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Taketora Yamamoto
YamamotoTaketora
Japanese 山本猛虎
Translation Yamamoto Taketora
Character information
Other names Tora (by Tanaka)
City Boy (by Tanaka)
Gender Male
Age 16
Date of birth February 22
Height 176.7 cm (5' 9.6")
Weight 69.1 kg (152.3 lbs)
Family Akane Yamamoto (younger sister)
Home town Tokyo
Home country Japan
Likes Volleyball
Yakisoba Bread
Status
Team Nekoma High
Number 4
Position Wing Spiker
Ace
Occupation High School Student (2nd Year, Class 1)
Affiliation Nekoma High
Background information
Chapter "Determination"
Episode "Decision"
Japanese Siego Yokota
Image gallery (31)
Taketora Yamamoto (Japanese: 山本猛虎 Yamamoto Taketora) is a second year student from Nekoma High and is a wing spiker and the ace on the boys' volleyball team.

AppearanceEdit

Yamamoto has short, thick eyebrows and a mohawk that appears to be dyed blond, giving him an intimidating appearance (though he's more timid in the presence of girls). He has cat-like eyes, similar to most of the other Nekoma members.

PersonalityEdit

Similar to Tanaka, he's loud, hot-headed, and easy to anger. He's very proud of his position as the ace, though he acknowledges his shortcomings when it comes to power and qualities other aces have. He has a strong mentality, albeit he's easily riled up, and knows when to gather his bearings, exemplified in the match against Nohebi. Despite his intimidating appearance, he's timid around girls and can't gather the strength to speak to them. Yamamoto also may be indifferent towards his studies as he's remarked that he knows some big vocabulary, but can't spell them[1].

BackgroundEdit

He is currently a second year in Nekoma High School and plays on the boys' volleyball team as a wing spiker. He is the current ace.

PlotEdit

Karasuno High Team Formation ArcEdit

Nekoma plays a practice match against Tsukinokizawa High before meeting Karasuno[2]. It wins 2-0. Later that night, Yamamoto bets Inuoka and Shibayama a Häagen-Dazs that Karasuno doesn't have a female manager. He loudly exclaims that it'll be frustrating if they have one and Nekoma doesn't before yelling out the window, causing Kuroo to angrily scold him. He then asks Kenma what he thinks and is surprised when the usually indifferent Kenma answers that he's looking forward to the match.

Nekoma and Karasuno meet the next day. When Yamamoto sees Kenma talking with Hinata, he approaches them and asks intimidatingly what Hinata's doing with his setter. In response, Tanaka approaches him and asks a similar question. Suddenly, Yamamoto spots Kiyoko and runs off in shock.

Nekoma and Karasuno play evenly initially. When Yamamoto gets blocked the first time, he easily recovers his composure and shouts for another toss[3]. As he slams it past Tanaka, he yells that even if his power is mediocre, he's still the ace. Tanaka returns with another spike past Yamamoto. For the majority of the match, the two play against each other. In the end, Nekoma wins all the matches[4].

Yamamoto tentatively approaches Tanaka afterwards and asks for Kiyoko's name. As Tanaka attacks him, Yamamoto reveals that he doesn't have the courage to talk to her anyway. Tanaka has a change of heart and answers his question and the two bond over their attraction to Kiyoko. As they realize that they're quite similar, they introduce themselves and become fast friends, later tearfully shaking hands goodbye.

Tokyo Expedition ArcEdit

Nekoma takes part in the training camp as per tradition[5]. Yamamoto greets Karasuno when it arrives, only to fall over in shock because the number of female managers has increased.

During the BBQ at the end[6], Yamamoto band together with Tanaka and Nishinoya to protect Kiyoko from any guys that take an interest in her. When Karasuno leaves, Yamamoto waves with a heavy blush on his face, watching Kiyoko and Yachi walk away.

Spring High Preliminary ArcEdit

Nekoma prepares to face off against Fukurōdani after making it to quarterfinals. In the lobby, Nohebi approaches the members and Yamamoto immediately jumps to him[7]. Kuroo joins in and picks on Daishō.

As the match begins, Yaku teases Yamamoto about his sister's enthusiastic cheering. The members start warming up and Yamamoto yells at Kenma to be more energetic. Kenma replies that Lev's sister was staring at her, distracting him and causing him to get hit by a volleyball.

Nekoma plays defensively in the beginning, but Fukurōdani has the advantage. Yamamoto gets a few strong spikes in. In the end, Fukurōdani wins and Nekoma has to play Nohebi to win its last chance for nationals[8].

