Haikyuu!!, Baby Steps, Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro — First Impressions

Three new sports anime. I knew I would drop them before I even tried them, but for my faithful readers I watched the first episode of each.


Haikyuu: Gay guys play volleyball. This was actually a pretty strong first episode. The characters have good chemistry, the way they portray the matches actually makes volleyball seem interesting, and you have to root for the short guy. Decent sense of humor too. Still, I don’t have the patience to watch sports shows, even if they’re good, which I recently re-discovered with Yowamushi Pedal.


Baby Steps: A guy with the weirdest hair style I’ve ever seen plays tennis. Also not a bad start. Production-wise, Haikyuu is much better, but I do like the characters in this one. The main guy is the king of the nerds and kind of a loser. I think Illogicalzen explained his appeal quite well:

Be warned that he and others who have read the manga say it’s going to be a slow start before things really get going. I wasn’t planning to stick around either way though.


Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro: A rowdy sumo wrestler makes an ass of himself. There hasn’t been any sumo wrestling yet. But I don’t care to stick around to find out. This show has absolutely nothing going for it. It’s probably more a kids show. But what awful lessons it’s teaching the children…

7 thoughts on “Haikyuu!!, Baby Steps, Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro — First Impressions

  1. I can never get into sports anime too, even if it’s Kuroko’s Ball or Prince of Tennis.
    What’s so great about watching sweaty guys chasing a ball?
    Give me them armors and swords, or robes and fangs, and I shall watch.

    1. Yeah, real men with swords and robes, like Kirito, already have balls, they don’t need to chase them. Just need to use their balls as leverage to thrust their swords.

  2. Weird how sports shows seems to be more aimed at girls in anime. My sister loves them. She’s big into Yuri stuff too even though she won’t admit it. HAVE SEEN YOU READ THOSE MANGAS.

    Kinda hilarious how anime keeps linking sports to gay situations. I guess it makes sense considering its audience though.

    1. Yeah, I know a girl who loves these things too. I love yuri too, not sure they’re entirely aimed at girls. 🙂

      I don’t mind the gay situations either, just not willing to sit through sportsing to get to them.

  3. “Gay guys play …..”

    Aaaaand that’s it. If a review starts like that, than the writer loses all creditability

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