Takahiro Hanamaki (Japanese: 花巻 (はなまき) 貴大 (たかひろ) Hanamaki Takahiro) was previously a 3rd year wing spiker at Aoba Johsai High. As of 2021, he lives in Tokyo and is "between jobs"[1]

Appearance

Hanamaki has light brown (at times considered almost pink-brown) short-cropped hair, revealing his forehead. His eyes are slightly beady and his face often has a bored expression. His eyebrows are short and slim. He is considered pretty tall for a high school student, but average among male volleyball players.

Personality

Hanamaki is usually calm and collected. He is observant and perceptive, able to read the game situation quite well, and doesn't talk much during games. Despite this, he does have a sense of humour, especially with the third years, and generally gets along pretty well with the other team members. He is shown to be particularly close to Matsukawa. He's seen to flash the peace sign when Oikawa complimented him.

Background

Plot

Karasuno High Team Formation Arc

Hanamaki first appears during the match between Karasuno and Aoba Johsai.

Interhigh Arc

Hanamaki plays in the match between Karasuno and Aoba Johsai.

Spring High Preliminary Arc

In the match against Date Tech, Hanamaki (Watari in the manga) is the one to spot Koganegawa's attempts at multiple setter dumps and is able to receive them. He is later called to make a set to Oikawa. At one point, he's seen missing a serve.

In the match against, Karasuno, Hanamaki joins Iwaizumi and Matsukawa in voicing their faith in Oikawa as their captain but is still quick to join in teasing Oikawa that he will owe them and the team ramen if he failed his first serve. After Aoba Johsai loses to Karasuno, Hanamaki is seen crying with others.

Tokyo Nationals Arc

Hanamaki makes a brief appearance during the Karasuno and Inarizaki game when Hinata comments to Nishinoya that Matsukawa's blocks are his most hated. Matsukawa is then seen sneezing while on a train and Hanamaki is sitting next to him[2].

Final Arc

Hanamaki's final appearance is when he is shown watching the Olympic match between Japan and Argentina. He voices his annoyance of when the announcers comment how Oikawa never made it to Nationals in high school. As of the end of the series, he is stated to be in between jobs.

Statistics

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

Like the rest of his team, Hanamaki is good overall player. Even though he is a wing spiker, he can set the ball for his teammates like a setter. When it feels like the right moment, he can rack up points through feints. He is the only starting member of Aoba Johsai besides Oikawa to be capable of a jump serve at the time of the Interhigh preliminaries.


Jumping Reach: 327 cm

Relationships

Issei Matsukawa

Hanamaki with Matsukawa and Iwaizumi

The two seem to be close friends, even among the four tight-knit third years of Seijou. They often join in or enjoy spectating Oikawa's mocking antics towards Iwaizumi, or tease Oikawa as well. Though both are of few words, they appear to be close with the members of their team.

Tōru Oikawa

He appears to be close with the team captain and puts much faith in him. Hanamaki enjoys Oikawa's endless jokes towards Iwaizumi, spectating their banter along with Matsukawa, or occasionally chiming in with their own teasing remarks (about either Oikawa or Iwaizumi).

Hajime Iwaizumi

Hanamaki and Iwaizumi seem close, though the former is concerned about beating the latter in arm wrestling. He seems to wish to surpass Iwaizumi in strength. He likes to watch (or even join in with) Oikawa teasing Iwaizumi, or the other way around.

Quotes

Trivia

  • He has a habit of putting his hands inside his shorts while standing or walking.
  • Favorite Food: profiteroles.
  • Current Concern: No matter how hard he tries, he can't beat Iwaizumi at arm wrestling.
  • It's unknown if he and Matsukawa do this on purpose or it's a mistake done by Furudate, but the two characters are occasionally shown wearing each other's uniform (Chapter 49's cover page for example).
  • In Haikyuu's first popularity poll, Hanamaki placed 25th with 826 votes.[3] In the second, he dropped to 26th with 1,723 votes.[4]
  • Nomenclature
    • Takahiro (貴大) - Precious
    • Hanamaki (花巻) - Flower Roll

References

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