|“||Quit running your mouth, you braggart... I'm going to teach you how to talk to your senpais, baldy.||”|
—Junpei Hyūga, to Tomoki Tsugawa
|Height||178 cm (5' 10")|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lbs)|
|Birthday||May 16th, Taurus|
Team Vorpal Swords
|Talent|| Clutch Player|
"Earth" Shooting Form
Junpei Hyūga (日向 順平 Hyūga Junpei ) is Seirin’s captain and shooting guard. He is a clutch-player and mainly excels at shooting.
Hyūga has short brown hair and gray eyes. He wears glasses and is of average height and build.
When he joined Seirin High in his first year of high school, Hyūga had slick, bleached blond hair. He also had wore a perpetually arrogant look on his face. After reverting back to his former hairstyle, his fringe becomes shorter.
Hyūga is a brash and rude, yet collected individual. Although pressured into the captain position initially, he has evolved over time into a calm, mature captain, caring for his team and being dependable and responsible.
He is best friends with Izuki and Kiyoshi, and is also good friends with Riko. There are also several hints that Hyūga has romantic feelings toward Riko, although as of now they are still just friends.
He also has much pride as a senpai and as a player from Seirin High. He is never afraid to take control of the game and get Seirin in order. He can get fired up without his clutch ability when someone annoys him, both in the match against Seihō and Tōō.
When Hyūga was in Junior High, he was also in the basketball team with Izuki. He tried to emulate Ray Allen's shooting form but kept missing the hoop. Instead, Hyūga adopted a similar shooting form of Uncrowned King Reo Mibuchi as he admired his style. He also trained intensively at Aida Sports Gym. Unfortunately, the team was very weak. Despite Hyūga's shooting abilities, they didn't manage to win even a single match. Hyūga was left traumatized, full of self-pity and self-blame, and decided to quit basketball when going to High School at Seirin, dyeing his hair blonde.
When walking down the hall on the first day of school, he encountered Kiyoshi for the first time. Hyūga was impressed by his height. When Kiyoshi found out that Hyūga was into basketball after seeing Hyūga's phone background, he instantly became friendly and suggested that they start a basketball club together. Hyūga refused, saying that he had quit basketball. To his dismay, he discovered that he and Kiyoshi were classmates, and Kiyoshi continuously pestered him about the basketball club. Hyūga left the classroom angered and tried to skip classes, but failed in the end.
Hyūga is first introduced in the story when Seirin is holding its first practice of the year. Some Seirin freshmen comment on Riko being cute, assuming she is the team's manager, but Hyūga hits them in the head, telling them she's the coach. Riko introduces herself and orders the players to take off their shirts for her to use her scan. The Seirin players are confused about how she can determine such things as speed, endurance and strength and Hyūga explains her ability to them, while thinking that it's not the only reason she's the coach. Riko scans Kagami and, shocked at his incredible physique, begins to daydream, but Hyūga snaps her out of it. He says that Kagami was the last guy and that they should start practicing. Riko searches for Kuroko, eventually finds him and Hyūga thinks there's no way he was a regular at Teikō, but Kuroko says he was, shocking Hyūga.
The next day, Riko announces a practice match between the second years and the freshmen. The freshmen are scared, because the second years made it all the way to the Interhigh preliminaries final league last year, with only freshmen at that time. When the match begins and Kagami shows his monstrous power, Hyūga is amazed by his raw strength and athleticism. Kagami keeps rampaging and Hyūga orders the second-years to triple-team him. Kagami is effectively shut down and, with some shots by Hyūga, the second years quickly take the lead. Kuroko finally reveals his passing abilities and invisibility, allowing the freshmen to catch up and eventually win. At the end of the match, Hyūga thinks to himself that Kuroko and Kagami will be valuable assets to the team.
The next day, Kagami and Hyūga meet at school. Kagami asks if he can play in a match, but Hyūga turns him down, saying that the freshmen aren't proper members yet. Kagami leaves after that, searching for Riko. The morning after that, Kagami shouts out his goal on the rooftop. Hyūga, standing among the other students in the assembly, looks up and remembers how they had done the same thing the previous year.
Seirin vs Kaijō
During the Seirin-Kaijō practice match, Kuroko asks Hyūga to request a timeout. This is because the high-paced offense of both teams is taking a toll on Kuroko's body. He also aims to cool Kagami's head before they continue.
During the second quarter, Hyūga shows his true colors, telling Kagami that everything will be fine and that Kagami should listen to his seniors or else Hyūga will kill him.
He is described by Riko as "a normal guy, but when he gets going, he's amazing (and scary)".
Return of Kiyoshi
Summer Training Camp
The Winter Cup preliminaries begin November 7. At the preliminaries, there is a "best of four" determination match and the winning teams advance to the final league. Those four teams compete in three league matches and the top two teams get a ticket for the actual Winter Cup.
