Haikyuu!!, the manga and anime sports series created by Haruichi Furudate, has become a beloved sensation since its debut in 2014. Its captivating storyline, unpredictable matches, and visible character development have captured the hearts of viewers worldwide. Production I.G has masterfully adapted the series, bringing a new change to the existing sports anime formula.
Although the crux of the series revolves around the Karasuno Volleyball team and the protagonist, Hinata Shoyo, Haikyuu!! goes beyond just focusing on the spunky protagonist. It also depicts the impressive character growth of other characters like Kageyama Tobio and Tsukishima Kei. Tsukishima, in particular, is one interesting character who slowly evolves in terms of ideals and attitude throughout the Haikyuu!! series. So, how much has Tsukishima changed since Season 1?
In the first season of Haikyuu!!, Tsukishima was first portrayed as an unpleasant character with a talent for volleyball. At first, his actions were “off-putting” for Haikyuu!! fans because he was always that downer – the harbinger of the future, possible bad luck that comes with hard work, putting in much effort, and not reaping good results. The story’s protagonist, Hinata, had to devise a working strategy: jump power to make up for his disadvantageous volleyball height. In line with Hinata’s actions, Tsukishima’s ideals had an irritating element since they downplayed the effort of the zealous character.
Despite Tsukishima’s snarky behavior, he is a talented volleyball player capable of performing well in a high-paced match. Coupled with his ball-handling talents, Tsukishima is a remarkably intelligent and strategic player on the volleyball court. Following this perspective, the cause of Tsukishima’s behavior, despite his apparent skills, was nothing short of a wonder. Unfortunately, Tsukishima’s jerk-like attitude is constant throughout the first season of Haikyuu!! and the reason behind his anti-hard work ideal wasn’t shown until the series revealed his backstory.
As the story offers a glimpse into Tsukishima’s past, the reason behind his actions becomes apparent and relatable. Tsukishima’s negative attitude was a poor attempt at not allowing himself to repeat the mistakes his brother made. Tsukishima embodies the fear of maximizing one’s effort to achieve a goal and having nothing to show for it. So, his actions toward Hinata were most likely a reaction to his internal fears. Hinata is willing to put his all on the line to win, and this visibly irks Tsukishima. However, despite his unappreciated attitude, Tsukishima wasn’t totally a bad person.
In the second season of Haikyuu!!, he volunteered to help Hinata and Kageyama, Karasuno’s pillars, with their academics. Kageyama and Hinata failed their exams, which was a requirement for them to participate in the Tokyo training camp. So, after much pleading, Tsukishima decided to help them, something he wouldn’t have done in the first season. This was the first visible change in Tsukishima’s character.
Slowly, Tsukishima changed throughout Haikyuu!!. His growth was not a sudden burst of determination or a newfound desire to fully aid the Karasuno volleyball team. Most likely, Hinata and Kageyama’s passion slowly rubbed off on him, and soon, he started relishing the thrill that came with tough matches. This continued until he changed significantly in the Karasuno-Shiratorizawa match.
The members of Shiratorizawa are considered to be some of the best volleyball players in Japan, with many of them playing at a national level. The ace of Shiratorizawa, Ushijima, is particularly renowned for his strength and skill on the court. He is known for his powerful spikes, which can be difficult for opposing teams to defend against.
In the match against Shiratorizawa, Tsukishima’s growth as a player is put to the test. His injury could have been a huge setback for Karasuno, but instead, it becomes a turning point for Tsukishima’s character. Despite his fear and doubts, he summons the courage and determination to continue playing, and he even comes up with a strategy to stop Ushijima’s spikes. His efforts ultimately help Karasuno win the match and move on to the next round of the tournament.
The Karasuno-Shiratorizawa match is a significant moment not just for Tsukishima, but for the entire Karasuno team. It shows just how far they’ve come since the beginning of the series, and it proves that they have what it takes to compete with the best teams in Japan. For Tsukishima, the match is the culmination of his growth as a player and a person. He has overcome his fear of failure and his aversion to hard work, and he has discovered a new passion for volleyball.
As the series continues, Tsukishima’s growth and development don’t stop at the Karasuno-Shiratorizawa match. He continues to evolve as a player and a person, and he becomes an integral part of the Karasuno team. His newfound confidence and determination inspire his teammates, and his intelligence and strategic thinking make him a valuable asset on the court.
Overall, Tsukishima’s growth since season 1 of Haikyuu!! is a testament to the power of hard work, determination, and the support of friends and teammates. It’s a reminder that we all have the potential to overcome our fears and achieve our goals if we’re willing to put in the effort.
Kinoshita, Narita, Kageyama, Shoyo, Tsukishima, Yamaguchi