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Best Haikyuu!! Watch Order: Series, OVAs, Movies (Recommended List)

Best Haikyuu!! Watch Order: Series, OVAs, Movies (Recommended List)

Haikyuu!! is a refreshing and exhilarating sports anime about one of the most popular sports in the entire world, volleyball. 

Using the perspective of the players to create the entire plot of the anime, viewers will get to experience firsthand the hype of being in court.

Get to know the technicalities, meticulous planning, and strategy needed to counter the other team’s offenses.

If you are a volleyball fan, be it as a member of a volleyball club or just an audience member, Haikyuu is worth the watch!

Moreover, its star and hype factor will keep the adrenaline pumping and the viewers on edge. 

Haikyuu!! Watch Order by Release Date

The best order to watch Haikyuu!! is streaming it by the release date. Haikyuu!! is a straightforward anime and is consistent with the plot and source material.

The first three seasons of Haikyuu are featured in Haikyuu movies 1, 2, and 3 and serve as a recap if viewers want to know what happened.

If you want to focus solely on each season, the movies and OVAs won’t hinder your viewing experience plot-wise and can be watched at a later date. 

If you are a dedicated viewer that wants to follow through the events without skipping anything, then follow this table by release date.

Watch OrderTitle
1Haikyuu!! Season 1 (2014)
2Haikyuu!! OVA1: Arrival of Lev (2015)
3Haikyyuu! Movie 1: Ending and Beginning (2015)
4Haikyyuu! Movie 2: Winners and Losers (2015)
5Haikyuu!! Season 2 (2015)
6Haikyuu!! OVA 2: Falling Grades (2016)
7Haikyuu!!: Season 3 (2016)
8Haikyuu!! OVA 3: Betting on the Spring High Volleyball (2017)
9Haikyuu!! Movie 3: Genius and Sense (2017)
10Haikyuu!! Movie 4: Battle of Concepts (2017)
11Haikyuu!! To the Top Season 4 Part 1 (2020)
12Haikyuu!! OVA 4: Sky vs. Land (2020)
13Haikyuu!! OVA 5: The Path of the Ball (2020)
14Haikyuu!! To the Top Season 4 Part 2 (2020)

Where to Watch Haikyuu!! (October 2022)

All four seasons of Haikyuu are available to watch free on Crunchyroll (with ads if not subscribed).

Full episodes of Haikyuu are available to watch on Disney+. However, a subscription is needed in order to gain access to the episodes. Moreover, not all seasons are uploaded to this streaming app.

USDisney+, Crunchyroll

Complete Summary of  Haikyuu!! Anime

# of Episodes85
RuntimeApproximately 24 minutes per episode
Manga Canon Episodes1-85
Anime Canon Episodes0
Filler Episodes0
Special Episodes (OVA)5

Haikyuu was illustrated and written by Haruichi Furudate, a Japanese mangaka artist who was also a former volleyball player from his high school volleyball club. 

According to Haruichi, Haikyuu was initially published as a one-shot in Shueisha’s seasonal Jump NEXT! on January 8, 2011, and a second one-shot was published on April 25, 2011, in Weekly Shōnen Jump in the shōnen manga magazine.

The serialization of the official manga, adapted from the animation series of the show, was published on February 20, 2012

Haikyuu!! Complete Anime Synopsis

1. Haikyuu!! Season 1

Haikyu season 1
Original ReleaseApril 6, 2014 – September 21, 2014
# of Episodes25
RuntimeApproximately 24 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating9.0/10

It starts off with Hinata Shoyo, the main protagonist of the show. It follows him watching a volleyball championship league, and he quickly grows to admire the sport. 

Hinata revives his middle school volleyball club but gets his luck struck down when his team goes against Kitagawa Daichi and lost soon after. 

Hinata didn’t lose hope and found a rival named Tobio Kageyama. In a funny twist of fate, Hinata and Kageyama became teammates when they both enrolled in Karasuno High. Together they must learn to work as a team. 

2. Haikyuu!!: Arrival of Lev

Haikyuu OVA 1
Original ReleaseMarch 4, 2015
Runtime24 minutes
IMDb Rating7.4/10

Lev Haiba is a half-Japanese and half-Russian and is the new player on Nekoma’s High School volleyball team.

Despite his impressive height, however, he does not even know the basic techniques of volleyball, which gave Kenma Kozume a hard time.

3. Haikyuu!! Movie 1: Ending and Beginning

Haikyuu Movie 1
Original ReleaseJuly 3, 2015
Runtime1 hr 29 minutes 
IMDb Rating6.7/10

The first movie is a recap of the first half of the episodes in season 1, where we are introduced to Hinata as he begins his journey as a volleyball player for Karasuno High.

