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"The Tournament Begins!" (Japanese: 試合開始 (しあいかいし) !! Shiai Kaishi!!) is the ninety-ninth chapter of the Haikyū!! series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. It was published in the 14th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump’s 2014 series.


After an intense training camp, Karasuno High is back for the Spring High National Tournament Miyagi Prefecture Qualifying Rounds, with Ohgiminami High School as their first opponent.


Karasuno is waiting at the tournament venue for their turn. After barely losing out to Aoba Johsai in a close third set, Karasuno has gained reputation for their abilities. The bystanders converse among themselves about Karasuno's roster, noting that the team consists of two distinguished players, a reliable captain specializing in receives, a tall middle blocker, and powerful outside hitters. Just as they focus their attention on the infamous short middle blocker, they are shocked to find Hinata looking completely haggard.

When asked by Yachi, Hinata reveals that he's feeling better after he threw up the unusually large breakfast he ate beforehand. Tsukishima mocks Hinata for his unsound decision while Kageyama yells out of anger. The weak-willed members, Yamaguchi and Asahi, seem to be affected as they also feel a need to barf. While Karasuno banters, the bystanders can't help but doubt if such rowdy team really give Aoba Johsai such hard time.

While heading to the bathroom, Hinata accidentally bumps into Yoshiki Towada, the captain of their first opponent, Ohgiminami. Towada mistakes Hinata for being in middle school at first until Hinata loudly declares that Karasuno will win the tournament and head to nationals. Towada easily dismisses Hinata's proclamation since he firmly believes Shiratorizawa is unbeatable.

As the two teams begin their official warm-ups, Tanaka overhears members of Ohgiminami trash talking him and decides to show off with a powerful spike. Hinata quickly follows suit with an amazing spike of his own, proving that Karasuno has a solid offense. Just before the start of the match, Takeda gives a pep talk to his players reminding them that it's now the time for their efforts to pay off.

The elder Ukai arrives to observe the match and joins the other Karasuno supporters on the upper balcony. He denies coming to the match just to support his grandson. When the other supporter is confident of Karasuno's victory, the elder Ukai states that no game is guaranteed since many unpredictable factors can affect even the best team. Immediately, Asahi makes a untouched service ace to show that Karasuno is in top shape.



Chapter notes

Character revelations


  • In commemoration of the upcoming anime and start of the Spring High preliminaries, a center color page of a sleeping Yachi dreaming about her and Shimizu dressed in volleyball uniforms. The text reads: “On the court, everyone is a warrior!!”
  • Karasuno played their match at Kaji High School, the tournament venue for Groups 4 and 5 of the preliminary rounds for the Miyagi Prefecture Spring Interhigh Qualifer.


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