All about Kōtarō Bokuto

Kōtarō Bokuto

Ktar Bokuto (Japanese: 木兎ぼくと 光太郎こうたろう Bokuto Ktar) was a third-year undergraduate at Fukurdani Academy and the ace and captain of the volleyball team. He was regarded as one of the country’s top five aces, only missing out on the top three. He became an outside hitter for the MSBY Black Jackals, a Division 1 team in Japan’s V-League, after graduating from high school. He also plays volleyball for the Japan National Team.


Kōtarō Bokuto

Bokuto has round, golden-colored eyes and spiky white-grey hair with black stripes, with some parts of it styled to resemble that of an ape, emphasizing his eerie similarity to a horned owl. He has a solid and athletic physique. In comparison to the manga version, his physical appearance in the anime is significantly smaller, less agile, and muscular. In the later seasons, this is mostly corrected.

Unlike other volleyball players, Bokuto wears knee pads that extend all the way up to his calves, rather than only over his knee.

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His staff describes him as having “mood swings,” where even the smallest thing will shift his mood, affecting his performance. He has a playful, friendly, bombastic, and child-like attitude. Yukie, the team’s third-year boss, referred to him as “simple-minded” as a result of this. Nonetheless, for his impressive talent and morale-boosting demeanor, he is respected by both his teammates and rivals.

When he comes back from a slump, he proudly displays his ace status and claims he is the “strongest.” Bokuto is a vivacious character who cracks jokes about everything and acts out his plays creatively in order to gain praise or approval from his teammates. His nature is so adaptable that he gets along with just about everyone (almost like Hinata).

However, as shown by his encounters with Tsukishima, he is oblivious to other people’s annoyance. When faced with “difficult” people like Atsumu post-time-skip, Bokuto is unfazed. Instead of feeling afraid or down, who instantly challenged Bokuto, telling him not to complain if he missed either of his sets, and instead of feeling afraid or down, simply assured him that he was now “usual.” In addition, amid his generally silly nature, Bokuto occasionally displays a wise sort of wisdom, such as when his words inspire Tsukishima in Karasuno’s game against Shiratorizawa.

During the 3-on-3 match (Cats vs Owls, in Episode 9 of Haikyuu!! Season 2), where Bokuto told Kuroo, Tsukishima, and Lev off for ganging up on Hinata while he was attempting to score, he shows kind, just characteristics.

He’s mostly the same after the time jump. When it comes to volleyball, on the other hand, he has grown considerably and is no longer moody or dependent on someone to hold his spirits up. He refers to himself as a “average ace” that can be trusted, and he seems to be pleased with his transformation.


Since his early childhood, Bokuto has displayed an interest in and participation in volleyball. He was found to have been just as energetic in middle school, causing several of his teammates to take shortcuts and leave him alone during runs, as well as dislike being teamed with him for drills.

When Bokuto was a first-year student at Fukurdani Academy, he had already earned a reputation for possessing abilities and strength beyond his years while still suffering from mood swings. When he joined the volleyball team in his second year, he met Akaashi. After learning that Akaashi is a setter, Bokuto jumped at the chance to invite Akaashi to spiking practice with him, praising Akaashi’s sets as the best he’d ever seen.

He is said to be one of the country’s top five aces, only missing out on being in the top three. He said he only recently became addicted to volleyball by learning to use straight shots after his cross shots became predictable to opponents. 

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