The media franchise “Haikyuu!!” is based on the manga of the same name, released for eight years since 2012. In addition to Japanese comics, it includes a series of plays, several video games, collections of feature films, and anime. They are united by a common plot related to the history of Shōyō Hinata. The protagonist dreams of creating his volleyball team and gets such an opportunity when he enters Karasuno High School.
Meaning and History
Haruichi Furudate wrote the original manga. It was he who invented and illustrated forty-five volumes of tankobon. Most likely, this same person chose “Haikyuu !!” as such an unusual name. It translates from Japanese as “volleyball,” but, in everyday speech, no one ever calls this sport “haikyuu.” The Japanese themselves use another word to refer to volleyball: “bare-bo-ru.”
On the main logo of the media franchise, the name is written in the characters of the Japanese katakana alphabet: “ハ イ キ ュ ー.” It turns out that this is a phrase that can be divided into two parts: “ハ イ” and “キ ュ ー.” In Japan, it is only indirectly related to volleyball. The first word was borrowed from the English language. It is derived from “high,” has the same meaning, and reads “hai.”
The second word represents the complex kyu (級) character written in katakana. The Japanese use this alphabet to simplify the text, especially on minimalist signs or emblems. “キ ュ” denotes the discharge that a person has achieved in his type of activity, and the symbol “ー” must be pronounced as an elongated sound; that is, the correct sound will not be “kyu,” but “kyuu.” It turns out that the name of the manga literally translates as “high level.”
For English-speaking fans, “Haikyuu!!” there is a version of the logo in a language they understand. The English lettering is designed in the same style as the Japanese one: each element consists of wide black rectangular stripes. Only in the original, the orange edging is much thinner than in the adaptation.
The English symbol of the media franchise is smoother. Letters and exclamation marks are not slanted, and almost all lines are vertical, except a few crossbars and diagonals. Some stripes extend beyond the bottom of the line. Above the “i,” instead of a dot, there is an orange and black ball. The “i” is assumed to be lowercase, although the rest of the letters are in uppercase. This version of the logo has additional black shadows, making the word appear to be hanging in the air.
Japanese icon “Haikyuu !!” contains the title of the manga in the original language. It is written in the katakana alphabet to be read by those who do not know complex hieroglyphs. As for the English emblem, this is an adaptation made for foreigners. A new element has been added to it – a volleyball associated with the plot of the story.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The main logo, “Haikyuu!!” is a sample of Japanese calligraphy, somewhere between semi-italic and regular type. Although the similarity of styles is not one hundred percent, the typeface is close to the Greco family. The English name of the manga and anime is written in a font vaguely reminiscent of Fontalicious’s Dimitri. The letters are bold and sans serif but with irregular proportions.
But the color scheme for both emblems is the same. The black symbols are surrounded by contrasting orange lines that emphasize their strict geometric shape.