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"Simply Pure Power"
Chapter 102
Japanese title シンプルで純粋な力
Translation title Shinpurude Junsuina Chikara
Chapter Information
Chapter number 102
Arc Spring High Preliminary Arc
Volume The Game Commences!!
Release Date March 17, 2014
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"Simply Pure Power" (Japanese: シンプルで純粋 (じゅんすい) (ちから) Shinpurude Junsuina Chikara) is the one hundred and second chapter of the Haikyū!! series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. It was published in the 17th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump’s 2014 series.

Overview Edit

Karasuno prepares for their next match against Kakugawa High School which includes Hyakuzawa, a first year who stands tall at 201 cm. Using height as his main weapon, Hyakuzawa easily counters Karasuno's attacks and breaks through their defense. Karasuno must figure out a way to overcome this obstacle if they want to achieve victory.

PlotEdit

Karasuno is determined to defeat their next opponent and secure a spot to the qualifier rounds. However, some members, notably Hinata, are apprehensive about facing Hyakuzawa, a player over 2-meter tall. The first years casually compares Hinata and Hyakuzawa's height difference to "Tikachu" and a blackbelly lanternshark. Kageyama remains nonchalant over the fuss, not understanding why Hinata is intimidated in the first place.

The two teams head out to the court to start their warm-ups. It is revealed that Hyakuzawa is a complete amateur at volleyball, but his team is nonetheless relying on him to score points with his outstanding height. Meanwhile, Takeda takes notice of Kageyama's calm demeanor and deduces that he is in top condition.

Just ahead of the start of the match, Kakugawa's captain and setter Komaki warns his team about Kageyama and Asahi's serves and emphasizes the importance of playing to their strength. Tsukishima starts off the match with a normal serve. Asamushi receives it, and Komaki tosses the ball to Hyakuzawa. Karasuno is ready with a triple block but Hyakuzawa simply spikes above it to earn Kakugawa the first point. In the following rally, Nishinoya manages to save Hyakuzawa's spike. Tanaka follows up, and Hinata goes for the spike. Hinata sees the blockers and switches to a feint. However, Hyakuzawa easily stops it with his hands and pushes the ball back down on Karasuno's side. Coach Ukai and the crowds are once again reminded that height is an advantageous factor and sign of pure strength. With Karasuno trailing 0 - 2, Tsukishima recalls Akiteru's words about the benefits of having a tall player on the team.

DebutEdit

Appearances Edit

Chapter notes Edit

Character revelations Edit

  • Hyakuzawa is revealed to be a volleyball newbie who has just memorized the basic rules.

Trivia Edit

  • "Tikachu" is a parody of the Pikachu, the mascot of the widely popular Pokémon franchise.
  • A blackbelly lanternshark is approximately 30 cm to 45 cm long.

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