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Nozomu Mami (Japanese: (まみ) (のぞむ) Mami Nozomu) is a third year middle blocker of Mujinazaka High.

Appearance

Mami is a tall young man with brushed up hair. It seems that he likes to touch his hair and fixed it.

Personality

Despite Unnan often teasing him, Mami isn’t afraid to speak his mind and just responds to his Unnan’s taunts with force, though he is often either stopped by his other teammates or his quarrels do not lost for long, though they are frequent. Regardless of his relationship with Unnan, Mami cares about his teammates, and they care about him. For example, when Kiryu was feeling pressured because he didn’t know how to react to Bokuto, Mami tries to motivate him twice. Mujinazaka trying to cheer up their ace is later shown to pressure Kiryu even more, but he gets past this and comes to believe that he is blessed with amazing teammates.

Background

Mami currently attend Mujinazaka High, located in Ōita Prefecture in the region of Kyushu.

Plot

Tokyo Nationals Arc

Mami praises Kiryu for his service ace and habitual great playing against Fukurodani, and Kiryu scratches the back of his head as if he were embarrassed at the compliment.

After Kiryu had continuously gained Mujinazaka points, Unnan takes action and easily blocks Bokuto spike. The announcers then comment that Unnan is part of Mujinazaka’s twin towers of blocking along with Mami. The two are revealed to be known as such because they are both 190cm third years that are key components in their team’s formidable defense. After the commentator says this, Unnan brutally tells Mami with hand signs that he hasn’t blocked anyone in this game once, which angers Mami, resulting in his teammates trying to hold him back from attacking Unnan.[1] Right after, Akaashi sets the ball to Bokuto, and Unnan and Mami attempt at blocking him but he directs the ball to Bishin, who is able to dig it.

Additionally, when he and Mami were about to block Onaga, Akaashi seemingly going to set to him, they get tricked since he was used as a decoy, Bokuto actually being the one who had the ball set to. Bokuto then spikes and earns Fukurodani a point since neither Mami nor Unnan had the speed to block the ball.

After Kiryu described Bokuto for the fun he was having while playing and just being a great player overall, Mami tries to cheer him up and says that like what Kiryu said about fun is greatness, cuteness is also justice. Kiryu and Kuzuri are confused at this and Unnan asks Mami how stupid could he get. At this, Mami slaps Unnan, and at the same time the other grabs Mami’s hair.[2]

After this, Mami adjusts his hair back in form and ultimately tells Kiryu that fun is something that he can make if he works and trains hard enough, but since Kiryu has already put in all that work, all he needs is the fun. Unnan mocks Mami for his statement again since he claims that Mami’s definition of cute has nothing to do with anything and that it was such a dumb thing to say and they clash once more. Kiryu then randomly tells them that the two middle blockers are really strong.

And when Kiryu is thinking back at his teammates, he thought of Usuri and Mami’s words of motivation to him, thinking that he is blessed for having such great teammates. And that if they were going to say that about him, instead of running away, he should let it go to his head. After Bokuto yells out that he couldn’t believe that volleyball could be so tiring, Mami laughs loudly and calls Bokuto funny.

After Mujinazaka loses, Mami and Unnan are sitting next to each other, both mourning over their loss together and Mami says that if only the rotation rounded to his turn, then he would’ve caught Mujinazaka up to 25 points. Unnan taunts him once more, saying that he would totally have done as the one who got the least blocks in the team.[3]

Statistics

High School Statistics
Power
 
4/5
Jumping
 
3/5
Stamina
 
4/5
Game Sense
 
2/5
Technique
 
3/5
Speed
 
4/5

He is known as one of Mujinazaka's twin towers, so he's well known for his defense. He is well above average when it comes to spiking and blocking.

Relationships

Keisuke Unnan

They quarrel in break

Unnan and Mami are known as Mujinazaka's twin towers due to them being pillars in their school’s blocking and sharing the traits of being both 6’3 third years. Despite this, Unnan likes to taunt Mami at every opportunity he gets. For example, telling him that he’d done no blocks in the entire game when Unnan had done plenty. Mami got mad at this and was about to attack his fellow blocker until two of his teammates stepped in. Later on in the match Mami was trying to motivate Kiryu when he didn’t know how to react to Bokuto but Unnan calls him an idiot and they get into a small physical argument. When Mami attempts again to motivate his captain, Unnan insults him and they break into a quarrel once more. And even when Mujinazaka loses, Unnan and Mami are mourning over their loss, Mami says that if only the rotation had reached him, he’d be able to block Washio's final spike and Unnan tells him that it wouldn’t have been likely due to Mami being the one who got the least blocks in the team. Despite this, they seem to be able to do well as a team when blocking.

Quotes

  • "Enjoying oneself is something you can create for yourself. Of course, that depends on how hard you've been building muscles and doing practice! You guys have all made it this far after all." (Volume 38 Chapter 334)
  • "Y'know how everyone says "cuteness is justice"? So it's like, "fun is greatness," right?" (Volume 38 Chapter 334)

Trivia

  • Current Concern:Is there anything he can do to marry Satomi Ishihara (Japanese Actress)?
  • Favorite Food:
  • Mami and Unnan are known as "Mujinazaka's Twin Towers" for their roles as the team's pillars of defense.[1]
  • Nomenclature
    • Nozomu (望) - Ambition; Full Moon; Hope; Desire; Aspire To; Expect
    • Mami (猯) - Wild Boar

References

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