[CH 237 thoughts/spoilers]
Aside from continuing to scream over Hinata, and Tsukishima’s TOSS – I wanna applaud Furudate’s character arc plotting yet again.
I really liked all the flashbacks/memories from the old Karasuno captains in the past few chapters, watching how much their team has grown and evolved since they left. Felt like it culminated really nicely in this panel:
All the third years want to win, every year, of course. But win or lose, I think there’s also this pressure to feel like they’ve graduated with a strong team to carry on the legacy (because we’re shown very clearly how much they all care about their teams), they’re hyper focused on what their underclassmen are doing, if they’ve… left them with solid groundwork, stable footing to stand on.
The Karasuno alums are all looking back on this match and realizing how far their kouhais have come, and in turn, Daichi as captain is so visibly proud of how much Hinata “Face Receive” Shouyou has grown, and how hard he’s worked. And, I feel like there’s probably a sense of pride (and maybe a little relief) knowing he’s been the captain for all that.
It’s a really nice bookend to the nightmare he had right before Nationals. By the way, I’m only just now realizing this:
In his dream, he runs into his two former captains at the gym. I just thought they were classmates, because Daichi is so casual about it thanks to dream logic (and my memory’s shit). BUT – the fact that he’s dreaming about the two of them really seems to me to suggest two things:
1) Daichi is afraid of leaving the same way they did, defeated, demoralized, and deprived of a chance to recover the next year (they’re not even playing volleyball in his dream).
2) Daichi is afraid of letting down his team, both the other third years, and his underclassmen. These two were probably the most influential upperclassmen he had, given the rest of the volleyball team at the time was super unmotivated. For them to be in their home gym with no memories of the team is exactly Daichi’s worst fears regarding Nationals, and the team’s fate after he graduates.
Running to the gym to find none of the others there suggests he’s afraid of losing his team. If they’re unable to fend for themselves after he and the other third years are gone, I bet that’s actually exactly what it would feel like. But then he wanders around and finds his dumb kouhais, and feels a bit better. He talks to Ikejiri, and is reminded that not only is everyone else rooting for them, but he has never lost his drive to win, right from when he first started.
And now he’s seeing that he really has left behind some mark, sees real evidence of how much he’s helped the rest of these kids thrive.
Daichi’s specialty is receives. And he just watched the first year that was the most hopeless at them pull off two in a row that Nishinoya Yuu is impressed by.
What a great and well-deserved feeling.