I won't lose when it comes to attacking!
Sō Inuoka
Japanese 犬岡走
Translation Inuoka Sō
Character information
Other names Lanky (by Hinata)
Gender Male
Age 16
Date of birth November 1
Height 185.3 cm (6' 1") - April

187 cm (6' 1.6") - January

Weight 74.3 kg (163.8 lbs)
Home town Tokyo
Home country Japan
Likes Volleyball
Fried Chicken and Rice
Team Nekoma High
Number 7
Position Middle Blocker (former)

Wing Spiker

Occupation High School Student
(1st Year, Class 1)
Affiliation Nekoma High
Background information
Chapter "Determination"
Episode "Decision"
Japanese Ikeda Kyousuke
English Joe Daniels
Image gallery (57)

Sō Inuoka (Japanese: 犬岡 (いぬおか) (そう) Inuoka Sō) is a first-year student from Nekoma High. He was initially one of the team's middle blockers. Later, he switches to a wing spiker after his position as a regular player was taken by Lev.

Appearance Edit

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.

Personality Edit

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.

Background Edit

Not much is known about Inuoka's background.

Plot Edit

In the practice match against Karasuno, Inuoka is chosen 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.

Statistics Edit

Original Statistics
Game Sense

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

Relationships Edit

Yūki Shibayama Edit

He's shown to hang out with Shibayama often.

Shōyō Hinata Edit


Inuoka and Hinata

After the Nekoma and Karasuno match, Inuoka and Hinata began to compliment each other's talents, using mostly their own language of gibberish and excitedly jumping up and down. Later, Hinata remarks that his spikes were blocked because "Inuoka is really awesome!!"

Lev Haiba Edit

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.

Trivia Edit

  • His favorite food is fried chicken and rice.
  • His current concern is, "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.[1] In the second, he dropped to 38th with 621 votes.[2]
  • Nomenclature:
    • 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)


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