Hisashi Kinoshita (Japanese: 木下 (きのした) 久志 (ひさし) Kinoshita Hisashi) was previously a second year at Karasuno High, playing as one of the boys' volleyball team's substitute wing spikers. As of 2018, he is working for a train company.

Appearance

Kinoshita has short, spiky light brown hair and large narrowed eyes. He is average in height and is the shortest second year apart from Nishinoya.

Personality

He's very anxious when it comes to his own abilities and constantly worries about whether he’s good or not. Even though he isn’t a regular, he is very supportive of his team. He's also been noted to have an "uncanny knack of putting points on the board" by Ukai. He's always seen cheering Karasuno on. It seems he's not afraid to make sly remarks about his teammates such as telling Tanaka, "Don't take off your shirt, baldy!"[1]. He also very casually insulted Tanaka when he was showing off after having won the first set of the match between the first years with Hinata and Kageyama.

Background

In his first year, he joined Karasuno boys' volleyball team, which had been more of a recreational club than a team at that time. However, Coach Ukai returned from retirement shortly after and restarted training. Unable to keep up with it, Kinoshita left the volleyball team, along with Ennoshita and Narita, for a while.[2] By the time they realized how much volleyball meant to them and decided to return, Coach Ukai was already gone again. Regretting their decision, they started to call themselves the "Ungrateful Second Years".

Plot

Karasuno High Team Formation Arc

Though briefly seen during practice, Kinoshita makes his full debut in the 3-on-3 match in the anime.[3] During the game, he acts as the scorekeeper. Every so often, he comments on the abilities of the first years and also teases Tanaka. In the manga, he doesn’t debut until the Aoba Johsai match.

Aoba Johsai Practice Match

Kinoshita is seen in the background as Daichi explains the roster for the practice match.[4] Kinoshita doesn’t play in this match, but cheers on his teammates on the sides.

Nekoma Practice Match

During the training camp, Hinata and Kageyama approach the second years after hearing Ennoshita’s comment about how he ran away.[2] Shamefully, Ennoshita, Narita, and Kinoshita reveal their past and how they quit the team for a while after the original Ukai returned; explaining that they were part of the club for fun and had a kind captain but then it became all about winning when Ukai began coaching and they and several others were unable to keep up with the training.

Kinoshita doesn’t play during the match, but instead appears to be one of the ref's during the game.

Interhigh Arc

Kinoshita is the main pillar of Karasuno's cheering squad.

Tokyo Expedition Arc

Narita, Kinoshita, and Ennoshita help Nishinoya and Tanaka study for the exams at Tanaka’s house.[5] When Saeko , first appears Kinoshita remarks that she’s a really cool person.

He, along with the rest of the team, takes part in the training camp with Nekoma High, Ubugawa High, Shinzen High, and Fukurōdani Academy. He's part of Team B in Karasuno's practices.[6]

Spring High Preliminary Arc

Kinoshita doesn’t play in any of the matches but supports his teammates on the side.

Tokyo Nationals Arc

Kinoshita trains with the whole team and focuses on honing his serves before the Nationals. Throughout the practices, he is shown being able to make several jump float serves that even Nishinoya is not able to receive. During the practice match against Date Tech, he is sent in as the pinch server instead of Yamaguchi. Though he is noted to be a bundle of nerves by Ukai, Kinoshita is able to score a service ace when Date Tech's receivers are unable to pick up his serve. His second serve lands out and he is taken off the court with the warning not to try to hide again when Ukai decides to send him into a game or else he will be forced to sit next to the coach anytime they have to go anywhere. After the practice match, he continues to practice with Nishinoya and his serves continue to frustrate the talented libero as he is not able to receive any of them properly. He eventually takes part in the matches in the Nationals as a pinch server together with Yamaguchi.

Karasuno vs Tsubakihara

Kinoshita's first time playing in a match is when Karasuno is facing Tsubakihara Academy in the first round of the Spring Tournament. Despite encouragement from his team, Kinoshita's serve lands out but Ukai sees that the second year is letting determination and ambition build inside him. After the match, Kinoshita and Narita pretended not to eavesdrop when they saw Tanaka talking with Kanoka but their cover was blown by Ennoshita telling Tanaka that he finally had a chance to have a girlfriend.

