List of Haikyu!! characters

The following is a list of characters that appear in the volleyball Sport manga and anime, Haikyu!!.

Main charactersEdit

Karasuno High SchoolEdit

Karasuno High School (烏野高校, Karasuno Kōkō) is located in Miyagi prefecture, Tōhoku region. The karasu part of the school name "Karasuno" means 'crow'. Karasuno is nicknamed the "Flightless Crows" and the "Fallen Champs", since they were formerly a powerhouse team that recently fell from grace, tarnishing their reputation as a result; they are also called "Country Bumpkin Crows" by Kuroo, since they live in a relatively rural area. According to Oikawa, Karasuno doesn't have a particular play style, and instead opts to be open and try out new play styles. Karasuno has a famous rivalry with Nekoma High School, located in Tokyo, which is dubbed the "Battle at the Trash Heap" because crows and cats (Nekoma's mascot) are animals known to rummage through garbage. Within its own prefecture, its main rivals are Aoba Johsai High School, Date Tech High School, and Shiratorizawa Academy. Karasuno's banner is all black with the sole word "fly" in white. Its team colors are navy and orange.

Shoyo Hinata (日向 翔陽, Hinata Shoyo), #10
Voiced by: Ayumu Murase[1] (Japanese); Bryson Baugus[2] (English)
Played by: Kenta Suga (2015-2018),[3] Kotaro Daigo (2019-present)[4]
Hinata is a first-year student at Karasuno High School and the protagonist. He was initially a wing spiker in Junior High but is currently a middle blocker. He is coincidentally the number 10, which the Little Giant, the former Karsuno ace and his idol, also wore. His speed and incredible vertical jump allow him to play as a decoy to trick opposing teams and grant leeway to Karasuno's attackers, gaining him the nickname "the perfect decoy". Though he aspires to become the ace, he grows to learn and embrace the importance of his role. Hinata is extremely cheerful, boisterous, and optimistic. Despite his small size, clumsiness, and lack of fundamental skills, his extraordinary stamina, reflexes, and vertical earn him a spot on the regular lineup. He plays exceptionally well when partnered with Kageyama as his setter, and the two quickly gaining notoriety amongst other teams for their 'freak quick', where Hinata jumps before (as opposed to during or after) the toss, then Kageyama quickly and accurately sets the ball to the exact pinnacle of Hinata's jump. Hinata is incredibly devoted to volleyball and practices tirelessly, leading to his explosive growth as a player.
Tobio Kageyama (影山 飛雄, Kageyama Tobio), #9
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa[1] (Japanese); Scott Gibbs[2] (English)
Played by: Tatsunari Kimura (2015-2017),[3] Tatsuya Kageyama (2017-2018),[5] Ryunosuke Akana (2019-present)[4]
Kageyama is a first-year student at Karasuno High School. He is the team's starting setter and was notoriously known as the "King of the Court" in Junior High for his tyrannical sets and authoritarian-style leadership. Considered one of Karasuno's two prodigy players, his tenacious desire to win coupled with his lack of regard for needs of his teammates caused them to abandon him in the middle of a match. Kageyama becomes deeply afraid of Karasuno abandoning him in a similar way and strives to be more considerate of the needs of his team. He originally tried to enroll at Shiratorizawa but was rejected. At Karasuno, Kageyama slowly learns the importance of trust, respect, and teamwork in volleyball. He forms an unlikely setter-spiker partnership with Hinata, and the two develop their signature freak quick. Known even amongst other schools as a 'volleyball genius', Kageyama is famous for his 'pin-point' setting accuracy, serves, and game sense. Because it is his responsibility as a setter to 'utilize' each spiker to their greatest potential, he functions as one of Karasuno's main pillars of attack. Though he is usually polite with good intentions, he nevertheless has poor social skills and difficulty expressing himself. He often engages in trivial competitions and shouting matches with Hinata.
Kei Tsukishima (月島 蛍, Tsukishima Kei), #11
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama,[6] Tomo Muranaka (young) (Japanese); Leraldo Anzaldua[2] (English)
Played by: Ryotaro Kosaka (2015-2018),[3] Ryosuke Yamamoto (2019-present)[4]
Tsukishima is a first-year student at Karasuno High School and a middle blocker. He is Karasuno's tallest player and known for being a calm and clever blocker, forming an important part of Karasuno's defense. His simultaneously polite yet condescending attitude often angers both his own teammates (usually Kageyama and Hinata) and opposing teams. Tsukishima often thanks other players cheerfully when they make snide remarks to his face. Despite his apparent arrogance and scornful attitude, Tsukishima actually has an inferiority complex and hates "elite players" like Kageyama; during the team's formation, he only refers to Kageyama as 'the King' or 'Your Highness' to anger him and draw out his tyrannical personality. Tsukishima is the only team member to question his devotion to volleyball, due in part to past personal experiences. His closest friend is Yamaguchi, who refers to him by the nickname "Tsukki". Despite his apparent indifference towards him, Tsukishima trusts in his abilities and is proud of his improvements. As a player, he is noted to be the complete opposite of Hinata, who in contrast is short, energetic, and acts instinctually.
Tadashi Yamaguchi (山口 忠, Yamaguchi Tadashi), #12
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō,[6] Hiro Nakajima (young) (Japanese); Cameron Bautsch[2] (English)
Played by: Kairi Miura (2015-2018),[3] Yoshinari Oribe (2019-present)[4]
Yamaguchi is a first-year student at Karasuno High School and a middle blocker. Yamaguchi is utilized as "Karasuno's spear" and pinch-server, often catching opponents off guard and scoring consecutive points in a row. He is shy but friendly and extremely hard-working. After realizing his lack of skill prevented him from contributing to the team in a productive way, he sought the help of Karasuno alumnus Makoto Shimada, who teaches him how to jump float serve. He is close friends with Tsukishima, who he has followed around since the third grade when the latter scared off a group of boys who bullied him for his freckles. A running gag in the series is Yamaguchi complimenting Tsukishima, Tsukishima telling him to shut up, and Yamaguchi apologizing. Despite his admiration for his friend, Yamaguchi is not afraid to voice his opinion when he disapproves of something Tsukishima is doing, and yells at him for not giving his all during training.
