Karasuno High Team Formation ArcEdit
Daichi attends Kitagawa Daiichi’s match against Yukigaoka with Sugawara and Tanaka to see how the “King of the Upper Court” plays. Throughout the match, Daichi is impressed by Hinata’s high jumps and notes that if Yukigaoka had a proper setter, Hinata would become an incredible asset. On the other hand, Kageyama seems to not make good use of the players around him and appears to be playing the match completely on his own.
The first day of school, Daichi receives the first years’ registrations from Kiyoko and remarks with disappointment that there aren’t that many this year. As he looks over them, he suddenly stutters in shock as he recognizes one of them.
Daichi, Sugawara, and Tanaka walk to the gym together for practice after school while talking about Kageyama and wondering why he’s at Karasuno. As he arrives, he sees the first year in the gym and greets him. Daichi thanks Kageyama for coming and then asks him about his height. As they talk, they neglect Hinata, who loudly calls for their attention. Surprised by his presence, Daichi quickly looks through the registrations and remarks that he’s surprised they both came to Karasuno.Suddenly, Kageyama insults Hinata, which leads to a small argument. Daichi tries to tell them that since they’re teammates now, they should get along, but the two are too busy arguing to hear him. Their fight ends up catching the vice principal’s attention and Daichi tries to explain that they’re just passionate about volleyball. However, the two first years then challenge each other to a mini-match and Daichi has to yell at them. Despite that, they continue anyway and end up knocking the vice principal’s wig off his head and onto Daichi’s head. The vice principal gravely tells Daichi to go outside with him and thirty minutes later, Daichi returns to inform them that the vice principal won’t punish them. Before he can continue, Kageyama starts yelling at Hinata. Angry, Daichi cuts in and starts to explain Karasuno’s past and their current status as “Flightless Crows”. He wants to end that reputation and go to nationals again. Kageyama points out that there are a lot of other teams with the same goal and Daichi acknowledges that. However, he’s serious about his aim. He doesn’t need the two first years to be friends, but he needs them to be teammates so despite their talent and determination, he can’t have guys who fight on the team.
With that said, he slams the first years’ registrations into their faces and kicks them out of the gym. Sugawara asks Daichi if he’s sure and Daichi angrily affirms it, explaining that they can’t practice the way they are now.
Suddenly, Kageyama exclaims that he’ll work with Hinata and Daichi opens the door to see if he’s serious. Sheepishly, Kageyama replies that he’ll rather play by himself and Daichi responds that in a game like volleyball that focuses so much on teamwork, it’s impossible for Kageyama to be by himself.
3-on-3 First Years Match
Nearing the end of practice, Tanaka wonders if the two first years will try to challenge them to a match for their admission. Daichi replies that if the two do return, he wonders if Kageyama will use his true talent. Just then, the two first years outside call for Daichi.
Tanaka opens the door to the first years still standing outside. They then challenge the upperclassmen to a match. Daichi goes to the door and asks them what they would do if they lose and Kageyama confidently replies that they’ll accept any punishment. Daichi accepts and turns the match into a 3-on-3 with the other first years. He easily persuades Tanaka to join Hinata and Kageyama’s team and proposes that if Kageyama loses, he won’t be allowed to play as a setter while the third years are still here.
Seeing Kageyama’s outrage, Daichi explains that the way Kageyama is right now won’t help them win. Kageyama yells that he’s a setter only and Daichi replies that as long as he wins, it should be okay. Resigned, Kageyama accepts it and the upperclassmen go back to practicing.
As they reenter the gym, Sugawara wonders why Daichi’s being so rough on the first years and the captain explains that Kageyama’s talented, but he needs to fix his self-centered personality if he’s going to play on the team. However, if Kageyama plays together with Hinata, they may be able to form an incredible combo.
On the day of the 3-on-3, Daichi joins the other first years’ team, much to Hinata’s dismay. As the match begins, Tsukishima tries to provoke Hinata and Kageyama and an amused Daichi remarks that he has a bad personality.
The match starts and Daichi shocks Hinata and Kageyama with his superb receiving skills. Daichi calls to Kageyama and reminds him that as an upperclassman, he has been practicing his defensive abilities much longer.
A little while into the match, Tsukishima picks on Hinata and Kageyama again. Tanaka rushes to his teammates’ defense, but to his confusion, Daichi stops him.
When Hinata and Kageyama pull off their first quick strike, Daichi’s shocked when he realizes Hinata had his eyes closed. Tsukishima asks him to explain and Daichi says that Hinata had hit the ball while trusting Kageyama completely. He notes that it’s hard to understand how Hinata can trust someone like that, especially his rival.
In the end, Daichi’s team loses. Tanaka approaches him and Sugawara and asks incredulously if they’d known Hinata and Kageyama would team up like that. Daichi admits that he thought Hinata would be able to match Kageyama, but the two exceeded his expectations completely and ended up creating an amazing combo.
He then goes to Tsukishima and asks him how he felt about the match. Tsukishima responds that he doesn’t particularly cares and knew he would lose to Kageyama. Daichi points out that Tsukishima still got pretty serious during the match.
At that moment, Hinata and Kageyama run over to Daichi and hand in their registrations. Daichi accepts them and asks Kiyoko if the jackets came in. She brings over the boxes with the jackets and after the first years put them on, the upperclassmen officially welcome them into the club.
As the first years are celebrating with Tanaka, Daichi sighs and remarks to Sugawara and Kiyoko that things are finally settled for now. He watches the underclassmen with Tanaka and says to Sugawara that he and Tanaka really helped and Sugawara begins panicking, afraid that Daichi discovered the secret practices.
Tokyo Expedition ArcEdit
Spring High Preliminary ArcEdit
In the match against Wakutani South, he collided with Tanaka in an effort to receive the ball, leading to injuries to his face and lost a molar tooth even when he did not appear to be concussed. He had to be taken out of the game. Ennoshita was substituted for him.