Takahiro Hanamaki (Japanese: (はな) (まき) (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. However, Oikawa describes him to be a pessimist, even though he did this sarcastically.

Background

Plot

Karasuno High Team Formation Arc

When Hanamaki serves, Ennoshita easily receives its, which reminds Sugawara about how Aoba Johsai’s serves are supposedly strong, but assumes that Karasuno is handling them well. [2]

Interhigh Arc

When Aoba Johsai is warming up for the match, Oikawa praises Hanamaki for his hits for warm-ups, and Hanamaki gives him the peace sign without much care. [3] When Aoba Johsai calls for a time-out and Oikawa explains his speculations for Karasuno to differentiate their quicks, Hanamaki tells Oikawa that it would be useless now as Hinata just rotated into the back row. Not long after Hanamaki, Matsukawa, and Oikawa are all rotated in the front row, which pressures Kageyama and roll with Oikawa’s plan. In the next rally, Kageyama serves, and Hanamaki has trouble bumping it. During the time-out to conclude the first set, Iwaizumi headbutts Oikawa due to having insulted him, and Hanamaki is seen catching the towels and water bottles they drop.

Sometime later, it’s Oikawa’s turn to serve, and both Iwaizumi and Hanamaki in front of him tell him to smash it, to which he answers “I know”.

Spring High Preliminary Arc

Aoba Johsai vs Date Tech

The first point of the match is seen being scored by Hanamaki doing a tip to overcome an enemy block during the second set. Following this rally, Hanamaki serves, and Obara struggles to receive it. After Oikawa gets frustrated over how irritating Date Tech is to defeat, Hanamaki and Iwaizumi both insult him, and they get a remark from Oikawa. Near the end of the match, Hanamaki serves, and Daichi remarks that Oikawa wasn’t the only one whose serving had improved. After Iwaizumi scores past Date Tech’s triple block, Hanamaki praises his teammates for being so cool.

Aoba Johsai vs Karasuno

Hanamaki is present when Oikawa mocks Kageyama and gets into a childish argument with him and Hanamaki comments on how Oikawa is supposed to be a third year in high school. Hanamaki, along with the other third years, all demand their command of a bowl of ramen in case Oikawa were to fail his first serve after interrupting his faith speech. During the second rally, Hanamaki notices that Kageyama’s serve would go out of court bounds and doesn’t make an effort to attempt going after the ball. Shortly after, Hanamaki sets to Oikawa, and Kageyama is shocked at how Aoba Johsai’s setting skills go beyond their setter and libero. After Hanamaki accidentally bumps Kyotani, Tanaka, right on the other side of the net, thinks to himself about how strange it is seeing Aoba Johsai being all awkward rather than perfect.

Despite this, Hanamaki would cover for Kyotani after Sugawara continuously aims his serves and him to limit the number of times he could stop enemy attacks. As he receives, Hanamaki remarks to himself that the reason why Kyotani is on the court is that he’s a great source of firepower, so he would be useless if he failed his shots. During the end of the third set, Hanamaki notices that Sugawara deliberately aims at Iwaizumi, and after he spikes, the ball goes on the tape and Hanamaki hopes it falls on the other side.

During the final set, Hanamaki is desperate to keep the ball up but struggles to dig Asahi's spike. After Aoba Johsai’s loss, Iwaizumi blames himself for it but after a slap in the back by each of the third years, including Hanamaki, he gets back to his senses. At the ramen shop, Oikawa tells his team that they had the potential to go to nationals, but Hanamaki still thinks that they would’ve gotten crushed in the first round either way. Nevertheless, that evening, Iwaizumi has a competition with Oikawa to determine who had the more right to be upset over their loss, but Hanamaki and Matsukawa don’t react to it much. Shortly after, the club’s third years all play together. As they are about to wrap things up, Hanamaki senses that Oikawa is about to end off with a happy message to conclude their volleyball career and they all break into tears.

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.[4]

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. He also seems to be quite proficient at receiving, being able to cleanly bump Asahi's serve.

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 Aoba Johsai. 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.[5] In the second, he dropped to 26th with 1,723 votes.[6]
  • Nomenclature
    • Takahiro (貴大) - Precious
    • Hanamaki (花巻) - Flower Roll

References

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