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MSBY Black Jackal (Japanese: ムスビイ ブラックジャッカル Musubi Burakku Jakkaru), made plural to MSBY Black Jackals in the English translation, is a professional volleyball team in Japan's V.League, in the top tier of Division 1. The team's hometown is located in the city district of Ohasuhigashi in Higashiosaka, Osaka.[1]

Background

In 1949, a group of volleyball enthusiasts formed the 9-man volleyball team "Kamiyui Seiko Volleyball Club." They eventually switched to a 6-man format in 1960 and entered the official Japanese league in 1971. The team won their first championship title in 1981 but began performing poorly shortly afterward. They made a minor comeback in 1985 but otherwise continued to struggle. Eventually, the team regained their strength and won consecutive titles in the 11th and 12th V.League Championships.[1]

MSBY is an Automobile Manufacturing Company whose motto is "Connecting people together through their hard work." The acronym is derived from "結び (Musubi)," which translates to "connection" in Japanese.[2] Its name "Black Jackal" reflects the team's goal for excellent teamwork, akin to jackals on the hunt for food. Moreover, since jackals are omnivores, it is chosen as the name in hopes that the team would have an overwhelming hunger for growth.

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Uniform

The uniform consists of a black jersey and matching black shorts with three gold stripes resembling a claw mark slashed across the front and back. The jersey has "MSBY" along with the jersey number in white printed along with the team's logo.

Members

Name Position Age Status
Samson Foster Coach 43 Active

2018-2019 Roster:

Name Number Position Status
Shūgo Meian #4 Captain / Middle Blocker Active
Shion Inunaki #6 Libero Active
? #8 ? Active
Adriah Tomas #9 Middle Blocker Active
Oriver Barnes #10 Wing Spiker / Opposite Hitter Active
Kōtarō Bokuto #12 Wing Spiker / Outside Hitter Active
Atsumu Miya #13 Setter Active
? #14 ? Active
Kiyoomi Sakusa #15 Wing Spiker / Outside Hitter Active
Shōyō Hinata #21 Wing Spiker / Opposite Hitter Active

2021 Roster:

Name Number Position Status
Shion Inunaki #6 Libero Active
Alexandre Joffe #7 Middle Blocker / Opposite Active
Kōtarō Bokuto #12 Wing Spiker / Outside Hitter Active
Atsumu Miya #13 Setter Active
Kiyoomi Sakusa #15 Wing Spiker / Outside Hitter Active

V. League Division 1 (2018-19)

Trivia

  • Differences between the Japanese and English version:
    • MSBY Black Jackal is written in the singular form. Viz Media changes the team name to the plural form and has it as MSBY Black Jackals.
    • Oriver Barnes is changed to Oliver Barnes in the English version.
    • Adriah Tomas is changed to Adriah Thomas in the English translation.
  • MSBY Black Jackal appear to be based on the real life V.League team Panasonic Panthers, which has a black panther as its logo and located in Osaka.

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