Haikyuu!! Chapter 246: Night
All I can say on this chapter can be summed up as Konoka, you’re so pretty and adorable and OMG, Tanaka, you clueless, clueless boy.
And thank you, thank you Furudate-sensei for Kuroo and his interaction with Daichi. (sue me, I am a kurodai fan ;p)
I adore the rivalry between Karasuno and Nekoma. They are truly the best embodiment of a rival as in friends that push each other to become better.
As someone has noted in another Tumblr post (I’ve seen and liked a tad too many of them hahaha to remember which, I think it’s @blackandorange’s), everyone has their favorite player/s in the other team. The third years are drawn to the other third years, Suga and Yaku as fellow team mom and Asahi and Kai as fellow long-suffering mediator. Tanaka and Yamamoto being carbon copy to each other. Hinata who is everyone’s favorite (coughharemcough) and draws more players than most. Kenma’s expression is precious btw. That’s the most open and pleased expression I’ve seen on Kenma.
But of course, most notably are the captains. They are the first to seek and greet the other whenever their teams meet. Kurodai fan or not, that look on Daichi’s face in the first panel is definitely fond. He always has that look, usually accompanied by irritation to whatever provocation Kuroo throws at him. I’m not surprised if all this time Kuroo and Daichi have been keeping in touch like Hinata and Kenma.
I know both look somber, but damn. I cannot help feeling spoiled just seeing them both side-by-side and so captain-like. The first day is a reality check to them who experience nationals for the first time, but they doesn’t let it show and keep themselves together for the sake of their team.
(And Shibayama, you adorable observant puppy)
I feel second hand embarrassment just watching Tanaka. He actually got a pretty girl that likes him, and he just have to ruin it. How can you break her heart Tanaka???? Hahaha, I hope it won’t affect Tanaka’s play in the second day. Sorry Konoka for the dense, clueless idiot.
Honestly, I can ship them. But at the same time, I don’t want Konoka to be just another, or worse, token love interest. It is a bit a change with her being part of a team that has actual shot for winning nationals. But she shares similarities with Yui, such as being childhood friends and inspired by the boy. Why girls have to be inspired by a boy? Well, inspiration can come from anywhere… including boys (and Tanaka is hella inspirational, even as a kid), but still… Can we just want to do something simply because we want to?
(Tanaka looks less like Kyoutani when he is little, and definitely friendlier)
The last panel does explain well the somber looks on the captains’ faces. The strongest teams are not there yet.
The real challenge is coming.
@sai-genos has summed it neatly in their ask box that Furudate-sensei has set up 6 rival teams for Karasuno: Nekoma, Fukurodani, Hoshiumi’s team and the three seeded schools. Karasuno has five games to win Nationals, and considering how all three Tokyo teams and seeded school are placed in different groups, they are likely only meet three of them, hopefully one of them is Nekoma. (prayer hands emoji)
Yamaguchi to the rescue!
Yamaguchi is such a mom friend. He is just like Suga. You know, I wonder what’s in store for Yamaguchi. I want to see him a regular in the future, but he is a Middle Blocker like Tsukishima and Hinata, and… they’re pretty much set for regular position. So someone is gonna switch to Wing Spiker in the future? But well, let’s just worry about the current tournament first..