Daichi Sawamura (澤村 大地, Sawamura Daichi), #1
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino[7] (Japanese); Justin Doran[2] (English)
Played by: Keita Tanaka (2015, 2018),[3][8] Kentaro Akisawa (2016-2017),[8] Sho Higano (2019-present)[4]
Daichi is the captain of Karasuno and a third-year student at Karasuno High School. He is a wing spiker and a very dependable receiver, functioning as one of the team's defensive pillars. A resilient and kind leader, he is strong-willed and encourages the team both on and off the court. As the captain, Daichi has a scary side as well; a running gag in the series is when players (often Nishinoya and Tanaka) settle down because someone mentions that "Daichi is coming". He is closest with Sugawara and Asahi, having joined the team with them in his first year. He usually prefers to let his teammates work out their issues themselves rather than step in as the captain in order to encourage their personal growth.
Kōshi Sugawara (菅原 孝支, Sugawara Kōshi), #2
Voiced by: Miyu Irino[7] (Japanese); Adam Gibbs[2] (English)
Played by: Hiroki Ino (2015-2017),[3] Naoki Tanaka (2018),[8] Ryu Ichinose (2019-present)[4]
Sugawara, often nicknamed Suga, is the vice-captain of the volleyball club and a third-year student at Karasuno High School. He is originally the team's starting setter but is replaced by Kageyama. In spite of this, Sugawara holds no hard feelings and remains supportive towards both him and the rest of the team, determined to play as much as he can in his final year of high school. He is cheerful, nurturing, and empathetic; so much so, that he is nicknamed "Mr. Pleasant" by Oikawa. Despite this, Sugawara is known to be "scary when he's mad", and can become hostile when irritated. Highly intelligent and perceptive, he is deeply considerate of the moods and needs of his teammates when on the court; Coach Ukai notes that he has "the full trust of his teammates". When subbed on, he forms the basis of the team's synchronized attack and is able to utilize Kageyama as an additional spiker. He is also a pinch-server and able to aim his serves accurately to specific places on the court. He is close friends with Daichi and Asahi, having joined in his first year with them.
Asahi Azumane (東峰 旭, Azumane Asahi), #3
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya[6] (Japanese); Orlanders Jones[2] (English)
Played by: Justin Tomimori (2015-2018),[3] Yuya Fukuda (2019-present)[4]
Asahi is a third-year student at Karasuno and a wing spiker. The physically strongest player on the team, he is considered the current ace of Karasuno and is a pillar of attack for the team. His long hair, large stature, and impressive strength make him intimidating to others at first; much to his chagrin, players from other schools even attribute his strength to him secretly being a full-grown man who was held back. In actuality, Asahi is soft-hearted and timid, known for having a "glass heart". He sometimes struggles with low confidence and at one point, doubted his abilities so much that he left the team. Asahi is a strong spiker and is able to spike the ball from behind the line. Asahi is close friends with Daichi and Sugawara, and has a close relationship with Nishinoya, who encouraged him to return to the team.
Yū Nishinoya (西谷 夕, Nishinoya Yū), #4
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto[6] (Japanese); Greg Ayres[2] (English)
Played by: Shohei Hashimoto (2015-2017),[3] Yuto Fuchino (2017-2018),[5] Yuma Kitazawa (2019-present)[4]
Nishinoya is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and the team's libero and defensive specialist. He is known as "Karasuno's Guardian Deity" due to his reliability for saving the ball and his high skill level. Along with Kageyama, he is considered one of Karasuno's two prodigies, having won the prefecture's "Best Libero" award in Junior High. Even shorter than Hinata, he is the smallest player on Karasuno. Nishinoya is loud, energetic and deeply passionate about his position, believing that he would choose to play libero even if he were born taller. He is considered the backbone of the team, as his specialization in receives and block recovery allow the team to keep scoring and continue the rally. Nishinoya is very proud of (but usually ridiculed for) his signature move, "Rolling Thunder", merely a rolling receive where he shouts "rolling thunder". He has a close relationship with Asahi, refusing to play unless the latter returned to his role as the team's ace. He is usually with Tanaka, both of whom adore team manager Shimizu Kiyoko. He enrolled at Karasuno because he thought that the girl's uniforms were cute and that the boy's all-black gakuran looked cool.
Ryūnosuke Tanaka (田中 龍之介, Tanaka Ryūnosuke), #5
Voiced by: Yū Hayashi[7] (Japanese); Greg Cote[2] (English)
Played by: Kouhei Shiota (2015-2018),[3] Ko Kanegae (2019-present)[4]
Tanaka is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker. He is loud, fierce and aggressive, but deeply respects his seniors and looks out for his juniors, wanting to be a good senior for them. Tanaka is a talented and versatile spiker and often gets digs that keep the rally going. When playing, he displays amazing mental fortitude, even when he is continuously targeted by the opposite team. Unfortunately, his aggressive behavior, volume, and deliquent-like appearance sometimes make a poor impression. Tanaka often tries to intimidate and pick fights with other teams, which Daichi or Sugawara must then break up. He is good friends with Nishinoya, and they both adore their team manager.
Chikara Ennoshita (縁下 力, Ennoshita Chikara), #6
Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda[9] (Japanese); Adam Noble[10] (English)
Played by: Kazuma Kawahara (2015-2018),[3] Yushin Nakatani (2019-present)[4]
