Among the “monster generation” Oikawa was the only one who ever saw himself as “less than” in any way.
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.
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”.