Haikyuu!! Chapter 258: Exp Points
The first time I saw the cover/title page I couldn’t help snickering.
It’s meant to be a metaphor, a comparison of Hinata and Osamu’s experience, but… Hinata fits a bit too well as a child, if not very well, as a child, considering his stature and mentality. Honestly, dress Hinata just like that, he can pass as an elementary student. (he was mistaken as one along with Noya)
And Osamu as a salaryman… Pfft, considering how salaryman, esp salesman often depicted in anime/manga, that’s either an unfortunate or an accurate comparison to Osamu whose personality is tired and sucked out of life (no thanks to Atsumu) and relatively boring (which is the unfortunate fate to the twin of Atsumu). It might be just me though.
Anyway, I’m really happy with this chapter. There’s so much to love.
Seriously. Captain really stands out in this match. I’ve got Iwaizumi vibes from him, being completely reliable and skilled all around in spiking and receiving. Maybe because of his reliability, Kageyama chooses to leave scoring to Daichi since the opponent unconsciously doesn’t consider the ones doing receiving will be involved in the counterattack. Regardless, yay for more screentime for Daichi. (having fingers crossed that it’ll be the same for Nekoma, I wanna see more of the captains coughKuroocough)
But certainly, the best part of this chapter is
In the previous chapter, and in the start of this chapter, Hinata’s inexperience, particularly as a blocker has been highlighted. He is fully aware of it, and it makes him lose his cool and forget the strategy Ukai told him.
However, once he regains his cool, he manages to actually use his head, most importantly, his own experience… as a spiker.
Which is nothing short of brilliant. Hinata doesn’t attempt the impossible, to draw his little to no experience in blocking or even draw from Tsukishima’s, who’s certainly a different type of blocker and player from him.
He draws from the experience he has no shortage of!! In a short time, he manages to go through every single blocker he has faced off and picked the one most fitting for the situation and his ability, despite his simple reasoning (the block he hates the most). He doesn’t have Tsukishima’s logical and strategical mind fitting for defensive MB to go as far as thinking choking off the cross and narrowing the course for Noya, but it’s enough for him, because if there’s anyone on the team who understands better a spiker’s mindset, it’d be him.
Bless you, Mattsun.
Which leads to this beautiful synchronized attack.
It really gives me flashback to that final score in the finals against Shiratorizawa. Hinata truly has grown. To think and regard him as a mere child will be a mistake and disrespect to everything he has gone through and learned. Before the training camp, he hasn’t had the right mindset to gain knowledge and take advantage of his experience, but now, Hinata has shaped his mind and himself to finally do. It’s not an immediate change, but a gradual one, and I am, for sure, looking forward to see it very much.
That said, Tsukihina!!
Honestly, how come people don’t see how much potential in these two??? It might be difficult to see in the beginning, but after training camp, their relationship has certainly improved. The above exchange shows how well Tsukishima understands Hinata to the point that Hinata has nothing to say to defend himself because Tsukishima pretty much lays it all out. For Tsukishima, this is very significant because he doesn’t do unnecessary things, unless it’s worth the effort. Getting along and understanding Hinata take effort, yet he does it anyway. He might reason it’s simply logical or habitual of him, but it doesn’t change the fact that he does understand Hinata and he respects him enough not to underestimate him. He observes Hinata closely as he would an opponent. Look how he notices the change in Hinata’s movement and how thoughtful he is after.
These precious, precious first year Middle Blockers. (Kunimi’s adorable too. I hope we’ll see more of their interactions in the future)
Other things I pick up in this chapter:
Tanaka keeps scoring by accident, by the stroke of luck, by the skin of his teeth, you name it. I don’t know whether it’s a good sign or a bad sign. He has always been exceptionally strong mentally among Karasuno players, so while he undeniably still scores, the way he scores it’s pretty worrisome. Is it his version of nerves? Come on Tanaka, get some spikes in.
The exchange between Atsumu and Osamu really reminds me of Kageyama and Hinata, with unimpressed senior/teammates in the sidelines. Look at the expressions on Kita and Suna. Pfft. How often are these exchanges between the twins?