Karasuno vs Inarizaki

Kinoshita is sent in to serve during the game against Inarizaki after Ukai helps him remember that they are playing against regular high school students. When he is off the court again, he reveals great confidence in the first years and he prepares himself for his next chance to go back on the court by mentally visualizing making multiple services aces in a row. During the third set, Kinoshita is sent in once more. Despite his best efforts, his serve is cut off and he is taken out of the game. Throughout the match, Kinoshita noticed Nishinoya's frustration of not being able to receive several of Atsumu's jump float serves and Tanaka's struggle to make his cross shot work. When Tanaka was eventually able to perform the cross shot and win the first set for Karasuno, Kinoshita laughs happily along with Ennoshita and Narita. Shortly after Nishinoya reveals how fearful he was as a child and is finally able to receive Atsumu's float serve, Kinoshita and Nishinoya shows signs of celebration and appreciation to each other. When Hinata was able to receive Aran's spike in the third set, Kinsohita is shown being surprised at the action. When Karasuno win's the match, Kinoshita joins the others in rushing onto the court to celebrate.

Karasuno vs Nekoma

Karasuno vs Kamomedai

Near the end of the first set, Kinoshita is subbed into the game when Tsukishima is up to serve. Though his serve was successful in being received awkwardly, Kamomedai is still able to counter.

Final Arc

In the Final Arc, Kinoshita attends the game between the Schweiden Adlers and the MSBY Black Jackals along with Narita. After high school, he became an employee for a train company.

Statistics

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

He is a good overall player, whose main strength lies in his ability to accurately aim for specific spots on the court with his serves. He has experience in the jump float serve and is one of Karasuno's pinch servers, along with Yamaguchi.

As of mid-November:

  • Fingertip Height: 223 cm
  • Jumping Reach: 297 cm (spike) / 280 cm (block)

Relationships

Kazuhito Narita and Chikara Ennoshita

They are good friends with one another and are often together during practice or matches. They have also been seen together outside of team events.

Yū Nishinoya

It is shown during Nationals that Kinoshita and Nishinoya also have a good relationship. He was willing to use his time to help Nishinoya out with his upper-hand receives. He's also often seen to cheer on for Nishinoya whenever he seems anxious or troubled. This was most evident during Karasuno's match against Inarizaki.

Karasuno High

Kinoshita has a good relationship with his teammates and are very supportive of them during matches. He is good friends with Tanaka and Nishinoya and helped them study for the exams, though he doesn't hold the same power over them as Ennoshita.

Trivia

  • Favorite Food: Pickled ginger .
  • Kinoshita wears white gym shoes with black accents.
  • In the anime, his jersey number is switched from 7 to 8 during the Interhigh Preliminaries matches against Date Tech and Aoba Johsai. In the second season, his jersey number is switched back to 7. It is not known whether this was an animation error or was done on purpose.
  • He owns a VHS.
  • The first time he's shown playing in a match is in Season 2, Episode 1. However, Furudate did mention that he was unsure about Kinoshita’s stance towards “club activities”[7].
  • In Haikyuu's first popularity poll, Kinoshita ranked 31st with 367 votes.[8] In the second, he dropped to 41st with 497 votes.[9]
  • When asked about Kinoshita's name, Furudate said that it may have come from his grandfather or grandmother[10].
  • His star sign is Aquarius.
  • Nomenclature
    • Kinoshita (木下) - Under the Tree
    • Hisashi (久志) - Always

Quotes

  • "No way, I'll pass." (To the second years regarding the next captain of Karasuno, Volume 14 Chapter 119)
  • "That's a given, if we're going to the nationals!!" (To Karasuno, Volume 17 Chapter 149)
  • "...I thought at the very least, I'd be able to... make some kind of dramatic play when my number was called. I thought I would be able to have my heroic moment too, if only just for a flashing moment. Turns out I was... completely naive about everything." (To himself, Volume 31 Chapter 277)
  • "Our opponents aren't university students, nor working adults, nor are they some aliens… but i know… they also aren’t… your run of the mill high schoolers either. They’ve worked harder and accumulated much more experience than i have. Not all chances are created equal. But still, they exist!” (To himself, Volume 29 Chapter 257)

References

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