Ittetsu Takeda (Japanese: 武田 一鉄 (たけだ いってつ) Takeda Ittetsu) is the faculty advisor and head coach of the Karasuno High's volleyball club, though the practical coaching is performed by Keishin Ukai.


Appearance

Takeda has messy black hair and brown eyes along with glasses. He's often seen wearing a green track jacket over a white shirt with a black tie. In the manga, his tie is switched out for a spotted one. He is around the same height as Hinata, making him look younger than he actually is.

Personality

Takeda is persistent, a trait that's helped him secure practice matches and a coach for the team. He has an optimistic attitude and is rather modest and clumsy. He is polite and respectful of others, as shown by his constant bowing to others to show gratitude and to ask for practice matches or things of that sort. Takeda is generally cheerful but can get very intimidating once he's angered.

Despite his modesty, Takeda has demonstrated on multiple occasions that he can be firm with his students and takes his job as a teacher and club advisor seriously. He also frequently delivers uplifting speeches and pep-talks while employing a wide range of analogies and imagery in order to inspire the team; however, he occasionally becomes self-conscious and worried that the concepts behind his speeches might be too confusing for the team to understand (a notion that Daichi quickly dismisses).

He has very little personal experience with volleyball, despite being assigned as the Volleyball Club's advisor. He is keenly aware of his limitations and strives to work hard however he can for the sake of the students on the team. His persistence eventually pays dividends when he successfully recruits Keishin Ukai as Karasuno's new coach and subsequently arranges a practice match with Karasuno's previous rival Nekoma High School.

Background

Takeda teaches contemporary Japanese literature at Karasuno High. He is the faculty advisor for the boys' volleyball club and subbed as a coach for the original Coach Ukai. Although he has little experience in volleyball, he is responsible for motivating the team and arranging practice matches with other schools.

Plot

Karasuno High Team Formation Arc

Takeda is initially introduced as the club's passionate advisor with little to no experience in volleyball[1]. He appears after the 3-on-3 first years' match and meets the “problematic first years”. He reveals that through constant begging, he has managed to arrange a practice match between Karasuno and Aobajohsai.

Aobajohsai Practice Match

During the match[2], Takeda’s impressed by Hinata and Kageyama’s quick strike. He explains to the members at the end of the match that he could see something incredible happening with this team. When the problematic first years joined, Daichi remarked that they could change the team and Takeda didn’t know what he meant until he saw them play. He now knows that the two of them together will cause a chemical reaction that will continuously strengthen the team. Though the team is motivated by his words, Takeda acknowledges that he isn’t enough for the team. As they leave Aobajohsai, he resolves to find Karasuno a coach.

Asahi and Nishinoya’s Return

Sometime after discovering that the previous Coach Ukai has a grandson, Keishin, Takeda reaches out to him to coach the volleyball team since his name would bring more attention and allow more opportunities for practice matches. Keishin initially outright rejects Takeda, stating that while his grandfather was a good coach, he isn’t the same; however, he later reveals that his reluctance mostly stems from a sense of nostalgia for his high school days on the volleyball team. Takeda accepts his reasons but still persuades him using the upcoming practice match with Nekoma High as leverage. Ukai agrees to participate as a temporary coach[3].

Nekoma Practice Match

Having managed to get a practice match with Nekoma High, Takeda is visibly excited about the match and hoping to revive their ties with Nekoma and Coach Nekomata. When Hinata and Kageyama perform their quick attack right away, Takeda and Ukai are shown with smug expressions.

Because this was the first practice match that he had witnessed Nishinoya play in, Takeda was unfamiliar with how often the libero would rotate on and off the court but Sugawara helps him understand how Nishinoya's position would switch with the middle blockers. He would also come to learn what a delayed spike is when Kuroo did it in the second set.

When Nekoma starts pulling ahead in the game, Takeda starts becoming fearful that Karasuno would lose the match. Despite having lost all of the matches, Takeda is still happy with how things turned out and is praised by Nekomata for being so dedicated and is urged to continue trying to push forward. Although Ukai agreed to continue being the team coach after being teased by Nekomata, Takeda is still thrilled and thanks Ukai.

Interhigh Arc

Following Karasuno's defeat at the hands of Aobajohsai during the Interhigh prelims, Takeda went out of his way to encourage a distraught Hinata and Kageyama, stating that defeat was like a trial to be overcome, and that remaining on their knees would be a sign of weakness; he smiles warmly at them after they both stand back up. He later met with the third years to discuss their futures and advised them to consider the choice of continuing their participation with the volleyball club carefully, such that they would not come to regret their decision in the coming years.

