Haikyuu Season 1 Episode 21 Review | 'Senpai's True Abilities'
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Haikyuu Season 1 Episode 21 Review | 'Senpai's True Abilities'

In Haikyuu season 1 episode 21, when Suga subbed for Kageyama, Senpai’s true abilities shone, and Hinata kept the opponents guessing. Karasuno took the lead, but Aoba Johsai refused to bow down.
Haikyuu Season 1 Episode 21 Review | 'Senpai's True Abilities'

 

In Haikyuu season 1 episode 20, Oikawa was not the genius. An old rivalry resurfaced as Oikawa and Kageyama were both setters for their team. When the opponents foresaw Kageyama’s moves, Suga stepped in. In Haikyuu season 1 episode 21, when Suga subbed for Kageyama, Senpai’s true abilities shone, and Hinata kept the opponents guessing. Karasuno took the lead, but Aoba Johsai refused to bow down.

 

Even though Kageyama was a highly qualified and talented setter, he was not able to handle the team against Aoba Johsai. He was bewildered throughout the match. Everyone could see that the match was going out of Karasuno’s hands. Even Oikawa himself believed that no one, not even him, could beat Kageyama when it came to being a setter. But Kageyama did not have the experience to work with his team against such a strong team, that is when Suga sensed that he needed to use his golden card and he swapped places with Kageyama.

Haikyuu season 1 episode 21 |'Senpai's True Abilities'
Haikyuu season 1 episode 21 |’Senpai’s True Abilities’

Kageyama was heartbroken that he was replaced during the match and he would not be able to play until he would be replaced again. Since junior high, Kageyama always thought that if he was off the court during a match, he was useless. This was a major reason why he was unable to control his anger issues as he was always burdened with the stress of winning matches. Even coach Ukai was worried that Kageyama would lose his hope but he knew this was the time where he had to learn that he should not take all the burden on his shoulders. Volleyball was played in teams and not as an individuals.

 

As Suga stepped in the match took a turn. The Senpai’s true abilities were visible. Sugawara handled the team well. Even though Suga was not as talented as Kageyama, his experience spoke volumes. Suga and Hinata even made a special strategy. Sugawara made some signs to direct them about the attack they were going to pull off so that the opponent team was unaware about it. After Suga taught them this, it was perfectly executed. The signs made it very easy for Hinata to understand and execute the shots.

 

Aoba Johsai team members always thought that Hinata only understood Kageyama’s tosses but they was wrong. Hinata was an extraordinary player. His demon quick attack made him more special. Hinata was very angry that Kageyama was out of the court, even though when they met they were nemesis, these past few matches brought them closer than ever. He wanted Kageyama to prove Oikawa wrong but he failed. The major problem that the Karasuno’s were facing was Oikawa’s direct serve. Oikawa’s serve was very accurate. In the previous set, Oikawa scored four points directly which was a very heavy loss for the Karasuno’s.

But Ukai tried to find a way to stop him. He changed the back block positions in the court arrangement. Only Nishinoya and Daichi were standing at the back to block Oikawa’s serve. Ukai thought as many people were standing at the back before, it was very difficult to focus on the ball. Ukai’s strategy turned out to be exact as Daichi was able to block Oikawa’s serve. That moment was a special moment for the team. During the match, as Kageyama was off the court one of the stand by players actually told him that he was very good at being the setter but it was important for him to gain the trust of his team members. As trust was the only thing which made teamwork possible.

 

Karasuno vs Aoba Johsai
Karasuno vs Aoba Johsai

Kageyama actually learned where he was going wrong and as he knew where to use the right strategy at the right time, all he wanted to do was go back in the court to play. He could feel his breath and his hands were trembling. This showed how much Kageyama loved volleyball. During the second set, Kageyama raised his chance of being replaced. He replaced himself as the setter at Suga’s place.  As Suga was going back from the court he told Kageyama that Hinata was the happiest when he played with Kageyama. Kageyama made Hinata shine.

 

As Kageyama was back in the court, would he be able to handle the team and win the match?