"OTL Sorry I'm so slow finishing these chapters. I love Haikyuu!! dearly, but sometimes it's pretty text-heavy.
(Noya): My job is
(Noya): strictly to
(Noya): connect everyone.
(left) Entrusted emotions
(beneath panel) [Haikyuu!!]
(Noya): I can't fight in the "sky",
(Noya): which is the spikers' domain, but
(Noya): Without fail, I will get the ball to them
(Noya): at their highest point.
(Noya): No matter how many times it is bounced back by a "wall", if I can just get it through,
(Noya): then our ace will definitely score.
(Noya): The ball which has rebounded off the wall...
(Noya): Just watch. This time as well, I'll get it through, so
(Noya): please, just one more time.
(Noya): Call out for a toss,
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Chapter 18: The One Called the "Ace"
(left) Karasuno's "Ace" makes his appearance!!!
(Shou): Craaap, it's the real deal. The real deal's appeared!
(Shou): A beard! Long hair!!
(Shou): As far as height goes, isn't Tsukishima taller...?
(Shou): But it's like... he's really huge...
(Shou): This person is... Karasuno's ace...
Karasuno High School, 3rd year
Koushi: What are you guys doing here?
Koushi: These are 1st years who joined recently, Hinata and Kageyama.
Asahi: Ooh! 1st years, huh.
Asahi: How many this year?
Koushi: It's not that many, but they're all promising.
Asahi: I see.
(Shou): Ah. He's not as scary as he looks.
Asahi: Good luck, and do your best.
Shou: Aren't we gonna do our best together?
Shou: I want to become an ace, so
Shou: I wanna see the real thing in action!
Boy: Azumane~ the teacher's waiting for youuu.
Boy: Career counseling~
Asahi: I'm no ace.
Tobio: Um... I don't really understand what's going on, but...
Tobio: Is he injured or something?
Koushi: No, he's fine.
Tobio: Then... he can't return for some reason?
Koushi: No... there aren't any sort of external factors.
Koushi: The problem is
Koushi: probably that he's come to hate
Shou: Such a big guy who's called an ace...
Koushi: ...Asahi is strong and was the tallest person we had.
Koushi: He would succeed despite dire situations and difficult-to-hit balls, so
Koushi: everyone thinks of him as our ace.
Koushi: I depended on him too much.
Tobio: ...you suffered a crushing
Koushi: ...in that match... Asahi's spikes were
Koushi: completely and utterly blocked...
Shou: !? Ehh...
Koushi: You're thinking "that's all?", right?
Shou: Ah! No! Getting blocked is really really really annoying, so I completely understand that.
Shou: ...but... to hate volleyball because of it...
Koushi: ...you could say that Asahi, as our ace,
Koushi: would always be targeted, even in serving and blocking, but
Koushi: even so, in that match
, we were utterly unable to do anything...
Koushi: Asahi is the sort who would feel doubly responsible, so...
(Asahi): "Even if I come back, I'll just drag everyone down again."
Koushi: ! Come to think of it, club activities are going to start, so you guys better get going!
(small text) I'll head over right away, too.
Tobio: What is it now?
Shou: ...I wonder if he really ended up hating volleyball after that...
Tobio: ...in that match... there were... all sorts of things going on.
Tobio: I'm not sure yet if he's really come to hate it.
???: C'mon, bring it!!
???: One shot!!
(sfx above boys) Silence
(sfx around Noya) Squeak squeak
Koushi: ...Ah, yeah. Nice receive!
Tanaka: That was just a normal rolling receive, wasn't it! Where the heck was the "thunder"!
Tobio: Why did you shout like that?
Kei: What was... that...
(above Yama) PFFFFT
Daichi: C'mon, now. Don't move around while shouting something strange. It's dangerous!
Noya: Kagayama, Tsukishima, Yamaguchi, get over here. I'm gonna give you a lecture, so crouch down! No wait, sit down! Get yourselves lower than my line of sight!!
Shou: Teach me that! Teach me rolling thunderrrrr!
(sfx) Doors opening
Takeda: That's enough for todaaay.
???: Gather up!
Takeda: You guys are gonna do that again this year, right?!
Takeda: The Golden Week training camp!!
Daichi: We still need a lot more practice, after all.
(Shou): Training camp...!!
Takeda: In that case...
Takeda: I've scheduled a practice match
Takeda: for the final day of Golden Week!!
Tanaka: H-how reliable, Take-chan!! What happened!
Koushi: Against who...?!
Takeda: The Tokyo veteran
Takeda: [Nekoma High School].
Shou: ? Tokyo? Nekoma?
Koushi: By Nekoma, you mean... the school that's always been our destined rival...?
Takeda: If I remember right, they're commonly called
Takeda: "The cats".
(Neko = cat, though the kanji in Nekoma is different)
Tanaka: Even we've only heard stories about them.
Tanaka: Like how the former coaches of both schools were old rivals, so in the past, they'd often go out of their way to challenge each other.
Koushi: I hear that the schools were evenly matched and got along well, so it was worth the trip to have good practice matches.
Koushi: Apparently when we had them, everyone in the neighborhood would come to see.
Koushi: A notorious match-up!
Koushi: "Cat vs. crow!" "The Battle of the Garbage Heap!"
Koushi: Stuff like that.
Kei: Was that really so notorious?
Koushi: Every so often, we'd talk about how we'd also like to try competing against them someday.
Daichi: But we haven't been in contact with them for a while, so why now?
Takeda: Yeah... I'll tell you the details later, but...
Takeda: When I heard about the existence of our well-matched rival Nekoma High School,
Takeda: I wanted to have a "destined rematch" no matter what.
Takeda: With Nekoma High School as our opponent...
