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Motoya Komori (Japanese: 古森 (こもり) 元也 (もとや) Komori Motoya) was the starting libero for Itachiyama Institute, a heavy favorite to win the nationals. He was also referred to as the #1 high school libero in Volleyball Monthly, and was invited to the All-Japan Youth Intensive Training Camp. As of 2018, he is currently a member of EJP Raijin, a professional volleyball team in Divison 1 of Japan's V.League. He is also a member of the Japan National Volleyball Team, and participated in the 2021 Olympics.

Appearance Edit

Komori is currently the tallest libero in the series, standing at 180cm tall. He has short, light-colored hair and thick, round eyebrows.

Personality Edit

Komori appears to have a friendly and outgoing personality. He encourages and admires other players at the training camp and strikes up a conversation with Kageyama when he sees him at nationals.

Plot Edit

Tokyo Nationals Arc Edit

Preparation for Nationals Edit

Komori is invited to the All-Japan Youth Intensive Training Camp.[2] He is on Kageyama's team during a practice game and encourages him when he makes a mistake. Later, at lunch, he appears while Sakusa is interrogating Kageyama about how Karasuno beat Shiratorizawa and tells Kageyama to ignore him, commenting that Sakusa can be "a real downer."[3] He explains the reasons behind Sakusa's behavior and apologizes for the intrusion as they part ways.

Later, during another practice game, Komori notes Kageyama's ability to calmly respond to and deliver on spikers' requests and calls it "terrifying." He's also vocally impressed by Hoshiumi's jumping ability. In the last practice game, where the players switch up positions, Komori plays as a wing spiker.[4] When he leaves the camp, he waves goodbye to Kageyama with a smile.

Nationals Edit

Komori greets Kageyama at nationals and when Kageyama asks if Sakusa is with him, he points out Sakusa in the corner, avoiding the crowd.[5] When not in a game, he can be seen close by to Sakusa.

Final ArcEdit

Komori plays for the Eastern Japan Paper Mills (EJP) Raijin, a Division 1 team in Japan's V-League. He is teammates with Suna and Washio. Komori and Suna watch the Adlers and Jackals game online. While watching, Komori reveals that he and Sakusa are cousins who have known each other since grade school. He is the one who introduced volleyball to Sakusa. 

In 2021, Komori becomes a member of the Japan Men's National Team at the Olympics as one of the liberos.

Statistics Edit

Komori is a skilled libero acknowledged as the No.1 in High School during his second year[5]. He was invited to the All-Japan Youth Intensive Training Camp and eventually became part of the Tokyo Olympic 2020 team.

Jumping Reach:

  • Post-Timeskip: 330 cm [6]

SkillsEdit

  • Receives:Komori is known as the No.1 High School libero for his defensive skills. He is shown to have a great court awareness, as shown when he made way for Kageyama to attack immediately after a receive.
  • Setting: Komori lists setting as one of his strengths, indicating that he is very competent in this area. [7]

Relationships Edit

Kiyoomi Sakusa Edit

Komori is on the same team as Sakusa and often teases him about how cautious he is, calling him "a real downer" and commenting that a lot of the time he's imagining his physical ailments. However, Komori also admits that he thinks it's not bad to be cautious about these kinds of things, and he clearly understands Sakusa very well, suggesting that they are close. They are later revealed to be cousins.

TriviaEdit

  • He was shown in Volleyball Monthly for being the #1 high school libero meaning that he's even better or just as good as Yū Nishinoya
  • Nomenclature
    • Komori (古森) - Old Forest
    • Motoya (元也) - 元- Origin, 也 - Call

QuotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Monthly Volleyball 2020 August Issue
  2. Volume 24 Chapter 214
  3. Volume 24 Chapter 215
  4. Volume 25 Chapter 219
  5. 5.0 5.1 Volume 26 Chapter 231
  6. Monthly Volleyball 2020 August Issue
  7. Monthly Volleyball 2020 August Issue
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