Kanji Koganegawa (Japanese: 黄金川 (こがねがわ) 貫至 (かんじ) Koganegawa Kanji) was previously a first year setter at Date Tech High. He became the team's setter after the third years retired.

As of 2018, he is an automobile manufacturer employee in Miyagi and is joining a Division 2 team in the V. League, the Sendai Frogs, as a setter next year.

Appearance

Koganegawa has a large, muscular build, and a towering height of 193 cm, earning him a place in the new Iron Wall. He has sharp eyes with small pupils. His hair is mostly blond, except for the middle of his fringe, which is black and styled up.  His eyebrows are the same color as his fringe, implying that his hair is dyed blonde. He currently wears the number 7 jersey on the team.

Personality

Koganegawa is very energetic and enthusiastic but often lacks the ability to think carefully about his actions. Despite being rather simple-minded, he's also shown to be determined to improve and support his team as their setter and with his height but tends to focus on improving the wrong areas.

Background

Not much is known about Koganegawa's background, but according to Moniwa he only just became a setter.

Plot

Spring High Preliminary Arc

He is first seen in the match between Date Tech High and Aoba Johsai High, where he plays as the team's setter for the first time. Throughout the game, Koganegawa attempts many setter dumps but because of his inexperience he is unable to hide what he is attempting. Because of this the players of Aoba Johsai are able to tell what he is doing and counter. In the end, Iwaizumi is able to win the game when Koganegawa had his arms too wide for a block and the Seijoh ace was able to spike right through.

Tokyo Nationals Arc

First Year Training Camp

Koganegawa is one of the first years invited to participate in the training camp at Shiratorizawa Academy. Though several of the others noticed Hinata among them, Koganegawa was the one to point out who he was and what team he belonged to. When it was unclear if the coaches would allow Hinata to stay, Koganegawa became upset at this as he wanted to see what it was about Hinata that caused Aone to respect him so much. During spiking practice, Koganegawa would try to get feedback from the spikers about his sets. His height and power are greatly admired by Washijō.

During a practice match against the retired Shiratorizawa third years, Koganegawa attempted to receive one of Ushijima's spikes but was unable to handle the power behind the hit and was knocked over in the process. During the free practice, Koganegawa attempted to ask Tsukishima and Kunimi to help him with extra practice only for the two to deny the request. He would soon have others willing to join in the practice. Eventually, Hinata would also join in the practices at Tsukishima's request where Koganegawa would get to see some of Hinata's abilities. After Goshiki was able to fool the blockers, Tsukishima is silently impressed that Koganegawa used read blocking when it looked like Goshiki would try a cross shot but quickly remembered that Koganegawa is part of Date Tech and therefore he shouldn't be surprised that the setter wasn't randomly jumping.

Koganegawa would quickly become friends with several of the other first years but found himself frustrated with Kunimi's lack of effort. When the camp ends, Koganegawa gathers the contact information of some of the other first years to keep in touch.

Date Tech Practice Match

Koganegawa plays as the starting setter in the practice match between Date Tech and Karasuno. During the match, he is shown to have made improvements in his setting and blocking abilities since the match against Aoba Johsai but still has mishaps every so often. He would later watch Karasuno's matches at Nationals with his team in Date Tech's computer lab.

Final Arc

In the Final Arc, Koganegawa attends the match between the MSBY Black Jackals and the Schweiden Adlers with Sakunami. Koganegawa is revealed to be working at an automobile factory and will be joining the V-League Div. 2 team The Sendai Frogs in the next year.

Statistics

Original Statistics
Power
 
5/5
Jumping
 
4/5
Stamina
 
4/5
Game Sense
 
1/5
Technique
 
1/5
Speed
 
4/5

Koganegawa's height is the main contributor to his skill in volleyball. It enables him to easily block the opponent's spikes along with the rest of Date Tech's Iron Wall, especially in closing the gap left by the initial two-man wall. As a setter, he is inexperienced and sends tosses that are mostly too high for any of his spikers to hit, resulting in unconverted points. It has been mentioned that the peak of his jump is so high that it feels like he's just putting the ball there for the spiker to hit. 

Jumping Reach: 340 cm

Skills

  • Dump Shot: Koganegawa's favorite attack is a dump shot, but he rarely pulls it off due to his unpolished skills. He also over-complicates things by trying to throw feints when performing a dump attack right off a blocked spike. However, he quickly learns to just slam the ball down instead of feinting after Futakuchi corrects him. He successfully executes one against Aobajōsai when he adds raw power to his dump shot, making it hard to receive even if his opponents know it's coming.[1]
  • High Toss:Koganegawa has the ability to send a high toss with an incredibly short distance set-up by jumping high up to put the ball in place for the spiker. This gives his sets both speed and height, thus making it hard for his opponents to read block.[1]
  • Blocking: Like the rest of Date Tech, Koganegawa is strong at blocking. He is capable of reading a spiker's form to deduce the path of the spike.[2] However, due to being inexperienced, he falls for decoy more easily.[3]

Relationships

Kenji Futakuchi

Futakuchi is shown to have trouble dealing with Koganegawa's antics and unusually high tosses, often having to keep him in line and point out his mistakes. Koganegawa claims to understand, though it's debatable whether he actually gets what Futakuchi is saying.

Kōsuke Sakunami

Sakunami was told to "steer" Koganegawa by the coach and thus aims to direct his receives to the best spot for Koganegawa to toss. The two are also in the same class, 1-A.

Karasuno High

Koganegawa is shown to be on friendly terms with Shōyō Hinata and Kei Tsukishima. They first meet during the First Year Training Camp at Shiratorizawa Academy. Koganegawa and Hinata quickly become friends and would often do extra practice together. Koganegawa is seen being friendly toward Tsukishima, even calling him by his nickname Tsukki; an act that would earn him Yamaguchi's displeasure. He happily greeted the two when their teams had a practice match together. During the match, he would witness Hinata's and Tsukishima's abilities first hand. He would also come to admire Tobio Kageyama's skills as a setter and even asked him about his personal maintenance afterward. Years later, Koganegawa would attend the game between the Adlers and Jackals and would also soon be joining the same Division 2 team as Tsukishima.

 Trivia

  • His favorite food is katsudon.
  • His current concern is that he can't pull off dump shots in a way that looks cool.
  • It has been confirmed that Koganegawa and Sakunami are in the same class, 1-A.
  • His star sign is Cancer.
  • Nomenclature
    • Kanji (貫至) - Transmural Arrival
      • 貫 - Transmural
      • 至 - Arrive
    • Koganegawa (黄金川) - Golden River

Quotes

  • "As a setter, I may still be "about the same as an infant", but right now, the one thing I have that's on the same level as my senpai is height!!" - To Date Tech, Volume 15 Chapter 128
  • "I'm gonna make sure I can toss any kind of ball...!! And I'm gonna be able to stop anybody with my blocks, no matter how powerful or tall they are, so I don't embarrass the name of the Iron Wall...!!" - To Date Tech, Volume 15 Chapter 128

References

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