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Karasuno High Team Formation ArcEdit

Daichi attends Kitagawa Daiichi’s match against Yukigaoka with Sugawara and Tanaka to see how the “King of the Upper Court” plays[1]. Throughout the match, Daichi is impressed by Hinata’s high jumps and notes that if Yukigaoka had a proper setter, Hinata would become an incredible asset. On the other hand, Kageyama seems to not make good use of the players around him and appears to be playing the match completely on his own.

The first day of school, Daichi receives the first years’ registrations from Kiyoko and remarks with disappointment that there aren’t that many this year. As he looks over them, he suddenly stutters in shock as he recognizes one of them.

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Sugawara, Daichi, and Tanaka greet the first years.

Daichi, Sugawara, and Tanaka walk to the gym together for practice after school while talking about Kageyama and wondering why he’s at Karasuno. As he arrives, he sees the first year in the gym and greets him. Daichi thanks Kageyama for coming and then asks him about his height. As they talk, they neglect Hinata, who loudly calls for their attention. Surprised by his presence, Daichi quickly looks through the registrations and remarks that he’s surprised they both came to Karasuno.

Suddenly, Kageyama insults Hinata, which leads to a small argument. Daichi tries to tell them that since they’re teammates now, they should get along, but the two are too busy arguing to hear him. Their fight ends up catching the vice principal’s attention and Daichi tries to explain that they’re just passionate about volleyball. However, the two first years then challenge each other to a mini-match and Daichi has to yell at them. Despite that, they continue anyway and end up knocking the vice principal’s wig off his head and onto Daichi’s head.
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Daichi gets angry at the first years.

The vice principal gravely tells Daichi to go outside with him and thirty minutes later, Daichi returns to inform them that the vice principal won’t punish them. Before he can continue, Kageyama starts yelling at Hinata. Angry, Daichi cuts in and starts to explain Karasuno’s past and their current status as “Flightless Crows”. He wants to end that reputation and go to nationals again. Kageyama points out that there are a lot of other teams with the same goal and Daichi acknowledges that. However, he’s serious about his aim. He doesn’t need the two first years to be friends, but he needs them to be teammates so despite their talent and determination, he can’t have guys who fight on the team.
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Daichi explains his goals of going to nationals.

With that said, he slams the first years’ registrations into their faces and kicks them out of the gym. Sugawara asks Daichi if he’s sure and Daichi angrily affirms it, explaining that they can’t practice the way they are now.

Suddenly, Kageyama exclaims that he’ll work with Hinata and Daichi opens the door to see if he’s serious. Sheepishly, Kageyama replies that he’ll rather play by himself and Daichi responds that in a game like volleyball that focuses so much on teamwork, it’s impossible for Kageyama to be by himself.

3-on-3 First Years MatchEdit

Nearing the end of practice, Tanaka wonders if the two first years will try to challenge them to a match for their admission. Daichi replies that if the two do return, he wonders if Kageyama will use his true talent. Just then, the two first years outside call for Daichi.

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The first years challenge Daichi.

Tanaka opens the door to the first years still standing outside. They then challenge the upperclassmen to a match. Daichi goes to the door and asks them what they would do if they lose and Kageyama confidently replies that they’ll accept any punishment. Daichi accepts and turns the match into a 3-on-3 with the other first years. He easily persuades Tanaka to join Hinata and Kageyama’s team and proposes that if Kageyama loses, he won’t be allowed to play as a setter while the third years are still here.

Seeing Kageyama’s outrage, Daichi explains that the way Kageyama is right now won’t help them win. Kageyama yells that he’s a setter only and Daichi replies that as long as he wins, it should be okay. Resigned, Kageyama accepts it and the upperclassmen go back to practicing.

As they reenter the gym, Sugawara wonders why Daichi’s being so rough on the first years and the captain explains that Kageyama’s talented, but he needs to fix his self-centered personality if he’s going to play on the team. However, if Kageyama plays together with Hinata, they may be able to form an incredible combo.

