which includes Nobuhiko Okamoto (Nishinoya), Yuuki Kaji (Kenma), Kouki Uchiyama (Tsukishima), Yuuichi Nakamura (Kuuro), Miyu Irino (Sugawara), Yuu Hayashi (Ryuunosuke), Satoshi Hino (Daichi), Kaori Nazuka (Kiyoko Shimizu), and many others.

Haikyuu the Movie: Battle at the Garbage Dump is directed by Susumu Mistunaka, who has worked on notable anime productions such as Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, Code Geass, Pokémon, and Cowboy Bebop.

While Takahiro Chiba, well-known for his works Sword Art Online, Your Name, and Blue Exorcist, serves as the Chief Animation Director, Takahiro Kishida, who previously worked on That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and Serial Experiments Lain is the Character Designer. The movie is animated by Production I.G, who also worked on the Haikyuu!! series and many other popular sports anime shows, including Ao Ashi and Kuroko’s Basketball.

Haikyuu Has a Lot to Pack Into Two Movies

Haikyuu the Movie: The Battle at the Garbage Dump will be released in Japan on February 16, 2024. Although no Western release date has been specified, given how many popular anime films like Suzume no Tojimari and The First Slam Dunk have arrived five to seven months after their initial release, we can expect the same for the Haikyuu film.

There were mixed reactions when fans heard about the announcement regarding the two films. While some were excited to see the anime return after three years, others were uncertain about how they would adapt over 100 chapters into two movies.

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Usually, there should have been a couple more seasons, and the anime would have concluded as many fans had hoped. However, the fact that there are two movies means that fitting three arcs into them is unlikely unless they plan to cut part of the source material, which would result in disaster, as proven by The Promised Neverland and Tokyo Ghoul.

Perhaps the creators were constrained by budget limitations, and the fourth season also suffered some setbacks during the pandemic. As a result, the creators are probably aiming to end the anime as soon as possible. Ultimately, we will have to wait and see how they will cram 100+ chapters into two films.

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