Ennoshita is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker. Despite his plain appearance, he is seen as the "leader" of the second-year students and possibly the only one able to control Nishinoya and Tanaka's antics apart from Daichi, as he is more mature and says things bluntly without remorse. In his first year, he was part of the "ungrateful second-years", a group of a few students who quit the team due to the pressure and extreme practice sessions of Coach Ukai Sr. Eventually, due to his love for volleyball, he returns to the team only to find Coach Ukai Sr. had retired again. Feeling guilty, Ennoshita sometimes feels that he does not deserve to be on the team and pushes himself during training to "earn back his spot". Though not a starting player, Ennoshita shows great potential for his leadership skills and his ability to motivate and keep the team in check.
Hisashi Kinoshita (木下 久志, Kinoshita Hisashi), #7
Voiced by: Nobuyori Sagara (Japanese); Blake Shepard[10] (English)
Played by: Sean Osada (2019-present)[4]
Kinoshita is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker. He, along with Ennoshita and Narita, was one of few students who left the club when Ukai Sr. came out of retirement to continue coaching. He later starts to specialize in the jump float serve.
Kazuhito Narita (成田 一仁, Narita Kazuhito), #8
Voiced by: Kōtarō Nishiyama (Japanese); Gabriel Regojo[10] (English)
Narita is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a middle blocker. He also left the volleyball team temporarily. He works well with Sugawara, practicing his combination attacks and regular attacks so that he can get a regular spot on the team.
Kiyoko Shimizu (清水 潔子, Shimizu Kiyoko)
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka[9] (Japanese); Rebekah Stevens[2] (English)
Played by: Shizune Nagao (2017-2018),[5] Satomi Ohkubo (2019-present)[4]
Shimizu is a third-year student and one of the managers of Karasuno's volleyball club. She was a former member of the track and field club before being recruited by Daichi in their first year to become the team manager. She rarely speaks and has an aloof and straightforward personality, but cares deeply about the team and its success; Shimizu was the one who found and washed the old banner and so it could be used to boost team morale during games. She is surprisingly shy, as seen when she attempts to provide words of encouragement to the team. Because she is in her final year of high school, she recruits Yachi and trains her to take over as manager, allowing her to open up and share her passion for her role. Due to her attractiveness, Karasuno is known as the team with "the attractive manager". She is often ogled by opponents and onlookers, as well as Nishinoya and Tanaka, who jealously guard her and offer to help her carry things.
Hitoka Yachi (谷地 仁花, Yachi Hitoka)
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)[10]
Played by: Ami Saito (2017-2018),[5] Julie Yamamoto (2019-present)[4]
Yachi is a first-year student and recruited by Shimizu half-way throughout the year to become an assistant manager and to take over as manager when Shimizu graduates. She is an excessively nervous and anxious girl, and was very intimidated the first time Shimizu introduced her to the team. She hesitated joining as a manager after witnessing how passionate the team was about making it to Nationals, fearing it would be unfair of her to join if she didn't have the proper knowledge to help the team succeed. After talking to Hinata about her dilemma, she decides to join and makes it her goal to learn as much as possible to help the team. Yachi is very kind and intelligent, easily making friends with Hinata and opening up to everyone else on the team. She learns quickly and takes notes during practice. She is very studious and happy to help Hinata and Kageyama study for their tests. Her kind personality causes her to worry when there is player drama on the team, as seen when Kageyama and Hinata had an argument over their quick attack. Yachi also designs posters to ask for donations for the team, being helped and influenced by her mother, who is a graphic designer. She admires Shimizu and gets nervous in her presence, causing her to fluster and mix up her words.
Ittetsu Takeda (武田 一鉄, Takeda Ittetsu)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya[9] (Japanese); Gareth West[2] (English)
Played by: Shige Uchida (2015-2018),[3] Kenta Kamakari (2019-present)[4]
The Japanese literature teacher at Karasuno and the faculty advisor of the volleyball team. While he has no experience with volleyball, he takes notes about everything he learns and supports the team to the fullest. He has an enthusiastic and persistent personality, which impresses Nekoma's coach, getting him to agree to hold practice matches with the Karasuno team. When Karasuno did not have a coach at the beginning of the year, he pestered Keishin Ukai for weeks to become Karasuno's official coach. He often talks in difficult to understand metaphors, prompting him to become flustered and embarrassed when he realizes the team might not understand.
Keishin Ukai (烏養 繫心, Ukai Keishin)
Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka[9] (seasons 1–3 episode 8), Hisao Egawa (season 3 episode 9 onwards) (Japanese); David Wald (English)[10]
Played by: Tsuyoshi Hayashi (2015-2018),[3] Ken Ogasawara (2019-present)[4]
A Karasuno volleyball team alumnus and the coach of the Karasuno volleyball team. He was originally a setter and is the grandson of the previous coach, the famed Ukai Sr. He helps out his mother at their family store, where the team often came after practice for snacks. Although he initially refused to be Karasuno's coach, he agreed to coach them for one practice match because Takeda mentioned it was against Nekoma, Karasuno's rival school. After witnessing the potential of Karasuno's new team, Ukai decides to continue as their official coach. He is also a member of the Karasuno Neighborhood Volleyball Association. As a high school setter, he did not become a regular until his third year because there were other setters being played in his first two years; as a result, he sympathizes with Sugawara, who was a regular until he was replaced by Kageyama in his third and final year. He cares deeply about the players and encourages their both their athletic and mental growth.
He was voiced by Kazunari Tanaka in seasons 1–3 until 10 October 2016 when Tanaka died from a brain stem hemorrhage.[11] From episode 9 of season 3 onwards, he is voiced by Hisao Egawa.

