――This is Momijihara High School.
My usual place is in the corner of the gym.
MC: ” Hah!”
The ball hits the wall and rebounds back.
I do that over and over.
After all, I’m the only member of the volleyball club here.
I hit the ball hard and it flies off in the wrong direction.
MC: “Oops, I messed up.”
Even though I came out here during vacation to practice, I can’t seem to find my motivation today.
I mean, I know why, but……
MC: “Hey, get it together! Concentrate, concentrate!”
But honestly, practicing by myself in the corner of the gym really is lonely. Over on the other side of the gym, the basketball club is being pretty lively.
Basketball Club Coach: “Hey, don’t stop moving! Run!”
Basketball Club: “Y- Yes!”
MC: “Man, that looks rough. But…… nice.”
I want to practice more, too.
I want…… to play volleyball more……
MC: “Oh yeah, today was the Spring Tournament preliminaries, huh.”
With that thought floating around in my head, there’s no way I can concentrate at all today.
It’s agonizing, and tears well up in spite of myself. I thought it was bad, and now I’m crying.
MC: “Sniff, sniff……”
Volleyball Club Adviser: “What are you crying for?”
While my nose was dripping, the faculty adviser had shown up without me noticing.
MC: “I- I’m not crying!”
Volleyball Club Adviser: “Oh? That’s fine, but…… I have something I want to talk to you about. Is now okay?”
MC: “Yeah, it’s fine……”
Volleyball Club Adviser: “Practicing by yourself over summer break, too?”
MC: “Well, I’m basically the whole volleyball club, after all.”
Volleyball Club Adviser: “Yeah, but you can’t really get a full practice by yourself, right?”
MC: “Oh no, it’s fine!”
I respond forcefully, but it’s just as he says. If there were more members, we’d be able to practice all sorts of things.
Volleyball is a six-person sport, after all.
Volleyball Club Adviser: “Ever since the third years retired, it’s just been you, huh?”
MC: “It’s my fault, since I couldn’t gather any new players.”
I knew I would be the only one left after the third years retired.
So I tried to go around and solicit new members, but in the end, I couldn’t get even one.
Volleyball Club Adviser: “Back when we were pretty strong, there used to be a lot of members, huh?”
Apparently our volleyball club used to be pretty good.
That’s all in the past, though……
MC: “So what did you want to talk about?”
Volleyball Club Adviser: “Oh, right, right. Actually, Karasuno High School contacted me.”
MC: “Huh!? Karasuno High School did?”
Karasuno High School……
A former champion, like us.
But this year, their name has started to come up again.
Something about some amazing first year combo that entered. To be talked about even as a first year — that’s pretty amazing.
Volleyball Club Adviser: “It seems that there’s going to be some sort of joint practice at Karasuno that a bunch of powerhouse schools from Tokyo are doing.”
Volleyball Club Adviser: “Since there was an opportunity, they reached out to see if any volleyball clubs at nearby schools wanted to participate.”
MC: “A joint practice, with powerhouse schools……”
Volleyball Club Adviser: “So they invited us and said we could also take part, if you’d like……”
MC: ” I want to do it! I want to participate!”
MC: “I want to…… but…… I can’t really go by myself, can I.”
My rising excitement suddenly withers.
Volleyball Club Adviser: “You can’t, huh? What if they just let you take part in their practices, or something?”
MC: “That would be too much trouble.”
I’m sure they’re practicing to get stronger for the Spring Tournament. The goal is to level up each team.
So for some student from another school to just join in……
MC: “Why did they contact us, though?”
Volleyball Club Adviser: “Well, we used to be pretty friendly with Karasuno.”
MC: “Is that so?”
Volleyball Club Adviser: “That was back when people still called us both powerhouses. We haven’t really been in contact for a while, now.”
Volleyball Club Adviser: “But hey, why don’t you at least go check it out? It looks like Karasuno has been working pretty hard again, so it’d be good motivation.”
MC: ” ………”
We both used to be called powerhouse schools, but now Karasuno is making a comeback.
Meanwhile, we won’t even be able to play at the tournament for lack of members. What happened to make things so different?
If I go, I wonder if I’ll be able to figure something out?
MC: “…… I understand. I’ll at least go and see.”
MC: “Though once I explain the situation, they’ll probably refuse me……”
MC: “This is Karasuno High School, huh. I wonder which way the gym is?”
Ryuunosuke Tanaka: Yeaaaaaaahh!!
That voice…… This atmosphere……
Even from far away, I recognize it immediately.
The atmosphere of volleyball, that’s been ingrained in my body.
MC: “They’re playing volleyball over there.”
MC: “Looks like it’s here.”
Tetsurou Kuroo: “Kenma, nice!”
That’s some amazing energy.
Could this atmosphere be……
MC: “Are they in the middle of a match?”
