Haikyuu!! Chapter 252: Support
Honestly, the star of this chapter is Saeko-nee. She’s awesome.
Naturally, her appearance leads to interesting reactions.
They are pretty much me. Count me in for dying due to Saeko’s coolness (damn, Daichi that’s one hella sass, I can see the family resemblance in Ennoshita)
Finally, Karasuno gets the cheering squad they deserve.
I’m rather surprised that using Taiko is actually planned by all the Karasuno adults. Boy I am glad that they all think of it, right when they sorely need it.
Of course, Hinata’s stealing back the spotlight. By showing how well he read the situation (or understand Tsukishima’s movements) as he positions himself well to receive the spike. Unfortunately though…
The spike goes through between his arms, successfully making me laugh out so loudly that my father thinks something happened to me (or I went crazy).
Hinata’s embarrassment is hilarious, thankfully Noya’s quick to praise Hinata, restoring his honor (hahaha, Hinata, you’ve done so many ridiculous things and this the one thing you’re particularly embarrassed about?). Daishou makes the best commentaries, btw. Are we keeping him throughout Karasuno matches? He nails Hinata’s feeling right then and there.
Interestingly, Hinata’s reaction for being used as a decoy is not the usual ‘What! I am the decoy?!!’ but instead his reaction is ‘I called it back minus in my head’, which only means one thing:
He’s seen Kageyama using him as a decoy.
Just like he’s seen Tsukishima’s choking off the cross.
It’s not only his jump, Hinata’s situational awareness and reading are getting better.
Just like his jump, his mind already makes the right image, but his body has yet to catch up. It’s… such a realistic growth for Hinata. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of making the main character OP, and yet Furudate-sensei neatly sidesteps it. It looks like that this match is going to be used as an opportunity for Hinata to get his mind and body in sync.
Hinata does better under pressure. It becomes obvious how he’s the only one completely unaffected by the pressure from Inarizaki and their cheering squad. It’s too bad that he hasn’t worked more on his serves.
(Daichi’s triumphant expression is precious, give him more tosses Kageyama!)
The best reaction in this chapter: Inarizaki’s synchronized WTF.