Rival schoolsEdit

Aoba Johsai High SchoolEdit

Aoba Johsai High (青葉城西高校, Aoba Jōsai Kōkō), also called Seijoh for short (青城, Seijō), is a private high school located in Miyagi Prefecture. It is a powerhouse school whose boy's volleyball team ranks in the top four in the prefecture. They are known for their strategic yet aggressive play style. According to Coach Ukai, they are a difficult matchup for Karasuno, calling them Karasuno's 'archenemy' within Miyagi. They are a powerful and balanced team whose individual players are noted to be strong enough to become the aces of any other team, had they not joined Aoba Johsai. Many of its players are graduates from Kitagawa Daiichi Junior High. In recent years, Aoba Johsai has been consistently qualifying for the finals of both the Interhigh and Spring High, but are always defeated by Shiratorizawa. They are strengthened by their captain, Tōru Oikawa, a talented setter able to draw out each player's full potential on the court. Their team colours are white and turquoise, and their banner says "Rule the Court".

Toru Oikawa (及川 徹, Oikawa Tōru), #1
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa[9] (Japanese); Chris Patton[2] (English)
Oikawa is a third-year student at Aoba Johsai High. He is the volleyball team's captain and starting setter, and is introduced as one of Haikyu!!'s first main antagonists. Known as one of the best setters in Miyagi Prefecture, he was previously Kageyama's senior when they both played for Kitagawa Daiichi, and as a result is dubbed "The Great King" by Hinata. Despite his popularity, flirtatious nature, and childishness, Oikawa is a hard worker and takes volleyball extremely seriously. He is well-balanced and especially well known for his powerful, accurate jump serves. He is extremely intelligent and cunning; his own teammates joke that they wouldn't want to be his friend because he figures out everyone's weaknesses. Despite his obvious talent, Oikawa is deeply insecure, feeling inferior to 'genius' players such as Kageyama (his junior) and blaming his own weakness for losing to Shiratorizawa; thus, he often overworks himself to compensate, even to the point of injury. His effectiveness as a setter comes from his dedication to learning the personal preferences of each individual player and setting the ball according to them, therefore making it easier to hit. Despite being exasperated by Oikawa's antics, the team deeply respects him, trusting him completely. He and the third years are especially close, all desperate to make it to Nationals before they graduate high school. He and Iwaizumi are childhood best friends and have played volleyball together for a long time. They are completely in sync with each other's thoughts, both on and off the court; Iwaizumi knows that despite his constant smiling, Oikawa's smiles are rarely genuine. When combined, Iwaizumi and Oikawa's first names (Hajime and Tōru) form "一徹" meaning "obstinate" or "dauntless".
Issei Matsukawa (松川 一静, Matsukawa Issei), #2
Voiced by: Isamu Yūsen (Japanese); Paul Locklear[2] (English)
Matsukawa is a third-year student and a middle blocker. He is cool-headed and often jokes around despite his serious looks, as seen when he calls out his ramen order to Oikawa while he serves (to remind him that if he didn't get it over, he had to treat the team to ramen). He shares a very close bond with the third years, especially Hanamaki, whom he is almost always with. The two are shown to be swapping jerseys on more than one occasion. Both enjoy spectating Oikawa's endless teasing directed towards Iwaizumi and watching Iwaizumi retaliate. He often chimes in with his own teasing remarks.
Takahiro Hanamaki (花巻 貴大, Hanamaki Takahiro), #3
Voiced by: Tōru Sakurai (Japanese); Jack Ivy[2] (English)
Hanamaki is a third-year student and a wing spiker. He is a calm, observant and perceptive player, able to read the game situation quite well, and is usually quiet during games. Despite this, he does have a sense of humour, especially with the third years, and generally gets along pretty well with the other team members. He is seen flashing the peace sign when Oikawa compliments him. He shares a very close bond with the third years, especially Matsukawa, whom he trades jerseys with and is almost always with.
Hajime Iwaizumi (岩泉 一, Iwaizumi Hajime), #4
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese); Benjamin McLaughlin[2] (English)
Iwaizumi is a third year student at Aoba Johsai High. He is the team's ace and vice-captain. Iwaizumi is a stern but reliable teammate. He is a talented wing spiker known for his powerful spikes and on the spot plays with Oikawa, who nicknames him "Iwa-chan". He is mature, a good sport, and known for his physical strength. He acts supportively to all, including Kageyama, regardless of his history with Oikawa. He often resorts to violence with Oikawa whenever he teases or provokes him; however, Iwaizumi cares immensely for him and believes in his value as both a player and a person. He keeps Oikawa in check and prevents him from pertaining in unhealthy behaviours by stopping him from overworking himself, grounding him when he allows insecurity to get to his head, and calling him out for his childish antics. Because of his talent and firm-yet-caring attitude, he is looked up to as a leader and is highly respected on the team. He and Oikawa have been best friends since their childhood, having went to school together and playing volleyball together. When combined, Iwaizumi and Oikawa's first names (Hajime and Tōru) form "一徹" meaning "obstinate" or "dauntless".
Shigeru Yahaba (矢巾 秀, Yahaba Shigeru), #6
Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi (Japanese); Jeremy Gee[2] (English)
Yahaba is a second-year and a setter. He is a show off by nature. He doesn't like Kyotani, since he had stopped coming to practice, but was still chosen as a regular. He is the only person on the team who scolds Kyotani to his face for being a risky, selfish player and jeopardizing the third years' final chance of making it to Nationals.
Shinji Watari (渡 親治, Watari Shinji), #7
Voiced by: Arthur Lounsbery (Japanese); Blake Jackson[2] (English)
Watari is a second-year student and the team's libero. He seems to enjoy being challenged, as he smiled when Nishinoya copied his back row set. It is shown that he can be very gentle and supportive when he tries to cheer up Kyōtani after he misses a point, despite Kyōtani's poor relationship with the rest of the team. He was previously a setter, though it is unknown if he ever played as a setter for Aoba Jōsai.
Yūtarō Kindaichi (金田一 勇太郎, Kindaichi Yūtarō), #12
Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa (Japanese); David Matranga[2] (English)
Kindaichi is a first-year and a middle blocker. He was Kageyama's former teammate at Kitagawa Daiichi Junior High. He is called "Turnip Head" by Hinata and Tanaka. As a victim of Kageyama's previous aggressions, he and Kunimi were the ones who asked their coach to bench him. Though he claims to not care about what happened with Kageyama, it is evident that he feels guilty after seeing how Kageyama had mellowed out and even bonded with his new team in high school. Upon witnessing Kageyama's surprisingly healthy relationship with Karasuno, Kindaichi is left feeling somewhat defeated, which Kunimi chastises him for. He questions Hinata about Kageyama's welfare; to Kageyama himself, however, he merely reminds him that they are not (and never were) friends and states that there is "no one [he] wants to crush more than [him]". He is close friends with Kunimi, and he highly respects Iwaizumi and Oikawa, having known all three from Kitagawa Daiichi.
Akira Kunimi (国見 英, Kunimi Akira), #13
Voiced by: Atsushi Tamaru (Japanese); Mark X. Laskowski[2] (English)
Kunimi is a first-year and a wing spiker. He was Kageyama's former teammate at Kitagawa Daiichi Junior High. He is also known as "Curtain Hair." He has an indifferent and lazy personality and usually does not play using his utmost strength and energy, which Kageyama repeatedly scolded him for. In contrast, Oikawa permits and even praises him for his play-style, which allows him to conserve his energy for the later half of the game when everyone else is exhausted, giving him higher chances of scoring and making him a reliable player. He dislikes being told to "go all out" and occasionally skips practice. He is quiet and does not like loud, energetic people. Kageyama noted that he never smiled when they played together for Kitagawa Daiichi, but notices that Kunimi smiles and even celebrates during games in high school; this makes Kageyama feel inferior to Oikawa, who seemingly brings out the best in everyone. Kunimi is close friends with Kindaichi, whom he often slaps for feeling guilty about their history with Kageyama.
Kentarō Kyōtani (京谷 賢太郎, Kyōtani Kentarō), #16
Voiced by: Shunsuke Takeuchi (Japanese); Michael Wronski[10] (English)
Kyōtani is a second-year wing spiker, nicknamed "kyōken-chan" ("Mad Dog") by Oikawa, a play on the first part of his name and describing his unpredictable behaviour. He is described by Coach Ukai as a double edged sword because despite his powerful jumps, spikes, and speed, his play style is reckless, as he spikes the ball at 100% power every time without checking if he might be blocked first. He is aggressive and rarely speaks with his teammates, often barging into them and spiking sets that were not meant to be for him, and getting angry when he is used as a decoy, even when it is successful. He has no team work skills and with the exception of Iwaizumi, does not respect the third-years, which angers the first and second years. He stopped coming to practice but returned after the first tournament, thinking that the third years may have retired by then. Despite his rough personality, he is a strong player, and his middle school team is known to have been strong only during the years he played. He also has great body control, jump serves, and dexterity, being able to spike with either hand. Though he only listens to Iwaizumi, whom he challenged but lost to in various athletic contests, Oikawa is the only one who can actually put him to good use in the game. He mellows down slightly when Yahaba angrily reprimands him for being reckless and asks him to be a team player.

