Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle Movie Debuts at No. 1 in Taiwan; Release Date for the Philippines Revealed

Medialink Entertainment Limited recently opened the highly anticipated Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. In just one week since its premiere, the movie received the highest opening weekend box office performance among all films released in Taiwan this year. It earned about NT$69 million (~2.1 million USD) over the weekend while the box office has already exceeded NT$81.9 million (~2.5 Million USD). Production I.G. is in charge of its animation, under the direction of Susumu Mitsunaka.

Haikyu!! movie Box Office in Taiwan

As previously announced, the Haikyu!! movie will be released in Southeast Asian cinemas in May 2024. Aside from this, Medialink will also be screening the movie in India. It will be available in IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D formats. Release date information is yet to be announced.

As of writing, only the Philippines has a confirmed release date of April 24, as announced by SM Cinema’s official X (formerly Twitter). The post included an illustration of a cat, crow, and a garbage can, as well as the date and caption “The game will start soon. Are you ready? 04.25.24.” No further information was revealed. See the Haikyu!! movie announcement teaser below:

Haikyu!! movie Philippines
Haikyu!! movie teaser

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Haikyu!! is a manga by Haruichi Furudate which was on the Weekly Shonen Jump from 2012 to 2020. Production I.G. has produced 4 seasons of its anime adaptation, including its most recent film, Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle, which premiered on February 16, 2024. It has become one of the top 100 highest-grossing movies in Japan after 7 weeks of its release, with admissions surpassing 6.4 million and its accumulated box office revenue exceeding 9.2 billion yen. The movie follows the events of Volume 34 with the Nekoma vs Karasuno match in the “Tokyo Nationals Arc.” Medialink describes the plot:

“Shoyo Hinata was inspired to play volleyball after watching “Small Giants” in elementary school. Despite a devastating defeat by his rival Tobio Kageyama in middle school, Hinata joins Karasuno High School’s volleyball team, only to find Kageyama there as well. The former foes unite, creating a formidable partnership with Hinata’s agility and Kageyama’s precision.

During a joint training camp with Nekoma High School, Hinata encounters his future rival, Kenma Kozume. While Karasuno focuses on aggressive attacks, Nekoma excels in defense, embodying the motto of “Connect”. Through these encounters, Karasuno learns new strategies and possibilities.

In the Miyagi Prefecture Spring High School Volleyball Tournament and its preliminaries, Karasuno defeats formidable opponents, culminating in a stunning victory over Inarizaki High School. They are preparing to face their long-standing rivals, Nekoma High School, in the highly anticipated third round. Despite numerous practice matches, these two powerhouse teams have never officially clashed. This long-awaited showdown is famously known as “The Dumpster Battle.”

Medialink Group Limited is a distributor of third-party-owned media content, also known as the owner of the Ani-One Asia YouTube Channel that launched in October 2019. Ani-One is a diversified Japanese animation content platform that has accumulated a library of popular Japanese animated series and movies. In addition to its free content, Ani-One Asia also offers paid subscriptions with special perks. The channel also has sub-channels of Ani-One Thailand, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Source:  Haikyu!! English X, SM Cinema X (Formerly Twitter), Press Release
©Haruichi Furudate/Shueisha, Haikyuu Production Committee, MBS