I’ve talked about the Japanese culture of banners for sport teams last time. So, I think I should talk about my favorite volley ball show “Haikyu!!”.

Karasuno High School Boy’s Valley Ball Team Banner

Main team’s slogan banner is so simple! It’s “飛べ(tobe)”. It means “Fly!”. Needless to say, human beings can’t fly(飛ぶ: tobu). We can only jump(跳ぶ: tobu). However, I guess they chose that kanji and the color black on purpose because they are Karasuno(烏野: Crow-Field) High School.  Crows can fly and they are black!

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Aoba-Jousai High School Boy’s Valley Ball Team Banner

The banner of Aoba-Jousai says “コートを制す(kouto-wo-seisu)”. That means “Rule the (Volley Ball) Court”. This team’s key player is the setter, Oikawa, who is controlling the team. The slogan fits.

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Shiratorizawa Academy Boy’s Valley Ball Team Banner

The Japanese Kanji slogan of Shiratorizawa Academy is “獅子奮迅(shishifunjin)”. The word “獅子” means lion and “奮迅” means “fully cheered on”. The meaning of this 4 letter kanji idiom is “Irresistible Force (A Strong creature like a Lion got cheered on! No body can defeat it!)”.

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If you want to know the meanings of any Japanese kanji that you don’t see English subs for in a particular animation or live action movie, tell me “Name of the Show”, “Season and Episode #” and “the Exact Moment (Minute: Second)”! I can’t promise to reply to everyone but I’ll try my best!

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