If you look down on us like that, we’ll chew you up and spit you out.
Ryūnosuke Tanaka
Kanji 田中 龍之介
Rōmaji Tanaka Ryūnosuke
Character Information
Also Known As The Head of Karasuno's Attack Squad
Ryu (by Saeko and Nishinoya)
Ryuu-chan (by Kanoka)
Gender Male
Date of Birth March 3
Age 16
Height 177.2 cm (5' 9.8") - April
178.2 cm (5' 10.2") - November
Weight 68.8 kg (151.7 lbs)
Background Information
Family Saeko Tanaka (older sister)
Goal Try not to be made light of by opponent teams
Act like an upperclassman
Get a cute girlfriend
Be called Senpai
Likes Volleyball
Kiyoko Shimizu
Professional Status
Occupation High School Student (2nd Year, Class 1)
Teams Oujitsu Junior High (former)
Karasuno High
Number 5
Position Wing Spiker
Debut Information
In the Manga Endings and Beginnings
In the Anime Endings and Beginnings
Seiyu Information
Voice Actor Yū Hayashi
English Actor Greg Cote

Ryūnosuke Tanaka (Japanese: 田中 龍之介 Tanaka Ryūnosuke) is a second year student at Karasuno High School. He is a wing spiker on Karasuno High Boy's Volleyball Team and its up-and-coming ace.


Tanaka has a shaved head with a widow's peak and sharp blue-grey eyes (golden brown in the manga coloured illustrations) which lead many to mistake him as a delinquent. He is average in height and has a lean, but strong build. He tends to make intimidating faces to try to scare others, which Daichi scolds him for.


Loud, hot-headed, and easily angered, he is no stranger to picking fights. He is also somewhat of a slacker, shown by his less-than-stellar work ethic in school and his usual lateness to practices. Despite all this, he is shown to be caring and supportive towards his teammates, and even protective of his underclassmen. In addition, he gets very excited and is easily won over when an underclassman calls him "senpai".

Once he gets fired up, he is usually unstoppable on the court and also uncontrollably loud, as demonstrated by his over-the-top cheering after he scores or pulls off an incredible move. He also has the tendency to take off his shirt and spin it over his head when he scores a point in practices.

Tanaka is also someone with strong mental fortitude, not letting himself be brought down by things like being targeted or getting blocked during games. He seems to know that he can be an easy target to some people and has a lot to improve on, but instead of letting those things bother him he gets fired up and keeps trying no matter what. However, even for Tanaka, things can be too much and every six months or so he starts to think he is nothing but mediocre. But, he tells himself that thinking like that is just a waste of time.

Tanaka has a large interest in girls, as shown in the numberous posters of female idols that are posted up in his room. One girl in particular who he has a large interest in is Kiyoko Shimizu. He often approaches her and tries to talk to her, though his advances are usually ignored, which he claims turns him on. Tanaka usually looks out for her, alongside Nishinoya, especially during the Tokyo training camp and official matches when other teams take an interest in her. 


Original Statistics
Game Sense

He is a player who never gives up on the ball. According to Keishin Ukai, Tanaka is the second strongest spiker in Karasuno (Asahi being the first) and most importantly, his ability to perform when he's cornered doesn't deteriorate. He shows incredible mental fortitude during games, and this mental strength gives him the qualities of an ace. Although he doesn't demonstrate great game sense, it's been noted by Daichi that he does have pretty good game sense.

After the Tokyo Expedition Arc, Tanaka has hugely improved the ferocity of his cross and straight spikes. By Nationals, Tanaka has learned to perform a legitimate jump serve that can pressure his opponents.

As of mid-November:

  • Fingertip Height: 224 cm
  • Jumping Reach: 324 cm (spike) / 312 cm (block)


  • In Season 3 Episode 6, Tanaka made a haiku: "後輩を支えてこその先輩だ, It's a senpai's job to always be there and help his precious juniors"
  • Favorite Food: Melonpan
  • Current Concern: He tried calling out to a lost-looking first-year girl to tell her the way to her classroom, but she started to cry.
  • Tanaka wears dark grey gym shoes with black accents.
  • He has exceptionally good hearing.
  • His star sign is Pisces.
  • Furudate gave him this name because "He’s Tanaka because he’s Tanaka-ish! I tried to give him a really cool name and that ended up being Ryūnosuke!"[1].
  • Kiyoko Shimizu's Seiyuu says that her personal favourite character is Tanaka[2].
  • Nomenclature:
    • Ryūnosuke (龍之介) - Assistance of a Dragon
    • Tanaka (田中) - Ricefield Middle


  1. Haikyū!! Guidebook
  2. Haikyuu Matsuri Event