Akinori Konoha (Japanese: 木葉 (このは) 秋紀 (あきのり) Konoha Akinori) is a Pharmaceutical Company Employee in Tokyo and is an outside hitter for the Ehrgeiz Pharma Volleyball Club

Prior to that he was a third year wing spiker from Fukurōdani Academy.

Appearance

Konoha stands at 178.8 cm. making him the third shortest in his team. He has neat, medium-length dirty-blonde hair, with narrow eyes and an average build. His eyes are often depicted as nearly the same color as his hair in some art works.

Personality

Not much is known about Akinori, although, like the rest of the team, he knows when to cheer up Bokuto when he's in a bad mood. He appears to be competitive and into the sport. Konoha is shown taunting Kenma and Lev saying that they don't have a monopoly on working together, meaning that they don't know how to work together as a team, during the Fukurodani vs. Nekoma match. Komi, his teammate, states that without Konoha, the team can't function properly in Chapter 194.

Background

During his three years at Fukurodani, he was a wing spiker, but able to play all positions. 

Plot

Tokyo Expedition Arc

Konoha is introduced as a player of Fukurodani during the practice matches. He is shown with Komi and Sarukui to cheer Bokuto up after the skimmed win over Karasuno. During the barbeque, he and Komi attempted to approach Kiyoko. Before they could, they were scared off by Nishinoya, Tanaka, and Yamamoto acting as her protection squad.

Spring High Preliminary Arc

During the Nekoma match, Konoha was shown to be a stable player capable of covering different positions. He is seen receiving Kuroo's jump serve and being annoyed how he has gotten the serve game worthy. Shortly after, Konoha makes a near impossible save after Washio is able to get a one-touch on Lev's spike.

Konoha promptly taunts Lev and Kenma for not being able to work together as real teammates before he is called by his nickname "Jack of all Trades, Master of None" by one of the Fukurōdani student's and he is shown to heavily dislike the nickname. When Akaashi was targeted by Nekoma to make first touches, Konoha calls for Sarukui to give him the set. To the annoyance of Nekoma, Konoha does a rebound against the block. Konoha would then make a set to Sarukui after Akaashi was again forced to make the first receive.

According to Komi's, unwanted, narration, Konoha is noted to be of average play and power but is a valuable player to the Fukurōdani team who may not be able to function properly without him. When Bokuto becomes depressed when he is unable to hit any cross shots, Konoha is shown to be greatly annoyed by this but agrees to follow Akaashi's plan of helping the ace get back on track. He is able to make the receive close to the net which allowed Akaashi to trick Lev in order to get him out of the way to allow Bokuto to score. He later celebrates with his team when they won the game.

Nationals Arc

Fukurodani vs Eiwa

Late in the first set, Konoha is one of the players to first notice that Bokuto has fallen into one of his slumps. At hearing that Bokuto is upset that they are not playing in the main arena with a larger crowd watching, Konoha brushes off Bokuto's concern but feels certain that the ace will overcome the problem. When Akaashi is forced to make the first touch, Konoha is called upon to make the set to Sarukui. After Fukurōdani wins the game, Konoha tells Akaashi that he can at times ignore Bokuto when he gets into one of his mood's but does admit that he's glad the setter is able to find ways to bring Bokuto back to normal.

Fukurōdani Academy vs Morikawa High

Fukurōdani would go on to win the game when Bokuto scores the last point. When the ace notices that Karasuno was able to beat Inarizaki, Konoha shows surprise in Bokuto not noticing given how loud the audience on the B court was.

Fukurōdani Academy vs. Matsuyama Nishi Shōgyō High

Konoha makes a breif appearance during the game and is mostly seen interacting with the Nekoma and Karasuno players after the match.

Fukurōdani vs Mujinazaka High

Just before the match, Konoha questions Bokuto's thinking when the captain declares that he will become the top ace. During the match, Konoha is shown to be solid in his receives and spikes. At several points during the match, Konoha is seen making sets to Bokuto and to other players.

When Akaashi is removed from the game to calm his nerves, Bokuto assures everyone that Akaashi will be fine. Konoha silently admits that Bokuto is able to be persuasive but it is a rare occurrence[1]. After Sarukui is blocked but the ball is still going, Bokuto calls for Konoha to send him the set but Konoha decides against this and sends the set to Sarukui.

Final Arc

After high school, Konoha became an employee for a pharmaceutical company in Tokyo and is an outside hitter for the Ehrgeiz Pharma Volleyball Club[2]. He is with Sarukui and Komi at a bar watching the live program of Bokuto play with the MSBY Black Jackals. In a flashback of Fukurōdani having made it all the way to the finals of the Spring Tournament, Konoha blamed himself for the loss when he claims he made a poor set that accounted for the team's loss but Bokuto tried to tell him otherwise and tried to take the blame instead. Konoha would admit that Bokuto was a pain at times but was still grateful to be on the same team as him and would continue to cheer for him in the future.

Abilities

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

While there is not an abundance of his abilities shown, it is known that he is at least above decent on all positions, being good enough to have gained the nickname "Jack-Of-All-Trades" which he is shown to dislike.

One of his stand-out traits is that he is able to skillfully set the ball. When Akaashi came back into the game after he was benched during Fukurodani's match against Mujinazaka, he asked Konoha for "easy-to-set-passes", and he displayed this ability while they played numerous practice matches during the Tokyo Training Camp.

Jumping Reach: 322 cm

Relationships

  •  Haruki Komi & Yamato Sarukui: Konoha is often seen together with Komi and Sarukui, indicating that they have a good relationship. Komi likes to tease Konoha about his "Jack of all Trades, Master of None." nickname.
  • Kōtarō Bokuto: Konoha knows Bokuto well and, like the rest of his teammates, can tell when the latter is getting moody. During the Land vs. Sky OVA, Konoha is seen aggressively cheering up Bokuto.

Trivia

  • Current Concern: He's started to get the feeling that if you look at Bokuto's stupidity from a slightly different angle it's actually kinda genius and that pisses him off.
  • Favorite Food: Tatsuta age fried chicken
  • His star sign is Libra.
  • Konoha is shown wearing kneepads in the manga but not in the anime.
  • Nomenclature
    • Akinori (秋紀) - Autumn
      • 紀 - This can mean "age, order"
    • Konoha (木葉) - Tree Leaves; Wood Leaf

Quotes

“ Don't you quit now. You keep going, got it? And give it everything you've got! 'Cause I'll be cheering you on 110 percent of the way! 

- To Bokuto, Chapter 392

References

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