Nekoma High SchoolEdit

Nekoma High (音駒高校, Nekoma Kōkō) is located in Nerima Ward of Tokyo. The word neko means 'cat' in Japanese, in line with their nickname "The Cats". They have a long running rivalry with Karasuno High School. Their coach, Yasufumi Nekomata, and Karasuno's coach, Ukai Sr., are good friends and want to make the "Battle of the Trash Heap" happen. Nekoma is known for its strong floor defense and receivers. They utilize strategies developed by Kenma, their quiet but intelligent setter known as the "brain" of the team. Nekoma's banner is red and says "connect"; their uniforms are red and black. Their pre-game ritual is a speech by their captain Kuroo, who uses a metaphor to remind the team that they are like "blood", and must connect and continue flowing to circulate oxygen and keep their minds working.

Tetsurō Kuroo (黒尾 鉄朗, Kuroo Tetsurō), #1
Voiced by: Yūichi Nakamura[12] (Japanese); Ty Mahany[2] (English)
Played by: Shori Kondo (2016-present)[5]
Kuroo is a third-year student at Nekoma. He is the captain of the volleyball club and a talented middle blocker known for his 'read blocks'. Kuroo is a playful and sly person, contrasting Kenma, Nekoma's setter and his childhood friend. He is nicknamed the 'scheming captain' because he is a clever strategist; he is also considered a 'provocation expert' because he enjoys teasing people lightheartedly. Despite his teasing, he is kind, and sportsmanship is important to him. During a training camp, he gives advice to Tsukishima about blocking. He invites him to practice with him in their free time, as he wants Karasuno to qualify for Nationals in order to fulfill Coach Nekomata's dreams.
Nobuyuki Kai (海 信行, Kai Nobuyuki), #2
Voiced by: Takanori Hoshino (Japanese); Joel McCray[2] (English)
Kai is a third-year student at Nekoma High. He is the vice-captain and wing spiker for the volleyball team. He is a well-rounded player who is good at both spiking and receiving. Kai has a calm and pleasant disposition, and is good friends with Yaku and Kuroo.
Morisuke Yaku (夜久 衛輔, Yaku Morisuke), #3
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana (Japanese); Jason Duga (English)[12][10]
Yaku is a third-year student at Nekoma High and one of the team's liberos. He is known for being a very skilled libero, and is praised by both Nishinoya and Kageyama for his receiving skills. He acts like a mother hen to his teammates. He becomes hostile when someone (usually Lev) mentions how short he is, earning him the nickname "the demon senpai".
Taketora Yamamoto (山本 猛虎, Yamamoto Taketora), #4
Voiced by: Seigo Yokota (Japanese); Andrew Love[2] (English)
Yamamoto is a second-year student at Nekoma High. He is a wing spiker and the ace of Nekoma's volleyball team. Like Tanaka, he has a tendency to lash out and provoke the other team, getting reprimanded by Yaku. He and Kenma would often have arguments, since he believes in putting in all his power and going all out, but Kenma doesn't like to spend his energy. He too is a fan of Shimizu, though he has poor luck with girls.
Kenma Kozume (孤爪 研磨, Kozume Kenma), #5
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji[12] (Japanese); Clint Bickham[2] (English)
Played by: Takato Nagata (2016-present)[5]
Kenma is a second-year student at Nekoma High and the team's setter. He is introverted and prefers to keep to himself, choosing to play video games instead of interacting with others. Because he is so quiet, he does not stand out and is often overlooked by opponents. However, Kenma is vital to Nekoma's playmaking and is considered the 'backbone', 'brain', and 'heart' of the team, which Kuroo alludes to in his pre-game speech. He gets uncomfortable around people and as a result became very observant of others; thus, he is able to read opponents well and develop strategies to counter the opposite team, hence his nickname as the team's 'brain'. He is very close with Kuroo, his childhood friend who introduced him to the sport. He also became good friends with Hinata, whom he met by chance when Kenma got lost before their first official practice match, though Hinata was unaware that he was from Nekoma at the time. He and Hinata text often, revealing that despite their opposite personalities, they are still good friends.
Shōhei Fukunaga (福永 招平, Fukunaga Shōhei), #6
Voiced by: Shōta Chōnan (Japanese); Matthew Carter[2] (English)
Fukunaga is a second-year student at Nekoma High and a wing spiker for the volleyball team. He has a very silent nature, and rarely speaks.
Sō Inuoka (犬岡 走, Inuoka Sō), #7
Voiced by: Kyōsuke Ikeda (Japanese); Joe Daniels[2] (English)
Inuoka is a first-year at Nekoma High and a middle blocker. Like Hinata, he has an excitable and positive personality, and they get along well. He is the first player able to fully stop Hinata and Kageyama's freak quick. He is tall and often excited, genuinely praising Hinata for being able to adapt to their quicks getting blocked within one game. He becomes good friends with Hinata, even though they are technically rivals, and they often communicate using sound effects that no one else understands.
Lev Haiba (灰羽 リエーフ, Haiba Riēbu), #11
Voiced by: Mark Ishii (Japanese); Mike Yager[10] (English)
Lev is a first-year at Nekoma High and a middle blocker. He is the tallest member on the team and is half-Japanese and half-Russian, though he only speaks Japanese. Lev has a happy-go-lucky and cheerful personality. He has no prior experience with volleyball and therefore was not present at Nekoma and Karasuno's first practice match. Like Hinata, he also aspires to be the ace of the team, though he is still working on practicing his fundamental skills. Kenma was tasked by their coach to 'take care of Lev', and thus the two often practice together in order to improve Lev's skills, though Kenma is unmotivated to do so at first. Lev reminds Kenma of Hinata due to their excitability, persistence, and poor essential skills such as receiving and serving. Lev also practices with Kuroo, who teaches him read-blocking skills.
Yūki Shibayama (芝山 優生, Shibayama Yūki), #12
Voiced by: Takumi Watanabe (Japanese); Santry Rush[2] (English)
Shibayama is a first-year student at Nekoma High and is a libero. He deeply respects Yaku and but is unconfident in his own skills, so he feels pressured to be just as good when he plays. He is Nekoma's shortest player.

Date Tech High SchoolEdit

Date Tech High School (伊達工業高校, Datekōgyō Kōkō), or Dateko for short, is located in Miyagi Prefecture. The team specializes in blocking and has the highest blocking rate in the prefecture, earning them the nickname "The Iron Wall". Their uniforms are white and teal, and their banner says "Date Tech's Iron Wall". They are known for their three person block and read blocking.

