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AOMINE DAIKI

Character Appreciation Post (13/15)

Aomine Daiki, the ace player of the Generation of Miracles, is strong, formidable, and almost unbeatable.

Almost.

He grew up playing street basketball and hanging out with Momoi at a young age. Before he got any formal training, he was extremely skilled with a ball and had developed a fluid style that was peerless to any other. Ridiculously strong and talented, he was put on the first string of the Teiko team almost immediately. This is when he meets Kuroko.

Kuroko and Aomine met when Aomine was cowering in the gym, thinking that Kuroko was a ghost. They begin to practice together and Aomine even encourages Kuroko to keep playing, even when Kuroko wanted to quit. Kuroko’s determination motivated Aomine.

So when Kuroko became a first string member, the two turned into the first “light and shadow” duo in the series. 

Kuroko’s not the only character that is fundamental to Aomine’s development during Teiko. When Aomine’s strength exponentially increased, taking his abilities to another level, Aomine’s personality changed as well. He became too strong for his own good, not able to find a true rival. At this time, Nijimura was still around and was able to keep Aomine at practice.

But when he leaves for good, the new coach says Aomine doesn’t have to come to practice anymore if he didn’t want to. This, coupled with an opponent saying Aomine was too strong to play against during the previous game, was devastating to Aomine’s psyche. 

He had grown up on the basketball court. Basketball requires a rival. Without having another rival worthy of playing, he felt like he was falling apart. The only way that he could deal with the heartbreaking realization was becoming arrogant and doing the bare minimum to gain victory. 

Mentally crushing his opponents was something that Aomine couldn’t bear to do. And so Aomine was the first member of the Generation of Miracles to change. In essence, he was looking for something, anything, to prove to himself that he was a worthy opponent that was capable of standing on the court. Even though he said, “The only one who can beat me is me,” he subconsciously wanted someone to challenge and prove him otherwise. Without someone else to personally beat, Aomine felt as he didn’t belong as a player.

Aomine finds Kagami at a street court, challenging him. Looking for a bit of entertainment, Aomine plays him and easily beats him during a one-on-one. He then tells Momoi that Kagami is disappointing.

The reason Aomine finds Kagami disappointing is because he’s still searching for the person that can challenge him, motivate him, and maybe even beat him.

He’s haughty because he wants to be proven otherwise. He even looks indifferent and lazy until Kagami challenges him during the first Seirin and Touou game. 

Even though Seirin loses, his face seems to be somewhat intrigued by the duo of Kagami and Kuroko. He’s surprised that Kagami could almost keep up with him.

What’s interesting is the fact that he backs Kuroko’s ideas up in the locker room and gets angry at Wakamatsu. I believe that for the first time in a long time, he had the excitement that he used to have while playing basketball. He wanted more of that feeling, and though Kuroko at that point was anything but weak. If anything, he craved for that excitement.

Aomine was also the person to inspire Kise to begin playing. When Touou plays against Kaijo, Kise gives it everything he has. But when Kise pities Aomine for having too many fouls, he’s furious. Aomine doesn’t want to be pitied. He wants to be proven wrong.

Matter of fact, Aomine admits that he understands Kise the most. He upholds the honor code and even punches Haizaki in the face in order to tell Haizaki that his methods were wrong and to protect Kise.

The thing about Aomine is that he’s looking for a challenge. He refuses to hurt anyone significantly on his journey there, and he doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt either. 

Aomine agrees to settle things with Kagami and Kuroko during the second Seiren and Touou game, and he plays from the beginning of the game this time (he played during the second half of the first one). 

Aomine, however, begins to become slightly bored as the game goes on, telling Kuroko that his attempt to beat him was useless. 

But when Kagami enters the zone, everything changes. Aomine had entered the zone a few minutes prior in order to get the win for Touou. When Kagami enters the zone, they enter in a one-on-one battle, engaging in intense play that no one else on either team can keep up with.

For the first time in a while, Aomine is having fun. For the first time in a while, Aomine has found an opponent that is giving him a run for his money.