The Winter Cup itself is in classic tournament structure, a single-elimination tournament, also known as sudden death. It begins with 2 basic rounds, the eight-, quarter- and semi-finals and eventually the finals.
Winter Cup preliminaries
Winter Training Camp
As Hyūga and the rest of the Seirin team was leaving the hot spring, Riko tells them they will have a training camp not far from there. They meet Riko's dad Kagetora and he divides them up for a fartlek exercise. Hyūga is divided into cops.
When the team comes back to the gym, Kagetora gives them a lecture about their playing style and takes Hyūga for example. Hyūga tried to drive passed Sakurai in their match against Tōō Academy. Kagetora says that that was a very bad move, as Hyūga's strength is mainly shooting. He continues by saying that if he shot more three-pointers in the game against Kirisaki Daīchi, they would've won more easily. He concludes by telling Hyūga that he is Seirin's lifeline and that he needs to be better and more confident with his shots. Hyūga asks how and Kagetora agrees to show him and goes up against him. He takes a fast step backwards, pulls up for the shot and shoots the ball cleanly. Hyūga is amazed and Kagetora tells him it's a skill even he can learn.
For the remaining part of the training camp, Hyūga is trained by Kagetora on how to shoot a Barrier Jumper. Hyūga gets it wrong a lot, to which Kagetora punishes him by punching his head. He explains the secret again: to take a step backwards while leaving your center of gravity behind.
Hyūga leads his team to the Winter Cup opening ceremony. After the ceremony, Furihata is overwhelmed by the building and the strong teams, but Hyūga sets him at ease by telling him that they aren't there just for watching, implying that they are also good enough to stand by these teams. He says this, but he himself isn't very confident.
When Seirin's match finally commences, he and Seirin are seen walking on the match court. Welcomed and cheered to by the audience, Koga thinks that they might even be pretty popular. Hyūga denies, saying that they're wishing them good luck because they will play Tōō Academy. They enter the court and line up.
Hyūga and Imayoshi shake hands and Imayoshi notices that Hyūga has improved much, evolving into a mature captain physically. As the match starts and Wakamatsu and Kagami jump for the tip-off, Seirin quickly drive for the first point. Tōō surprisingly defends tightly and as Izuki passes to Hyūga, the ball is stolen. Following Tōō's fast-break, Hyūga defends Sakurai, who seemingly shoots for a three-pointer, but surprises Hyūga with an alley-oop with Aomine. Hyūga says it's a bummer that they didn't get the first point, as they planned. The match goes on with Kuroko's new pass and Kagami's dunk, but also with Tōō overpowering them.
After Kagami's simulation against Aomine, Seirin takes a time-out. There, it is said that they are in a tight position, unable to use Kagami against Aomine and Kuroko's new pass. Hyūga decides that he will shoot some three-pointers, taking advantage of the over-attention Tōō has at the inside. Riko agrees and says that they'll count on him. They enter the court and Hyūga cracks his neck. In the match, he receives the ball and Sakurai is marking him. As Sakurai was standing not so close, Hyūga asks him if he's sure to not guard him so closely. He takes a step backwards and takes a jump shot, scoring a three-pointer. He tells a confused Sakurai that not only the freshmen have improved and tells him he name of his new move, the Barrier Jumper.
After a flashback showing his teaching session with Kagetora, Hyūga keeps scoring with his Barrier Jumper. Tōō goes for the offense and Hyūga pressures Sakurai in defense. As Sakurai is stuck, Susa asks for the ball; however, Sakurai goes against all odds and shoots the ball himself, much quicker than usual. Hyūga is surprised by his shot and even more when it goes in. Sakurai turns to Hyūga and sneers that he is better than him. Back in offense, Hyūga asks Izuki to pass him the ball more, simply because he cannot stand Sakurai and that he wants to beat him. Hyūga and Sakurai shoot one after another, always three-pointers and always making the basket. Sakurai eventually scores another one and takes the game to 19 – 22, in favor of Tōō. In the last second of the first quarter, Kuroko passes Susa with his Invisible Drive and passes to Hyūga, who makes the shot and ties the score.
Traveling to the Winter Cup building by train, Riko informs the team about the freshmen's whereabouts. When they get out, Riko trips and is caught by Mibuchi. Riko and Hyūga recognize the Uncrowned King, now stationed in Rakuzan. He later scolds Kagami and Kuroko on being late. When he is asked about the Rakuzan team by the freshmen, Hyūga says that they shouldn't focus on an opponent not yet within their sight, but tells them anyway. He explains that Rakuzan is the strongest high school team at the moment, not only with the captain of the Generation of Miracles, but rather with the supplementary three Uncrowned Kings. When the Rakuzan vs Shūtoku match reaches half-time, the captain crosses the Rakuzan team, impressed by their atmosphere.
