Issei Matsukawa (Japanese: 松川 (まつかわ) 一静 (いっせい) Matsukawa Issei) is a 3rd year student in Class 1 from Aoba Johsai High; he is one of the middle blockers. As of 2021, Matsukawa works at a funeral company in Miyagi. 


Matsukawa is shown to have messy black hair and thick eyebrows. His mouth is usually shown as having his upper lip more pronounced than most characters. He is the tallest of the third-year volleyball players of Seijō, and is a good height for volleyball.


Although he can seem intimidating because of his height and blocking ability, he is shown to be actually quite easy-going and good-natured, enjoying a good joke and poking fun at his friends. He is also shown to have an incredibly high game sense when it comes to narrowing Hinata's cross court shots to line shots during their first match against Karasuno.



Karasuno High Team Formation Arc

Matsukawa is first seen participating in the practice match between Aoba Johsai and Karasuno.

Interhigh Arc

Spring High Preliminary Arc

Matsukawa plays with Aoba Johsai against Karasuno. He joins Iwaizumi and Hanamaki is reassuring Oikawa that they have faith in him as their captain but also warns Oikawa that he will owe the third years and the rest of the team ramen with side dishes if he failed his first serve. Matsukawa's most notable play during the game is when he is able to use his block and presence to intimidate Hinata into shooting a straight spike in an attempt to control where Hinata's spikes should go[1]. After Aoba Johsai loses to Karasuno, he is shown being remorseful.

Tokyo National Arc

Matsukawa makes an appearance in the match between Karasuno and Inarizaki when Hinata admits that he despises Matsukawa's blocks more than any other he has faced so far. Matsukawa is then seen sneezing on a train[2].

Final Arc

Matsukawa's final appearance of the series is when he is watching the match between Japan and Argentina. He is currently working at a funeral home in Miyagi.


High School Statistics
Game Sense

He seems to be overall good at spiking, receiving, and blocking.

When blocking, it's been shown that he can pressure his opponents to force the path of a spike. This has caused his blocking style to be Hinata's most hated.

Jumping Reach: 331 cm


Tōru Oikawa

Like the other Aoba Johsai 3rd years, he tends to poke fun at Oikawa. However, he does have a deep respect for his captain.

Takahiro Hanamaki

The two seem to be close friends, even among the four tight-knit third years of Seijō. They often join in or enjoy spectating Oikawa's mocking antics towards Iwaizumi, or tease Oikawa as well. Though both are of few words, they appear to be close with the other members of their team.


  • Favorite Food: Cheese-filled hamburg steak.
  • Current Concern: He's been told that his school uniform doesn't suit him.
  • He shares his birthday with Yahaba ( March 1st )
  • It is stated in the Haikyuu Guidebook that he has one older sister and one younger brother.
  • In the manga he doesn't wear kneepads. However, in the anime he does.
  • It's unknown if he and Hanamaki do this on purpose or it's a mistake done by Furudate, but the two characters are occasionally shown wearing each other's uniform (Chapter 49's cover page for example).
  • Matsukawa's blocks are Hinata's least favorite[2].
  • He bears a close resemblance to Moniwa, former captain of Date Tech
  • Nomenclature
    • Issei (一静) - Quiet one
    • Matsukawa (松川) - Pine tree river



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