Takeda: I'm sure that "he" will also be moved to action.
Boy: S...so there's that Take-chan from Genbun...
(Takeda): "I apologize for being so persistent... but...
(Takeda): I think you would understand the reason why if you watched those children in a match."
(Ukai): ...come to think of it,
(Ukai): training camp season is coming up...
Boy: I'll take this, plus 1 nikuman!
Daichi: We're finally going to have a practice match against them, so don't let it go to waste
Daichi: and give your all in both the match and training camp!!
Tanaka: Tokyo, huh...! Those damned city boys,
Tanaka: we'll completely pulverize'em...!
(left of Kei) Pfft
Kei: "City boys", he says.
(above Tanaka) Shut it, Tsukishimaa! Damn you! Oryaa!
Noya: I won't
Noya: be going to the practice match.
Daichi: ...because Azumane isn't coming back, huh.
Daichi: ...You're probably angry and think that he "ran away", but you're your own person...
Noya: ...Shouyou's a nice guy,
Noya: and the other 1st years are a bunch of weird guys, but they're interesting.
Noya: I think like this, the team will have a good atmosphere and get along pretty well.
Noya: I also... want to practice here.
Noya: If I... participate in a match too... and we win...
Noya: It would be like proof that we can win even without Asahi-san.
Noya: Even though we've played together until now,
Noya: Winning even without Asahi-san being there... I don't want
Noya: something like that.
Noya: S-sorry for saying something... so selfish...
Daichi: ...I understand.
Daichi: But come to the training camp.
Shou: Noya-san!! One more time! Do rolling thunder again!!
???: Good work.
???: You too~
Shou: ...If "Asahi-san" comes back,
Shou: Maybe Sugawara-san and Nishinoya-san would feel better about stuff.
Tobio: Don't care.
(Koushi): "I depended on him too much."
Shou: He said it's because Asahi-san is the sort who feels doubly responsible, but I get that sort of feeling from Sugawara-san, too.
Tobio: Each of them feels responsible.
Tobio: there's no way someone can win on their own.
Shou: Y...you're saying that?!
Shou: I remember your "declaration" very clearly!
Shou: [I think it'll be fine even if I have to]
Shou: [Do all of the receives, tosses and spikes myself.]
Tobio: !! Shut upp!!
Shou: [I think it'll be fine like that.]
(above Tobio) Soryaaaa!
(white sfx) Woosh
Shou: ...everyone on "this side" of the net might be allies, without exception,
Shou: but I don't want "this side" to have a
Shou: strained atmosphere.
Shou: What can we do, to get "Asahi-san"
Shou: to come back?
Box: Lunch break, the next day.
Students: Let's go buy snacks.
Students: What class've we got in the afternoon?
Girl: Wanna go to Sakanoshita?
Asahi: Why the interest in me, when I've never even practiced together with you?
Asahi: You won against Aobajousai with the current lineup, didn't you? And you didn't even have Nishinoya then.
Shou: If Asahi-san doesn't come back, then
Shou: the 2nd and 3rd years won't be happy at all!!
Shou: That's why.
Tobio: Your voice was too loud!
ASahi: You guys are interesting.
Asahi: But... I'm sorry.
Asahi: The image of hitting a ball that is knocked down by a tall blocker is still fresh in my mind...
Asahi: I still remember fearing that we would surely have a shutout and bringing about my own downfall...
(A shutout is a game where one team prevents the other from scoring)
Shou: ...You might think it's conceited to be told this by a 1st year sh...shortie, but...
Asahi: I won't think that at all. What is it?
Shou: understand what you mean.
(Shou): No matter how much I jump,
(Shou): In front of me is a human wall.
Shou: Because I'm short and don't have any technique, I would only get stopped by blockers, but
Shou: now I have this guy's toss, so I can evade even the tallest blockers!
Shou: The blockers are right in front of me, so when they disappear...
Shou: I can see everything on the "other side" of the net
Shou: stretching out below me.
(Asahi): Ah, that landscape.
(Asahi): I remember it, somewhat.
Shou: And then,
Shou: the ball hits my hand at the highest point,
Shou: and the "weight" of the ball in my hand is like... like... it's this awesome feeling.
Shou: I really love it!
Asahi: You should really get your thoughts together before talking.
(Asahi): I know what you mean there, too.
(Asahi): I know that feeling very well.
Shou: I'm jealous of you, Asahi-san.
Shou: As I am now, I don't have the height or power to break through blockers on my own,
Shou: but you have all of that.
Shou: You've probably been blocked a lot of times up to now, but
Shou: you've gotten even more spikes through, right?
Shou: That's why everyone
Shou: calls you an "ace".
(Shou): "I want to become an ace."
(sfx) School bell ringing
Tobio: ...time's up. We're going back, Hinata.
Tobio: Move it already, you moron! We'll be late!
Tobio: It's a given that you can't win on your own.
Tobio: That's why there are 6 people on the court.
Tobio: I came to understand that just recently as well,
Tobio: so I can't make any arrogant comments, though...
Tobio: ...excuse us.
Students: Let's head home together~
Students: Let's eat something on the way home~
(sfx) Squeak squeak
???: One more, one more!
(Asahi): That was fast. I can already hear the...
???: Shut up, I get it!
(Asahi): His jump, and
(Asahi): the perfect timing
(Asahi): of his toss.
(Shou): The ball in my hand is like, this awesome feeling.
(Tobio): That's why there are 6 people on the court.
(Noya): I'll take care of everything and get it through to you!!
(Noya): So please
(Noya): hit this spike with everything you've got!!
Shou: Alriiiight! We're gonna score with quick attacks against the cats, too!
(Asahi): "The cats"?
(Asahi): A match with
(left) Little by little, the crows are connecting with each other!!!