Tendou fucking Satori, man
OK so I was doodling Goshiki and I was thinking about his nerdy bangs when I was hit by some sort of a realisation and idk it hit me pretty hard so here it is: (spoiler alert
i guess if you don’t read the manga)
In chapter 150 of the manga, when we’re first introduced to the rest of the Shiratorizawa team apart from Ushijima, Tendou jumps in to prevent any conflict from arising between Goshiki and Shirabu before the match even starts, like this:
When I first read this, I was like “aww lmao thats weirdly adorable” because Tendou decided to tell Goshiki that his bangs were cool, even though no one had even said anything about his bangs at all up to that point in time and it was a seemingly random and irrelevant compliment. (Though it did serve to boost Goshiki’s confidence at the time.)
I honestly didn’t think much of it (not even while reading the rest of the match) until today, when I remembered one other important little detail, and everything just kind of clicked.
Remember who else used to have bangs and a bowl cut?
Except that he used to be ridiculed for it. Young Tendou was teased, ridiculed and even socially excluded because of his hair and facial features. From what we saw in the manga, none of the other kids his age stood up for him, or tried to defend him, or tried to comfort him - none of them.
So just imagine Tendou, now in his third year of high school, part of one of the strongest volleyball teams in the entire Miyagi prefecture, known for his freaking insane blocking skills, literal besties with one of the top three strongest spikers in the whole of Japan - and he has a kouhai who has the same nerdy haircut that he had as a kid, that everyone made fun of him for. What’s he gonna do in this situation?
Compliment the fuck outta that kouhai’s hair, that’s what the fuck he’s gonna do. It’s a nice “fuck you” to those asshole kids who used to make fun of him, and it’s him being the friend that he probably needed or really wanted when he was young.