[Manga Review] Robot x Laserbeam: A Rollercoaster of Sports Tropes and Writing Pivots

Hatohara Robato, nicknamed “Robo” by his classmates due to being as methodical and expressionless as a robot, is seemingly friendless until entering Eiai Academy, where he meets Tomoya Nakata, an extremely friendly fellow first-year. Nakata instantly attaches himself to Robo, and in the process, recruits Robo into the high school golf club. While highly reluctant in the beginning, Robo soon develops an interest in the sport (likely his first interest in anything…) after meeting prodigy golfer Youzan Miura.

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[Anime] Haikyu!! Season 2 Impressions – Still endearing and still awesome

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[Warning: Contains Season 1 Spoilers]

If you haven’t seen the first season of Haikyu!! (or Haikyuu!!, however you spell it), go watch it now. It’s a sports anime done right, very much in the same vein as Eyeshield 21 or Prince of Tennis. The sport is volleyball, which means a cast of 6 regulars and 4-5 benchwarmers, plus a manager, coach, and a couple of side characters. Not too few and not too many. And after you’ve watched the first season, you will come to appreciate and empathize with every single one of them.

The first season was amazing, which meant I was super excited for the second season. Would it live up to the high expectations set by the first season? Would it be worse? Could it possibly be better?

Here are my impressions after watching the first four episodes of the second season:

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