And so when Kagami leads Seirin to victory, he’s not entirely sad. He had found what he wanted. He found someone who could motivate him and prove him wrong. He found his love for basketball again.

So when Aomine tells Kuroko that he won, and bumps fists again, that’s not entirely true. Both Kuroko and Aomine won. Kuroko proved that his style of basketball could win. And Aomine won because he found that he could stand on the basketball court with a person who could challenge and excite him.

That fist bump may not seem like much, but it’s Aomine’s way of apologizing of rejecting Kuroko as his shadow at Teiko. Aomine’s not extremely emotional; matter of fact, you can even call him slightly emotionally challenged. He lashes out at the people who care for him: Kuroko, Momoi, and probably more. But his fist bump shows the emotion that he’s been holding back for ages.

He makes up with Momoi, going back to calling her “Satsuki” and telling her that he wanted to practice again. The match with Seirin made him want to play seriously. 

The thing about being a prodigy is that it can suck. As humans, we want a challenge. We are competitive by nature. So when we clear the height of the competition, we’re left with an empty view that is disheartening. Yes, we achieved the goal. But then what?

That’s why Aomine is so relateable and human. He loves basketball, he loves the feeling of a challenging opponent, but he doesn’t like not having an opponent at all. The fact that he could be motivated to practice again shows just how much he loved the sport. The fact that he changed so much during two games proves that Aomine lives for the thrill of the pressure. The more likely it is he will lose, the better he plays. He lives for the chase. 

He teaches Kuroko how to shoot in order to have a more worthy opponent. He asks Momoi if playing Kagami was fate.

That’s because to him, playing Kagami was fate. He was looking for the worthy opponent that would pull him back up. And that’s who Kagami was to him. 

During the Winter Cup finals, he’s with his team, cheering for Kagami and Kuroko. He smiles when Kagami enters the Zone, recognizing the fire on the court and the feeling he had felt during his game against Seirin. When Kagami goes further within the gate, Aomine truly realizes what he had been missing: the feeling of being on a team.

Aomine heals, slowly but surely. He goes on to become friends with the Generation of Miracles again and to fix his relationship with Momoi, and even learn how to play on a team again.

The ace of the Generation of Miracles is sensitive and human, and yet he’s determined. He will do anything to feel what he used to while playing ball. 

And that’s why we love Aomine Daiki. Not because he’s strong and confident. But because he struggles and perseveres. Because he’s not afraid to lose. Because he’ll help his opponents. Because he’ll do anything to find that fateful opponent that hauls him to his feet. Aomine is powerful, intense, and bittersweet at the same time. He never asked for the power within him. All he wanted was to play some ball and have fun. And that’s why we love Aomine Daiki.

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make me choose:
↳ anon asked: knb or haikyuu?

“you’ll always stand by the light. that’s your basketball.” “kagami-kun, you say some deep things sometimes.” “shut up.”

anonymous asked:

Could you do a scenario of Akashi being super romantic and making his s/o feel super loved? Sfw or nsfw, doesn't matter to me:) Pretty please with a cherry on top :D

I have no idea if this is romantic or not so I hope it’s okay x:

Receiving flowers as a gift is nothing out of the ordinary but when they come from Akashi Seijurou on a weekly basis, it becomes something else altogether. Each bouquet he sends you is filled with only one kind of flower, but the flower differs every time and they’ve yet to repeat. A card would also be attached to the bouquet but only one word is written on it every time.

The first had been a bouquet of cherry blossoms, wrapped in white and tied with a small red ribbon. The card that came with it only said kind.

The second were azaleas in your favourite colour. Patient was the only word etched on the card.

Third were yellow camellias along with the word longing. The week that had followed resulted in a bouquet of white camellias this time, earning you the word waiting.

The fifth had been different. Instead of a bouquet of flowers sitting on your doorstep waiting for you to discover, you had received a card. It was plain white, with some generic phrase wishing you a good day on the front, but inside it had been a whole bunch of four-leaf clovers. They covered almost the whole page, leaving only a small enough space for the words lucky to be visible.

