Small Giant
Little giant
Japanese 小さな巨人
Translation Chīsana Kyojin
Character information
Gender Male
Age 21
Height 170 cm (5' 6.9")
Home town Miyagi Prefecture
Home country Japan
Team Karasuno High (former)
Number 10 (former)
Position Ace (former)
Affiliation Karasuno High (former)
Background information
Chapter "Endings and Beginnings"
Episode "Endings and Beginnings"
Image gallery (7)
The Small Giant or Little Giant (Japanese: 小さな巨人 Chīsana Kyojin) was the ace of Karasuno High's Boys' Volleyball Club. He is Shōyō Hinata's inspiration.

Appearance Edit

During his time in high school, he Small Giant appears to be around less than 170 cm in height and has messy curly black hair similar to Hinata. In Saeko's flashback, he is also seen with dark grey eyes.

Personality Edit

Saeko Tanaka described him as a mischievous person and one of the "bad kids" whom she would've gotten along with[1]; however, in the anime[2], she also claimed that he didn't stand out. When it comes to volleyball, he becomes a focused person due to the incredible intensity he emits while playing. He took immense pride in being his team's ace and his teammates relied on him on many occasions.

Background Edit


The Small Giant's intense gaze from Saeko's perspective.

The Small Giant is an alumnus of Karasuno High School and its former Ace. According to Keishin Ukai, Karasuno was at its peak when the Small Giant played for the team. Initially,[3] the Small Giant used to always get blocked but halfway through his second year, his abilities started developing and he figured out a way to get through the blockers and hit the ball from above them every time they tossed to him.


The Small Giant in action from Tsukishima's perspective.

There was one time in the past when he was not doing so well during a practice match[1]. In the middle of the game, he was benched and went outside to the hallway to vent. Saeko Tanaka, who was watching the match, was standing near the lockers at that time. She observed as the Small Giant kicked things around and banged his head against the lockers, until he suddenly turned around and made eye contact with her. Saeko was taken aback by his intense expression and even now, remembers it vividly. She confessed it almost made her fall in love with him.

Plot Edit

Tokyo Nationals ArcEdit

Karasuno vs Kamomedai High

The little giant finally made his appearance as he attended the Spring High Tournament as a spectator after hearing Karasuno making it to the quarter finals. Hinata greeted him excitingly and asked questions about his current pathway relating to volleyball, however the little giant revealed that he had stopped playing volleyball after he graduated high school due to other interests and that he was not invited to join a new team. Saeko worries about Hinata thinking that he might be disappointed, which the little giant assures he'll be fine as Akiteru Tsukishima's little brother will be playing as well.

Statistics Edit

He was blocked constantly during his first year and didn't develop his set of unique skills until his second year at Karasuno. However, after he improved his abilities, he became peerless in mid-air battles. He has been said to have incredible jumping ability. Since he was no match for the blockers in height, he developed a play style using block-outs, where he intentionally aims for the small gaps of a block and the blocker's fingertips so that the ball would ricochet. That was how he conceived his battle against other blockers.[3].

Relationships Edit

Ikkei UkaiEdit

In the past, Ukai Ikkei gave the Small Giant additional training to help him develop other skills to make up for his lack of height. Karasuno had the best team in its history when the Small Giant was around.

Quotes Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Chapter 78
  2. Season 2, Episode 4
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chapter 30