Kagehina

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Pairing
Pairing: Hinata Shouyo/Kageyama Tobio
Alternative name(s): KageHina, Hinata/Kageyama, KGHN
Gender category: Slash
Fandom: Haikyuu
Canonical?: non canon
Prevalence: High
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Kagehina, or Kageyama/Hinata, is in the Haikyuu between the two protagonists, Hinata Shouyo and Kageyama Tobio.

Canon

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Hinata Shouyo is the protagonist of Haikyuu who loves volleyball. In Junior High he plays against Kageyama Tobio, a "genius" volleyball player, and loses. After the tournament, Kageyama asks Hinata what he has been doing for the past three years, which pushes Hinata to decide they are rivals and keep practicing volleyball nonstop to beat him in high school.

Upon entering Karasuno High School, Hinata meets Kageyama again, who is also attending Karasuno and has joined the team. Both are passionate about volleyball, but Hinata's skills are lacking and Kageyama has had issues when working with others. Kageyama and Hinata's jersey numbers are 9 and 10, respectively.

The team quickly realizes that despite their opposite personalities and constant fighting, Hinata and Kageyama can perform amazing combination attacks. The two eventually learn to cooperate with one another, and form a very powerful weapon against other teams, performing their signature quick attack.

Hinata is the oldest first year on the team, whilst Kageyama is the youngest. Their birthdays are a contrast to each other, Hinata's birthday being the 06/21, the longest day of the year, and Kageyama's being the 12/22, the shortest day of the year. When their first names are combined (Shōyō + Tobio) you get “hishou” which means “to fly.”

Fandom

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Kagehina in one of the most popular ships in Haikyuu. Kagehina was number twenty as one of the Top 20 ships "most reblogged" in 2016 on Tumblr[1]. As of 2019, there are over 7600 works on AO3, and is the second more tagged ship following Iwaoi. It is the most popular ship for both Hinata and Kageyama.

KageHina is the most popular ship of Haikyuu!!, being loved by fans since the beginning of the manga. When the anime was released in 2014, the ship really started to take off with fans producing countless art and writing pieces for them. It's shipped by the majority of the fandom, however, some prefer them as friends over them being in a romantic relationship. It's regarded as a healthy ship and there hasn't been any controversy surrounding it.

In the HQ fandom "canon" is not used in the traditional sense. A ship is considered canon due to their close relationships in canon. Kagehina is considered as such because of their setter/spiker relationship and the focus on them growing closer as teammate and friends.

Common Tropes & Fanon

  • Future Fic: Fanworks often explore the characters after high school. Kageyama is often a professional volleyball player in these works.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Kageyama impressive height and Hinata's small stature are notable in canon, mostly due to the natural advantage it gives Kageyama in volleyball. Hinata envies Kageyama's height, but in fan works their size difference is often played on for fluff and romance.

In art and writing, they are both usually oblivious to each other's feelings. In many cases, they try to oppress these feelings as well, leading them to fight or distance themselves from the other one. Often other Karasuno members start to push them to make a move or have to give them very obvious hints that they are crushing on each other. There's generally a lot of angst in fanfiction with this ship, even though the ship itself is drawn and talked about as a very active, joyful and "soft" ship.

Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fanfiction

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References

  1. 2016’s Top Ships