That card marked the passing of a month. A month had finally passed since you last saw Akashi face to face. For four and a half weeks he’s been out of the country on various business trips. Time zones made it hard for the two of you to talk so emails had been the only way you two could communicate. You miss him terribly, not that you’d never let him know that. It’s clear that he feels the same way, if you’re making the right inferences from his emails, but since there’s nothing either of you can do about the situation, you know there’s no point in complaining. You don’t want to trouble him even more.

Akashi never said anything about the flowers. The first bouquet had taken you by surprise. It had no name attached to it but the handwriting looked a lot like Akashi’s. You had asked him about it in the next email you sent him but he had danced around the subject. When the second bouquet arrived, you had taken a photo of it along with the card, sending it to him and asking if he was the sender. Again, he had avoided giving you a concrete answer. This happened every time, with every bouquet you received. Soon it turned into a fun game for you. With the start of each new week, your heart would start pounding in your chest and a buzz of excitement would flit through you. Each day that passes within the week with no flowers in sight would cause a frown to bloom on your lips and disappointment to bubble in your stomach, but when your eyes land upon a new bouquet, they shimmer with anticipation and you can’t stop the grin that spreads widely across your face.

Though you miss Akashi and want him to return as soon as possible, the flowers keep you company. They remind you that he’s always thinking of you, that he’s missing you too. The cards in particular always manage to bring a smile to your lips when you look at them. When you’re feeling particularly down and long for Akashi’s company, you just have to look at the words on the cards to be reminded that he feels the same.

The sixth week finally starts and as usual, you’re eager to see what sort of flowers awaits you and what message Akashi has for you this time. Instead of you eventually stumbling upon them when you leave your home, the ringing of the doorbell rouses you from your sleep. A quick look at the clock informs you that it’s still quite early though the sun had already rose and the sky outside is brighten more and more with each passing minute. The doorbell rings again and with a sigh, you climb out of bed, shivering slightly at the loss of warmth and walk to the door.

A bouquet of flowers greet you when you open the door. A familiar redhead offers you a gentle smile and takes a step closer towards you. “Good morning, (f/n).”

Any traces of sleep in your eyes immediately fall away at the sound of Akashi’s voice. A pleasant shiver runs through you and you can’t help it when your mouth falls open in an o shape. “S-Seijurou?!”

His smile is the only reply you get as he walks into your home, closing the door behind him. A chuckle leaves his lips when you keep on staring at him with wide eyes, obviously surprised.

“Is this a dream?” you mutter, mostly to yourself but of course Akashi overhears you.

A pair of arms circle your waist, pulling you close to him until your noses are almost touching. Warmth immediately rushes through your body, darkening your cheeks. Akashi’s lips twitch upwards into a smirk as he leans towards you, catching your lips in a chaste kiss. He pulls away from you briefly before leaning forwards again, gently kissing your nose and then your jawline, peppering kisses all over your face. The sensation tickles at first, especially when his lips brushes over your skin, but as his kisses continue on, you melt into his touch. This definitely can’t be a dream. “Did this answer your question, (f/n)?” Akashi asks you softly, right beside your ear.

You shiver slightly at the tingly sensation when his breath brushes past your ear but nod with a smile. “Yes… Welcome back, Seijurou,” you greet him, pulling back slightly from him so that you can look at him directly.

“I’m back, (f/n),” Akashi replies, letting you out of his arms. He presents you the bouquet of flowers again and this time, extends them to you to take.

A knowing smile plays on his lips when your eyes light up immediately and a grin blossoms on your lips. Three different coloured roses stare up at you, all intermixed to be visually pleasing. There’s no card attached this time though, and while you can guess at the meaning of the red roses, the other two leave you puzzled.

Akashi walks up to you, erasing any distance between the two of you again, and the bouquet is the only thing keeping his body from touching yours. He takes your free hand in his and points at the different coloured roses.

Red is in love.

White is devotion.

Pink is happiness.