Tokyo Expedition Arc

Not long afterwards, Takeda excitedly informs the team that he managed to secure an invitation to a volleyball training camp not only with Nekoma, but three other top-tier schools from Tokyo (including Shinzen, Ubagawa, and Fukurodani). This arrangement would ultimately lead to Karasuno's explosive growth and evolution as a team, but this growth would not come without a significant degree of struggling and frustration by the team. Noticing this frustration, Takeda encourages the team to embrace their weakness as a potential for growth and states that nothing could be more exciting. Near the end of the successful training camp, Takeda and Nekoma's coach Nekomata Yasufumi conversed briefly about their desire to not only nurture their students' growth but to see them enjoy and play volleyball without any regrets.

Spring High Preliminary Arc

Karasuno vs Ohjiminami

Karasuno was able to win the match without needing much help from Ukai and Takeda.

Karasuno vs Kakugawa

Like many of the players, Takeda was overwhelmed at seeing Hyakuzawa towering over majority of the people around him. However, Takeda would also see Hyakuzawa's inexperience as a player, especially when Karasuno figured out ways to counter. At one point when Hyakuzawa is in the back row, Takeda stated how he felt more at ease but Ukai would warn him not to let his guard down. At that very moment, Hinata was seen taking the full force of Hyakuzawa's spike and Takeda panicked from the sight of it[4]. When Hinata was able to score the last point for Karasuno to win the match, Takeda happily celebrates.

Karasuno vs Johzenji

He's mostly seen commenting on Johzenji's weird and unorthodox playstyle.

Karasuno vs Wakutani South

While Keishin was taking Daichi to the imfirmmary, Takeda overlooked the match in his absence. When Karasuno reached 23 points, he subbed in Yamaguchi as pinch server. He is seen looking relieved after Karasuno's victory.

Karasuno vs Aobajohsai

Karasuno vs Shiratorizawa

Tokyo Nationals Arc

Preparations for Nationals

As the volleyball team is having their measurements taken for the Nationals tournament pamphlet, Takeda receives a phone call that Kageyama has been invited to the All-Japan Youth Camp. He announces this to Kageyama and the rest of the team but also tells the setter that participation is not mandatory since the camp would take place shortly before the tournament. After Kageyama gives his approval to attend the camp, Takeda also informs the team that Tsukishima was invited to a first year training camp at Shiratorizawa Academy. When Kageyama would eventually departed for the youth camp, Takeda wrote instructions on how the setter could find the Ajinomoto National Training Center but Kageyama would later show to still struggle with finding the training center.

When it's revealed that Hinata infiltrated the training camp at Shiratorizawa, Takeda proved to be the one Hinata would be most fearful at getting a scolding from due to the teacher's calm but fearful presence. It would be through a minor scolding over the phone that Takeda would hear from Washijō that he was fine with having Hinata stay at the camp so long as he carried out the role as a ball boy. Shortly after this, Takeda would question Ukai about his grandfather, Ikkei Ukai, possibly appearing at the school only to learn that Ikkei had recently been hospitalized for his health but was making a steady recovery.

The next day, although he does reprimand Hinata for causing such a commotion and is understanding of Hinata's desire to get stronger, Takeda still tells him that he must learn to take things one step at a time in order to reach the goals he wants. Throughout the week that most of the first years are away from Karasuno, Takeda continued to help with practices and arranging games with other schools. Although Takeda had originally planned a practice match against Niiyama Tech, he learned that the players caught the flu and were unable to play. However, he was able to arrange a match against Date Tech instead[5].

Date Tech Practice Match

At seeing Asahi get blocked at his first spike, Takeda is overwhelmed at the sight of Date Tech's improved blocking. AS he and Ukai discuss the difference between bunch shift and spread shift, Takeda questions if the spread shift would be more effective but comes to understand that the bunch shift would give talented blockers the time and position to put up multiple walls against opposing spikers.

Takeda later is surprised when he hears Kageyama shout at Nishinoya for 'being in the way'. He would relax a bit when Kageyama explained that Nishinoya unintentionally blocked the path of the back row attacker and Nishinoya accept his mistake without further confrontation. He would be further surprised when Kageyama snapped at Asahi for not being able to score off his sets; stating that Kageyama has never spoken to a third year in this manner[6]. Takeda would be at ease once everything was explained and Hinata was one person who did not seem afraid to call Kageyama out on certain things.

When Ukai has Hinata begin to blend in with the others during attacks, Takeda sees that this will ultimately help Karasuno since Hinata is a player that can attack from anywhere at any time and may cause blockers take longer to try to figure out what attack and tempo he will use. For the rest of the match, Takeda mostly just observes. He and Ukai thank Oiwake for the game and then return to Karasuno.

