Remember the scene in the latest episode where Tsukki was bending over at the sink?
Doesn’t this remind you of something?
This scene is from when Tsukki found out his brother was never the ace at Karasuno.
What he learned from that experience is that no matter how hard you try, there will always be someone better than you. So, why try at all? Why practice and get better if someone is always ahead of you?
When he explained this to Yamaguchi in s2 ep8, Yams obviously got really mad.
Yamaguchi called Tsukki lame for not trying his best. Tsukki, whom Yamaguchi has always looked up to and thought as cool, is now ‘lame’ in his eyes.
This is a major turning point for Tsukki. From then on in the season, Tsukki tried really hard to improve and learn new skills.
Now, fast forward to s3 ep10… Tsukki is finally realizing his passion for volleyball. Throughout the season, he had tried his best during the match with Shiratorizawa and reached the limits of his ability. Yet, even after they won, he thought of himself as ‘lame’ for not trying hard enough. This is SO DIFFERENT from where he was in season 2, where he thought people were lame for trying TOO HARD.
Yamaguchi realizes how much Tsukki has changed…
Yamaguchi recognizes that Tsukki tried his very best in the match, and is reassuring him that yes, you DO have something to be proud of. They won and are going to nationals! And Tsukki was the MVP of the game.
Tsukki isn’t lame for trying his best. He should be proud of his team and his own accomplishments.
And I think that by the end of the episode, Tsukki does realize how cool Karasuno really is.
Lemme just say… holy shit. That is some good character development right there. This is why I love Haikyuu.
pride (noun) a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.