You're only an ace if you make miracles.

Tsutomu Goshiki (Japanese: 五色 (ごしき) (つとむ) Goshiki Tsutomu) is an outside hitter for the Azuma Pharmacy Green Rockets, a professional volleyball team in Division 1 of Japan's V. League.

At the time of his introduction, he was a first year wing spiker on Shiratorizawa Academy's volleyball team and was their up-and-coming ace.

Appearance

Like most of Shiratorizawa, Goshiki is quite tall and has a medium build. He has black hair styled in a bowl cut manner, dark brown eyes, and matching colored eyebrows that thin out at the end. He holds a natural scowl for an expression and a sharp gaze.

Personality

He is hardworking, ambitious, and enjoys showing off. Every time he pulls off a good move, he looks around in excitement, wondering if anyone saw him and occasionally being told off by Shirabu. Goshiki responds to things his teammates say enthusiastically even if he doesn't understand what's being said to him; as seen with his coach, who speaks in the Miyagi dialect. He greatly admires Ushijima and dreams of becoming a better ace player than him, which, to his annoyance, is sometimes made the subject of jokes by his teammates.

Background

Goshiki appears to have been a capable volleyball player even before entering Shiratorizawa Academy. In one of his recollections, he is seen being praised by an elderly lady while showing off a volleyball related trophy. He is also frequently acknowledged for his height and reliability as an ace. 

Plot

Spring High Preliminary Arc

Shiratorizawa vs Karasuno

Goshiki plays in the finals match against Karasuno. He goes into the match with the hope of proving to Ushijima and the rest of the Shiratorizawa team that he will be the next team ace and will achieve more than Ushijima. However, Ushijima encouraged Goshiki to pursue his goal which annoyed the first year to a certain degree.

As the match begins, Daichi serves first but Goshiki calls the ball as landing out. Later when the score reached 18-11 with Shiratorizawa in the lead, Goshiki is able to show off his incredible line-shot that gets by Daichi with no trouble. He right away looks to his upperclassmen for compliments but only gets more remarks from Shirabu about always wanting admiration[1].

At the start of the send set, Goshiki is first to serve but finds trouble when Daichi not only receives his serve but also is the one to land a counter attack. Later, Tendō has Goshiki help keep the path for a straight shot closed off but in actuality, Tendō used this as a way to block off Kageyama when he tried to get around the block. Like his teammates, Goshiki spots Kageyama and Asahi glance at each other but is surprised when Tendō figures out that Hinata would get the set and easily blocked him. As Karasuno calls for a time-out, Goshiki admits that he had thought Asahi would get the set but Tendō explains how the glance was an attempt to trick the blockers.

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Mid-way into the second set, Tsukishima was able to get several one-touches on attacks. One eventually led to Tanaka hitting a ball that went directly between Goshiki and libero Yamagata. When they both saw the other was attempting to receive the ball, they hesitated to make the receive which resulted in no one saving the ball. This action caused Goshiki to be on the receiving end of Coach Tanji Washijō's scolding; although Goshiki would not fully understand how the coach phrased his words[2]. After another time-out ends, Goshiki serves but once more finds Daichi a problem when he is able to receive the serve. When Karasuno reached set point, Goshiki would attempt to beat Kageyama in a joust at the net but was easily beaten.

After Shiratorizawa won the third set, Goshiki is first to serve in the fourth set. He is determined to rack up as many points as he can with his serve but accidentally put too much power into his first serve and sent it out of bounds. When Karasuno was able to pull ahead at 2-0, Goshiki became the target of Washijō's scolding once again. Reon would question the first year why he felt that their coach seemed to be scolding him more than anyone else. When Goshiki answered that it was because he was still lacking in maturity and skill, Reon corrected him by making him see that Washijō actually is counting on Goshiki the most[3]. Goshiki becomes inspired by what Reon had told him and returns to the game with a new sense of determination. After another rally, Goshiki is faced with Kageyama attempting to cut off his path for a straight shot but, to Kageyama's surprise, he still manages to get the ball through.

During the fourth set, Semi is subbed in as a pinch server. However, Goshiki hesitated as he was trying to figure out if Hinata would be getting the set or not. This hesitation allowed Hinata to score with no block before him. With Karasuno eventually winning the fourth set, Goshiki and his teammates listen as Washijō demands a winning set or else he will make them run all the way back to the school. Tendō whispers to Goshiki that this has happened before and this rattles Goshiki. His nerves would soon vanish when Washijō states that he knows how strong the team is and that he has total confidence in them.

In the final set, Goshiki is faced with Hinata and Sugawara attempting to block off his cross shot. Even with seeing that Daichi is in position to receive the spike, Goshiki decides to go with the straight. As Karasuno hoped, Daichi was able to receive the ball but it would go back to the net where Tendō attempted to slam it down but at the same time Hinata attempted to deflect the ball. At Semi's second serve, Hinata had managed to receive Ushijima's spike incredibly close to the net and return it to Shiratorizawa's side. After having tried to save the ball, Goshiki takes the chance to mock Ushijima about having been stopped by a no-name first year. He is annoyed when Ushijima was not bother by his mocking and instead accepted it as truth. Goshiki himself is aware that Ushijima is an ace that is most likely to always be marked by more than one blocker and has been blocked before. But it stuns Goshiki that this happened to Ushijima by Hinata of all people.Yamaguchi is brought back into the game. Although his plan was to aim to where Ushijima was in order to make him receive the first or second touch, Yamaguchi's first serve instead hits the top of the net and the ball is returned to Karasuno. Seeing a synchronized attack starting, Goshiki readies himself and is able to block Daichi. Unfortunately, he is shown to have touched the net in the process and thus gives Karasuno another chance to attack.

