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It has been a week since we last had our dose of Haikyuu!! Karasuno Koukou vs Shiratorizawa Gakuen Koukou! In this episode, we get to see more of the characters – both in the Karasuno and Shiratorizawa teams. The match is still underway so you better brace yourself for more thrilling spikes and tosses coming your way!
Japanese Original Episode Title: GUESS・MONSTER
The episode focuses more on blocks. Tendou comes into the scene, being all badass, saying that he should be defeated first before Karasuno’s first year oddball combo can ever dream of facing off with Ushiwaka. Tendou uses his intuition to block the spikes from the Karasuno spikers. At times, he keeps his eyes peeled for the setter’s quirks and the opponent’s position on the court to make a successful guess block. Tendou feels euphoric every time he successfully blocks off his opponent’s spike. For Kageyama though, getting blocked when he spikes frustrates him but getting the ball he sets blocked by the opponent irks him even more. He hates to lose, after all.
Tsukishima is subbed in and things get more heated up. Not only does he shows Tendou up by blocking off his spike solo, he also aims to block off Ushijima’s attack. He isn’t able to pull it off successfully though. However, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t try again – this time, though, with the help of the other Karasuno guys.
Another substitution is made, this time subbing in Sugawara. This is the first time we are seeing a successful synchronized attack from the Karasuno boys!
It is also in this episode that we see Shiratorizawa’s coach Washijou for the first time. In fact, it is exposed that Washijou was acquainted with the old Coach Ukai. We are given a peek at how they were in the past!
Every frame in this episode is a highlight. There are lots of moments that are worth noting, after all. However, here are the ones that stand out the most!
Highlight #1: Tendou’s Block
As what you may have seen in the ending of last week’s episode, you can see that Tendou is a big hurdle for the Karasuno guys to overcome. After all, he is known to be the ‘Guess Monster’. Such a badass name, right? He got his nickname through the method by which he blocks his opponents – blocking by intuition.
He really takes pride in his blocking skills. When he blocks, he always gets the right timing as well as the right person to jump in front of, despite the fact that there are multiple attack patterns possible for that one play.
It may also be good to note that Tendou’s blocks are not aimed to stop the opponent from scoring. It is basically aimed to score! Imagine how difficult that is?!
Highlight #2: Machigaitta~!
Tendou’s intuition isn’t always on the mark. His intuition also misses at times. One instance in this episode is when he fails to block the right spiker as he got taken in by Hinata’s decoy. This is all thanks to Hinata doing a successful oddball quick spike over his head in the previous play though.
Of course, his failure doesn’t go unnoticed. Leon also notes how Tendou is trying to sidestep his block mistake from that play by turning their team’s attention to other matters! Fun!
Highlight #3: Tsukki!
This episode showcases another Tsukishima moment! Just as he was subbed into the court, he shows off his skills as he cleanly blocks Tendou’s spike even though it was a time-lag attack. It would also be good to note that it was the first time that he faced off with Tendou on the court.
Tsukishima, being who he is, didn’t pass up on the opportunity to sarcastically introduce himself to the guess monster, which successfully annoys Tendou. As Tendou retorts that Tsukishima takes the cake as being the most annoying one out of all the Karasuno first year, Tsukishima bashfully thanks him! He takes that rude comment as a compliment instead!
Highlight #4: Ushijima’s Kill
Yamaguchi subs into the court as a pinch server. He is obviously more ready to stand in the court than before as he thinks how now he can help earn scores for the team just like the others. He gives his all in serving the ball. Despite putting all his feelings into that ball though, it was easily shut down by Ushijima’s spike.
Just how frustrating it is for Yamaguchi! He wants his serve to count for the team so having the opponent score with his serve vexes him to the core. No one blames him for failing to score, though.
As for Tendou, he taunts the Karasuno boys (especially Tsukishima) that this should really break their spirit – or not!
In this episode, Tsukishima proactively requested that he decides on the timing for the block. Of course, we all know that Tsukishima was starting to break out of his shell from the previous season. However, this is the first time that he actually speak up about wanting to do something – and for the sake of winning to boot! On a side note, Yamaguchi is also showing more of his passion as a pinch serve and towards playing volleyball.
This episode was more focused on blocking! For the Shiratorizawa, there is still the focus on how powerful Ushijima is in terms of attacking. However, Shiratorizawa proves their defense shouldn’t be underestimated as characters such as Tendou, Goshiki, and Leon came into focus. As for Karasuno, they do have their guardian deity, libero Nishinoya but that doesn’t mean that he is the only reliable person on their defense. The reliable captain Daichi is there as well. Of course, the ace Asahi and first year Tsukishima significantly makes up the defense wall for the Karasuno team.
With how this episode played out, you can’t help but be excited for the next one. There are more thrills to look forward to. Count down with Manga.Tokyo for the next episode of Haikyuu!!
NEXT TIME: The Halo Around the Moon, Tsukki No Wa! (月の輪)