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"The Greatest Opponent: Part 2" (Japanese: 最強 (さいきょう) (てき) ・2 Saikyō no Teki 2)is the three hundred and eighty-eighth chapter of the Haikyū!! series, written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. It was published in the 18th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump’s 2020 series.

OverviewEdit

The second set between the MSBY Black Jackals and Schweiden Adlers continues. Kageyama assesses his opponents and continues to earn points on his serve, and the Adlers take the lead.

PlotEdit

Kageyama contemplates his grandfather's words about finding stronger opponents and analyzes the strength of his current opponents. Sakusa produces spikes with a tricky spin and is a reliable serve receiver. Bokuto can instantly assess a situation and adapt with his exceptional athleticism. Atsumu is apt at taking advantage of his opponents' confusion to successfully carry out unexpected plays. Most notably, Hinata not only improved his all-around skills but also honed his already good balance to unbelievable levels through beach volleyball. Hinata receives Ushijima's serve dead on for Atsumu to set a spike for Tomas, causing Kageyama to complain about the sand that strengthened Hinata. As the match continues, Bokuto is blocked by a triple wall but manages to keep the rebounding ball alive. Kageyama accurately predicts that Hinata will charge in for a quick and lands a touch on the spike.

Takeda wonders why Kageyama and Hoshiumi do not perform the freak quick despite it being a powerful attack when combined with Hoshiumi's expertise in aerial battles. Ukai explains that it's a conscious choice since a set with more time in the air makes the best use of Hoshiumi's skill set. Just then, Hoshiumi proves Ukai's point by spiking through the narrow gap in between two blockers. Hinata is confused by Kageyama's gloating face, while Atsumu clarifies that setters claim their hitters' points as their own.

The Schweiden Adlers continue to rack up points from Kageyama's steady tosses as Romero scores. Ukai remarks that Kageyama is not as ostentatious because his sets are quietly reliable, but he quickly retracts his statement after Kageyama scores an untouched service ace. Kageyama aims his second serve between Hinata and Sakusa once again. Hinata is able to shakily pass it to the setter. Sakusa spikes from the back row and tools a triple block. Hoshiumi makes a save, but the ball goes long. Kageyama sets it one-handed to Romero before it goes over the net, demonstrating his finesse even in handling difficult passes.

Sakusa receives Kageyama's third serve, Atsumu sets, and Hinata spikes from the left. Heiwajima digs it but sends the ball flying back toward the net. Knowing Kageyama can easily set the ball to anyone, all of the Schweiden Adlers make an approach to attack. Tanaka reminisces that only Hinata was able to push Kageyama past his limits in high school, but at the professional level, everyone is a monster. To everyone's surprise, Kageyama feints a set and instead chooses to let the ball go over the net without touching it, scoring another point. Akaashi remarks that Kageyama is spoiled for choice with his offensive options, and Tanaka comments that Kageyama makes it look easy to score. On his fourth serve, Kageyama recalls Hinata's will in high school and declares that he too has yet to lose.

Appearances Edit

Chapter notes Edit

Character revelationsEdit

  • Sakunami is now a construction worker.
  • Kageyama and Hoshiumi could do the same quick attack as Hinata, but they choose not to do so because of a difference in play styles rather than their inability. Hoshiumi is a master of aerial battles and more time in the air would be more beneficial than speed.
  • Kageyama has been consistently setting solid, steady sets without any shakiness throughout the match.
  • Coach Ukai does not consider himself Kageyama's master.
  • Kageyama can still set one-handed.

TriviaEdit

  • When Tanaka's thought bubble refers to Hinata being the only monster to push Kageyama past his limits and the two panels transition to the Schweiden Adlers to emphasize that everyone at the pro level is a monster, the Japanese text reads as "monster" but the characters for Hinata's name are used. A secondary translation can be read as "The top level is full of Hinata's."

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