Kaname Moniwa (茂庭 要, Moniwa Kaname), #2
Voiced by: Takashi Onozuka (Japanese); Patrick Poole[13] (English)
Moniwa is a third year student at Dateko High. He is a setter and the captain of Dateko's volleyball team during the Interhigh. Until he retired, he had a hard time with the second years, since they would not listen to him, and he often needed help from other teammates to keep them in control.
Yasushi Kamasaki (鎌先 靖志, Kamasaki Yasushi), #1
Voiced by: Takuya Satō (Japanese); Courtland Johnson[13] (English)
Kamasaki is a third year student at Dateko and a middle blocker. He is loud, and often gets into arguments with Futakuchi, which ends in Moniwa asking Aone to stop both parties. He is talented blocker and is known as part of the Iron Wall.
Kenji Futakuchi (二口 堅二, Futakuchi Kenji), #6
Voiced by: Masatomo Nakazawa (Japanese); Mark Ivy[13] (English)
Futakuchi is a second year student at Dateko and a wing spiker. He becomes the captain once Moniwa retires, switching to #2. He and Kamasaki always argue and don't get along. He has a generally laid back attitude and caused trouble for his seniors before they retired. Once he becomes captain, he is especially reminded of how he used to give his seniors a hard time after taking care of their new energetic setter, Koganegawa. Futakuchi is usually seen with Aone in between matches and also at school, as they are in the same class. Futakuchi is one of the more notable players that make up the Iron Wall. He has a special enmity with Karasuno, since he wasn't able to stop the last score against them at their last match.
Takanobu Aone (青根 高伸, Aone Takanobu), #7
Voiced by: Hiroki Matsukawa (Japanese); Mike Haimoto[13] (English)
Aone is a second year student at Dateko and a middle blocker. He is tall and has an intimidating appearance, but is actually very kind and soft spoken. He doesn't speak much, only talking when he really needs to. Before the match with Karasuno, he used to have a habit of pointing out the ace of the opposite team as soon as he met them, which scares Asahi. He establishes a bond with Hinata after the match against Karasuno, recognizing his ability of acting as an efficient decoy, even with his small body. He even feels offended on Hinata's behalf when Futakuchi calls Hinata useless without Kageyama, and later notes to Koganegawa that it is not always the tall and strong that are difficult to defeat. He is a talented read blocker and a notable part of the Iron Wall.
Yutaka Obara (小原 豊, Obara Yutaka), #12
Voiced by: Isamu Yusen (Japanese); Jason Duga (English)[10]
Obara is second year student at Dateko and a wing spiker for the volleyball team.
Kousuke Sakunami (作並 浩輔, Sakunami Kousuke), #13
Voiced by: Mao Ōnishi (Japanese); Joel McCray (English)[10]
Sakunami is a first year student at Dateko and a libero for the volleyball team. He is in the same class as Koganegawa, and was tasked by their coach to "steer" him, due to his lack of technique.
Kanji Koganegawa (黄金川貫至, Koganegawa Kanji), #7
Voiced by: Masayuki Shouji (Japanese); Mason Butler (English)[14][10]
Koganegawa is a first year student at Dateko. Though he did not play at the Interhigh, he becomes the team setter after the third-years retired. His primary strength is his exceptional height. Despite this, he lacks technical skill and is new to being a setter, often setting at too high an angle or even accidentally setting the ball out of bounds. He has an extremely energetic personality and believes that a player should give everything they have in a game. He later befriends Hinata. He is a decent blocker due to his height, and is used as part of the team's blocking formation.

Fukurodani AcademyEdit

Fukurodani Academy (梟谷学園, Fukurōdani Gakuen) is located in Tokyo. The 'fukuro' (梟) in the school name means 'owl', which is also their official animal representative. Fukurodani is a powerhouse school that ranks in Tokyo's top 4 and has been to Nationals multiple times. They are an exceptionally strong all-around team led by their captain, Bokuto, one of the top 5 aces in Japan. They often hold training camps with other Kanto schools such as Nekoma, Ubugawa, and Shinzen; this group is called the Fukurodani Academy Group. Their team colours are black, white, and gold, and their team banner says "one ball, heart, and soul".

Kōtarō Bokuto (木兎 光太郎, Bokuto Kōtarō), #4
Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)[15]
Bokuto is a third year student at Fukurodani Academy. He is the captain and ace of its volleyball team. He is one of Japan's top 5 aces, only barely missing the top 3. Bokuto is enthusiastic and very passionate about volleyball. He is called 'simple-minded' by his teammates and is easily delighted by successful spikes and praise, especially from Akaashi, whom he often asks for (and gets) praise from. In spite of his apparent childishness, Bokuto takes volleyball seriously and is known even amongst players from other regions for his immense talent and in-game presence. He is especially well known for his cross-court shots and line shots, which are difficult to receive by opposing teams. However, Bokuto suffers from extreme mood swings that his team dubs his "emo mode", in which he is affected by small and trivial things in the middle of matches and is immediately put off his game. Despite the trouble he causes, the team, particularly Akaashi, is patient with him, and they work together to boost his morale (usually with some form of praise) in order to bring him back to his best. He is a social person who makes friends with other schools easily. During the training camp, Bokuto bonds with Hinata and teaches him various techniques, calling him his "star-pupil". He is friends with Kuroo, and practiced blocking with Tsukishima. Bokuto is usually with Akaashi whether it be during practice, between games, or at school. Takeda notes that Bokuto is a "weird" player who can lift the spirit of both his teammates and rivals, and is a player you want to cheer for regardless of the team you are rooting for.
Keiji Akaashi (赤葦 京治, Akaashi Keiji), #5
Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka (Japanese); Jeremy Gee (English)[15]
Akaashi is a second year student at Fukurodani Academy. He is the vice-captain and setter of the volleyball team. He is an intelligent, highly analytical player, usually running multiple scenarios and outcomes in his head before he decides what to do. He is polite and calm, often seen with an unexpressive or slightly stressed face, usually due to one of Bokuto's impending mood swings. Akaashi is very patient with Bokuto, and is the team's go-to person for handling his mood swings. He is perceptive and keeps track of how Bokuto is feeling during games to gauge whether or not his 'emo mode' will come out; when it does, Akaashi attempts to figure out what is bothering him and is able to get him back to normal, whether it be as simple as gesturing for the team to praise him or setting up plays that allow Bokuto to boost his own morale (for example, by hitting a good spike). His skills are well balanced and he is a talented setter, able to accurately and quickly set up successful plays for the team. He has a habit of playing with his hands absentmindedly. He claims to not completely understand how Bokuto works yet, despite having a mental list of at least 37 of Bokuto's weaknesses memorized.
Tatsuki Washio (鷲尾 辰生, Washio Tatsuki), #2
Voiced by: Akira Koga (Japanese); Shannon Reed (English)[15]
Washio is a third year student at Fukurodani Academy, and a middle blocker for the team. He is tall, stern and fairly quiet. Though he isn't as active as the rest of the team in making Bokuto feel better, he thoroughly supports and believes in him, and knows that he'll eventually be fine.
Yamato Sarukui (猿杙大和, Sarukui Yamato), #3
Voiced by: Junji Tachibana (Japanese); Kregg Dailey (English)[15]
Sarukui is a third year student at Fukurodani Academy and a wing spiker for the team. He is often nicknamed "Saru" by his teammates. He, Konoha, and Komi often help Akaashi fix Bokuto.
Akinori Konoha (木葉秋紀, Konoha Akinori), #7
Voiced by: Taishi Murata (Japanese); Kory Getman (English)[15]
Konoha is a third year student at Fukurodani Academy and a wing spiker for the team. Konoha is relatively easy-going and is a well-balanced player; he was once called a "jack of all trades, master of none" by a Fukurodani crowd member, much to his annoyance. During the training camp, Konoha notes that Karasuno is "sort of the hardest to play against" because of their unpredictability. He often helps Akaashi deal with Bokuto; however, unlike Akaashi, Konoha is willing to use more aggressive methods, such as kneeing him from behind and forcefully slapping his back. His aggression is a form of tough love, as he has complete faith in Bokuto, even telling Akaashi that he's allowed to ignore him because he will eventually come around.
Shuichi Anahori (穴掘 秀一, Shūichi Anahori), #10
Anahori is a first-year student at Fukurodani Academy and a setter for the team.
Haruki Komi (小見春樹, Komi Haruki), #11
Voiced by: Yukitoshi Kikuchi (Japanese); Mason Butler (English)[15]
Komi is a third-year student at Fukurodani Academy and a libero for the team. He is outgoing and energetic, and is Fukurodani's shortest member. He often tries to cheer Bokuto up when he loses motivation.
Wataru Onaga (尾長 渉, Onaga Wataru), #12
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Hara (Japanese); Roberto Cardenas (English)[15]
Onaga is a first-year student at Fukurodani Academy and a middle blocker for the team.

