SO I know I don’t normally post stuff like this, but there was a ~*~KageHina~*~ moment in the newest chapter that I really want to talk about because it just hit me really hard, as a benchmark for any kind of relationship you want to ascribe to Kageyama and Hinata’s role as partners. That being said, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR CHAPTER 219 (released 08/25/2016) IN THIS POST so if you are avoiding spoilers for the manga, please skip ALL of this!
As Hinata is getting ready to head out from the training camp, he’s stopped by Kindaichi, who asks (with great difficulty LOL <3) how Kageyama is doing/if he’s doing well (I was reading the mangapark translation). He’s still pretty thrown by the King of the Court’s major 180 in terms of playstyle once arriving at Karasuno, and who could blame him?? But Hinata sees things differently. He responds with:
First: What strikes me here is that Hinata is remembering Kageyama openly admitting how painful and scary that was for him, that he was all alone, unable to pull back from the edge of his own ability, and how it isolated him from everyone around him. How that loneliness was a product of his own making, with his take no prisoners attitude.
Second: there is an implicit reminder here - no one could spike Kageyama’s insane quick tosses back then. But not anymore. Because Hinata is there.
Hinata then goes on to say that he thinks it’s just normal, “to be at each other’s throats”. Kindaichi asks him what he means and he says:
[mic drop] holy fuck, Hinata!!! He just goes 0 - 100 on the Kageyama Defense Squad duties right here <3
Also - Hinata has a ton of experience in his own right with following his own advice in never backing down, but that’s exactly why he understands Kageyama’s own strong will so much. In my opinion, I think he is saying that Kageyama’s drive and stubbornness back in middle school was completely justified - I don’t think he means to reprimand Kindaichi, but man, that was kind of a huge “just STFU about the middle school shit already” statement.
That being said. Right before this, he came out with this huge reminder that it was only back then that no one could hit Kageyama’s tosses. But Kageyama, despite being scared, and alone, and outcast, does not fucking quit. He does not back down a single fucking inch. He keeps tossing like he always did, he forces people to work up to his level, and because of that?
He found the person who can spike his tosses. He found someone to make invincible, who makes him unstoppable. He found someone who makes him work to get better.
Kageyama found a partner in Hinata because he never stopped trusting in his own worth, and that’s why he’s doing just fine.
Man, just… the amount of effort it takes to follow Johnny’s train of thought sometimes. He kind of reminds me of Caboose from RvB. There is, in the loosest definition of the word, a kind of logic to how he thinks. It’s just that it relies on misunderstanding the words that he’s using, while simultaneously understanding the concepts that he’s talking about on a level that the rest of us can only hope to achieve. Johnny has taken this machine, this bewildering, meandering machine that powers his brain pan, and harnessed it for the sole purpose of justifying the fact that me must beat people up.
Does the world exist so that Johnny can bully it? Or does Johnny exist to bully the world? Only once you have reached true enlightenment can you begin to understand the Truth of the universe.