On the day of the 3-on-3, Daichi joins the other first years’ team, much to Hinata’s dismay[2]. As the match begins, Tsukishima tries to provoke Hinata and Kageyama and an amused Daichi remarks that he has a bad personality.

The match starts and Daichi shocks Hinata and Kageyama with his superb receiving skills. Daichi calls to Kageyama and reminds him that as an upperclassman, he has been practicing his defensive abilities much longer.

A little while into the match, Tsukishima picks on Hinata and Kageyama again. Tanaka rushes to his teammates’ defense, but to his confusion, Daichi stops him.

When Hinata and Kageyama pull off their first quick strike[3], Daichi’s shocked when he realizes Hinata had his eyes closed. Tsukishima asks him to explain and Daichi says that Hinata had hit the ball while trusting Kageyama completely. He notes that it’s hard to understand how Hinata can trust someone like that, especially his rival.

In the end, Daichi’s team loses. Tanaka approaches him and Sugawara and asks incredulously if they’d known Hinata and Kageyama would team up like that. Daichi admits that he thought Hinata would be able to match Kageyama, but the two exceeded his expectations completely and ended up creating an amazing combo.

He then goes to Tsukishima and asks him how he felt about the match. Tsukishima responds that he doesn’t particularly cares and knew he would lose to Kageyama. Daichi points out that Tsukishima still got pretty serious during the match.

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The upperclassmen welcome the first years into the club.

At that moment, Hinata and Kageyama run over to Daichi and hand in their registrations. Daichi accepts them and asks Kiyoko if the jackets came in. She brings over the boxes with the jackets and after the first years put them on, the upperclassmen officially welcome them into the club.

As the first years are celebrating with Tanaka, Daichi sighs and remarks to Sugawara and Kiyoko that things are finally settled for now. He watches the underclassmen with Tanaka and says to Sugawara that he and Tanaka really helped and Sugawara begins panicking, afraid that Daichi discovered the secret practices.

Aobajōsai Practice MatchEdit

After practice, the team heads down to Sakanoshita Shop. Along the way, Kageyama brings up the practice match against Aobajōsai and apologizes to Sugawara. When Sugawara replies that he’ll be happy to see Kageyama defeat his former teammates, Daichi adds that they would dominate as a team[4].

He later discusses the lineup with the team after asking Kageyama about his feelings towards a set with Hinata. Though the team is reluctant about Hinata’s success with his attacks, Daichi confidently insists that they will still try.

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Hinata is much more nervous than Daichi anticipated.

However, Hinata proves to be more nervous than Daichi anticipated. The match starts off poorly as Hinata makes all sorts of mistakes, culminating in him serving into the back of Kageyama’s head. However, Tanaka and Kageyama resolve the issues, surprising Daichi who remarks that it’s a relief to have them here.

Karasuno wins the first set and Sugawara remarks that he’s glad Aobajōsai doesn’t have a server like Kageyama. Daichi agrees, noting that their defense isn’t good enough. Just as they say this, the official setter for Aobajōsai arrives.

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Daichi receives Oikawa's serve.

Oikawa proves to be a much stronger server than Kageyama and aims for Tsukishima, taking him off-guard. Daichi quickly steps in, expanding his sphere of defense, but there are still holes. The ball gets past him, but it’s saved and sent to the first year duo, who scores and wins the match.

Despite the victory, Daichi is uneasy and remarks that Kageyama and Hinata are strong, but overall, the team is still lacking. Oikawa suddenly appears and agrees with Daichi, pointing out Karasuno’s shortcomings. He leaves after a comment on Karasuno’s preparation for the upcoming Interhigh. Kageyama apologizes for Oikawa, but Daichi seems unfaltered. He agrees that there’s not a lot of time left for them, but a crucial member of their team is returning[5].

Asahi and Nishinoya’s ReturnEdit

After the team returns to the school, Daichi heads home with the others. As they’re discussing their role, Daichi states that they are lacking a lot in terms of positions and coaching. Sugawara adds that Karasuno isn’t a powerhouse, but they’re not weak by any means. If they could reunite their members and combine the first years’ prowess, they could go to Nationals.

