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Don't you DARE look down! Volleyball is a sport where you are always looking up!
Season 3, Episode 8
Keishin Ukai
KeishinUkai
Japanese 烏養 繋心
Translation Ukai Keishin
Character information
Other names Coach (by Karasuno High Boy's Volleyball Club)

Weakling (by Ikkei Ukai)

Gender Male
Age 26
Date of birth April 5
Height 178.2 cm (5' 10")
Weight 72.2 kg (159.2 lbs)
Family Ikkei Ukai (grandfather)
Home town Torono, Miyagi Prefecture
Home country Japan
Dislikes Ruckuses
Status
Team Karasuno High
Neighborhood Association Team
Number 2 (former)
Position Setter
Occupation Coach
Owner of Sakanoshita Store
Affiliation Karasuno High
Neighborhood Association Team
Background information
Chapter "The Strain On The Timid"
Episode "A Coward's Anxiety"
Japanese Kazunari Tanaka (until Season 3 Episode 8)

Hisao Egawa (from Season 3 Episode 9)

English David Wald
Image gallery (21)

Keishin Ukai (Japanese: 烏養 繋心 Ukai Keishin) is the current coach of Karasuno High boys' volleyball club. He is also an alumnus and former player on the team, playing as a setter.

AppearanceEdit

Ukai has dyed blond hair and wears a head-band. He has two piercings on his left ear. He has been told by Nekomata that he resembles his grandfather, the former Coach Ukai. In his youth, Ukai had a dark brown buzzcut, but otherwise looked the same.

PersonalityEdit

Ukai's behaviour is fairly typical of a man in his 20s. He smokes and drinks and is willing to speak casually about alcohol to minors, using terms like "a first gulp of beer" to explain a volleyball tactic to Karasuno. He is quite competitive, agreeing to coach Karasuno only so he could beat Nekoma in the practice match and then staying on because of challenges he made with Nekomata. Ukai appears lazy and cranky, spending most of his time at work reading a newspaper with his legs on the counter or yelling at people for being too loud. However, he's shown to have strong coaching skills and is a hardworking individual. Ukai chose to change his work schedule to a much earlier time in the morning to make up for the time he takes off to coach Karasuno. It's also been noted that in high school and college, Ukai excelled in mentoring underclassmen and had strong analysis skills of opponents. He also said that he wasn't very good at studies to Hinata, when he asks Ukai to help him study. While at work, Ukai would yell at high school students and remark that he's out of a product without bothering to check, but he does have a kind side as he gave Tanaka, Kageyama, and Hinata free popsicles.

BackgroundEdit

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Ukai as a setter in his high school years.

Keishin Ukai is Coach Ukai 's grandson. He is an alumnus of Karasuno High and was a setter on the Boys' Volleyball Club eight years ago, having the number 2. He continued playing volleyball in college and after graduating[1], he works at Sakanoshita Store, a family business he inherited from his mother's side.

PlotEdit

Karasuno High Team Formation ArcEdit

Ukai makes several background appearances in the beginning as a cranky clerk at Sakanoshita Store[2]. He later receives calls from Takeda, who persistently requests that he becomes the new coach for Karasuno Boys' Volleyball Team. When Takeda confronts him at the store[1], Ukai asks if it's just the "Ukai" name that Takeda wants and after Takeda confirms it, Ukai seems to think over it. Despite that, he rejects Takeda anyway, claiming that he doesn't want to babysit high school boys. He later reveals that he doesn't want to go back to Karasuno because of the nostalgia it invokes in him, but he's eventually convinced when Takeda reveals that he wants Ukai to coach for the upcoming practice match against Nekoma[3]. Ukai then schedules a practice match against the Karasuno Neighbourhood Association to test the players' skills and figure out their weaknesses.

Interhigh ArcEdit

Tokyo Expedition ArcEdit

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Ukai with his grandfather.

Spring High Preliminary ArcEdit

StatisticsEdit

Original Statistics
Power
 
4/5
Jumping
 
3/5
Stamina
 
3/5
Game Sense
 
4/5
Technique
 
4/5
Speed
 
2/5

Ukai used to be a setter, but he was not a regular while in high school. This implies that he isn't an extraordinarily skilled player, a trait that he is often teased for by his grandfather. [4] As a coach, Ukai has very high abilities in analysis and tactics. He goes the extra distance to collect as much data on their opponents as possible in order to formulate an effective plan to counteract them.