Shiratorizawa AcademyEdit

Shiratorizawa Academy (白鳥沢学園, Shiratorizawa Gakuen) is a high school located in Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture. The first two characters of its school name (白鳥) mean 'swan' in Japanese, but because its direct translation is 'white bird', they are often represented by white eagles. They were the undefeated champions in Miyagi prefecture and rank within Japan's top 8. Their play style centers around their "left cannon", their ace and captain Ushijima, who ranks within the top 3 high school aces in the country. According to Coach Ukai, Shiratorizawa's power is more of an addition of each individual player's strength, since each player only plays to his own skills, contrasting Karasuno's 'multiplication' of player strengths. Shiratorizawa is notorious for its ruthless academic entrance exams, which are extremely difficult to pass. As a result, most of its players (excluding Shirabu) were individually chosen through sports scholarships. Their school colours are white and maroon, and their school banner is a Japanese idiom that roughly translates to "irresistable force". The school also has a middle school division, Shiratorizawa Academy Junior High (白鳥沢学園中等部, Shiratorizawa Gakuen Chūtō-bu).

Wakatoshi Ushijima (牛島若利, Ushijima Wakatoshi), #1
Voiced by: Ryōta Takeuchi (Japanese); Joe Daniels (English)[16][10][13]
Ushijima, sometimes nicknamed Ushiwaka, is a third year student at Shiratorizawa Academy. He is a wing spiker, and the captain and ace of its volleyball team. He has attended Shiratorizawa since Junior High. Ushijima is one of the top 3 aces in Japan, and was the only representative from Tōhoku region selected to play for Japan's under-19 team in the Youth World Championships. He is known for his incredible power, as seen in his explosive jump serves and spikes, which are extremely difficult to receive and block. He is a left handed hitter, which causes difficulty to opposing teams by forcing them to adjust their blocks and receptions accordingly. He is a stoic, quiet and serious individual; he speaks candidly without sugarcoating his words, often causing others to interpret his words offensively. Despite his intimidating presence, Ushijima is completely unaware of social cues and customs; he interprets everything at face value, and is genuinely oblivious to his teammates' jokes or his opponent's challenges. Because Shiratorizawa's method of play focuses on getting the ball to him, he is represented as a sole white eagle, contrasting Karasuno's multiple black crows.
Satori Tendō (天童覚, Tendō Satori), #5
Voiced by: Subaru Kimura (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English)[16][13]
Tendō is a third year student at Shiratorizawa Academy, and is a middle blocker for the volleyball team. Nicknamed 'The Guess Monster', Tendō is an exceptionally talented blocker who primarily uses 'guess blocking', which involves guessing which spiker the opposing team's setter will pass the ball to and where that spiker will hit the ball. He is highly intuitive and is consistently able to read his opponent's next move correctly, often basing the direction of his blocks on minimal hints or gut feeling. His guesses are said to be either '120% or 0%' effective. If he guesses correctly, he will undoubtedly block the ball; however, if he guesses wrong, there is no way he can stop it, as he will have blocked in the wrong direction. Tendō is a cheerful and loud person, often teasing, nicknaming, and encouraging his teammates. He has a slightly sadistic streak, as he relishes in and enjoys watching opposing teams struggle when he blocks them. He is good friends with Ushijima.
Tsutomu Goshiki (五色工, Goshiki Tsutomu), #8
Voiced by: Shimba Tsuchiya (Japanese); Howard Wang (English)[16][13]
Goshiki is a first year student at Shiratorizawa Academy, and is a wing spiker for the volleyball team. He is the up and coming ace of the team, with powerful straight and cross-court spikes. He looks up to his elders, especially Ushijima, although he constantly challenges Ushijima for the position of the top ace and tries to prove his worth to him. He is often described as simple-minded and easy to fire up, but is dependable.
Kenjiro Shirabu (白布賢二郎, Shirabu Kenjiro), #10
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese); Alejandro Saab (English)[16][13]
Shirabu is a second year student at Shiratorizawa Academy, and is the starting setter for the volleyball team. He, unlike the other Shiratorizawa players, did not receive a sports scholarship to Shiratorizawa and got in after passing the entrance exam. He decided to join Shiratorizawa in his third year of Junior High when he watched the match between Shiratorizawa's Junior High division and Kitagawa Daichii, because based on Shiratorizawa's playstyle, the pressure of winning relied on their ace (Ushijima), not the setter. Shirabu is a calm and calculating setter, solely focused on getting the ball to Ushijima at all costs. He is easily irritated.
Reon Ōhira (大平獅音, Ōhira Reon), #4
Voiced by: Teruyuki Tanzawa (Japanese); John Ramirez (English)[16][13]
Ōhira is a third year student at Shiratorizawa Academy, and is a wing spiker for the volleyball team. He is dependable at both receiving and spiking.
Eita Semi (瀬見英太, Semi Eita), #3
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima (Japanese); Alan Brincks (English)[16][13]
Semi is a third year student at Shiratorizawa Academy, and is a setter for the volleyball team. He was originally the starting setter for Shiratorizawa. He is a highly skilled player with a quiet desire to showcase his skills when he plays; however, he was replaced by Shirabu because his play style was riskier, whereas Shirabu only focuses on sending the ball to Ushijima. After being replaced, Semi is used as a pinch server, as his serves are both powerful and effective. Because the pinch server acts alone, he is free to show off his talent, which he wouldn't have been able to do so as a setter.
Hayato Yamagata (山形隼人, Yamagata Hayato), #14
Voiced by: Kenji Fukuda (Japanese); Antonio Lasanta (English)[16][13]
Yamagata is a third year student at Shiratorizawa Academy, and is a libero for the volleyball team.
Taichi Kawanishi (川西太一, Kawanishi Taichi), #12
Voiced by: Daiki Ōmori (Japanese); Nathan Wilson (English)[16][13]
Kawanishi is a second year student at Shiratorizawa Academy, and is a middle blocker for the volleyball team. He was able to stop Karasuno's synchronized attack. It is also shown that he and Shirabu are close friends.

