“I feel like I’m the fourth version of myself since I left Port Damali.” Fjord doesn’t value his Self, discards it easily, and then calls it “growth”.
Hinata and Kageyama have parallel journeys of personal growth throughout Haikyuu!! but they both failed on their individual quests during the Nationals arc, which led to their defeat by Kamomedai.
I’ll be the first to say that Fjord is guilty of many things, many failures. But there is at least on instance I can point to where it’s Caduceus — Fjord’s self-appointed spiritual guide — who fails him in a pretty big way.
When Sawamura Daichi, Sugawara Koushi, and Azumane Asahi inherited the Karasuno Boys’ Volleyball club, it had reached it’s lowest point.
Had he been faced with any other team, Hinata might have given up on volleyball after that match. He might have even been satisfied with his attempt.
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.
Jester’s need to prove herself probably stems from very real experiences with being infantilized by others, and especially the Mighty Nein in the earlier days.
Caduceus giving in the the Mighty Nein’s whims in the jungle on their way to the Menagerie is indicative of a much deeper problem within the Mighty Nein.
Haikyuu!! is coming to an end after 8 glorious years. It’s honestly quite hard to accept. It’s been such a huge part of my life for at least 6 years now. Of course I don’t want it to be over, but I’m also so very happy for Furudate-sensei. What an incredible accomplishment!! Not to mention, I can’t wait to see what they create next — after a very long, well-deserved rest.
For me, the biggest sign of an author who cares about their characters is the way they treat side characters, those not central to the main story.
Kiyoko and Ryuu’s relationship arc is an incredible feat of short-fiction writing.
Narrative choices within the Netflix adaptation have, so far, stripped Ciri (and to a lesser extent, Geralt) of agency they had in the original novels.
All punishment does is create more pain. But what makes the idea of “consequences” different from “punishment”?
Almost every major character in Haikyuu!! has what I call a “witness to growth”. Some have more than one. Hinata as the main character has almost every other major character as a witness, but even he still has a single primary witness.
One of my favorite things in Haikyuu!!, especially since the Nationals arc, has been the portions told from Akaashi Keiji’s point-of-view. Sure, Hinata Shouyou is the main character and protagonist of Haikyuu!! but Fukurodani and Bokuto Koutarou are ‘the protagonists of the world’.
It was this moment that I sincerely lost my mind. Not only had this show gotten our hopes up and delivered. It had raised the bar episode after episode, far surpassing any expectations we could have possibly put forward.
Both the cast and many fans online have been referring to Essek Thelyss as a “war criminal” and guilty of betraying the Mighty Nein. But while Essek certainly is guilty of many evil deeds, he is not guilty of either of those things.
Growing up, Fjord never had control over his life. He was raised in an orphanage, at the mercy of horrible people who used children for work. And even when he left he was still at the mercy of others, looking for work just to survive. Vandran had been the first to really take him in, take responsibility for him, show him the ropes, and perhaps discipline him.
‘You don’t want to punish the people who made you, you want to make sure no one else makes you…remember that’s what you want, you’ll get there faster.’
Marion obviously loves Jester more than life itself. But if Jester was so well loved all her childhood, why did she sometimes seem so sad and lonely?
Beauregard and Jester’s individual reactions to the Traveler’s reveal are in direct opposition to each other.
At the start of the true game, Aloy is already positioned perfectly to be the curious adventurer needed to drive the story forward.
Jester has the chance here to make Traveler Con an unforgettable and positive experience that everyone will be talking about, across all of Exandria, for generations. And wouldn’t that be the best trick of all?