4. Haikyuu!! Movie 2: Winners and Losers

Haikyuu Movie 2
Original ReleaseSeptember 18, 2015
Runtime1 hr 28 minutes 
IMDb Rating6.7/10

Like the first Haikyuu!! movie, the second movie is a recollection of the second half of episodes in season 1. It retells the team’s training and preparation for the inter-high tournament.

5. Haikyuu!! Season 2

Haikyuu Season 2
Original ReleaseOctober 4, 2015 – March 27, 2016
# of Episodes25
RuntimeApproximately 24 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating9.2/10

Karasuno was invited to a training camp by the Nekoma High volleyball team alongside popular team players of Tokyo- Fukurodani, Shinzen, Nekoma, and Ubugawa.

Together, the teams form friendly practice matches with each other to harness and hone their skills for the upcoming Spring nationals.

6. Haikyuu!!: Falling Grades

Haikyuu OVA 2
Original ReleaseMay 2, 2016
Runtime21 minutes
IMDb Rating7.2/10

Hinata and Kageyama may do fairly well in volleyball, but in academics, not so much.

From the title of the OVA itself, Kageyama and Hinata flunked their grades and needed to take a make-up exam. The problem is the schedule for the retake of tests is in line with their training camp. 

7. Haikyuu!!: Season 3

Haikyuu Season 3
Original ReleaseOctober 8, 2016 – December 10, 2016
# of Episodes10
RuntimeApproximately 24 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating9.0/10

Karasuno wins against Aoba Jousai High and established their place in the Spring tournament. However, to make it to the final lineup, they must overpower and surpass Shiratorizawa High.

Moreover, they have to face their biggest obstacle, Ushijima, one of the top three aces of Tokyo. 

8. Haikyuu!! Betting on the Spring High Volleyball (OVA)

Haikyuu OVA 3
Original ReleaseAugust 4, 2017
Runtime22 minutes
IMDb RatingN/A

A duo of newscasters reported on the upcoming Spring Inter-high and mentioned the team players of different volleyball teams, including the recent qualifier rounds. 

9. Haikyuu!! Movie 3: Genius and Sense

Haikyuu Movie 3
Original ReleaseSeptember 15, 2017
Runtime1 hr 29 minutes 
IMDb Rating7.5/10

The third Haikyuu!! movie is a recap of the first half of season 3, where the team attends a boot camp to better prepare for their next opponents.

10. Haikyuu!! Movie 4: Battle of Concepts

Haikyuu Movie 4
Original ReleaseSeptember 29, 2017
Runtime1 hr 28 minutes 
IMDb Rating7.7/10

This movie covers the main highlight of season 3, which was the battle of Karasuno vs. Shiratorizawa.

11. Haikyuu!! To the top (Season 4 Part 1)

Haikyuu season 4 part 1
Original ReleaseJanuary 11, 2020 – April 4, 2020
# of Episodes13
RuntimeApproximately 24 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating9.2/10

Karasuno beat the odds and won against Shiratorizawa High. Now, they have secured a place to compete in the nationals.

Kageyama was invited to join an all-Japan youth training camp, and Kei was invited to a prestigious rookie training program.

Hinata was hyped to develop and sharpen his skills in volleyball. He ultimately decided to gain more knowledge and polish his skills, leading him to gate-crash into the same rookie camp. 

12. Haikyuu!! Sky vs. Land

Haikyuu OVA 4
Original ReleaseJanuary 22, 2020
RuntimeApproximately 22 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating7.6/10

Only three remaining spots are left for the national volleyball tournament.

Teams such as Nekoma High School, Nohebi Academy, Itachiyama Academy, and Fukurodani High School strive to get their designated spot, which will be decided by the Tokyo Qualifiers.

13. Haikyuu!! The Path of the Ball

Haikyuu OVA 5
Original ReleaseJanuary 22, 2020
Runtime23 minutes
IMDb Rating7.1/10

Nekoma has only one last chance to join the tournament, and to get that opportunity, they must win against Nohebi after a crushing defeat from Fukurodani. 

14. Haikyuu!! To the top (Season 4 Part 2)

Haikyuu season 4 part 2
Original ReleaseOctober 3, 2020 – December 19, 2020
# of Episodes12
RuntimeApproximately 23 minutes per episode
IMDb Rating9.2/10

Karasuno made it to the nationals after beating one team after another, establishing their place in the tournament. 

Is Season 5 of Haikyuu!! Confirmed?

According to the creators, there is no confirmed date of the series’ most awaited Season 5 as of now.

There have been rumors that instead of a series, there will be a two-part movie that will cover the finale of the anime.