Yamato Sarukui (Japanese: 猿杙 (さるくい) 大和 (やまと) Sarukui Yamato) is a civil servant in Tokyo.

Prior to that, he was a third year wing spiker in Fukurōdani Academy.

Appearance

He has tousled black hair (which appears dark brown in the anime) and thick eyebrows. His most prominent feature is his mouth; it resembles a monkey's, which goes with his nickname, "Saru".

Personality

Not much is known about Yamato's personality, although, just like the rest of the team, he knows when to enlighten Bokuto when the latter is in a bad mood.

Background

Plot

Tokyo Expedition Arc

Sarukui first appears along with his team during the summer training camp at Nekoma High. During the camp at Shinzen High, he appears more and plays against Karasuno in their final match of the camp. Like his teammates, Sarukui is thrown off when Karasuno is able to make their new attacks work and start to take the lead against them. Because of this, Bokuto would slip into one of his moods but Sarukui and the rest of the team were able to play like usual and keep the team afloat until Akaashi was able to bring Bokuto out of his state and win the match.

Spring High Preliminary Arc

Sarukui playing in the match against Nekoma to be one of Tokyo's representing teams during the Spring Tournament. He is noted by Akane to have a powerful serve, though he believed his first serve was not commendable since it went straight to Yaku. One of his most notable plays during the game is when he and Konoha are able to keep the ball going for several plays by setting to one another. When Bokuto became depressed when he forgot how to hit a cross shot, Sarukui is seen with a look of mild annoyance. Later when Fukurōdani wins the game, Sarukui celebrates along with his team.

Tokyo Nationals Arc

Fukurōdani Academy vs. Eiwa High

Sarukui overhears Bokuto's wish to have a bigger audience watching them and feels as if he let his guard down in not keeping a better eye on the ace's mood. Later Konoha makes an emergency set to him and the two celebrate their successful play. After Fukurōdani wins the game, Sarukui praises Akaashi for finding Hinata in the crowd and using his presence to help get Bokuto back on track.

Fukurōdani Academy vs Morikawa High

WhenFukurōdani wins the match, Sarukui notices that Akaashi is overthinking things when the setter notices that Bokuto has been playing better than normal.

Fukurōdani Academy vs. Matsuyama Nishi Shōgyō High

Sarukui briefly appears during the game.

Fukurōdani vs Mujinazaka High

Sarukui is amused at Bokuto's statement that he will become the top ace in the nation. During the match, Sarukui is seen receiving Usuri's serve that many claimed he made look like an easy feat.

Final Arc

Saurkui joins Konoha and Komi in a bar to watch Bokuto play with the MSBY Black Jackals on tv. After high school, Sarukui has become a civil servant in Tokyo[1]. It's shown in a flashback that Fukurōdani Academy had advanced all the way to the finals of the Spring Tournament in 2013 but lost the final set. Despite their loss, Sarukui agreed with Konoha that Bokuto could be difficult to deal with at times but would continue to support his friend in the future.

Statistics

High School Statistics
Power
 
4/5
Jumping
 
4/5
Stamina
 
3/5
Game Sense
 
3/5
Technique
 
3/5
Speed
 
2/5

Yamato is shown to be above average at receiving and digging, with Daichi complementing his "top-level receive" against Mujinazaka. Additionally, his jump serves are decently powerful since Akane Yamamoto commented on one of his jump serves as "vicious". He is also excellent at spiking.

Jumping Reach: 328 cm

Relationships

Haruki Komi

He has a good relationship with Komi and is often seen around him and Konoha Akinori.

Akinori Konoha

Konoha and Sarukui have a good relationship. They get along and play together very well.

Fukurōdani Academy

He is seen to get along well with the rest of his teammates.

Trivia

  • Favorite Food: daikon radish.
  • Current Concern: He's been told to stop smiling when he's not actually smiling at all.
  • His star sign is Leo.
  • Nomenclature
    • Yamato (大和) - Big Peace
    • Sarukui (猿杙) - Monkey

Quotes

References

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