tsukishima and hinata in the recent haikyuu chapters
So kageyama’s starting to fully utilize his team’s skills, which is exciting. But I’m also super excited about tsukishima finally utilizing hinata’s skills. It really started off in the shiratorizawa match with tsukishima telling hinata to jump tendou for the block and then telling him to step up his game and get the team a break. And then at the first year camp tsukishima started to take serious note of hinata’s movements and even had hinata spike for him in order to get a better sense of his attacks. And recently during the dateko practice match, tsukishima predicted hinata’s role and impact perfectly. Even kageyama didn’t know what hinata was going for when he jumped right in front of koganegawa but tsukishima knew. Look at that smug little face. He knew exactly what hinata’s movements would do to the blockers, he almost banked on it actually.
Over the course of the series, tsukishima’s been slowly getting used to hinata and his movements. At first, he thought his role was just to support hinata’s craziness from behind. But lately it almost seems as if he’s been trying to corral it and point it in a certain direction. Or even if he’s not doing that, then he’s at least finding a way to maximize hinata’s effects on the court.
And what’s also interesting is that tsukishima seems to be specifically focusing on hinata’s crazier, more unpredictable movements and the presence hinata makes on the court. If tsukushima is indeed looking to control or maximize those aspects of hinata’s playing, then this will mark the first time someone looked at hinata’s whirlwind of movements and thought “we can use this if only he would…” instead of “let him run free and take advantage of the confusion”. And tbh letting hinata run free has been working fine, but I can’t wait to see what happens if someone focuses in on that raw energy and tries to either shape it or make it even wilder.
And here’s the kicker, hinata listens to tsukishima. Some part of hinata just has faith that tsukishima knows what he’s doing and will always find the most efficient way to do things. He jumped tendou, he took tsukishima’s words to heart during the shiratorizawa match and got the team their break, he spiked for tsukishima at the camp and in exactly the way tsukishima asked him to.
Can you imagine the impact this will make? Hinata’s already a huge presence. He’s already a big enough opponent with just his raw, uncontrolled energy. Can you imagine if he starts taking instruction from tsukishima of all people? And imagine tsukishima adding hinata’s unpredictability to his plans.