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Shōhei Fukunaga (Japanese: 福永 (ふくなが) 招平 (しょうへい) Fukunaga Shōhei) is a second-year student from Nekoma High. He is one of the boys' volleyball team's wing spikers. As of 2021, Fukanaga is a comedian and part-time restaurant chef[1]

AppearanceEdit

Fukunaga has wide, cat-like eyes with small pupils. He has small eyebrows and short black hair that has notable cowlick stands at the base of his neck. His skin is extremely pale. On multiple occasions, he's shown with his hands in the air, not unlike a manekineko. He is also shown to slouch usually with a relaxed posture. His knees are also bent often making him look a little shorter or hunched over. It is also noted that when doing gestures he often uses both of his hands as seen when he waves, gives a thumbs up, or even the ok symbol. 

PersonalityEdit

Although he's a regular, he doesn't speak often. He has a few lines in the manga, and says "Yes" and "Okay" in anime. At Nationals he was even described by the announcer as the 'silent big point scorer.' During his first year, he stopped a fight between Yamamoto and Kenma, by throwing a bucket of water over them to prevent the situation from escalating. This act caused Fukunaga to receive a lot of praise from his upperclassmen, and the respect of his fellow first years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

He's fond of comedy and often thinks up of funny things to say but never tells anyone else so instead just laughs covertly to himself. Fukunaga is also shown to be very easy going as he usually is not startled or changes his expression unless it is in excitement of the game. During the match with Karasuno he was even seen listening to the stadium music and seemed unfazed by how the game was going. In a flashback, Fukunaga was shown clapping and cheering in an exhausted Kenma showing that he seems to be supportive and encouraging. 

BackgroundEdit

Not much is known of Fukanaga's background. Though it is assumed that he has grown up in Japan and not grown up with any of the people in his grade given that they did not seem familiar with each other at all. 

Plot Edit

Karasuno High Team Formation ArcEdit

Fukanga took part in the practice match between Karasuno and Nekoma. Though he didn't stand out, he happen to score a few points for the team and revealed to have good reflexes in recieving. During the first few chapters of their match, Fukunaga was mostly seen recieving the ball. However this changed when he did a back attack, that Hinata ended up sloppily recieving and led to Nekoma's point after a quick attack from Kenma and Kuroo. The other time his abilities were shown were when he was able to recieve Asahi's spike head on. When it was time for the team to leave, Fukunaga was shown waving his hands to the team though he did not seem to make a strong connection to anyone on Karasuno. 

Tokyo Expedition ArcEdit

Fukunaga is mostly seen taking part in the practice matches and the barbecue.

Spring High Preliminary ArcEdit

Nekoma vs FukurōdaniEdit

Fukunaga takes part in Nekoma's match against Fukurōdani to be one of Tokyo's representative teams. He is mostly seen spiking and receiving.

Nekoma vs NohebiEdit

In the match against Nohebi, Fukunaga proves to be a reliable player with his spikes and receives but two of Fukunaga's spikes are wrongly called to have landed out of bounds when Nohebi players blocked the sight of the ref's in order to gain the points for themselves. Nekoma would eventually win the match and Fukunaga celebrates along with his team.

Tokyo Nationals ArcEdit

Nekoma vs KiyokawaEdit

Nekoma vs SarukawaEdit

Nekoma vs KarasunoEdit

Final ArcEdit

Fukunaga's final appearance of the series is when he is gathered with his former Nekoma teammates at Kenma's home. He has become a comedian and a part-time chef.

StatisticsEdit

Original Statistics
Power
 
3/5
Jumping
 
3/5
Stamina
 
3/5
Game Sense
 
4/5
Technique
 
4/5
Speed
 
3/5

Despite not having many of his abilities shown, he is seen to have efficient receiving skills like the rest of his team. According to Nobuyuki Kai, he can manipulate the trajectory of the ball for each spike he makes, even controlling its trajectory precisely enough to force it to land right directly on the backline of the court. Kozume Kenma  also stated that even if there are blockers, he is capable of scoring points. According to the announcers of the game when introducing the line up for the Nationals match against Karasuno, people should be aware of his "phantasmal ball tragectories". He also seems to be able to spike from both the front and the back. 

Jumping Reach: 315 cm

RelationshipsEdit

Nekoma HighEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Favourite Food: dried squid.
  • Current Concern: Yamamoto tells him to "Talk more, c'mon."
  • His birthday is on Japan’s Manekineko Day, which is what his design was based off.
  • His star sign is Libra.
  • In Haikyuu's first popularity poll, Fukunaga placed 20th with 1,048 votes.[2] In the second, he dropped to 37th with 629 votes.[3]
  • Nomenclature:
    • Shōhei (招平) - Consistently Invited/Attracted
    • Fukunaga (福永) - Eternal Blessing/Fortune
  • According to Kenma, he makes delicious paella.

QuotesEdit

"A-pass.... A nice pass...Fufuu..." (To himself) Chapter 266 "Cats vs Monkeys" 

"Take it easy, Dostoyevsky." (To Yamamoto and Kenma)  Chapter 266 "Cats vs Monkeys"

"Nice set, ice-fete." (To Kenma) Chapter 269 "The Beasts"

* "Did he just jump or fly? My my so fly." (To Himself) Chaper 298 "Guide"

  • (The other translation for this line is ) "Height that exceeds beyond expectations. Expect the unexpected..." 
"It'll be alright. Volleyball isn't a sport that kills many people per year" (To Kenma) Chapter 323 "Last Battle"

ReferencesEdit

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