As the Seijo team gains upper hand of the game, Karasuno team’s coach, Keishin, decides to send Yamaguchi in as a substitute server.
Yamaguchi is still haunted from the previous Wakunan High game during which he gave in under the pressure and at the last minute he chose to serve a mediocre ball. Can he shake off the bitter memory and help the team to gain a traction?
Synopsis: Episode 22 (spoiler alert)
Hello! This is YUKI! I’m coming in later than I wanted to, but, today let me talk about the 22nd episode of Haikyuu!!
So if you remember, during the previous Karasuno vs Wakunan game, Yamaguchi was picked to help the team as a pinch server. Despite the opportunity, Yamaguchi served a super easy and safe ball. Yasmaguchi’s lack of confidence made him give in under the overwhelming pressure at the last minute: “What if I make a huge mistake to bring down the entire team?”
Anyone who has played team sports would perfectly understand Yamaguchi’s impulse to want to run away from the pressure, I’m sure.
But. Did you know? After the Wakunan game, Yamaguchi went to see the coach and apologized, oh so sincerely. He even asked for the second chance. That’s very positive thinking; that was a hint of his personal development that he gained from the failure.
Now back to this game against Seijo. Yamaguchi steps in as a pinch server. Of course he feels tense, right? The members react to his stiffness in a super positive and funny way – it’s heartwarming.
Yamaguchi serves. Oh the palpable tension. The ball goes high up in the air, the arch is big, and everyone thinks it’s going to fall outside of the court. Seijo players by the end line decide not to react, because the ball is definitely out. The moment, the ball drops down with a sharp angle, landing on the edge of the line. That’s in! That’s the point! Everyone erupts with cheer, players and audience alike – even those girls who were rooting for Seijo team.
Now that was a rewarding scene!
Of course Karasuno members go wild; The excitement is so high that other school’s students in stadium seats wonder why the one point serve can be that big of a deal. Well, it may be just one point, but, this is a special point for Yamaguchi who came this far, and that is why the Karasuno members had to celebrate.
Tsukishima says something to Yamaguchi, and that reveals he has been watching and he genuinely want to acknowledge Yamaguchi’s effort. It’s such a sweet thing. Awww. Tears.
After two more service aces, Seijo’s players finally pick up Yamaguchi’s serve. Now the ball is back in Karasuno’s court. Yamaguchi is so determined that he will not allow Seijo to serve. He catches a tricky ball, which is good, then, Tsukishima scores.
Tsukishima shouts “Another one!” This scene is so exhilariating!
Thanks to Yamaguchi’s great serve again, the Karasuno team reaches the match point, but, at that point, the game gets totally unpredictable,
Seijo’s Oikawa serves and scores. Karasuno tries to stop him, but, eventually, allows Seijo to win the second set.
This brings Karasuno and Seijo to get to the final and third set, to determine the winner.
As long as you live your life, sometimes you have to make an important decision on your own. The interesting thing is that, the outcome of your decision would be different, depending on whether if the decision was truly your own, or, if you have let others impact your decision too much.
The longer you live, the more acutely you would realize the difference. I suppose?
What I want to say is, that, there is a huge difference between the responsibilities you assume in what you do, and, the assumption that you can blame others for making decisions for you.
You can change yourself, but, it would be extremely difficult to change others or the circumstance around you.
That said, even if you understand the principal of decision making, it is hard to act on it sometimes. Whenever you face that challenging decision making moment, think of Haikyuu!! No, I’m serious. This anime may change how you think or act. And, you are going to love this anime forever.
(C) 古舘春一／集英社・「ハイキュー!! セカンドシーズン」製作委員会・MBS