RelationshipsEdit

Ikkei UkaiEdit

Ikkei is Keishin's grandfather and Karasuno's former volleyball coach. Initially, Keishin claims that he isn't the same as his grandfather and couldn't coach, but he later disproves that with his sharp mentoring skills. On the surface, the two have a rough relationship with Ikkei flipping and arm wrestling Keishin whenever he finds his grandson failing to perform his responsibilities as coach. Despite that, Keishin has a lot of respect for his grandfather, going to him for advice when he needs help with his own players. Keishin is well aware of his grandfather's wish to see an official match between Karasuno and Nekoma and strongly wants to make it happen out of filial piety. Ikkei comes to watch Karasuno's matches in the Spring High preliminary rounds and is teased by spectators for watching his "dear grandson's" team, though Ikkei doesn't deny it. During the team introductions before the match against Nekoma, Ikkei is seen bragging about his grandson and feeling proud when others comment about their resemblance. 

Ittetsu TakedaEdit

As the coach and advisor respectively, Ukai and Takeda work together to supervise the Karasuno boys' volleyball team. Initially, Ukai is annoyed by Takeda's persistent attempts to get him onto the team, but later expresses his gratitude for Takeda's efforts.The two have strong respect for each other and care deeply for the volleyball team. They would often commentate on the matches and solve problem concerning the team together. Despite Takeda's general polite and respectful attitude, it's shown that even Ukai would cower if Takeda's angry.

Karasuno HighEdit

Ukai has great respect for his alma mater, but he is initially resistant to become the volleyball club's coach due to his own nostalgic moments on the court. After personally watching a match and being tempted by Nekomata, Ukai becomes the official coach of the boys' volleyball team just like his grandfather. Despite calling the first and second years as the "hyperactive ones and simpletons", Ukai cares a lot about his players and is always trying to do the best for his team. He would give them advice on how to improve their play and what to eat. 

Manabu NaoiEdit

Ukai and Naoi were friends in high school because of their similar situations of being third years but not starting members due to being outshone by their underclassmen. Thus, they dubbed themselves the "Benchwarmers Club". However, it's implied that they haven't seen each other since then. When they meet again in the Nekoma practice match, they tease each other about their appearances and reconnect.

TriviaEdit

  • Favorite Food: Konnyaku dumplings
  • Current Concern: He's not even 30 yet but his parents are already telling him to "Hurry up and get married."
  • He owns a yellow car.[5]
  • Furudate gave him his name because of his nature: "Training crows and connecting hearts, exactly as it says.”[6]
  • His voice actor(seiyuu), Kazunari Tanaka, passed away due to a haemorrhage in the brain stem on October 10th, 2016; as for who will sub as him, the production said they will make changes since it's sudden. Above quote is his final lines of Episode 8 of Season 3.
  • He shares a birthday with Alisa Haiba.
  • His star sign is Aries.
  • He sang "Aobajou koi uta" (青葉城恋唄) in Episode 9 of Season 1.
  • In Haikyuu's first popularity poll, Ukai placed 17th with 1,535 votes.[7] In the second, he dropped to 24th with 2,084 votes.[8]
  • Nomenclature:
    • Keishin (繋心) - Connecting Heart
    • Ukai (烏養) - Crow Nurture

QuotesEdit

  • "Victory goes to the team that connects." (To Karasuno, Chapter 27)
  • "'This is the final ball!' Think that at all times, and go after it! If you don't, then in the match, you'll regret the one ball you chose to ignore during practice!" (Chapter 35)
  • "...if you only pay attention to what's 'above', you'll get tripped up from below." (To Karasuno, Chapter 35)
  • "It's only natural for everyone to feel nervous or hyped at the opening of the first match. So it's a matter of who breaks out of it faster!" (Chapter 39)
  • "I have no complaints about the morale of our team. Seijoh is vastly better in terms of experience and technique. There's no denying that if they get ahead again, it'll be extremely tough, but if we hold onto everything we've got, the momentum will turn our way." (Season 1, Episode 21)
  • "In this tense situation, [Oikawa] still managed to find the smallest gap and pulled off a feint. His calm focus on victory is terrifying." (about Tōru Oikawa during the Inter-high tournament match with Aobajōsai, Season 1, Episode 24)
  • "Eat...eat...a little at a time...but be sure...to grow stronger." (When Ukai takes the team out to eat after they lose against Aobajōsai during the Inter-high tournament, Season 1, Episode 24)
  • "Don't forget the frustration and bitterness you felt losing to Seijoh. However, you don't need to hold onto the feeling of losing. Hurry up and wipe that away!" (To Karasuno team, Season 2, Episode 2)
  • "Don't you dare look down! Volleyball is a sport where you're always looking up!" (To Karasuno team, Season 3, Episode 8)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Chapter 17
  2. Chapter 10
  3. Chapter 19
  4. Chapter 247
  5. Season 2, Episode 6
  6. Haikyū!! Guidebook
  7. Chapter 57
  8. Chapter 123