|“||No matter how capable you lot may be, you'll see that we never weaken.||”|
To Hinata and Kageyama about Shiratorizawa
|Also Known As|| Super Ace |
Ushiwaka/Ushiwaka-chan (by Oikawa)
Japan (by Hinata)
Mr. Perfect (by Sugawara)
Super Volleyball Idiot (by Ōhira)
|Date of Birth||August 13|
|Height||189.5 cm (6' 2.6")|
|Weight||84.8 kg (187 lbs)|
|Family|| Takashi Utsui (Father) |
Ushijima (Unnamed Mother)
|Goal||Win the nationals|
|Occupation||High School Student (3rd Year, Class 3)|
|Number|| 1 (Shiratorizawa)|
7 (Japan U-19)
|Position|| Captain |
|In the Manga||Formidable Opponents|
|In the Anime||Formidable Opponents|
|Voice Actor||Ryouta Takeuchi|
He has dark olive-brown hair and dark olive eyes. Ushijima usually has a stoic expression on his face and appears rather intimidating. He has a large build and is very tall.
His representative team uniform is a sports jacket that’s gray on the sides but black on the middle. On his left chest is a small nametag with Japan and the Japanese flag.
Ushijima doesn’t speak often but when he does, he bluntly says what's on his mind and usually comes off as tactless. He will apologize if he realizes that he has insulted someone, but he won't change his viewpoint. Ushijima is confident of his own abilities and does not think anyone (at least, in Miyagi prefecture) can defeat him, though he enjoys being challenged. In addition, he hates baseless self-confidence, the main reason why he dislikes Hinata, who is confident about beating Shiratorizawa despite being short and a member of a formerly unknown team. However, his teammate Tendō seems to think Ushijima doesn't like Hinata because the latter's too unpredictable, something Ushijima hasn't experienced before.
Ushijima is in excellent physical condition. His teammates usually can’t keep up with him when they’re jogging together. He is also one of the few players who are left-handed, allowing his firepower to be at the highest caliber. It has been stated that a cross spike is likely to be Ushijima's forte.
His spikes are based on pure strength and since he's left-handed, they have a different ball rotation from right-handed players'. This causes his opponents to have trouble receiving or blocking his attacks, and he can spike from a very high point due to his height combined with jumping ability. However, at the same time, Ushijima's techniques stay the same throughout most matches, allowing his opponents to get used to them and find ways to counterattack. He has strong jump serve that can truly pressure his opponents. To a receiver, he doesn't seem to hit the ball hard due to the short contact time with the ball.
Not only that, but it appears that Wakatoshi is also adept at passing, seeing as he was forced to receive one of Hinata's quick hits.
Late game adjustments Edit
Late in the fourth set against Karasuno, he performed a touch spike since Karasuno blockers have created a huge gap on his left side of the court on the front end after dealing with his powerful spikes for so long. He also performed a touch serve that scratched the top of the net and at the front end of the opponent's zone.
He also performed a slice spike, where the spiker's thumb faces more to the blockers, so the ball hits more to his left rather than right at Nishinoya directly opposite him deep in the opponent's right back corner.
- Favorite Food: hayashi rice
- Current Concern: None.
- He has commonly been referred to as Ushiwaka, and it is probably because of the Ushi in Ushijima and Waka in Wakatoshi. His nickname "Ushiwaka", is the child name of the Japanese Genji Warrior, Minamoto Yoshitsune, who was also known to have extreme jumping abilities.
- He is one of the few characters in the series who are left-handed.
- His birthday, August 13, is International Left Handers' Day.
- He is one of the three most noticed high school volleyball players in the nation and is the only player selected from Tohoku to participate in the Youth World Championship as Japan's under 18 volleyball representative (Under 19 in the anime).
- He reads all of the ads in magazines.
- He dislikes things that he doesn't understand, or that give him the feeling of "not knowing what he's going to do", like Hinata.
- His star sign is Leo.
- He shares his birthday with Takanobu Aone.
- Wakatoshi (若利) - Young Advantage
- Ushijima (牛島) - Cow Island