Karasuno vs Tsubakihara

As the team is preparing for their first match of the tournament, Takeda has a minor flashback of when Ukai had mentioned that the players may possibly struggle with being in a new stadium since they were more familiar with the Sendai City Gymnasium and are not use to being in a larger stadium and all of the elements that come with it. After Karasuno lost the first two points of the first set and Kageyama missed giving a proper set to Hinata, Takeda started to see that it was most likely that Kageyama would be the most affected of being in a new area.

After Yamaguchi was able to help revive the team, Takeda appeared more relieved but was still concerned about the point gap between Tsubakihara and Karasuno. Once Kageyama is back on track, Takeda asks Ukai if it's wise to allow Tsubakihara to see Hinata and Kageyama's minus-tempo quick attack. Ukai answers that it's good to allow their opponent to see all of the weapons in their arsenal as it would give Karasuno several advantages. Takeda also begins to think that Kageyama and his amazing abilities are capturing the attention of the world. Like Daichi, Takeda noticed that Hinata was starting to read his opponents forms which had allowed him to be in place to make receives. When Karasuno won, Takeda would later congratulate the team for their success.

Karasuno vs Inarizaki

Knowing the team would be nervous about facing one of the teams said to be one of the favorites to win the Spring Tournament, Takeda reminds them that they had proved otherwise when no one had believed they would defeat Shiratorizawa and encourages them to surprise everyone again. Takeda is able to stay positive throughout most of the first set until the Miya twins are able to effortlessly copy Kageyama and Hinata's quick attack. Ukai sees his nerves at the twins having copied the attack and tries to help him relax by stating that the attack was a minus-tempo spike and that Hinata and Kageyama are able to perform their own quick at any time and point they wish which makes it the more deadly version.

Takeda later expresses relief and surprise when Hinata was able to block Osamu Miya with a commit block. In the second set, Takeda would witness Aran make numerous spiking attempts until he is eventually able to get past Kageyama to score. He questions if they should call a time-out but Ukai decides against it when he claims that the team is aware of what they could and couldn't do during the play. In the second set during one of the time-outs, Takeda would notice how Nishinoya has become uncharacteristically quiet. It wouldn't be until a later time-out that he would understand Nishinoya's sudden change in behavior was due to Nishinoya admitting his fear of Atsumu's serves. At the end the match, Takeda happily celebrates Karasuno's victory.

Karasuno vs Nekoma

Takeda is introduced as the head coach for the Karasuno team but would leave the practical coaching to Ukai since he himself did not have much experience in coaching[7]. He has an eager expression when the team is having their pre-game pep talk.

Karasuno vs Kamomedai

Not long before the match is about to start, Takeda asks Ukai about them and he tells him that Kamomedai isn’t a famous powerhouse but that they have gotten good fast recently due to some of their notable players as well as their coach. Takeda says that even though Kamomedai had an impressing roster, Karasuno was still able to defeat the tournament favorite Inarizaki, which Ukai says that he’s aware of. Soon after, Takeda talks to the team about how Kamomedai, a team proficient at blocking, would have Karasuno considered as their nemesis, a team that has overcome numerous similar battles. During the game, Takeda has a happy look on his face and when Ukai asks him why he was looking too cheery, he explains that it’s because he was proud of Ukai’s growth as a coach and mentor, and Ukai responds with his shock since he’d never expect to get a compliment from a school teacher.

Into the third game, Hinata turns out to have a fever. Out of concern for his health, Kageyama and Takeda ask him to step out despite being angry at themselves for not noticing earlier. When Hinata still says that he can keep playing, Takeda strictly tells him that he needs to step out and Hinata calms down. Takeda then tells him to engrave this in his memory so that it never happens ever again. After their loss, Takeda shakes Murphy’s hand. This is followed by Sugawara tearfully mourning to Kageyama, and Daichi turns to Takeda and thanks him for all the great advice he’s given them over the past year.

Final Arc

Takeda has become Karasuno’s head coach and comes to watch the game between the MSBY Black Jackals and the Schweiden Adlers with his team, which makes him cry. During the game, Atsumu and Hinata pull a quick set together, and Takeda notices that it is the same as the twin’s freak as well as Hinata and Kageyama’s quick set back in high school. However, Ukai says that it’s even faster. When Takeda asks him how that is even possible, Ukai speculates that it’s because Hinata grew to be able to jump higher.

During the start of the second set, Takeda asks Ukai why Kageyama doesn’t pull a quick attack with Hoshiumi, which he answers that they could if they wanted to but unlike Hinata, Hoshiumi relies more on a longer amount of time in the air rather than speed. When Hinata beautifully bumps Ushijima's spike, Takeda thinks back at the moment he told Hinata to take care of his health so that he never gets sick in such dire situations ever again.