The match begins and Yamamoto gets picked out by Nohebi, who scores with a feint and a spike right afterwards. However, Yamamoto calms himself down and reminds himself that his team is definitely going to go to nationals. Despite that, he gets riled up from their insults, especially when the referee starts showing clear bias for Nohebi.

Yamamoto positions himself for the next spike, only to get hit full-on in the head by Daishō's spike. However, he quickly realizes that Nohebi baited him to step into that position. As the game progresses, Taketora gets more flustered and makes more mistakes.

However, he calms down after Yaku gets subbed out, noting to himself that he doesn't have the luxury to be reckless at this point[9]. As he thinks this, he goes for an attack from an awkward angle, slamming it past the blockers.

Nekoma wins the match 2-0 and the members celebrate with Yaku, who's returned.

Tokyo Nationals ArcEdit

StatisticsEdit

Original Statistics
Power
 
5/5
Jumping
 
3/5
Stamina
 
4/5
Game Sense
 
1/5
Technique
 
3/5
Speed
 
2/5

Like the rest of his team, he is flexible and adept at receiving. Taketora can have incredible mental fortitude, as he was able to immensely concentrate during the Nohebi match and ignore the taunts he usually gets riled up to. That allowed him to concentrate enough to hit straight spikes properly. He also has good instincts as he was able to receive the ball at a sharp angle when it was about to drop on his side of the court. As a wing spiker, he is good at spiking and specializes in cross spikes. These qualities, and not intense power, are what made him the ace.

RelationshipsEdit

Ryūnosuke Tanaka Edit

When they first met, they clashed badly and tried to intimidate each other. During the subsequent practice match, Yamamoto was more worked up than usual and competed mainly with Tanaka, and vice versa. However, they later bonded over their attraction for Kiyoko and recognized that they would get along well as friends. A side story shows that they are now texting buddies and Yamamoto has asked Tanaka for tips to approach girls, though other members of Karasuno don't believe Tanaka's a reliable source. They were constantly with each other during the Tokyo training camp and banded together with Nishinoya to protect Kiyoko at the BBQ. Despite their friendship, they consider each other important opponents.

Nekoma HighEdit

Yamamoto gets along very well with all of his teammates, especially with Inuoka and Shibayama, with whom he's made bets on Karasuno's manager. Though Yamamoto annoys Kuroo sometimes with his rambunctious behavior, Kuroo still treats him well. Yamamoto constantly tries to get Kenma to be more extroverted while Kenma is generally indifferent; Kenma also knows Yamamoto well and knows what type of things can specifically rile him up or distract him. He has a somewhat competitive relationship with Lev, who claims to be Nekoma's ace, something that doesn't sit well with Yamamoto. On the other hand, Lev finds Yamamoto to be scary sometimes.

Akane Yamamoto Edit

They are very close and Akane often comes to his matches to lead the cheering squad. She's modest about his abilities, but is still proud of them. He is shy of his sister's obsession with volleyball and appears to be embarrassed about her support during matches, but is still grateful.

Yū NishinoyaEdit

They don't interact much during the practice match, but later becomes friends in the training camp. Yamamoto calls Nishinoya "Master" because the latter took a slap from Kiyoko. Along with Tanaka, they are Kiyoko's protection squad.

Kiyoko ShimizuEdit

Like many others, he's attracted to her, but is too shy to actually talk with her. With Tanaka and Nishinoya, he "protects" her during the training camp.

TriviaEdit

  • Favorite Food: Yakisoba bread
  • Current Concern: he wants to know the best way to talk to girls.
  • His birthday is on Japan's Cat Day.
  • His star sign is Pisces.
  • Nomenclature
    • Taketora (猛虎) - Fierce Tiger
    • Yamamoto (山本) - Natural Mountain

Quotes Edit

  • "Hey, hey, hey. What business do you have with our setter?" (To Hinata, Season 1, Episode 12)
  • "Even if my attack power could be called average, I am Nekoma's ace!" (Chapter 31)
  • "If we stifle their setter, even Bokuto-kun in peak form will be incapacitated since he won't have anything of quality to hit, eh?" (To Kenma, Chapter 194)
  • "I'm honestly terrified that Yaku-san isnt standing behind me right now. I really don't have the luxury of getting riled up at their trash talking." (In the match against Nohebi, Chapter 202)
  • "Players who can't even defend properly doesn't deserve the title of ace." (To Lev, Chapter 203)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Chapter 194
  2. Chapter 26
  3. Chapter 31
  4. Chapter 33
  5. Chapter 78
  6. Chapter 97
  7. Chapter 190
  8. Chapter 196
  9. Chapter 202

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