Fans of Haruichi Furudate’s volleyball manga Haikyu!! are about to be treated to something truly special when the 42nd volume hits shelves in Japan. The ¥3,800 special edition version will pack in a DVD with an original piece of animation on it, but it’s not just another short anime. This one is a 26-minute piece of stop-motion doll animation starring everyone’s favorite volleyball boys.
Tomoyasu Murata—who previously won the Excellence Prize for a 16-minute short called Suiren no Hito/Nostalgia in 2001 and has made numerous promos for Japanese rock band Mr. Children—is credited with the animation’s creation. It reportedly took Murata three years and two months to complete it. You can see a sample in the trailer below ahead of the special edition’s March 4, 2020 launch.