to be first, to be best

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Title: to be first, to be best
Author(s): kittebasu (chanyeol)
Date(s): November 2014
Length: 26k+ words
Genre: Future Fic
Fandom: Haikyuu
External Links: on AO3

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to be first, to be best by kittebasu is an Iwaoi Haikyuu fanfiction.

Summary: Hajime is apparently something of a masochist, and as he stares down at the tie-dyed AREA51 T-shirt in his hands, he thinks “I’m totally in love with this asshole, aren't I?”


As of October 2020 the work has over 18k kudos and over 5400 bookmarks on AO3. It is the most popular Haikyuu work by kudos and bookmarks, and second most popular after Conquering the Great King, another Iwaoi fic.

this is one of the first iwaois i’ve read and it’s the epitome of brilliantly written slow build. fantastic writing, amazing buildup, i adore everything about this fic. i just take it as the canon continuation of iwaoi after hs basically.[1]


  1. ^ 29.11.16