Hey, hey, hey Grimms!
I hope you are ready to hear me gush about my main Haikyuu squeeze Tooru Oikawa ❤ I admit that when I first started Haikyuu immediately feel in love with Noya but as the show has continued Oikawa has become my number one.
(SORRY NOYA! I still love you!)
I got the idea for writing why I love Oikawa so much from Pokeninja90’s post I Kinda Like That Salty Middle Blocker: 11 Reasons I Love Tukishima Kei! I mean I couldn’t let Oikawa have his day in the sun am I right? What kind of fan girl would that make me?!
When Pokeninja did hers she did eleven reasons because Tsukishima wears number 11. Oikawa on the other hand wears number 1 (I refuse to believe this is a coincidence) so I had to think of a different number that would relate to Oikawa. I decided to go with seven because he was born in July.
Warning: Spoilers Included
Seven Reasons Toru Oikawa Will Always Be Number 1
1.) He isn’t a prodigy.
I’m not say prodigies aren’t cool or they don’t work hard. I mean look at Noya and Kageyama! They live and breathe volleyball and they’re both very cool in their own ways. However I feel like Oikawa is relatable. He isn’t a prodigy and I can relate to his struggles and his feelings of inadequacy. It is frustrating to know that no matter how hard you try something sometimes if you don’t have the natural ability for it you’re not going to be able to do it.
Say what you will about Oikawa but at the end of the day he realizes that there are things Kageyama can do that no matter how hard he tries he will never be able to do them. Even still he works hard and tries to figure out ways he can still fight and better himself. Talk about both relatable and inspiring.
2.)His love of the game.
Yeah his a competitor but he also has a pure love of the game and the idea of playing others are their greatest potential. When Kageyama comes to him for advice in the second season he could have easily lead him astray, but he doesn’t. Even though currently the one thing he has over Kageyama is his ability to bring out the best in other players he still imparts some of that knowledge towards Kageyama.
I believe the reason for this is because while Kageyama is his rival his love of the game also causes Oikawa to want to see how far Kageyama can go. What heights can he take his volleyball?
3.) He’s got that star power.
There is something about when Oikawa enters the scene that just gets me pumped! To be fair I don’t think it is just me either. I know for a fact Twitter nearly broke during season three when the ending teaser for the next episode showed Oikawa… in glasses no less.
We were in the middle of a game that Karasuno had worked towards for two seasons and yet we couldn’t help but get wrapped up in the idea of Oikawa being back for an episode. I’m going to be honest I didn’t know why he was there or what he would be doing in the next episode but I WAS READY.
4.) He’s the GREAT KING!
Oikawa’s ability as setter is top notch. The way he is able to conduct people whether on his team or not is insane. His skills of observation are unmatched as far as I have seen and I imagine in this respect he will only continue to get better. If you give Oikawa to much leeway he will run your team into the ground by picking off your weaknesses and forcing you to play at his pace before you can say ole.
Don’t underestimate the power of a great king when he has his troops at hand because he will crush you.
5.) Look at him…
I’m just trying to be real people! There’s a reason he has a zillion fan girls XD I’m not going to pretend otherwise!
I really think the pictures say all I need to say with this one.
6.) He makes me laugh.
I love his interactions with the other characters! I simply live for them. Whether he is getting scolded by Iwaizumi, teasing Kageyama, or being teased by his team I’m loving it.
His sense of humor makes me laugh and I love that as much as he dishes it out he’s always able to take it. His carefree/joking attitude really makes for an enjoyable watching experience.
7.) Let’s not forget his darkside.
I love a contradiction! As much as Oikawa exhibits the comical characteristics explained above he also comes with his share of salt. Those moments when his irritations peak through are great to me. I really love them. I can’t help but smile when a moment doesn’t quite go the way he expected. Or when he gets more serious then usually.
After he lost to Karasuno and meets Ushijima in the hallway and they have that moment I was living! Damn he was so cool!
So that’s it folks. Seven reasons Oikawa goes down as my number one. Let me know your number one in the comments below!