Haikyu!! revolves around the Karasuno High School's volleyball team and its members. This series seems pretty down to earth, I am hoping that there is less over the top killer moves, although those provide great laughs.
The series starts with a focus on Shoyo Hinata, a hyperactive and passionate volleyball player who is considered short for his position on the court. He started playing volleyball after being inspired when he saw an equally short player nicknamed 'The Little Giant' playing for Karasuno High School.
Hopelessly optimistic, Hinata is the only player who could play the game of volleyball in his junior high school. Entering Karasuno introduced him into a whole new world of competitive volleyball. By using Hinata as the focus, the anime is able to introduce volleyball and its various terms to viewers like me, who know nothing about the game.
(yes, they included the exclamation marks in the title!)
One of the main reasons I love watching anime is that I get to discover new Japanese bands. Haikyu!! has great songs in both its opening and ending sequence.
SPYAIR's Imagination is used as Haikyu!!'s opening. SPYAIR is an interesting band, with surprisingly good music aside from the one used in the anime. Some bands or artistes featured in anime tend to be one-hit wonders. I have not noticed them before, but apparently they have songs featured in several anime series such as Gintama and Bleach.
The anime ending features NICO Touches The Walls's Tenchi Gaeshi. NICO Touches The Walls has a long history of contributing to anime music. Some of their hits include Diver, which was used in Naruto Shippuden as well as Hologram, in Fullmetal Alchemist: The Brotherhood.
From Karasuno High
To date, Haikyu!! looks promising as a sports anime which remains down to earth while providing the excitement and passion that is characteristic of sports anime. This is a good series for people who know nothing about volleyball.
If you are interested in sports anime, an interesting anime to consider would be Yowamushi Pedal.