Inarizaki High SchoolEdit

Inarizaki High School (稲荷崎高校, Inarizaki Kōkō) is a high school located in the Hyōgo Prefecture of Kansai region. The inari (稲荷) in the school name uses the same kanji as Inari Ōkami, the Shinto deity of foxes; thus, they are often represented with foxes and torii. The team is highly popular and fan favorites for winning Nationals, and are supported by their strong lineup, particularly the Miya twins, Miya Atsumu and Miya Osamu. Inarizaki has a large marching band, orchestra, and cheer team at their games. They have a passionate fanbase known for booing at opposing teams. Their uniforms are black and white, and their school banner says "we don't need the memories", alluding to their highly competitive nature.

Itachiyama AcademyEdit

Itachiyama Academy (井闥山学院, Itachiyama Gakuen) is a high school in Tokyo. Their ace, Kiyoomi Sakusa, is ranked third in Japan, and their libero, Motoya Komori, is the number one high school libero in Japan. Their uniforms are bright yellow, green, and white.


Yui Michimiya (道宮 結, Michimiya Yui)
Voiced by: Asami Seto (Japanese); Maggie Flecknoe (English)[10]
The captain of girls' volleyball team at Karasuno High School; she is a third year student. Friends with Daichi Sawamura since middle school. Like Daichi, she is also a wing spiker. She is also known to have a crush on Daichi, although he is completely unaware of it.
Saeko Tanaka (田中 冴子, Tanaka Saeko)
Voiced by: Yuka Komatsu (Japanese); Carli Mosier (English)[10]
She is Tanaka's energetic older sister and a college student. She takes Hinata and Kageyama to their training camp in Tokyo after they finish their make-up exams. She watches Karasuno High's official games after that. Appearance-wise, she resembles her brother. She is also a member of a team of Wadaiko drummers.
Ukai Sr. (烏養, Ukai)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka (Japanese); James Belcher (English)[10]
Keishin's grandfather who used to coach Karasuno's volleyball team until he was hospitalized, now teaches little kids volleyball. He had friendly rivalry with Nekomata. He was known as a strict coach. Later he spends time to teach Hinata and comes to see a couple of Karasuno's official games.
Nobuteru Irihata (入畑 伸照, Irihata Nobuteru)
Voiced by: Mitsuaki Hoshino (Japanese); John Gremillion[13] (English)
The coach/advisor of the Aoba Josai High volleyball team. He lets the players think and come up with strategies, choosing only to offer advise when they are having trouble coming up with anything themselves. During their first practice match against Karasuno, he comments on Karasuno's team being full of holes, but still strong. He also comments that Kageyama is able to play well only because he is in Karasuno, and it might not have been the same case anywhere else.
Takurō Oiwake (追分 拓郎, Oiwake Takurō)
Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese); Philip Hayes[13] (English)
The coach/advisor of the Date Tech High volleyball team.
Yasufumi Nekomata (猫又 育史, Nekomata Yasufumi)
Voiced by: Nobuaki Fukuda (Japanese); John Swasey[13] (English)
The coach/advisor of the Nekoma High volleyball team. A long time rival of Ukai Sr. Both wanted to pit their teams against each other in the nationals, but have never been able to do so. They used to have a lot of practice matches, and Ukai Jr claims that even then Karasuno was never able to beat team Nekoma. Currently, he has returned as a coach, and, being impressed by Takeda's enthusiasm, provides chances for practice matches to the Karasuno team, in hopes of meeting them again in the Nationals.
Tanji Washijō (鷲匠 鍛治, Washijō Tanji)
Voiced by: Ryusei Nakao[17]
The coach/advisor of the Shiratorizawa Academy volleyball team. Being of a short stature himself, he believes that power will always win, and follows the same principle in building his team. He is a strict coach, who gives spartan training to his team of chosen players. He dislikes coach Ukai Sr's idea of always bringing in new things. He begins showing a strange interest in Hinata after their match.
Yūsuke Takinoue (滝ノ上 祐輔, Takinoue Yūsuke)
Voiced by: Shūhei Sakaguchi (Japanese); Kyle Colby Jones (English)[10]
An alumnus of Karasuno's volleyball team. He and Shimada are part of the Karasuno Neighborhood Association and both come to watch Karasuno High's games. He works at Takinoue Electronics.
Makoto Shimada (嶋田 誠, Shimada Makoto)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (Japanese); Kregg Dailey (English)[10]
An alumnus of Karasuno's volleyball team. He and Takinoue are part of the Karasuno Neighborhood Association and both come to watch Karasuno High's games. He works at Shimada Mart. Yamaguchi learns how the "jump float" serve from him after seeing him use the technique in their practice match.
Natsu Hinata (日向 夏, Hinata Natsu)
Voiced by: Haruka Yamazaki (Japanese); Allison Sumrall (English)[10]
Shoyo's little sister.


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