In the finals, he is matched up against Reo Mibuchi. At the warmup, he is amazed the way Rakuzan High warms up noticing that they don't miss a single layup. He was also slightly freaked out when Mibuchi said that he would give him lots of love, being of a traditional mindset.
At the beginning of the match, Kagami wins the tipoff and Izuki gets the ball and passes it to Kuroko who quickly used an Ignite Pass to him. But the he used too much strength and the ball fumbles from Hyūga's grasp and the balls rolls towards the hoop. He manages to get it but Mibuchi blocks him from behind leading to a counter. Akashi passes the ball to Nebuya, who dunks but is blocked by Kagami and proceeds to enter the Zone after using the Meteor Jam against Akashi. With Kagami in the Zone, Seirin organized a plan that the others defend while they let Kagami take care of the offense since Rakuzan is having a hard time defending him and they cannot risk letting him run out of gas early in the match. However, Akashi shuts him down with an anklebreaker and Rakuzan eventually catch up. At one point, Mibuchi tells Seirin that it's naive to think that Kagami can take them down all by himself. Before the 1st quarter ends, Kiyoshi manages to get an offensive rebound against Nebuya and passes it to Hyūga who scores a three-pointer. He answers Mibuchi back that they are the naive ones for underestimating Seirin.
The second quarter begins and Chihiro Mayuzumi's special ability is finally revealed. He uses Misdirection against Mitobe and passes the ball to Mibuchi who scores a three-pointer. This goes on until Furihata enters the game to guard Akashi while Izuki marks Mayuzumi to stop his Misdirection. Even though Rakuzan
still score, they successfully stop Akashi with Furihata and Kagami. However, Akashi anklebreaks him the second time and scores a three-pointer giving Rakuzan a 10 point lead. Suddenly, Rakuzan calls a time-out even though they have the lead. Both teams came up with the same plan: a three-point battle, meaning a shootout between Mibuchi and Hyūga.
As Hyūga faces Mibuchi, he remembers his admiration of the latter's shooting form similar to Ray Allen. He also can't believe that Mibuchi has the qualities he both love and hate. Seeing his soft pressure in the defense, Mibuchi uses the "Heaven" and makes the three-pointer. As he goes for a counter-attack, he remembers that he must beat him right now and scores a three-pointer using the Barrier Jumper. They exchange three-pointers one after another but Kiyoshi soon realizes that Hyūga is the one being pressured and eventually is blocked by Mibuchi who has already caught up to the timing of his Barrier Jumper. As he proceeds to guard him, the latter acknowledges him and tells him that he'll show him something nice in return. He pulls up for a three-pointer and Hyūga is unable to jump to block him revealing his third shooting form - "Oblivion".
As he starts to lose his chances of winning, Mibuchi marks him and he instead chooses to pass leading to a score by Kagami. But Mibuchi proceeds to take him on one more time to 'grade' him. Now that the three forms are revealed, it is now hard for him to predict what form will Mibuchi use thus lured him to a 4-point play by using "Earth". Shaken by his defeat, Izuki then passes the ball to Kiyoshi who goes up against Nebuya and this time, a battle of centers and also, two Uncrowned Kings.
Hyūga is most known for being a clutch player. This means that when the tension of the match rises, his personality changes and he plays better. He becomes more serious and hostile towards his opponents and simply moves and shoots better. Hyūga's shooting form is notably inspired from Uncrowned King Reo Mibuchi. His importance due to his three-pointer has earned him the nickname of the "clutch shooter" of Seirin. Hyūga also demonstrates leadership as he is able to rally his teammates, even in a tight situation.
Besides his clutch ability, he is also a well-rounded excellent player and can block various shots. Hyūga's stats are all around, while exceeding in technique. It is also worth noting that in terms of success rate in shooting, he has the highest percentage compared to other players of Seirin.
During the finals against Rakuzan, Hyūga was able to mirror the growth of the Uncrowned Kings. He was able to stop Mibuchi's three shooting forms by reacting to his center of gravity, and he was also able to copy Mibuchi's "Earth" shooting form.
Hyūga was also notably chosen to be a bench player on team Vorpal Swords as Midorima's sub.
Hyūga mostly scores by shooting. He is excellent at running free, shaking off his opponents so that he can get the ball and shoot. He positions himself at strategic position in the team's gameplay so that when he gets the ball, he can shoot properly. He usually shoots three-pointers from the three-point line, but he is also able to score at least two meters from the line.