Asahi Azumane: “Ohhhhhhhhh!!”
Daichi Sawamura: “Asahi, nice kill!”
MC: “So they are in the middle of a match after all. Karasuno, and the opponent is…… Nekoma?”
I’ve heard of Nekoma before. They’re a powerhouse school from Tokyo, and used to compete with Karasuno a lot……
Yuu Nishinoya: “ROLLING THUNDER~~~~~~~!!”
Ryuunosuke Tanaka: “Nice, Noya-san!!”
MC: ” I’m pretty sure Karasuno had Spring Tournament qualifiers today, but they’re still playing a practice match. Amazing……”
They’re moving around so quickly you wouldn’t think they just played a match. Especially that number 10……
Tobio Kageyama: “Hinata!”
Shouyou Hinata: “Leave it to me!!”
MC: “Woah!? H- He flew!?”
Not to mention that jump with that height……!!
Shouyou Hinata: “Wohhhhhhh!!”
Shouyou Hinata: “Gweh!”
MC: “Woah! He crashed into the net!!”
I had thought it was amazing, but……
Well, even still, that jump really was amazing.
Tobio Kageyama: “What the hell are you doing, dumbass!!”
Shouyou Hinata: “I- I just got too fired up, is all!”
Is everything okay?
Koushi Sugawara: “Can I help you?”
MC: “Oh, um……”
Someone from Karasuno, I think.
He looks nice.
Okay, I’ll explain my situation to him.
MC: “Um, actually, I’m from Momiji……”
Ryuunosuke Tanaka: “Hey, who the hell are you!?”
MC: “Huh? U- Um……”
Ryuunosuke Tanaka: “Do you need something from us, huh?”
MC: “Huh!? N- No, I, uh.”
Taketora Yamamoto: “What’s your deal? Are you a scout!? A spy!?”
MC: “S- Spy!? N- No, I……”
Ryuunosuke Tanaka: “Ohoho, it sure takes guts for a spy to come here.”
Taketora Yamamoto: “Are you prepared, punk?”
MC: “P- Prepared for what……? Eeeeeeek!!”
Daichi Sawamura: “Hey! Don’t bully him!”
Tetsurou Kuroo: “Sorry about that, they’re so vulgar. But they’re really good guys at the core, so don’t worry.”
MC: “O- Okay……”
They don’t really seem like good guys at the core, but……
Daichi Sawamura: “So, you are?”
MC: “Um, I’m from Momijihara High School……”
Ittetsu Takeda: “Oh, the Momijihara Volleyball Club? I reached out to Momijihara, too.”
Ryuunosuke Tanaka: “I- Is that so…… Sorry!!”
Taketora Yamamoto: “It looks like we jumped to the wrong conclusions…… Our bad.”
Oh, I guess they really are better than they seem.
Ittetsu Takeda: “I’m glad you came. So, um…… Is it just you?”
MC: “Um, actually, yes. To tell the truth, right now all of our third years have retired, and I’m the only one.”
Shouyou Hinata: “The only one……”
MC: “That’s right.”
MC: “So, I’m really grateful for the invitation, but this time, it might not work out……”
Ittetsu Takeda: “Is that so…… I invited you without knowing that…”
Ittetsu Takeda: “So really, we ended up making you come all this way? So actually we should be the ones saying sorry.”
MC: “No, that’s……”
Ittetsu Takeda: “I don’t know how to apologize enough…… I’m really sorry!! I’m sorry!!”
MC: “Ehhhhhh!? Dogeza!? P- Please stop, it’s really fine!”
(Dogeza is that bow he makes, the one on the ground)
MC: “I should be the one apologizing. You invited us, so I’m sorry it didn’t work out. But I’m really glad that you did invite us.”
Yuu Nishinoya: “When you say you’re the only one, you mean you practice by yourself?”
MC: ” Yes. …… Well, I say that, but I can’t really do much.”
Koushi Sugawara: “That’s true. The amount of practice you can do by yourself is really limited.”
Shouyou Hinata: “So why don’t you practice with us!?”
MC: “Huh? With you…… But it’s just me.”
Shouyou Hinata: “Exactly! You can’t get a decent practice by yourself right?”
Shouyou Hinata: “I was like that too, so I get it. It’s really rough not being able to play volleyball!”
“I was like that too…” I wonder what that means?
Shouyou Hinata: “So, let’s play together!!”
MC: “I appreciate the sentiment, but…… If it’s just me by myself, I’d only be a nuisance.”
Shouyou Hinata: “You wouldn’t be a nuisance! Listen, if you keep holding back like this, you won’t be able to play volleyball!”
MC: ” ! That’s true…… You’re right!”
Shouyou Hinata: “That’s fine, right, captain!?”
Tobio Kageyama: “Of course it’s not fine, you dumbass.”
Shouyou Hinata: “Wh- Why!?”
