|Date of birth||December 16|
|Height||162.5 cm (5' 4")|
|Weight||53.3 kg (117.5 lbs)|
|Likes|| Volleyball |
|Occupation||High School Student (1st Year, Class 4)|
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Shibayama is the shortest player on the Nekoma team. He has slightly thick eyebrows, along with dark eyes. His hair is also jet black, and is parted in the middle.
In the anime, he has been shown wearing his red track suit and practice clothing. The only time he is seen in the libero uniform is when Nekoma and Karasuno have their first practice match and he is standing with the team before the game begins. In the manga, he is finally shown in his volleyball uniform in chapter 200.
Whilst Shibayama is an incredibly minor character, he is shown to be shy and gentle yet determined. Whilst not being as talented as the other players on his team, he tries his best to help where he can.
Karasuno High Team Formation ArcEdit
Tokyo Expedition ArcEdit
Spring High Preliminary ArcEdit
Near the end of the first set in the match against Nohebi, Shibayama is substituted in when Yaku is injured and unable to continue. He right away feels the pressure of replacing Yaku and is instantly targeted by the opposing players. Due to the pressure and nerves, he is unable to move in time to receive a ball properly; resulting in a point for Nohebi. Shibayama begins to self doubt, calling himself the 'weak link', until Kuroo has him recite the team mantra in order to calm him down. After Kenma suggests that Shibayama only rotates with Lev, Shibayama becomes more inspired to prove himself; believing that he is not fit to be a regular on the court until he can prove his value. When Nohebi is at set point, Shibayama is rotated in. He has a flashback of when Yaku was describing what an honor it is to be a libero for Nekoma and how it's possible to claim a regular spot by proving your worth. Shibayama is able to calm himself after this and receives Daishou's serve perfectly; allowing Kenma to set the ball to Kuroo and score a point, bringing the set to a deuce. Near the end of the second set, Shibayama goes in when Kuroo's hand is injured. Upon getting onto the court, Shibayama right away informs Lev that he will be right behind him for support. Moments later, he is unable to receive a ball which brings the set to a deuce. He apologizes to the team, causing Lev to quietly question why Shibayama would be apologizing as he believes that a lost point is not the fault of any one person; thus causing Lev to finally see the meaning of teamwork. With Nekoma now at match point, Shibayama is able to receive the ball and allows Kenma to set to Yamamoto who is able to land the winning point. After the game ends, Shibayama and Lev begin to excitedly recall how they were able to work together and he and the team receive praise from Yaku.
Tokyo Nationals ArcEdit
Compared to Yaku, Shibayama is far less skilled as a libero. Though when he gets serious, he becomes quite proficient at receiving.
During the match against Nohebi Academy, he was substituted in for Yaku after the latter injured himself from stepping on a spectator's foot. Kenma decides to only make Shibayama switch in with Lev when the middle blocker is in the back row, rather than switching with both Lev and Kuroo due to Shibayama's lack in rhythm with the team in official matches.
Jumping Reach: 280 cm
He's shown to hang around Inuoka often and in most scenes that he's in, Inuoka is close by.
Shibayama was shown comforting Lev during his period of insecurity after the match against Fukurodani. During the match against Nohebi, Shibayama is the player that makes Lev believe he has finally "clicked" with the team.
Shibayama respects Yaku, but is intimidated by the fact that he has to play as well as Yaku whenever he's switched into matches.
- Favourite food: Omurice
- Current concern: "Everyone is so good at receives and I don't feel like I am needed at all, but I'm gonna try my best to practice!"
- His star sign is Sagittarius.
- His name means gentle/skilled (優) + pure (生), Mountain Turf (芝山)
- He is the youngest member in his team.
- "Just now... I was clearly being targeted. Yaku-san is a presence that the opponent tries to avoid at any and all costs... But in my case, all they see is a "weak link" with a huge bullseye on my back...!" (to himself, Chapter 199)
- "The way I am now, I'm not worthy of staying on the court the whole game. The only one who can prove that I am worthy...is me." (to himself, Chapter 200)
- "Kuroo-san and Sawamura-san's smiles both faded the moment they turned their backs to each other. They were each reminded of just how difficult of a feat it is "to survive through Day 2." (to himself, Chapter 246)