Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle

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Not suitable under 8; parental guidance to 10 (sports theme, coarse language, possible lack of interest for younger viewers)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle
  • a review of Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 4 June 2024.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 8 Not suitable due to sports theme, coarse language and possible lack of interest.
Children aged 8–10 Parental guidance recommended due to theme and coarse language.
Children aged 11 and over Ok for this age group.

About the movie

This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.

Name of movie: Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Mild coarse language
Length: 85 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Shoyo (voice of Ayumu Murase) is a young boy who, one day, comes across his hero Kenma (Yuki Kaji), also known as the ‘Little Giant’, seemingly in a morose mood. Shoyo loves volleyball and hopes to follow in Kenma’s footsteps. Kenma befriends Shoyo and teaches him all he knows. Shoyo then starts school at Karasuno High School, where he joins the volleyball team.

Kenma goes to Nekoma High School and belongs to the volleyball team there, which is captained by his early childhood friend, Tetsuro (Yuichi Nakamura). Tetsuro is the one who got Kenma involved in volleyball from an early age. In the third round of the Spring Nationals, Nekoma and Karasuno face each other for the first time. With three sets of play, the teams try their hardest to beat their opponents, and Kenma and Shoyo finally get the chance to play against each other – but only one team can win.


Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.

Sports; Volleyball.

Use of violenceinfo

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

There is some violence in this movie, including:

  • On the court, there is a lot of aggression between the two teams.
  • The coach yells at one of the boys in a bullying manner.
  • One of the boys kicks Tetsuro in the back.
  • A boy hits Kenma several times on his back.
  • In an imaginary scene, two boys are seen about to attack each other with blades.

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:

  • Nothing further noted for this age group.

Aged five to eightinfo

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:

  • Alongside the actual movie, flashbacks are shown in a paler colour. Sometimes the images are quite scary and the voices are deep.
  • Tetsuro’s eyes turn yellow at one point, as does the eyes of Nekoma’s fans.
  • In an imaginary scene, a boy is seen trapped inside a cage.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:

  • Tetsuro asks Kenma if “he’s been starving himself to death again”.
  • In the final set, many of the boys are seen clearly tired, panting and sweating.
  • Kenma collapses from exhaustion towards the end of the match.
  • At the end of the match, Tetsuro and several of the boys lie flat on their backs.

Thirteen and overinfo

Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.

  • Nothing further noted.

Product placement

  • None noted.

Sexual references

  • None noted.

Nudity and sexual activity

  • None noted.

Use of substances

  • None noted.

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • Kick arse
  • Hell
  • Damn
  • Dammit
  • It sucks
  • Pissing
  • Dick
  • Pain in the arse.
  • Name calling, such as:
    • Dummy
    • Jerk.

In a nutshell

Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle is a Japanese animated sports film based on the manga series Haikyu!! (available in Japanese or English subbed and dubbed). The film concentrates on the match between the two high school volleyball teams, interspersed with flashbacks and a fill-in story. The film is likely to appeal to fans of volleyball and manga but may hold little interest for younger children. It is more suited to children aged 10 and over.

The main message from this movie is that playing sport is all about the enjoyment of play rather than who wins or loses.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Team spirit
  • Collaboration
  • Friendship
  • Perseverance
  • Determination.

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • Sportsmanship is about supporting your fellow players and winning or losing gracefully.