what's your favourite thing about shirabu? just wondering, since there's a lot of him on your blog ^_^
Oh I am SO GLAD YOU ASKED!
(I could rant for 3 hours probably, but you asked for The Favourite Thing so I gave that some thought..)
I think the reason why he stood out to me when I first read the manga: his design combined with his tough and salty attitude.
But what really really gets me is that he is sorta… scary.
He is one of those people who are driven by a spark, have a clear aim in their head, and do everything they can to achieve it. (Just look at those eyes they give me chills all over) He has this obsessive personality that speaks to me, without being corrupt or sly.
He has a pure, real fascination with Ushijima and Volleyball. He doesn’t pride himself as being the most important, he doesn’t strive for attention or praise (he’s seems confident and practical like that; knowing when his plays are good, knowing when he fucked up Big Time) - He plays to see that sort of power happening in front of him, because of him.
And he has a mental strength and discipline that my past self can relate to (that’s a story for Another Time) which leaves a very bittersweet feeling.
Another thing that just won’t let me go: his inner conflict and doubt which was never clearly answered.
“Faced with such amazing raw potential, wouldn’t the setter’s will be superfluous and wholly unnecessary?”
It is a way of showing that he gave up part of himself to get what he wanted. It is a conflict, it is hard, he seems like he is suffering and out of place or nothing special- amongst The Big Guys, the Miracle Boys- where his actual flashy skill is not required.
But he tries to keep up and pushes himself harder, and he is not less important than the others on the team. It is something he wanted, he decided that for himself and did it, and I think there are people who don’t think it is worth it or a good idea. But the reasons for why he chose this could be so multifarious! It makes me want to explore his personality, past and future. This right here is something that fascinates me!
tl;dr Shirabu is complex! And completely underrated~