Statistics

High School Statistics
Power
 
1/5
Jumping
 
1/5
Stamina
 
2/5
Game Sense
 
4/5
Technique
 
1/5
Speed
 
1/5

He doesn't appear to have any athletic ability. He does, however, count his persistence in asking for favors as a skill and has an incredibly fast bowing speed.

Relationships

Keishin Ukai

Ukai initially expresses a mix of annoyance and admiration at Takeda's incessant pestering for him to become

Ukai and Takeda s4-e9-1.png

Karasuno's coach. He is eventually convinced when Takeda reveals an upcoming practice match against Karasuno's long-time rival Nekoma High. After the practice match, an incensed Ukai declares that he would remain as Karasuno's coach in order to settle to score with Nekoma in the future, which delights Takeda. Later, Ukai would express his gratitude to Takeda for giving him the opportunity of being with this team, showing how much their relationship has developed. They are often with each other and Takeda has learned much more about volleyball from Ukai.

After Karasuno's victory in their revenge match against Aobajohsai, Ukai expresses his thanks to Takeda for working so hard to re-establish the old ties between Karasuno and Nekoma, which had ultimately enabled the team to grow and evolve. Flustered, Takeda responds by telling Ukai to save his thanks for after they beat Shiratorizawa in the tournament finals.

Karasuno High

It's unknown how long Takeda has worked with the volleyball team, but he has grown to be very close with the members. He acts as a source of motivation during matches and is responsible for the members when it comes to their roles in school, such as helping the third years with college decisions and reminding the members of upcoming exams. Takeda is respected by the members, but he is shown to be very intimidating when he's angry, scaring even Ukai.

Quotes

  • "Isn't losing difficult for all of you? A challenge where, ending up on your hands and knees, you must see if you can stand up again? If you stay on your hands and knees, that proves that you are weak." (To Hinata and Kageyama after Karasuno's Interhigh match against Aobajohsai, Volume 8 Chapter 69)
  • "You guys being weak means you have room to grow. And there's no greater joy than that." (To Karasuno,Volume 10 Chapter 81)
  • "When 'colors' mix, they become muddy and messy. But when they all blend together, the final result is the color that wins against all others: black. Become a team of black, like the crows you represent." (To Karasuno, Volume 11 Chapter 96)
  • "I'm good at getting on my knees and begging." (To Keishin Ukai, Season 2 Episode 6)
  • "Super plays and miraculous comebacks will save a team, yes... But reasoning and logic can do the exact same thing." (To Keishin Ukai, Volume 18 Chapter 157)
  • "Please keep your thoughts in motion, Karasuno's rational mind." (To Kei Tsukishima, Volume 18 Chapter 157)
  • "To become someone great... you must first begin as someone humble and then proceed one step at a time in the proper order." (To Hinata, Volume 24 Chapter 211)
  • "Remember this feeling. There will surely be times in your life when you will feel this way again. There will come a time when there's nothing you can do. Whenever that happens, pay attention and etch it into your mind. You said you were going to win the gold medal someday. And not just one. And now, you know that there are walls that you can't overcome with reckless effort. When that time comes, what you need, is knowledge, logic, and thought. Hinata-kun, this moment, right now, is also volleyball. Think about how to win." (To Hinata , Volume 41 Chapter 365 )
  • "Your body will surely grow, but in a sport where you compete across a tall net, in the volleyball world- where 190cm is considered small, you will surely always be little. You need to understand that you will get fewer chances than others. And you need to grasp those chances while making sure that you don't let any of them slip away from you. You... you of all people should always be in peak condition so that you can always be on the front line when you do get a chance." (To Hinata, Volume 41 Chapter 365)
  • "For the rest of your lives... You can do anything you set your minds to!" (To Karasuno, Chapter 386)

Trivia

  • Favorite Food: Nikujaga
  • Current Concern: He's been told by his students that "Your glasses are totally uncool, sensei."
  • In regards to his low speed of 1 out of 5, there was an added note saying "However, the speed at which he can repeatedly bow his head is impossible to even quantify."
  • For unknown reasons, he knows the Tokyo metropolitan gymnasium inside out, including where the toilets are.[8]
  • His star sign is Capricorn.
  • Furudate gave him the name Ittetsu with the idiom 頑固一徹 (very tenacious) in mind.[9] Both 一鉄 and 一徹 are pronounced as 'ittetsu'.
  • In Haikyuu's first popularity poll, Takeda placed 27th with 571 votes.[10] In the second, he dropped to 36th with 664 votes.[11]
  • Although Volume 43 Chapter 379 reveals Takeda's age as 34 in November 2018, he should have been 35 years old since his original character profile lists him as 29 in 2012.
  • Nomenclature:
    • Ittetsu (一鉄) - One Iron
    • Takeda (武田) - Brave Rice Field

References

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.