Haikyuu!!: Episode 21

先輩の実力 – Senpai’s True Abilities

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Finally a Suga-centric episode ^^ Sugaaaaaa~~~~~ He may not be as talented or skilful as Kageyama, but I daresay Suga pretty much saved Karasuno from the ‘pinch’ that they were in. Yes, this is a let’s gush about Suga post~

I probably lost count of the number of times Suga made me go awww watching this episode. We know that Suga was hiding behind Kageyama’s talent, but we also know that Suga really wanted to play, but we know even further that Suga told coach Ukai to put Kageyama as the starting member if that meant a greater chance of victory for the team. So when it was finally Suga’s turn to play, I just felt so happy for him. And even though both Suga and Kageyma effectively ‘compete’ for the same position, it was truly beautiful to hear Suga tell Kageyama that he felt confident that Kageyama was there to support him, instead of feeling weary that Kageyama was going to replace him if he made an error. Ultimately, the points that he gets while on the court and the points that Kageyama gets while he is on the court, are points for Karasuno. Well said, Suga!

Again we come back to teamwork. It really is not about one person outshining the other. Whoever is on court performs the best that he can for the team – that is what matters. But just because a member is not playing on court doesn’t mean that he can’t contribute at all, and Suga showed us just exactly that. He observed, very calmly, while he was standing outside of the court. And when he went in, he managed to make calls and plays which effectively grounded the Aoba Johsai offence (yay Tanaka for putting a break on Oikawa’s killer service!).

Suga strikes me as the kind of player who treads carefully, observes others and makes careful plays. He observes not only the plays that players make, but also the disposition of the player so see how he can better bring out their abilities. Indeed, as Oikawa noted, Suga’s entrance really changed the flow of the match. The Karasuno boys started thinking before making their moves. Admittedly, I very much like the way Suga plays. Because the act of playing sports isn’t entirely physical – players need to examine and analyse to decide what is the best move to make. Of course, this happens extremely quickly, and I guess this haste, almost urgency, is why it is so thrilling to be engaged in sports (be it playing or watching).

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And yet again, my love for a character stems from my love for the seiyuu and awwww Irino Miyu!!! Just, awwww~~~ he really does gentle like no other. His Suga was sweet, calm and encouraging – his voice is just so soothing. How he manages to put so much emotion into his delivery, but still sound calm and collected, is impressive beyond words. Irino Miyu, this is me going kyakya for you.

With Suga, Karasuno managed to play on even grounds with Aoba Johsai in the second set. And as this episode came to an end, we saw Kageyama stepping in for Suga. I expect that with the time he had to regain his composure and calmly observe, we will be seeing lots of great plays from Kageyama. Absolutely can’t wait for more volleyball in the next episode~

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