Sō Inuoka (Japanese:
Inuoka has a rather large build for a first-year and is amongst the tallest players on Nekoma's team. Hinata dubs him lanky in their first match together before knowing his name. He has spiked upwards brown hair and identical brown eyes. In the manga, his appearance the same, with exceptions for his hair being blonde and his eyes being amber.
Inuoka has a very bright, bouncy personality that is similar to Hinata's. It has been mentioned by Coach Naoi and Kenma that he isn't very smart. Although he is very serious when playing volleyball, he is also really passionate about his position as a middle blocker. Inuoka almost always gives off a very positive and happy vibe when he is around. He is also shown to be very caring and encouraging towards his teammates.
Not much is known about Inuoka's background.
Karasuno High Team Formation ArcEdit
Inuoka first appears during a practice match Nekoma has before their match against Karasuno. After the first practice match, Yamamoto tries to make a bet with Inuoka and Shibayama about Karasuno's manager. He later is seen in the background when Kenma and Hinata reunite and when Kiyoko is revealed to be Karasuno's manager.
In the practice match against Karasuno, Inuoka first takes notice of Hinata's short stature but did not underestimate him because of this. Inuoka is chosen by Kenma to follow Hinata to block his spikes since he was the best fit for it. After getting used to Hinata's spikes, Inuoka is able to completely block them. He was noted by Coach Nekomata to be a true rival to Hinata because of the way they each push each other to reach new levels. After the match, Inuoka and Hinata happily talk about each others skills while excitedly babbling in gibberish.
Tokyo Expedition ArcEdit
During the summer training camps, Inuoka is revealed to have been replaced as a starting regular by his teammate, Lev Haiba. Because of this, he is now mostly seen supporting the team from the sidelines with the rest of the Nekoma team.
Spring High Preliminary ArcEdit
Nekoma vs. FukurōdaniEdit
Inuoka is shown supporting the team during the game against Fukurōdani.
Nekoma vs. NohebiEdit
During the match against Nohebi, Inuoka tries to keep the team in high spirits when they look to be concerned about how the match is going. He is seen helping Yaku and Kuroo when they each were injured.
Tokyo Nationals ArcEdit
Nekoma vs. KiyokawaEdit
With Shibayama and Lev, Inuoka praises the team for their receives against their opponent.
Nekoma vs. SarukawaEdit
Inuoka mostly appears in the background during the game.
Nekoma vs. KarasunoEdit
During the game against Karasuno, Inuoka is subbed into the game during the second set to assist Lev in blocking Hinata. Following Kenma's warning of how Hinata is able to stay in the air longer, Inuoka is able to successfully block Hinata's spike. After Hinata is able to get a spike past the Nekoma blockers, Inuoka is shown to stay on the court instead of being subbed out right away. It's at this time that a flashback reveals that Coach Nekomata had recommended Inuoka to become a wing spiker since Lev was going to be given the regular starting position.
After Karasuno wins the second set, Inuoka is subbed back out and Kai is returned to the court. He is later brought back mid-way into the third set and again focuses on trying to block Hinata. However, he fails at a block when Hinata manages to shoot a spike through the open space between his arms; what Lev refers to as a Bonsai Block. Inuoka later nearly succeeds in gaining a point for Nekoma but Hinata eventually manages to get the point for Karasuno instead and is once again subbed out later on. For the rest of the match, he cheers for Nekoma from the sidelines and afterwards in shown crying when they lose.
As stated by Kenma, Inuoka is the most agile on the team. However, once Lev comes in, his overall skill isn't enough to retain his spot as a regular. Like the rest of his team, he is flexible and really good at receiving.
Jumping Reach: 333 cm
He's shown to hang out with Shibayama often.
The two seem to have a slight rivalry, with Inuoka stating that Lev has been blessed with too much (in terms of height) and that he won't lose to the latter as Lev is the reason Inuoka is no longer a Nekoma regular. In the OVA, Inuoka is shown to be supportive of Lev in his goals of becoming Nekoma's ace.
- Favorite Food: Fried chicken and rice
- Current Concern: "I'll eat and eat but still feel hungry!"
- His birthday is Japan's Dog Day. It can also be noted that "Inu" can mean dog in Japanese.
- His star sign is Scorpio.
- Inuoka was the first to stop Hinata's quick attack.
- In Haikyuu's first popularity poll, Inuoka placed 32nd with 360 votes. In the second, he dropped to 38th with 621 votes.
- Sō (走) - Run
- Inuoka (犬岡) - Dog Hill
- "I'm also going to work harder so that I can become a regular, too!" (Haikyū!! OVA)