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Even though Goshiki managed to make an overhand receive of Yamaguchi's next serve, Karasuno still came out on top and tied the score 12-12. Goshiki attempted to make another overhand receive on the third serve but the ball grazed his fingers and landed out of bonds. His nerves were starting to get the better of him and Washijō was nearly about to use the team's last time out until Ushijima was able to speak to Goshiki about how a player of his skill and talent shouldn't allow himself to come undone so easily. Ushijima's words worked and Goshiki was able to focus once more. In the next play, Goshiki was able to land a straight spike and have Yamaguchi removed from the match. As he is up to serve, Goshiki stuns Karasuno when he perform a soft serve instead of his normal powerful serve.

Karasuno was eventually able to get the score to 20-19. With Shiratorizawa doing everything they could to keep the ball going, Goshiki watched as Shirabu sent Ushijima another set. While he was upset that the set wasn't for him, Goshiki also can't help but admire watching Ushijima attack. To Shiratorizawa's displeasure, Karasuno was able to win the final set and the match. Goshiki is soon seen leaving the court in tears with Yamagata trying to console him. When the team returned to the academy, the third years officially retired from the team. Before Ushijima left, he offered advice to all of the remaining members of how they can improve their plays. Goshiki began to get nervous at thinking of all the things that Ushijima would tell him to fix but is surprised and moved to tears when Ushijima simply states that he would leave the team to Goshiki.

Tokyo National Arc

First Year Training Camp

A few months before the Spring Tournament, Shiratorizawa Academy became the host school to the First Year Training Camp. Goshiki was one of the first years attending the camp and was by far the most skilled among those present. Like everyone else, he was surprised to see that Hinata had crashed the training camp but was upset at the thought of the coaches not allowing Hinata to join the camp as he wanted a chance at payback against the Karasuno middle blocker.

giving in to Hinata's praise

Goshiki would mostly keep his distance from Hinata during the start of the camp until a night that Koganegawa was asking others to join him for extra practice. Hinata quickly spotted Goshiki leaving the gym and caught up to him to ask if he would stay for the extra practice. Goshiki at first tries to deny wanting to stay to practice with them but quickly becomes overwhelmed when Hinata showers him with praise of his incredible line shots. Goshiki reveals that he has not felt such praise since being part of Shiratorizawa because he is around upperclassmen that are either cold in demeanor or simply unreadable[4]. Caving to Hinata's praise, Goshiki agrees to stay for the extra practice where he continues to show his skills by tricking the blockers into thinking he would attempt a cross shot but instead does a line shot.

During a 2-on-2 match, Goshiki is paired with Tsukishima and he does not hesitate to call Tsukishima out on a poor set attempt. After a practice match against the retired Shiratorizawa third years, Hinata is spotted asking Ushijima for advice and Goshiki is encouraged by Shirabu to do the same since Ushijima would not be around as often to help. Goshiki at first refuses to do this, claiming that he would not ask a rival for advice, but quickly changes his mind when Shirabu points out that Hinata is ahead of him when it comes to taking the initiative.

Karasuno vs Inarizaki

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Goshiki is first shown watching Karasuno's matches at nationals during their game against Inarizaki. He and many others watching the match would be speechless when Hinata is seen making a perfect receive of Aran's spike[5]. Goshiki watched the match until Karasuno eventually won.

Karasuno vs Nekoma

While watching Karasuno play against Nekoma, Goshiki is soon joined by Tendō. He asks the middle blocker if he had seen Karasuno play against Inarizaki the day before, stating that it was an amazing match but quickly corrects himself by saying that Shiratorizawa is still very strong themselves. When Tendō claims that Karasuno is a team filled with crazy players, Goshiki wonders how Karasuno would feel hearing that statement coming from Tendō. They watch when Asahi was able to get the ball between the blockers and the net. While Goshiki had originally believed that Asahi should have powered through the block, Tendō had explained that sometimes it's better to chip away at the block a little at a time. Early in the second set, Tendō points out how Goshiki is pleading for Hinata to make an attack happen and Goshiki would attempt to hide that he was supporting Hinata[6]. When Hinata would later make a second attempt at a center attack using his new jumping ability, Goshiki praises Kageyama for delivering a clean set. He right away begins looking around him, fearing that Shirabu heard him and believes that his sets are not good. Goshiki shows great surprise when Kenma missed making a set due to the sweat on the ball and Nekoma lost the match from this. Tendō would then playfully tease Goshiki not to hit numerous serves out of bounds if he were to ever play against Nekoma in the future.

