The shonen anime series Haikyuu!! you have won the hearts of sports fans and non-sports fans alike. Haikyuu!! features impressive animation, in-depth details on volleyball, light but in-depth storytelling, captivating characters, and games that leave fans on the edge of their seats.
Additionally, many fans find themselves drawn to Haikyuu!! because of the sound, relatable advice throughout the series that can be applied to real-life. There are many quotable moments that reach across a variety of topics, such as relying on the help of others, overcoming haunting insecurities, and persevering through tough times.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead for the anime series Haikyuu!! by Haruichi Furudate
10 Nishinoya Acknowledges His Limits
“I told you that I have Karasuno’s back! However, there are even some things that I can’t do. I know I’m asking a lot of you guys but even if your thighs feel like they’re splitting, just handle the mid-air fights for me.” — Yu Nishinoya
There’s a point where Daichi is unable to move to get the ball due to the body strain he is feeling. Then, Nishinoya performs a double save to help win the point. Nishinoya reminds them that he has their back from him. However, he’s willing to admit he can only do so much, which is why he asks them to keep pushing to handle what he can’t.
9 Coach Ukai Reminds The Team To Stay Focused
“However, if we look up instead of straight ahead, we could lose our footing.” — Coach Keishin Ukai
After Coach Ukai makes the team aware of the major teams to watch out for, he also makes it clear to them to not look ahead and to keep their focus on the present with their training. He tells them that if they look too far ahead, they could slip up. He explains that they are not the only team who will be there to win and that other teams are training hard as well. The weak teams are as formidable as the strong and equally determined to win.
8 Tanaka Tells Yamaguchi To Bench The Regrets
“Even if you put aside regret, you’ll end up feeling it anyway. Right now, you need to make sure you grasp this good feeling and never forget it. And then do it again next time, too.” — Ryūnosuke Tanaka
After Yamaguchi scored some major points for the team and gave them the lead they needed, his teammates congratulate him after the round. However, I can’t help but think about some of the small mess-ups I have made. This is when Tanaka steps in to explain that those regrets will always be there, but during the good moments, he needs to hold onto the happiness he feels instead.
7 Hinata Wants To Know What Is Beyond The Wall
“There’s a big, tall wall in front of me blocking my way. I wonder what’s waiting on the other side. What’s the view like over there? It’s something I will never be able to see on my own. It’s the view from the summit .” — Shōyo Hinata
After worrying his and Kageyama’s first connecting hit was a fluke, they end up landing another successful connection. Hinata is seeing the once tall wall that stood blocking his way while the view of the summit that he longed to see is beginning to slowly open. He realizes this is something that he would not have been able to achieve on his own; I needed a helping hand.
6 Kiyoko Encourages Yachi To Take A Leap Of Faith
“Sometimes, things that you start on a whim end up becoming very important to you, too. To get started, I think you just need a little bit of curiosity.” — Kiyoko Shimizu
Yachi is still on the fence about joining the volleyball team and learning to become a manager since she has no knowledge of the sport. As her insecurities from her begin to build up, Kiyoko takes notice of Yachi’s worry from her. She explains to Yachi how she was once in her shoes de ella when she was asked to join. She believes someone doesn’t need to like something before trying it and how starting with a little curiosity is all that is needed to discover something wonderful.
5 Sugawara Realizes Risks Are Part Of The Game
“If we go for what’s somewhat safe here, it’ll mean we never changed!” — Koshi Sugawara
After one of the team’s new synchronized attacks fails, instead of shying away from using it again and going for a safer tactic, Sugawara encourages the team to try it again. Sugawara realizes to himself that if they are not willing to take risks, it will show that the team has not grown and all their training would have been for nothing. There’s a high chance the attack will fail again, but they won’t know if they’re not willing to keep trying.
4 Asahi Regains His Spirit
“Somewhere along the way, I let myself forget the most simple and natural thing about this game: that I’ll never have to fight alone.” — Asahi Azumane
After Asahi is pulled into the test game against the Neighborhood Association’s Volleyball Team, Asahi’s flashback of his previous failures comes back as one of his hits is blocked, but Nishinoya saves the ball before it hits the floor. Nishinoya tells Asahi, that as long as he is there, there’s no need to worry about the blocks. As Asahi finds his resolve from him as the team’s ace, he reminds himself through these words that he’s not alone.
3 Oikawa Believes Talent Can Bloom At Any Moment
“Today may be the day you seize the opportunity to make your talent bloom. Or maybe tomorrow, the day after that, or maybe even next year, or maybe even when you turn thirty. The time you choose to make it happen is all up But if you think that you don’t have it, then you probably won’t have it for your entire life.” — Toru Oikawa
As Oikawa hears his teammates wish for Karasuno’s Kageyama’s talent, a flashback is triggered. He remembers his old coach explaining that believing someone is born with talent without fully exploring their own talent is a set-up for endless failure. Oikawa conveys this message through his own words to his teammates.
two Daichi Knows That It’s Not Over Until It’s Over
“Even if we’re not confident that we’ll win, even if others tell us we don’t stand a chance, we must never tell ourselves that.” — Daichi Sawamura
As play perspectives switch from Ikejiri’s Tokonami team and Yui’s Girls’ Volleyball Team for Karasuno High, both are on the verge of losing. Yui in a flashback remembers Daichi giving her this advice. Ikejiri remembers similar advice that was given to him by Daichi. As the words boost their morale, they encourage their teams to not give up and to keep playing until the end. Even knowing they face assured defeat, the game is not over.
1 Coach Takeda Gives A Lesson On Defeat
“Does losing prove that you’re weak? Isn’t losing difficult for all of you? A challenge where, after ending up on your hands and knees, you must see if you can stand up again? If you stay on your hands and knees, that proves that you are weak.” —Coach Ittetsu Takeda
After their first loss, Hinata finds Kageyama outside washing his face. Before heading back, Kageyama and Hinata get into a skirmish that is broken up by Coach Takeda’s appearance of him. Takeda tries to lift their spirits but sees the loss still eating at them. He then questions them on what defeat means to them. He also explains what he believes it is and how letting defeat keep them on the ground will show how weak they really are. These words encourage the boys to stand up.
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