Hinata of Haikyuu!!
Image Production I.G.

How tall is diminutive volleyballer Hinata of ‘Haikyuu!!’?

'Haikyuu!!' is a sports anime centered on Shōyō Hinata, a small boy with a big dream to play volleyball.

Haikyuu!! is a sports anime about a once-great high school volleyball team that has fallen on hard times—that is, until Shōyō Hinata joins. The story primarily follows Hinata, a small boy with big dreams of becoming a professional volleyball player. After seeing the local high school team, Karasuno High School, playing on TV at nationals he makes it his mission to be accepted at Karasuno in order to join the team, only to find that they are now dubbed the ‘The Wingless Crows’ after failing to qualify for preliminaries in recent years. Hinata brings energy and enthusiasm upon joining the team, helping to rally the troops despite his height disadvantage.

Recommended Videos
Haikyuu
Image Production I.G.

One of Hinata’s main qualities is that he desires to play volleyball in spite of his height, wanting to follow in the footsteps of his equally short hero, former Karasuno volleyball player, the ‘Tiny Giant,’ a talented spiker Hinata saw playing on TV at Nationals. So, how tall, or short in this instance, is Hinata? At the beginning of the show, Hinata stands at 162.8 cm (5′ 4.1″), he grew to 164.2 cm (5′ 4.6″), throughout the school year. Hinata is so small that many mistake him for a junior high school student.

He isn’t the smallest member of the team, however. That distinction goes to Yū Nishinoya who starts at 159.3 cm (5′ 2.7″) and grows to 160.5 cm (5′ 3.2″). Both boys make up for their short stature with incredible speed, endurance, and, in Hinata’s case, his impressive jump. Hinata develops his skill as a volleyball player with his intense, often all-consuming desire to win. His strongest position is as a spiker, working in tandem with former rival, now teammate, Tobio Kageyama, a setter. Hinata is also an impressive decoy as the opposition focus their attention on his extreme jumping skills, seeing him as a threat, allowing another teammate to spike the ball over the net instead.

Hinata of Haikyuu!!
Image Production I.G.

Hinata and the team improve together, utilizing their strengths as they face off against strong opponents and learn to work together. The team loses its bad reputation, and with it their ugly nickname, as they become a force to be reckoned with, gradually winning matches and gaining ground in tournaments. While the anime hasn’t done so, perhaps because it has yet to move past season four, the manga at least sees the team make it all the way to Nationals and beyond.

After graduation Hinata spends two years training in Brazil where, thanks to rigorous exercise and a decent diet, he continues to grow in height, reaching 172cm. The manga continues to follow Hinata’s journey as he becomes a professional player, eventually making it onto the Japan Volleyball Team for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. In 2022 he goes on to play in the Brazil Super League on the Asas São Paulo team, facing off once again against his former teammate Kageyama, both of whom promise to be the winners of the match, bringing the series round full circle.

You can watch Haikyuu!! on Crunchyroll.


We Got This Covered is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article ‘Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint’ movie release window, cast, plot, and more
Read Article ‘One Piece’: Goro Goro No Mi, explained
Goro Goro No Mi
Read Article Is there a ‘Demon Slayer’ Infinity Castle Arc release date?
Tanjiro looking stressed in the middle of a fight in Demon Slayer.
Read Article Will there be an Elbaf ‘One Piece’ arc?
Colorful spread drawn by Oda of Brogy and Dorry smiling with their arms crossed in One Piece Little Garden
Read Article Will there be ‘Ninja Kamui’ season 2?
Joe Higan standing near the fire in Ninja Kamui
Related Content
Read Article ‘Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint’ movie release window, cast, plot, and more
Read Article ‘One Piece’: Goro Goro No Mi, explained
Goro Goro No Mi
Read Article Is there a ‘Demon Slayer’ Infinity Castle Arc release date?
Tanjiro looking stressed in the middle of a fight in Demon Slayer.
Read Article Will there be an Elbaf ‘One Piece’ arc?
Colorful spread drawn by Oda of Brogy and Dorry smiling with their arms crossed in One Piece Little Garden
Read Article Will there be ‘Ninja Kamui’ season 2?
Joe Higan standing near the fire in Ninja Kamui
Author
Laura Pollacco
Laura Pollacco is Freelance Writer at We Got This Covered and has been deep diving into entertainment news for almost a full year. After graduating with a degree in Fashion Photography from Falmouth University, Laura moved to Japan, then back to England, and now back to Japan. She doesn't watch as much anime as she would like but keeps up to date with all things Marvel and 'Lord of the Rings'. She also writes about Japanese culture for various Tokyo-based publications.