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Karasuno High
Karasuno Team
Kanji 烏野高校
Romaji Karasuno Kōkō
Team
Captain Daichi Sawamura
Manager Kiyoko Shimizu

Hitoka Yachi

Coach Keishin Ukai
Colors White / Orange / Black

Karasuno High (Japanese: 烏野高校 Karasuno Kōkō) is a high school located in Torono Town, Miyagi Prefecture.

Uniform Edit

Karasuno Uniform

Male Uniforms as worn by the volleyball team.

Karasuno, like most Japanese schools, has a uniform and dress code. The male uniform consists of the classic black gakuran, white collared shirt, cream sweater and black pants. Females wear a more "catholic" uniform, which consists of a white blouse, red ribbon, cream sweater, black blazer, and a grey skirt[1]. However, since many students are often seen without the cream sweater and wearing t-shirts instead of the collared shirt, it is assumed that the dress code isn't strictly enforced.

Sawamura j-haikyu

Karasuno's volleyball uniform

The boys' volleyball club's uniform consists of a black tracksuit with white details. The members wear white t-shirts and black shorts during practice matches, and often don a yellow sports bib on top. During official matches, the majority of players don a black jersey and shorts with orange details. The libero has a contrasting jersey in orange with black details.

The girls' volleyball club uniform consists of a black jersey and shorts, with white details. The libero has a contrasting jersey in white with black details.

Academics Edit

Each grade has five classes, with classes 4 and 5 being college preparatory classes. Periods are 50 minutes long, with a 10-minute break in between. Subjects taught include English, modern Japanese literature, math, and physical education. After graduation, students generally either continue on to higher education or work.

The passing grade for exams is 40 points. Students who fail their final exams must take weekend supplementary classes and a supplementary exam for each failed subject; these may sometimes be held during summer vacation. The passing grade for supplementary exams is 80 points, and students must take them until they pass.

FacultyEdit

  • Vice Principal
  • Ittetsu Takeda - Modern Japanese Literature teacher
  • Ono - English teacher

Volleyball ClubEdit

The school's Boys' Volleyball Club was founded many years ago and has often been associated with crows due to the school's name. Its banner, in fact, reads "Take to the Skies," which alludes to crows. There are even rumors that Coach Ukai keeps ferocious crows as pets.

As a former powerhouse of Miyagi, Karasuno has represented the prefecture at Spring High nationals nine times. One of those occasions was under the guidance of Coach Ukai and the "Small Giant", and was famous throughout Miyagi. However, after the initial success, Karasuno failed to pass its prefecture's preliminaries in future tournaments and therefore received the derogatory nicknames "The Fallen Champions" and "The Flightless Crows." It wasn't until five years later did the team finally return to nationals.

For a while, Karasuno did not have a coach due to Ukai's hospitalization after a few months of coaching the previous year. Daichi Sawamura took on both the captain and the coach's duties until Ukai's grandson, Keishin Ukai, became the new coach. The managers of the team consist of Kiyoko Shimizu, a third year and the original manager, and Hitoka Yachi, a first year recruited by Kiyoko after the first tournament.

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A team photo with the official banner in the back.

The main starting line-up is composed of Daichi Sawamura, Asahi AzumaneRyūnosuke TanakaYū Nishinoya, Shōyō HinataTobio Kageyama, and Kei Tsukishima. Karasuno is currently famous for its odd quick strike (performed by Kageyama and Hinata) and its unique members: Kitagawa Daiichi Junior High's "King of the Court," Kageyama; Chidoriyama's champion libero, Nishinoya; and the 164cm-tall middle blocker, Hinata.

Karasuno's main rivals within the Miyagi Prefecture are Aobajōsai High, Date Tech High, and Shiratorizawa Academy. The club's "destined" rival is Nekoma High, which Karasuno has always lost to. Because their animal representatives (cat and crow) are usually found by the dumpster, their matches are called the "Battle at the Garbage Dump."

Karasuno's strongest attribute is its offensive power, with a heavy focus on attacks such as the quick strike, pipe-line, and synchronized attacks using tempo. It also utilizes uncommon techniques like the Calculated One-Point Two-Setter, the jump float serve, and a libero toss to throw off opponents.

MembersEdit

Name Position Year Status
Ikkei UkaiCoach?Retired
Keishin UkaiCoach GraduateActive
Ittetsu TakedaFaculty AdvisorTeacherActive
Kiyoko ShimizuManager3rd YearActive
Hitoka YachiManager1st YearActive


Name Number Position Year Status
Daichi Sawamura#1Captain / Wing Spiker / Defensive Specialist3rd YearActive
Kōshi Sugawara#2Setter / Vice-Captain / Pinch Server3rd YearActive
Asahi Azumane#3Wing Spiker / Ace3rd YearActive
Yū Nishinoya#4Libero2nd YearActive
Ryūnosuke Tanaka#5Wing Spiker2nd YearActive
Chikara Ennoshita#6Wing Spiker2nd YearActive
Hisashi Kinoshita#7Wing Spiker / Pinch Server2nd YearActive
Kazuhito Narita#8Middle Blocker2nd YearActive
Tobio Kageyama#9Setter1st YearActive
Shōyō Hinata#10Middle Blocker / Decoy1st YearActive
Kei Tsukishima#11Middle Blocker1st YearActive
Tadashi Yamaguchi#12Middle Blocker / Pinch Server1st YearActive

