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Eikichi Chigaya (Japanese: 千鹿谷 (ちがや) 英吉 (えいきち) Chigaya Eikichi) was a first-year student at Shinzen High and a middle blocker on the school's boys' volleyball team.

As of 2018, he's a college student and plays as a middle blocker for VC Kanagawa, a V.League Division 1 volleyball team. 

Appearance

He has curly black hair with the slightest navy tint, cropped closely to his head. His eyes are dark blue and are quite big. Standing at 193 cm during his first year of high school, he is exceptionally tall for someone his age. 

Post-timeskip, his appearance has stayed mostly the same but he has grown his hair out more in a similar style to Ogano's.

Personality

Eikichi appears to be a friendly person. During the All-Japan Youth Camp, he was around Kageyama most and tried to be friendly and start conversations with the setter but found himself at a loss when Kageyama proved to be a challenge to speak to. He also went out of his way to take Kageyama to the train station after the training camp, so that he wouldn't get lost along the way.

Background

Plot 

Tokyo Expedition Arc

Eikichi first appeared at the Fukurōdani Academy Group training camp. During Shinzen's final practice match against Karasuno, he was appointed to try to block Hinata in an attempt to stop the freak quick attack but was only able to graze the ball since Hinata was too fast for him to keep up with[1]. Despite this, Eikichi was silently regarded as a threat by Hinata since he was able to keep up with the quick attack during the second half of the practice match despite never having seen it before.

Tokyo Nationals Arc

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Before the Spring High National Tournament, he has been invited to join the All-Japan Youth Training Camp. He tries to make friends with Kageyama since he is the only person he knew at the camp but found difficulty in this as Kageyama was not very talkative. As they have dinner, he reveals that Shinzen got to finals to represent Saitama but eventually lost in straight sets. Shortly after, Eikichi witnesses Kageyama's first encounter with Sakusa wherein Sakusa wanted to know why Shiratorizawa lost to Karasuno and was shocked when Kageyama expressed he felt that Sakusa did not live up to his reputation. After Sakusa left, Eikichi voices how everyone present at the youth camp is incredibly talented and specifically points out Kōrai Hoshiumi.

During a later day, Eikichi plays against Kageyama's team during practice, which includes Atsumu Miya. Eikichi would be close by Kageyama when Hoshiumi approached the first-year setter to question if he had ever seen him play before and then become upset that Kageyama didn't seem impressed with his skills. Eikichi would then watch as Atsumu approached Kageyama and called him a Goody-Two Shoes when he plays.

At the end of the camp, Eikichi offers to show Kageyama the way to the train station when the setter admits that he forgot where it was. 

Later on, Eikichi, Daiki Ogano and Masaki Gōra from Ubugawa High went to watch the Nekoma vs Karasuno match where he would claim to be a close friend of Kageyama's but is actually uncertain if Kageyama sees him as a friend[2].

Final Arc

Eikichi's final appearance is when he is watching the game between the Schweiden Adlers and the MSBY Black Jackals. He is a college senior and is playing for the V.League Division 1 team VC Kanagawa as a middle blocker[3].

Statistics

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

Despite not having many of his abilities shown, it is hinted that he is very skilled. During Shinzen's first practice match against Karasuno, he was able to get a finger on Kageyama and Hinata's quick attack[4].

Later on, he is seen attending the All-Japan Youth Training Camp[5].

Skills

Post-Timeskip Skills Parameter
Serve
 
7/10
Serve Reception
 
6/10
Dig
 
6/10
Setting
 
5/10
Spike
 
9/10
Block
 
9/10

Relationships

Tobio Kageyama

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Eikichi believes he and Kageyama are close friends due to attending the All-Japan Youth Training Camp together, having eaten meals together, and exchanging few conversations. He even brags to his teammate, Daiki Ogano, that he and Kageyama are best friends. However, when Ogano questions if Kageyama even knows his name, he is unsure, indicating that they are not as close as he claims[2].

Daiki Ogano

Eikichi seems to have a good relationship with Ogano. He brags to him about being friends with Kageyama, which Ogano does not entirely believe.

Quotes

Trivia

  • Favorite Food: Yakitarako Onigiri (rice balls stuffed with grilled cod roe)
  • Pre-timeskip Concern: "Our manager is really into sekihan and cooks it very often for me… but I don’t like sekihan."
    • Sekihan is sticky rice with azuki beans, traditionally prepared and served during celebrations.
  • Post-timeskip Concern: He is often taken out to drink, but he's weak at drinking beer.
  • He shares the same voice actor as Shōhei Fukunaga.
  • Like Ushijima, he's also left-handed[5]. In the anime, he can be seen using both his right and left hand to spike. It is unknown if this is an error or if he is ambidextrous. 
  • In the official English translation of chapter 391, he is said to be 21 years of age when in actuality he's supposed to be 22. 
  • Nomenclature
    • Eikichi (英吉) - Britain/Hero, Luck/Good fortune
    • Chigaya (千鹿谷) - Thousand, Deer, Valley
  • Chigaya is possibly named after Chigaya Shrine in Saitama Prefecture.

References

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