The next day, Daichi arrives at the gym to see Nishinoya, who’s returned to the club. The team catches up for a little bit until Nishinoya asks about Asahi. When he realizes that Asahi’s still missing, he storms out, leaving the third years with troubled expressions.

After Hinata brings Nishinoya back to practice, Daichi explains to Takeda that if Nishinoya comes back, it’ll be really encouraging because of his large presence. Suga later remarks that they have the strongest team because of the first year combo and Daichi hopes that it’ll be a change for the better. Suga then scolds him for his weak-spirited comment.

Later on, during practice, Takeda asks if Karasuno is still doing the Golden Week Training Camp and Daichi affirms, stating that they need a lot more practice[6]. He’s surprised when Takeda announces that they will have a practice match against Nekoma at the end. Daichi then ends practice with a short motivational speech.

He’s approached by Nishinoya, who tells him that he won’t be participating. Daichi asks if it’s because of Asahi and Nishinoya apologizes for being selfish, but Daichi reassures him that he understands, but tells him to come to the training camp anyway.

The next day, Daichi heads to practice and sees Asahi standing outside the gym. Knowing why he’s there, Daichi simply states that they have a practice match set up. When Asahi’s scared by it, Daichi yells at him and stops him from running away. He asks if Asahi’s heard that Nekoma’s coming. He remarks that from their perspective, it’s like hearing a folklore, but this match will be something like a revival for them.

Asahi sadly replies that he can’t face Sugawara or Nishinoya. Daichi teases Asahi, calling him wimpy for someone with that build. However, he reassures Asahi that the others would accept him back. It doesn’t matter what Asahi’s done so far; as long as he still likes volleyball, then it’s enough of a reason for him to return.

On the day of the practice match against the Neighborhood Association, Ukai notices that Nishinoya isn’t playing and starts interrogating him. Daichi quickly steps in and tries to reason with Ukai, but Nishinoya is forced into the game anyway.

Sugawara plays on the opposite team and impresses the underclassmen with his sets. Daichi eagerly brags about Sugawara’s skills. He’s later seen looking on proudly as Asahi finally recovers and can openly call for a toss again[7].

As the second set starts, Tanaka happily calls Daichi over to look at Asahi after his powerful spike. Daichi remarks that with Asahi’s revival, it’s going to be harder for them, but he seems pleased by it.

At the end of the match, Daichi tells Sugawara that he’s made a comeback too. Sugawara teasingly apologizes for being hesitant and timid all the time and Daichi replies that he’s never said those things[8]. He then welcomes Nishinoya back before turning his attention to Asahi, calling him a greenhorn wing spiker who’s only an ace in name.

Nekoma Practice MatchEdit

At the end of the training camp, Nekoma and Karasuno finally meet[9]. Daichi and Kuroo shake hands with friendly smiles, but Daichi notices that Kuroo’s the cunning type. He goes back to his team and gives them a motivating speech. Daichi acknowledges that their team had just been assembled so they’re mismatched around the edges and they may run into a wall, but when that happens, it’ll be their chance to surpass it.
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Karasuno meets Nekoma.

Once Hinata starts getting blocked by Inuoka, he apologizes to the team for his mistakes. Daichi reassures him to try out his new techniques since they’ll be right behind him, defending his back[10]. True to his word, Daichi recovers the next spike that Hinata misses, allowing Karasuno another chance to attack. He keeps an eye on Hinata, making sure to reassure him to not strain himself and lose sight of the bigger picture.

Karasuno loses the match, but gains new friendships with Nekoma. Daichi bonds with Kai by complaining about Asahi[11]. At the end, he shakes hands with Kuroo with friendly smiles again, but this time, they’re competing to see who can crush the other’s hands.

Interhigh ArcEdit

Tokyo Expedition ArcEdit

Spring High Preliminary ArcEdit

In the match against Wakutani South[12], he collided with Tanaka in an effort to receive the ball, leading to injuries to his face and lost a molar tooth even when he did not appear to be concussed. He had to be taken out of the game. Ennoshita was substituted for him.

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