Karasuno vs Kamomedai

As Goshiki tries to watch Karasuno play against Kamomedai, he is annoyed that Tendō and Shirabu have gathered in his room to watch the match. At watching Tsukishima dodge a block-out attempt by Hoshiumi, Goshiki and Tendō have startled expressions. When the score is 12-12 in the third set, Goshiki admits how frightening Hinata is as a decoy. At hearing this confession, Shirabu comments that Goshiki is still not taking Hinata seriously enough and asks if he think he would stand a fighting chance if he and Hinata were faced one-on-one with each other[7]. Goshiki later appears to show concern when Hinata was revealed to be suffering a high fever. He continued to watch the match until Karasuno eventually lost.

Final Arc

Goshiki has become a player for the Azuma Pharmacy Green Rockets, a Division 1 team in Japan's V-League. He has become teammates with Kiryū.

Statistics

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

Goshiki is recognized as the upcoming ace after Ushijima. He is currently the only first year regular on the team, as such, he is a capable all-around player. He is very competent on offense with sharp angle and line shots in his arsenal. Goshiki is also shown to be decent in blocks and receives.  

Most likely due to his status as a first year, Goshiki falters under pressure more easily than his experienced teammates. Under those conditions, he is more prone to make mistakes like inaccurate judgement of serve going out of bounds and net touches while blocking.[8] Despite these shortcomings, he holds immense potential and is someone Ushijima entrusts to carry the future Shiratorizawa team.[9]

Jumping Reach: 328 cm

Skills

Post-Timeskip Skills Parameter
Serve
 
8/10
Serve Reception
 
7/10
Dig
 
8/10
Setting
 
7/10
Spike
 
9/10
Block
 
7/10
  • Jump Serve: Goshiki has a strong jump serve that can put pressure on the opposing team. He has shown the ability to manipulate the power placed into his jump serves, such that it lands shorter than expected to surprise the opponent team. Though he can generally hit his target well, he is not above committing faults, such as serving the ball out of bounds due to putting in too much power.[10]
  • Straight Spike: According to himself, his most powerful weapon is his "super straight" spike. He would use this attack when faced with multiple blockers by spiking the ball through the tight opening between the block and the antenna.[3]

Relationships

Kenjirō Shirabu

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The two appear to not get along that well. Every time Goshiki gets overly excited, Shirabu would insult him; such as saying that Goshiki should improve his skills before making bold statements. But on the court, they seem to get along in a unique way. Shirabu trusts the ball to Goshiki with zero hesitation if Ushijima wasn't in the position to make the attack.

Wakatoshi Ushijima

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Goshiki aims to become the next team ace and surpass Ushijima's reputation. He has challenged Ushijima before but the latter doesn't see Goshiki as a real threat and instead offers him advice and guidance, which annoys the first year to a certain point. Despite the one-sided rivalry, Goshiki looks up to and respects Ushijima's incredible prowess as a volleyball player. Ushijima appears to consider Goshiki a competent player, as was demonstrated by his brief straightforward encouragement of the first year after he lost multiple consecutive points and became rattled with nerves. Following Shiratorizawa's defeat by Karasuno, Ushijima addresses each of the team's underclassmen to provide them advice on self-improvement, including Goshiki. He acknowledges Goshiki with a simple "I leave the team to you," which moves the impassioned first year to tears. 

Shiratorizawa Academy

Goshiki appears to be on friendly or close terms with Tendō as Tendō is often seen speaking with Goshiki on and off the court. Tendō is aware of Goshiki's desire to become the next team ace and surpassing Ushijima. Tendō at times will speak of Goshiki becoming the next ace in a mix of encouragement and playful teasing. This is something that Kawanishi will at times claim is Tendō babying Goshiki. Tendō often joined Goshiki in watching Karasuno's matches online at the Spring Tournament. Goshiki appears to be on good terms with Reon as the third year helps Goshiki realize that their coach expects great things out of him despite his ridicules. Goshiki appears frightened by Coach Washijō for his harsh behavior. Washijō at times seems to scold Goshiki more than any of the other players but Reon has mentioned that it is because Washijō has the most faith in Goshiki.

Quotes

  • "It doesn't matter who our opponent is -- we will simply overpower them like we do everyone else." (Volume 17 Chapter 151)
  • "This game, I will prove to everyone that I am more worthy of being called Shiratorizawa's Ace than you are." (Volume 17 Chapter 151)

Trivia

  • Favorite Food: boiled flounder
  • Pre-timeskip Concern: Wants to be able to hit a sharper cross
  • Post-timeskip Concern: He wants to increase the power of his serve.
  • His star sign is Leo
  • In the anime[11], he appears right as the Spring High begins. In the manga, he doesn't appear until the Shiratorizawa vs Karasuno match.
  • Goshiki was possibly the ace and captain of his former team as he is shown wearing a jersey with the number 4 that also doubled as the captain number in a flashback[4].
  • Goshiki promotes Haruichi Furudate's previous work (Kiben Gakuha, Yotsuya-senpai no Kaidan) in Haikyū-bu!!
  • Nomenclature:
    • Tsutomu (工) - Worker
    • Goshiki (五色) - Five colors

References

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