Haikyuu Season 4, Haikyu OVA episodes Land vs Sky and The Volleyball Way confirmed for winter 2020 anime season

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Haikyuu Season 4 is coming out in 2020, but new OVA episodes cover a story skipped by the main anime. Pic credit: Production I.G.

Haikyuu Season 4 (which is also written as Haikyu Season 4) has officially been announced in the latest Weekly Shonen Jump. The magazine announced that the fourth will release in January during the winter 2020 anime season.

The announcement coincided with the news that two new Haikyuu OVA episodes will be released on Blu-Ray on January 22, 2020.  The new episodes will first be available for purchase at the Toho Animation booth at Jump Fest 2020, which takes place on December 21st and 22nd in Makuhari Messe in Chiba.

The Haikyuu OVA episode announcement did not specify the story, but the key visual art itself and the titles give enough details to figure out the rest. Called “Land vs Sky” and “The Volleyball Way” the first OVA’s story is likely to be about the Fukurodani Owls vs Nekoma Cats volleyball match.

After all, fans of  Haruichi Furudate’s Haikyuu manga series know that the third season of the Haikyuu anime adapted all the way up through Chapter 190, the ending of Haikyuu Volume 21. The next chapter just happens to be in manga Volume 22, which is also called Land vs. Sky.

This part of the story begins the qualifiers which decide the team that’s going to represent Tokyo to national. Hinata has been rooting for the Nekoma Cats to win a spot in the Tokyo Nationals because they have a short player named Morisuke Yaku.

The Land vs Sky OVA episode will likely show how the Nekoma team takes on the Fukurodani Owls. The title The Volleyball Way is based on Chapter 205 of the same name, so it’s likely to be focused on Nekoma taking on Nohebi Academy.

Nohebi Academy has earned the nickname Snakes based on their behavior on the volleyball court. They try to rile up competitors by insulting them and the Snakes captain, Suguru Daisho, even stoops to cheating by blocking the referee’s vision so that a point by Nekoma is called as an out.

Haikyuu OVA Episodes Land vs Sky The Volleyball Way Announcement Weekly Shonen Jump Key Visual
The Weekly Shonen Jump announcement shows the anime character designs for Nohebi Academy’s Suguru Daishou and Itachiyama Academy’s Kiyoomi Sakusa (top left). Pic credit: Weekly Shonen Jump/SPY

For more details, a manga comparison, and a full Haikyu Season 4 summary that includes spoilers please see our full article about the Haikyuu Season 4 release date. Stay tuned!

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