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"Rivals"
Chapter 31
Japanese title ライバル
translation title Raibaru
Chapter Information
Chapter number 31
Arc Karasuno High Team Formation Arc
Volume Rivals
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"Rivals" (Japanese: ライバル Raibaru) is the thirty-first chapter of the Haikyū!! series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. It was published in the 44th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump’s 2012 series.

Overview Edit

Kageyama and Hinata struggle with their new quick strike, but manage to keep Nekoma at bay. Hinata is completely focused on the game and succeeds in catching up to Inuoka.

Plot Edit

Kageyama tosses a ball to Hinata while calculating the perfect angle. Hinata misses this time because the toss is too high, but Daichi saves the ball right before it hits the floor. The ball gets sent to Nekoma but Taketora slams it back over right away, taking a point for his team.

On the sidelines, Takeda comments on how the quick strike isn’t working that well today. Ukai explains that in the old version, Kageyama would match Hinata’s movements but in the new version, Hinata would have to improve to keep up. He would have to practice with Kageyama only to master their movements, but this technique will lead to the both of them becoming equal in power.

Karasuno gets back a point with Tanaka’s spike, but Nekoma is still in the lead. Hinata glares at Inuoka, determined to not get blocked again. Daichi, noticing his junior’s anxiety, tells him to not strain himself and lose focus of the big picture. Calmed down, Hinata refocuses on the game. Just as Nobuyuki’s about to do a quick, Hinata remembers Daichi’s words. Taking them to heart, he looks around Nobuyuki and realizes Kenma’s actually going to toss to Inuoka instead. Hinata runs to Inuoka’s front and touches the ball, sending it to Kageyama. He then sprints across the court and performs a successful quick with the setter.

As soon as he lands back down, he gives a challenging look to Inuoka before the two turn back to their teams and yell for “one more”.

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Chapter notes Edit

Character revelations Edit

  • Taketora claims that though his attack power is considered mediocre, he's still Nekoma's ace.

Trivia Edit

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