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Nekoma High (Japanese: 音駒 (ねこま) 高校 (こうこう) Nekoma Kōkō), or Metropolitan Nekoma High School (Japanese: 都立 (とりつ) 音駒 (ねこま) 高等学校 (こうとうがっこう) Toritsu Nekoma Kōtō Gakkō) by its full name, 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 qualified as the host representative for the Spring High. Due to Tokyo's size and it being the usual host for the tournament, the prefecture gets three representative spots, so although Nekoma lost to Fukurōdaniin the semifinals, they defeated Nohebi in the third place match and therefore qualified for the tournament 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 / Pinch Server 1st Year Active
? #10 ? ? Active
Lev Haiba #11 Middle Blocker 1st Year Active
Yūki Shibayama #12 Libero 1st Year Active
? #13 ? ? Active
? #? Libero ? Active

Girls' Club

Name Number Position Year
Fumi-chan ? ? ?

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)
  • Cats vs Owls (?:? / ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??) (Score was 16-15 during 7th set)
  • 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 4 during the preliminaries, Nekoma proceeded to the representative playoffs held in mid-November. As Tokyo is the hosting city for the Spring Tournament, the prefecture is awarded three representative teams. The representative playoffs took place at the Sumida City Gymnasium where Nekoma played alongside Fukurōdani Academy, Itachiyama Institute, and Nohebi Academy. Nekoma would lose their semi-final match against Fukurōdani but would win the representative playoff match when they defeated Nohebi, and thus became the third team to represent Tokyo.

Semifinal

3rd Representative Playoffs

Spring High National Tournament (2013)

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

First Round

  • Nekoma High School vs Kiyokawa High School [Kochi] (2:0 / 29-27, 25-21)
  • Their first match was played on Court B as the third match on the court.

Second Round

  • Nekoma High School vs Sarukawa Tech High [Ishikawa] (2:0 / 25-23, 32-30)
  • The second round match was played on Court C as the second match on the court.

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)

Unknown Round

  • 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 in five years.
  • It was seen in Chapter 304 that they have a girls' volleyball team.
  • Their volleyball club's official banner reads, "Connect"(繋げ).
  • The kanji in the club's motto, 繋, is also found in Ikkei Ukai and Keishin Ukai's given names, possibly referencing the school's connection to Karasuno.
  • It's confirmed through Akane Yamamoto's introduction that there is a Nekoma Junior High. A Nekoma Grade School was also confirmed in one of Kuroo's flashbacks[5].
  • 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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