It also seems that his confidence rises when the inside is secure for the rebound. This also leads to his shot getting in easier. Before he learned Barrier Jumper, he relied heavily on running through screens and getting return passes rather than shooting off dribble.
A new move Hyūga has learned in the winter training camp from Kagetora Aida. He takes a quick jab step away from the goal and takes a normal jump shot. He can not only score over a large distance, but the shot is also very fast and makes it hard to block. A normal player must take his time to shoot a shot like that, but because of his special training, Hyūga is able to execute this move with a great speed. However, its effectiveness also starts to drop as the defender begins to adjust to its timing when used repeatedly. The secret behind the Barrier Jumper is all about the center of gravity of the human body. When moving regularly, one must move its center of gravity with a lot of power, making the move slower. Somehow, a player must leave his center of gravity behind and still maintain a proper posture.
"Earth" Shooting Form
During the finals against Rakuzan, Hyūga replicated the Earth shooting form of Mibuchi near the end of the match. Because Mibuchi's three pointers also rely on the center of gravity, Hyūga was able to pull it off.
- "What? Quit praying, freshmen. When I'm shooting, get ready to celebrate!"
- "Don't you dare look down on us!! We'll do it!! If we can't, we'll do anything whether it's confessing bare naked or whatever!!"
- "Anytime we take on the "Generation of Miracles", it always comes to this. This is where we've gotta leave it up to our ace... If we didn't have our trustworthy ace, then we'd have been brought to our knees by now. If that were the case, I'd be fine just lamenting our loss and thinking "if only we had one." But we have Kagami. And that's enough, right?" (entrusting everything to Kagami)
- On the first character poll, Hyūga ranked 8th, with 669 votes. He went down one place on the second poll, with 562 votes.
- On last year's test results, he ranked 112th out of 300. His best subjects are languages.
- In the one-shot of Kuroko no Basuke, Hyūga was called Kashiwaki. His first name was unknown and he was a third year instead of a second year.
- According to the Characters Bible:
- Hyūga has the most number of shots via manga footage (31 times as of chapter 162) beating Kagami (25 times), Aomine (25 times) and even Midorima (16 times).
- His motto is: "Persevering through something difficult makes one stronger".
- His favorite food is Nattō.
- His hobby is collecting warlord figures, but he has to break one for every shot he misses as a way to practice shooting under pressure.
- His specialty is making dioramas.
- According to the KUROFES:
- Favourite subject: Japanese History
- He is in the sports committee
- His family consists his father, mother and younger brother
- He does not do well in situations which require courage
- Best move: 3 pointers
- He likes an energetic person
- During his free time he enjoys watching Japanese historical dramas or shopping with Riko
- He started playing basketball because it seems like the most interesting sport
- He has his eyes on Midorima.
- According to Tadatoshi Fujimaki, the author of Kuroko no Basuke, Hyūga resembles him the most amongst all the characters in terms of personality.
- Hyūga is one of the two Seirin players who has played in all competitive matches seen so far (the other one is Shun Izuki). Prior to the finals against Rakuzan High, he is also the only player in Seirin who has never been seen being subbed off even once, though this changes when he incurs his fourth foul versus Rakuzan. This is most probably due to him being the captain and the only shooting guard in the entire team.
- Hyūga's father is a barber. Hyūga himself can cut hair as well, as he styled Riko's hair before the Winter Cup's finals.
- In the anime, the wallpaper on Hyūga's phone is 2015 NBA's Most Valuable Player, Stephen Curry from the Golden State Warriors basketball team, and in the manga it was Ray Allen of the then Boston Celtics.
- In Kuroko no Basuke -Replace-, it is revealed that Hyūga is afraid of ghosts because Izuki would often tell him ghost stories.
- He is the only player so far in the series to receive a technical foul (for excessive complaining).
- Unlike Midorima, he has taken, and made, three pointers from the corner.
- He gets annoyed when juniors don't respect seniors.
|2nd years||Junpei Hyūga • Shun Izuki • Rinnosuke Mitobe • Shinji Koganei • Satoshi Tsuchida|
|1st years||Tetsuya Kuroko • Taiga Kagami • Kōki Furihata • Hiroshi Fukuda • Kōichi Kawahara|
|Other||Tetsuya #2 • Kagetora Aida • Alexandra Garcia • Kenji Takeda|
|Former players||Teppei Kiyoshi|
|Team Vorpal Swords|
|Players||Seijūrō Akashi • Daiki Aomine • Shintarō Midorima • Ryōta Kise • Atsushi Murasakibara • Taiga Kagami • Tetsuya Kuroko • Junpei Hyūga • Kazunari Takao • Kōsuke Wakamatsu|
|Staff||Kagetora Aida (coach) • Riko Aida (assistant coach) • Satsuki Momoi (manager)|