Haikyuu!! is coming to an end after 8 glorious years.
It’s honestly quite hard to accept. It’s been such a huge part of my life for at least 6 years now. Of course I don’t want it to be over, but I’m also so very happy for Furudate-sensei. What an incredible accomplishment!! Not to mention, I can’t wait to see what they create next — after a very long, well-deserved rest.
It’s hard to accept that something I love so much is ending, but Furudate has been preparing us for this for a long time. There’s been a theme throughout the entire story that has come to the surface and grown louder and louder: nothing really ends. This game might be over. Your time with this team might be over. But as long as you want to keep playing, there will be more games.
But even beyond that, it doesn’t have to end. Udai Tenma stopped playing volleyball after high school, but instead of an end, it was a new beginning. Because Hinata Shouyou saw him playing at Nationals, was inspired and began to play volleyball, Udai Tenma’s legacy lived on. Hinata would carry that even further than Udai would, and create his own legacy.
Just because it’s over, doesn’t mean it’s all over. Life goes on. Whenever we do anything, we affect the people around us. We make waves, and those ways travel further than we every could.
I think this is perhaps a particular privilege we have a storytellers. Life doesn’t actually fall into neat arcs. The beginnings, middles, and ends are all arbitrary. A storyteller’s job is to pick out of the cosmic soup before them, something to share with the rest of the world. It’s about following a thread, and choosing when to jump to another. It’s choosing which connections to highlight out of the infinite ones that exist.
Nothing ends. It continues in a new shape, with a new name. Inspired and birthed by what came before. Then it tangles with the rest of the world to create it’s own waves.