Talent is something you make bloom, Instinct is something you polish

Talent is something you make bloom, Instinct is something

you polish. If you’re ever lost in the darkness, follow the

compass in your heart.The future is always blank.

This is one of the most underrated quotes in the animeverse, yet so relatable. Unlike other anime, this quote speaks to the masses. Not everyone is born with insane talent. Which creates a divide between their interests and skills.

Oikawa’s Pride

In Haikyuu Oikawa is one of the best players. In the first two seasons, he was even considered the number one setter in the region. WIth that being said, Oikawa had the chance to join Shiratorizawa in highschool. The powerhouse school in the Miyagi prefecture, but he didn’t. The reason being, he hated Ushiwaka and wanted to beat him fair and square.

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He didn’t want to swallow his pride and join them. He instead preferred to play with his friends, the ones who he cherished the most. But ultimately, like his middle school days, he was unsuccessful.

During Oikawa’s Kitagawa Dai Ichi days, Kageyama joined as a junior. And during practice, Oikawa straight away noticed the insane talent that came along. As the days pass, Oikawa once again loses to Ushijima’s Shiratorizawa. He’s frustrated by the limits of his abilities. He hated everything about it. So, he goes to his coach, who asks him this question.

Have you found the limits of your abilities? Even though your body, technique and mind haven’t been perfected?


Which changes his thought process. Oikawa despite polishing his craft to the nth degree, still can’t get better of his opponents. In every field there are good ones, talented ones and the insanely talented ones. In the world of sports, no matter how hard you work, there’s always someone better than you.

Curse of the ordinary

Not everyone’s passion aligns with their interests. The same can be said about Oikawa. Despite possessing an insane amount of passion for volleyball, he ends up falling short of goals. Losing to others despite doing everything in his powers. Oikawa suffers from what we call, the curse of the ordinary.

Oikawa’s ambition is grand but simple. To be the best setter possible. To aim for and reach the very top. To defeat Ushiwaka and take his team to the nationals. No matter, who is in the way, even if it’s Karasuno or Kageyama for that matter,.

During the match against Karasuno, Oikawa comes up against Kageyama, who unlike him is blessed with insane talent. That’s when he remembers this quote.

Talent is something you make bloom, Instinct is something

you polish.

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With that in mind, he goes on to deliver insane serves at full speed, which brings the momentum in their favour. Unfortunately, despite doing everything, Seijoh loses to Karasuno.

Oikawa did everything in his power. He became the setter the world wanted him to. But his real power lies in bringing out the best in people around him, combined with intelligence and instinct he polished over the years. So, he’s often limited by the talent of his teammates, which is sad.

But the best thing about this quote is the fact, Oikawa did everything in his power to become the best. Gave his everything. Brought out the best in his teammates. Whipped Kyoken-chan (Mad dog) back into shape, and polished his serves to an insane level. That’s the kind of talent he is. Which is why we all love Oikawa, despite him losing in the second season.






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