It’s about legacy. It’s about a thread, a path, a story. Sometimes the path is not what we expect, there are sharp terms, obstacles we couldn’t have foreseen. Sometimes we have to pass the torch on to someone else, and watch the light from a distance. But none of that erases the part we played, and the steps we walked.
Hinata and Oikawa met in Brazil because they were on the same path. They had made the same choices and taken the same risks.
Oikawa is pretty confident about his abilities to overcome other players through strategy, game sense, and experience, but there’s a single obstacle that seems insurmountable to him, no matter how hard he tries.
In Haikyuu!!, Oikawa Tooru is the ultimate opponent, the Grand King, and the player who suffers, risks, and sacrifices the most in order to make it onto the Olympic stage.
To justify substituting Hinata or Hoshiumi in for a taller player, they are required be expert receivers, blockers, and setters in addition to jumping even higher than the taller players.
Victory comes at a cost, and sometimes that means making sacrifices, and compromises, and working your ass off for years before breaking through, before “making it”.
It’s the players that are left behind that make the biggest difference in creating a hopeful narrative for all readers.
Furudate writes three types of volleyball players in Haikyuu!!
We have the “monster generation”, the players that love volleyball but don’t let it take over their lives, and the players that are “left behind”.
The Sendai Frogs are sending a message to the National Team and other Division 1 players: “We’re here too, and we’re coming for you.”
Let Jester have her personal God! Let her have fun and create chaos everywhere she goes.