Hinata Shōyo is a package full of surprises. He is small. He is clumsy. He is fun-loving. He is competitive. He is hard-working. He is understanding. He is funny. He is what we expect him to be. Withstanding every quality of his to be visually true, he is a volleyball player. His height is 5 ft 3 in, which is just above the ideal height for volleyball players. Despite his shortcomings, he can ‘jump.’ While he has lots of stamina and is quick to adapt, one thing he never really got right was receiving. But he finally accomplishes that. Moreover, by the end of the manga, he is one of the best receivers for MSBY Black Jackal. So, in which episode does Hinata receive the ball in Haikyuu?
Did you know that the name Haikyuu!! is derived from a kanji word, which is dubious for volleyball, and it means ‘ball throw?’ The most common name for volleyball in Japanese is barēbōru. The Haikyuu!! Japanese manga series, written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate, has become popular amongst sports-loving anime fans. Its popularity has reached beyond the targeted audience. Haikyuu!! is a shōnen manga series, which began as a one-shot in JUMP NEXT! Magazine on January 8, 2011. The series’ second season came out on Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine on April 25, 2011. Haruichi’s Haikyuu!! was adapted into an anime by Production I.G.
The Haikyuu!! anime series is of the sports genre. For anime fans who want to have their best experience with sports series, Haikyuu!! would be one of the best series to consider.
Hinata Shōyo is the main protagonist of the series. His idol ‘Little Giant’ has been his inspiration for all his middle school years. Watching a player whose height is the same as Hinata and seeing him excel at his role, Hinata sets out to accomplish his own set of targets as well. He says, ‘I may be small, but I can jump.’ After passing out from his middle school, Hinata enters Karasuno High School, where he teams up wuth his rival, Kageyama Tobio.
Hinata, except for jumping around and his good reflexes, didn’t have much to offer to his volleyball team. With intense training and observing, Hinata now stands as the strongest decoy and the only one from his team to be able to spike Kageyama’s crazy sets. Once you start watching the series, you will get hooked because of its ‘what-will-happen-next’ plot.
Every time Hinata tries his best, fans feel proud. Hinata is good at jumps, then at spiking without even looking in the other court, trusting his teammates, running around, and even making compliments. However, he is bad at receiving. There were moments when he tried his best to receive the ball, but they didn’t get through. There were also instances where Hinata had some ‘fluke-receive’ moments, and he was teased for not being able to receive properly. Gradually, even fans got eager to see Hinata receive the ball in any one of the matches.
In Which Episode Does Hinata Receive the ball?
Hinata finally receives the ball in the 24th episode in the second part of the fourth season of Haikyuu!! series. As Atsumu and Osamu trick the Tsukishima, Karasuno was left unprotected from an Ojiro Aran spike. But through his mindful observation, Hinata picks up the ball.
Later, there was another receive when Karasuno vs Inarizaki match was in play. As the match intensifies with every player on the verge, Hinata Shōyo shows incredible skills and his receive. Even Kageyama was caught up in the moment.
‘Speed is a curse,’ even Coach Ukai could tell how much the team was strangling themselves. Each member wanted to speed it up so they could finish things faster. Every one of them wanted to be faster than the other team. Karasuno team was about to break down. However, when Hinata received the ball, it had let his teammates come to reality, and they could finally see how much Hinata has changed ever since he went to his first year’s training camp.
The moment Hinata touched the ball and lifted it, even fans could grasp the situation, as everything seemed to move too fast. In the end, they won the game.
In this episode, episode 24, “Monster’s Ball,” Hinata has shown his incredible skills of receiving. He has changed for the better. His receive will eventually come out as a surprise in the coming seasons. Just so you know, the manga has already been concluded, so hope for the best.
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