Metropolitan Nekoma High (Japanese: 都立 (とりつ) 音駒 (ねこま) 高校 (こうこう) Toritsu Nekoma Kōkō), or Nekoma High for short, is a high school in Nerima Ward of Tokyo in Japan.

Uniform

Male Uniforms as worn by the volleyball team.

Nekoma, like most Japanese schools, has a uniform and dress code. The male uniform consists of a white shirt, red tie, black sweater vest, dark blue blazer, and grey pants. The female uniform, meanwhile, appears to have a light (likely white) top and matching collar, with a bow at the neck and a darker skirt.

Nekoma's volleyball uniform

The boys' volleyball club's uniform consists of a red tracksuit with white details. The members wear black t-shirts and red shorts during practice matches and often don a blue sports bib on top. During official matches, the majority of players don a red jersey and shorts with black details. The libero has a contrasting jersey in white with red and black details.

If their opponents have a uniform that is similar to their's in colour, then the players would wear a white jersey with red and black details, and the libero a red jersey with black details.

Volleyball Club

Due to the players' flexibility and solid receives and digs, the Boys' Volleyball Club team is nicknamed "The Cats," which is also an allusion to the school name.

Nekoma and Karasuno are said to be "destined rivals" because of the longtime competition between their respective coaches, Nekomata and Ukai. Since the two teams' animal representatives (cats for Nekoma and crows for Karasuno) are animals that are usually found at the dumpster, the matches between the two teams are often called "Battle at the Garbage Dump" or "Trashcan Showdown" in the anime english dubbing. So far, Karasuno has never won against Nekoma in their practice matches. However, the teams have not played against each other for a noted while until recently during the current time period when Nekomata returned from retirement (it was noted that when Kuroo and the other current third years were second years, Nekomata wasn't around).

The Fukurodani Academy Group, from left to right: Nekoma, Fukurodani (top), Ubugawa (bottom), and Shinzen

Before matches, to "set the mood", Nekoma players would always recite the chant: "We're like the blood in our veins. We must flow without stopping. Keep your oxygen moving and your mind working"[1]. The english dubbing has re-phrased this chant to: "We are plasma. Let's make our motions fluid. Keep the oxygen flowing so the brain can work to its full potential."

Nekoma lost in the Tokyo Prefecture Interhigh Preliminaries in the quarterfinals, but the third years decided to stay in the team for a chance to participate in the Spring Tournament.

Nekoma qualifed as the host representatives for the Spring High. Normally Tokyo would only get two representative spots, but this year had three due to being the hosting city for the tournament. After losing to Fukurodani in the semifinals, they defeated Nohebi in the third place match. They qualified along with Itachiyama and Fukurodani.

Nekoma is also a member of the Fukurōdani Academy Group, which is composed of teams from the Kanto Region. For years, the schools have been holding summer training camps and practice matches with one another.

Members

Name Position Year Status
Yasufumi Nekomata Coach Graduate Active
Manabu Naoi Coach Graduate Active


Name Number Position Year Status
Tetsurō Kuroo #1 Captain / Middle Blocker 3rd Year Active
Nobuyuki Kai #2 Vice-Captain / Wing Spiker / Opposite Hitter 3rd Year Active
Morisuke Yaku #3 Libero 3rd Year Active
Taketora Yamamoto #4 Wing Spiker / Outside Hitter / Ace 2nd Year Active
Kenma Kozume #5 Setter 2nd Year Active
Shōhei Fukunaga #6 Wing Spiker / Outside Hitter 2nd Year Active
Sō Inuoka #7 Middle Blocker (Former) / Wing Spiker / Opposite Hitter 1st Year Active
Tamahiko Teshiro #9 Setter 1st Year Active
? #10 ? ? Active
Lev Haiba #11 Middle Blocker 1st Year Active
Yūki Shibayama #12 Libero 1st Year Active
? #13 ? ? Active
? #? Libero ? Active

Practice Matches

  • Nekoma High School vs Tsukinokizawa High School (2:0 / 25-21, 25-13)
  • Nekoma High School vs Karasuno High School (2:0 / 25-22, 25-23)
  • Nekoma High School vs Karasuno High School (2:0 / 25-22, 26-24)
  • Nekoma High School vs Karasuno High School (2:0 / 27-25, 32-30)
  • Nekoma High School vs Karasuno High School (2:0 / ??, 26-24)

Spring High Nationals Tournament (????)

First Round

  • Nekoma High School vs Oga Daifu High (Akita) (0:2)

Spring High Nationals Tournament (2008)

Quarterfinals

  • Nekoma High School vs ??? (?:2 / ??, ??, ??)

Summer Training Camp

Nekoma plays several sets against Karasuno, Fukurōdani, Shinzen, and Ubugawa (42 wins, 22 losses).

  • Nekoma High School vs Karasuno High School (25-17)
  • Nekoma High School vs Karasuno High School (25-19)
  • Nekoma High School vs Ubugawa High School (25-20)[2]
  • Nekoma High School vs Karasuno High School (25-18)
  • Nekoma High School vs Karasuno High School (25-15)
  • Nekoma High School vs Karasuno High School (25-16)
  • Nekoma High School vs Fukurōdani Academy (22-25)

Interhigh Preliminaries (2012)

Nekoma is said to have lost on the second day of the Inter-High Preliminaries against last year's winners[3]. It is commonly believed that Nekoma lost to Itachiyama. However, there is no official indication of which team Nekoma lost to.

Quarterfinal

  • Nekoma High School vs ??? (?:2 / ??)

Spring High-Tokyo Representative Playoffs (2012)

After placing within the top 8 during the preliminaries, Nekoma was allowed to move onto the representative playoffs held in mid-November.

For the representative playoffs, Nekoma played at Sumida City Gymnasium along with Fukurōdani, Itachiyama, and Nohebi. Despite losing to Fukurōdani in the semi-finals, Nekoma got to play in a second match because of Tokyo's allowance of three prefectural representatives (two because of its size and a third because it is hosting nationals). After winning against Nohebi, they became Tokyo Prefecture's Host Representative for Spring High Nationals.

Semifinal

3rd Representative Playoffs

Spring High National Tournament (2013)

For nationals, Nekoma wasn't exempt from the first round.

First Round

Their first match was played on Court B as it's the third match of the day.

Second Round

The second round match was played on Court C as it's the second match of the day

Third Round

  • Nekoma High School vs Karasuno High [Miyagi] (1:2 / 27-25, 24-26, 21-25)

Spring High National Tournament (2014)

Second Round

  • Nekoma High School vs ?? (?:2 / ??)

Spring High-Tokyo Representative Playoffs (2014)

3rd Representative Playoffs

  • Nekoma High School vs ?? (?:2 / ??)[4]

Trivia

  • Even though Nekoma is represented as cats (猫 Neko), the kanji in its name (音駒 Nekoma) are unrelated to the animal. Their actual meaning, "sound of [moving] a shogi piece," may be a reference to their play style of analysis and strategy.
    • Ne (音) = sound
    • Koma (駒) = shogi/chess piece
  • Nekoma has participated in the Spring High tournament eleven times and this time is their first appearance after five years.
  • It was seen in Chapter 196 that they have a girls' volleyball team.
  • Their volleyball club's official banner reads, "Connect"(繋げ).
  • It's confirmed that there is a Nekoma Junior High, where Akane Yamamoto attended, and a Nekoma Grade School, as shown in Episode 17 of Season 4.
  • In the Haikyū!! Final Guidebook Volleyball Climax!, Nekoma is said to have only made it to the second round for Interhigh Preliminaries (2012). However, this is an error as both the anime and manga stated they made it to the quarter-finals.

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