Shinji Watari (Japanese: 渡親 (わたり) (しんじ) Watari Shinji) is a second year libero in Aoba Johsai High. As of 2021, he is working at an aquarium in Kanagawa. 

Appearance

Watari has quite tan skin, with grey eyes and a similar coloured grey buzz cut. He is of an average height and medium build.

Personality

He appears to enjoy being challenged, smiling when Nishinoya repeats the same move he’d used, setting from the back row of the court. He is shown to be gentle and supportive of his teammates, trying to cheer up Kyōtani after the latter misses a point, regardless of Kyōtani's lack of proximity with the rest of their teammates.

Background

Before becoming the libero, it is mentioned that Watari was a setter, which explains some of his moves and techniques, such as setting the ball from the back row. However, it is unknown if he has ever played as a setter for Aoba Johsai.

Plot

Karasuno High Team Formation Arc

Watari plays in the practice match between Karasuno and Aoba Johsai.

Interhigh Arc

In Aoba Johsai's match against Karasuno, Watari proves his skills as a player are beyond that of just a libero. When Oikawa is unable to make a set, Watari is called to do the set and surprises everyone when he does a jumping set. From watching Watari do this during the match and in a recording of an earlier game, Ukai suspected that Watari originally started playing as a setter and later changed to a libero; stating that Watari's setting skills seemed above average.

Spring High Preliminary Arc

During Aoba Johsai's match against Date Tech, Watari is shown being able to spot several attempts at a setter dump by Koganegawa and at one point made a set to Oikawa (The anime would change this to Hanamaki).

In the game against Karasuno, Watari noticed how Nishinoya learned how to do a jump set. After Kyōtani is sent into the match, Watari would try to get the wing spiker to use a rebound when he was faced against a triple block only to be completely ignored. At one point, Oikawa gave a signal for a certain play to be made. Watari carried out the play by purposely making an off receive that would help Oikawa draw the opposing blockers to one side of the net which left Kyōtani free to attack without much chance of being blocked. He would also be called to make a set to Kyōtani when Oikawa was forced to make a first touch. At Yamaguchi's first float serve of the game, Watari calls the ball going out but would be shocked to see it suddenly drop and land in bounds. For the rest of the game, Watari continues to try to receive as many spikes and serves as he can. When Seijoh eventually lost the match, Watari joined in Kyōtani and Yahaba in making a vow to get their revenge on Karasuno.

Tokyo National Arc

With his team, Watari watches Karasuno's matches at Nationals in the school computer lab.

Final Arc

At the end of the series, Watari is shown watching the match between Argentina and Japan. He is now working at an aquarium in Kanagawa.


Statistics

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

He's confident in his setter abilities, and it's shown that he is fairly talented when he set the ball instead of Oikawa.

He also has moderate receiving skills as a libero. After the third years retired, he is assumed to be the strategist of the team.


Jumping Reach: 290 cm

Relationships

Trivia

  • Favorite Food: Boiled eggs
  • Current Concern: He'd like to build up more muscle.
  • He shares his birthday with Hyakuzawa (3rd April).
  • He is the oldest second-year student in the series.
  • Nomenclature:
    • Shinji (治) - Govern
    • Watari (渡親) - Person To Pass

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