Kanji and meanings of Tobio’s name
Hi, guys! This is Junko.
The meaning of Kageyama Tobio is paired up with Hinata Shoyo’s name. In summary, Hinata symbolizes the sun and Kageyama does the shadow. The kanji letters in their names express it. Let me explain what each character stands for!
KAGE means shadow.
This kanji makes a contrast with Hinata’s name which means sunshine. Hinata is the light and Kageyama is the shadow. According to the Haikyuu!! author, intensive light creates thick shadow and their names show that. In other words, Kageyama and Hinata is the best rival who can enhance each other!
YAMA means mountains. This is one of the most common kanji letters used for family names in Japan.
Other members in Haikyuu!! also have this kanji letter in their names. For example, Yamaguchi Tadashi at Karasuno high school, Shibayama Yuki and Yamamoto Taketora at Nekoma high school, Hanayama Kazumasa at Wakutani Minami high school…
They’re a part of YAMA people and many other characters have it too. This is such a common kanji!
This kanji stands for flying. It’s exactly the same letter as the word written on Karasuno’s flag that says “TOBE”, Kiyoko prepared for cheering the team.
Hinata Shoyo’s SHO also means “to fly”, but it uses another kanji letter. Both characters have the same meaning, but the nuance is slightly different.
Tobio’s one means “to move fast in the air”. On the contrary, Hinata’s one does “to fly high with wings”. I think each kanji expresses and matches their character and role in the volleyball game!
This character stands for “man” and “a manly feature”. It gives strong and heroic impressions and frequently used for boy names.
According to the fan book of Haikyuu!!, Tobio’s character was made ahead of Hinata (I mean, his character was set first) and the author named him after “strong shadow” and “flying”.
The shadow is reflected in his family name, and the flying is in his first name. I think it’s the perfect name for him!