Former Players

Name Number Position Current Age
Yūsuke Takinoue#9Middle Blocker26
Makoto Shimada#11Wing Spiker / Pinch Server26
Keishin Ukai#2Setter26
Akiteru Tsukishima?Wing Spiker22
Small Giant#10Ace21
Hidemi Tashiro#1Captain19-20
Hiroki Kurokawa#2Wing Spiker / Captain18-19

Practice MatchesEdit

  • Hinata, Kageyama, Tanaka vs Tsukishima, Yamaguchi, Sawamura (2:0 / 25-23, 25-21)
  • Karasuno High School vs Aobajōsai High School (2:1 / 13-25, 25-22, 25-23)
  • Karasuno High School vs Karasuno Neighborhood Association + others (0:2 / 19-25, 18-25)
  • Karasuno High School vs Nekoma High School (0:2 / 22-25, 23-25)
  • Karasuno High School vs Nekoma High School (0:2 / 22-25, 24-26) 
  • Karasuno High School vs Nekoma High School (0:2 / 25-27, 30-32)
  • Karasuno High School vs Ouginishi High School (2:0 / 25-12 ,25-16)
  • Karasuno High School vs Date Tech High School (4:4 / 19-25, 23-25, ??-??, 25-23, ??-??, ??-??, ??-??, 25-21)

Summer Training Camp Edit

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Karasuno's lineup during the summer camp matches.

Several sets against Nekoma, Fukurōdani, Shinzen, and Ubugawa (3 wins, 63 losses)

  • Karasuno High School vs Shinzen High School (25-21)
  • Karasuno High School vs Shinzen High School (23-25)
  • Karasuno High School vs Fukurōdani Academy (12-25)
  • Karasuno High School vs Fukurōdani Academy (14-25)
  • Karasuno High School vs Fukurōdani Academy (22-25)
  • Karasuno High School vs Fukurōdani Academy (23-25)
  • Karasuno High School vs Nekoma High School (15-25)
  • Karasuno High School vs Nekoma High School (16-25)
  • Karasuno High School vs Ubugawa High School (16-25)
  • Karasuno High School vs Ubugawa High School (22-25)
  • Karasuno High School vs Ubugawa High School (23-25)

Interhigh-PreliminariesEdit

For Interhigh's Miyagi Preliminaries, which began on June 2nd, Karasuno was registered as team 5, Block A. Their venue was the Sendai City Gymnasium, along with Block B. They played over the span of two days (two games on the first day, one on the second) before losing in the third round to Aobajōsai. Overall, they placed within the top 16.

First Round

Second Round

Third Round

Spring High-Miyagi Prefecture Representative PlayoffsEdit

For the first preliminary, Karasuno was registered as team 19, Group 4. Their venue was Kaji High School Gymnasium, along with Group 5. Because they placed within the top 16 during Interhigh, they were exempt from the first round of games and played only two matches. After winning their matches against Ougiminami and Kakugawa, they were allowed to move on to the representative playoffs held in October.

For the representative playoffs, Karasuno was registered as team 10. They played at the Sendai City Gymnasium over a span of three days (one game on the first day, two on the second, one on the third). After winning all their matches, they became Miyagi Prefecture's Representative for the Spring High National Playoffs.

First Preliminary Edit

Main Preliminary Edit

First Round

Quarter Final

Semifinal

Final

  • Karasuno High School vs Shiratorizawa Academy (3:2 / 16-25, 31-29, 20-25, 29-27, 21-19)
    • Set 3's score was changed to (18-25) in the anime

Spring High National TournamentEdit

For nationals, Karasuno wasn't exempt from the first round. Their first match was played on C Court as its third match of the day.

First Round Edit

Second Round Edit

Trivia Edit

  • One of the team's strategic teamwork moves is known as mobbing, which is when they attack as a group to drive an opponent off. In wild life, it's a type of behavior that birds use against a large predator on the prowl; this is another reference to Karasuno's nickname as crows.
  • KarasunoGirlsTeam

    The girls warm up before their match in the Interhigh.

    Karasuno High also has a girls' volleyball club, with Yui Michimiya as the captain during the Interhigh and an unnamed captain (a first or second year) replacing Yui after her retirement for the Spring High. However, they don't do very well in their matches due to lack of practice[2].
  • There is a girls' tennis club, boys' soccer club, boys' basketball club, boys' tennis club, and boys' baseball clubs as well.
  • Karasuno High has two gyms and a track field. The girls' volleyball club and boys' basketball club practice in First Gymnasium; the boys' volleyball club practices in Second Gymnasium. [3]
  • The fictional brand for their uniforms and warm-up sweats is shown to be a foot with the letters "ics" underneath. The word for foot in Japanese is "ashi", so the full name would be "ashi-ics". This is a play on the name for the real life sports brand "asics", which in Japanese would be pronounced the same way. Asics is a Japanese sports company, and is recognized worldwide for their volleyball athletic wear.
  • Like many of the other teams featured in the series, all of Karasuno seems to wear "asics" volleyball shoes, based on their shoe design.
  • Other schools often misread Karasuno (烏野) for Torino (鳥野) because they have very similar kanji. Karasu (烏) refers to crows, whereas Tori (鳥) refers to birds in general.
  • Like most Japanese high schools, Karasuno holds an annual sports festival. One of its events is a four-member relay race between the school's sports clubs. The winning club receives 20 boxes of sports drink mix.
  • Karasuno in the season 3 anime now has its own cheering squad, consisting its own students from the School itself, including the principal himself. However, their cheer doesn't give off a vibe of being a powerhouse School, compared to Shiratorizawa's, since they only practiced a little after School during the day of the finals. While in the manga this did not happen.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Season 1, Episode 5
  2. Season 1, Episode 16
  3. Chapter 36

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