Tobio Kageyama: “Look, we have a huge pile of stuff we need to do.”
Tobio Kageyama: “Now’s not the time to take care of some guy from some other school.”
Shouyou Hinata: “I guess, but…… but I just can’t leave him! Kageyama, are you fine just leaving him like this!?”
Tobio Kageyama: “N- Not really…… I didn’t say I was fine with it! Anyway, it’s not something we can decide on our own!”
Keishin Ukai: “He’s right, you know. This really isn’t something we can just decide on our own.”
Keishin Ukai: “Our and the Fukuroudani Academy Group’s training camp is a joint event. We have to ask the other schools’ opinions before we make a decision.”
Keishin Ukai: “But the teams won’t all be here until tomorrow, so it’s not like we’ll decide for sure today.”
MC: “Huh? Didn’t the training camp start today?”
Keishin Ukai: “No, it starts tomorrow. Nekoma just happened to arrive early, so we ended up practicing.”
MC: “Oh, I see.”
Koutarou Bokuto: “We’ve arriiived! Hey hey heey! This time we’re aiming for no penalties again!”
Keiji Akaashi: ““No penalties” has never happened even once.”
Koutarou Bokuto: “Akaashi~, didn’t I say to aim high!”
More strong-looking people……
Ittetsu Takeda: “Well, it looks like Fukuroudani’s arrived.”
Keiji Akaashi: “…… Did something happen?”
Ittetsu Takeda: “Well, I had invited some neighboring high schools’ volleyball teams to the joint practice……”
MC: “Nice to meet you! I’m from Momijihara High School!”
MC: ” But to tell the truth……”
Shouyou Hinata: “This guy’s volleyball club has only one person! So it’s okay if we let him practice with us, right?”
Keiji Akaashi: “One person…… You can’t practice with just one person?”
Shouyou Hinata: “So we should let him practice with us!”
(During this, Hinata corrects himself to use more formal speech)
Keishin Ukai: “This isn’t something we can force him to do, though. The most important thing is what he wants to do.”
MC: ” Huh? Me? I……”
Everyone’s eyes are on me. My heart is racing.
The most important thing is how I feel?
What do I want to do?
MC: “”I want to practice, too!!!
When I realize it, I say it as if I were shouting.
I want to practice…… I want to play volleyball!
Shouyou Hinata: “So it’s decided! Let’s play together!”
Keishin Ukai: “Like I said, it’s not something that concerns only us.”
MC: “R- Right……”
Ittetsu Takeda: “I can’t make any promises, but I’ll take responsibility and talk to the other schools about it.”
Keishin Ukai: “Well, it doesn’t seem like anybody has any objections. Though of course, it’s not like you can take part in every single practice.”
MC: “Even a little is fine! Even just watching is fine!”
Keishin Ukai: “I got it, I got it.”
Keishin Ukai: “Anyway, after the afternoon practice is over, there’s free practice, so why don’t you try participating in that.”
MC: “Free practice…… Yes, I will! Thank you so much!!”
Tetsurou Kuroo: “After afternoon practice we were originally thinking of shuffling up the different members and having a practice match.”
Daichi Sawamura: “We figured that having a practice match with different members than usual might bring some new things to light.”
Koutarou Bokuto: “So how about this guy joins in for that?”
MC: “A practice match! Playing in a match is like a dream!”
Koushi Sugawara: “Ahaha, you’re exaggerating.”
MC: “No! Really!”
Daichi Sawamura: “How does that sound?”
Keishin Ukai: “Yeah, that sounds good, doesn’t it?”
Keishin Ukai: “That is, if you still have energy after practicing for the whole day.”
Shouyou Hinata: “Plenty!! You’ll get to play in a match!! Isn’t that great!!”
MC: “Yeah! Thanks!”
Lev Haiba: “If it’s a match, let’s do it now! Please let me play too!”
Tetsurou Kuroo: “Lev. Wasn’t Yaku supposed to be working you hard?”
Morisuke Yaku: “That’s right, you’re still in the middle of practicing receives!! Come here!”
Lev Haiba: “Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahh!”
He was pulled away……
Koutarou Bokuto: “In that case, you can play with us!!”
Keiji Akaashi: “We just got here. We haven’t even put down our things yet.”
Koutarou Bokuto: “Eh~~, come on, it’s fine, Akaashi~~~”
Koushi Sugawara: “So how about we let him mix in with us, and play a game with just Karasuno?”
Keishin Ukai: “Sure, we can probably do that much.”
Shouyou Hinata: “Yay! A surprise match!”
MC: “Y- Yeah!”
I haven’t been practicing enough and all of a sudden I’m playing in a match?
But, I’m really excited!!
As you go through the match you’ll get a tutorial on all aspects of it.
I have translated all these parts in the Tutorial section.
After the match you’ll get to see if a character has learned a new ability.