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You know, reflecting and analyzing your own plays like this is a really important thing for you to do right now, Isagi-Kun.
 
— Hiori to Isagi, [1]


Yo Hiori (氷織 羊, Hiori Yō) is a supporting character of the Blue Lock (Manga).

Out of the 300 forwards chosen for the Blue Lock Project, Hiori is ranked #27 and is currently a substitute player as a sideback for the Blue Lock Eleven against the Japan U-20.

Appearance

He has choppy cyan hair that falls down his face and has soft feminine facial features similar to Chigiri. His hair is neatly combed to sides with a longer strand of hair falling on the one of the sides.

At Blue Lock, Hiori wears the standard-issued body suit (black with gray stripes) and tracksuit. During Second Selection, he wore Team Red's #27 jersey. During Third Selection, he wore Team A's black #27 jersey. During the match against the Japan U-20, Hiroi dons an official blue colored Blue Lock player uniform with the #16.

Personality

Hiori was shown to be polite. He is very friendly towards Isagi and Nanase, providing useful information after their match, as well as giving Isagi advice during the game.

He is also very insightful, being able to break down complex subjects into more casual examples, as well as provide useful hints and tips on how to perform better. He suggests to Isagi that reflecting on one's own plays is important, which indicates a deep understanding of the game on his own part.

Hiori is a very level-headed person and player. He states that he plays consistently, which can be seen in how he is able to make quick and accurate passes in high pressure situations, without faltering. Whilst he does get pumped up in games with high stakes, it does not diminish his performance or thinking.

It is also very likely that Hiori is a gamer, as he was able to relate his understanding of soccer through the example of tile-matching video games.

Abilities

Archetype

  • Playmaker: A player who controls the flow of the team's offensive play, and is often involved in passing moves which lead to goals, through their vision, technique, ball control, creativity, and passing ability.

Hiori's strong suit is his ability to remain level-headed and reserved during the game, being able to calmly line up other players for a perfect pass. His combination of vision and ball control led Isagi to refer to him as a "Technician of 'Stillness'", as he serves the role of an anchor for the attack, synchronising the other attackers movements with accurate passes. This makes him a strong playmaker, who can consistently put the ball in a good position for other attackers to score.

Skills

Physical Ability
 
2/5
Technique
 
4/5
Speed
 
3/5
Power
 
3/5
Kick
 
5/5


Cool-Headed Vision: Hiori's vision enables him to envision the best pass to make in any given situation. Hiori constantly looks around himself during a game to assess the positions of the players around him, as well as the situation of the field, so he can both receive the ball in space and pass the ball into space. It is through this vision that he was able to form an almost telepathic link-up with Rin, trading calm passes and avoiding other players. He also considers the positions of his teammates in and around the goal area, before deciding on right pass. His vision enables him to see plays that his opponent's do not expect, such as his combination with Karasu to get around the U-20.

Expert Ball Control: Hiori has very good ball control, being able to perform advanced techniques with the ball at his feet. He demonstrates this in his ability to do one-touch passes, releasing the ball in the same instant he receives it. He is also able to perform a trap using the bottom of his foot to receive passes, halting the momentum of the ball entirely and setting up a dead ball for him to pass. Whilst he isn't considered particularly able to overcome anyone in a 1v1, he is able to perform techniques that give him space, setting up a pass.

  • First Touch Pass: Hiori is able to link-up with other players, using his first touch to release the ball to a teammate. Thanks to his vision, he is able to always pass the ball into space, weaving through opposing players.
  • Rabona: A technique where a player kicks the ball, with their kicking leg crossed behind their standing leg. Hiori can perform a rabona in a 1v1, using this against Chigiri to gain space for a cross.

Key Passing: Hiori is a very talented passer, being able to not only make calm and accurate passes, but also read the situation of the whole field in order to make the correct pass. Isagi noted that his passing was both calm and precise, and Sendo compared the speed and curvature of his passes to Itoshi Sae's, a professional-level passer. Hiori was able to replicate Isagi's one-two passes with Rin, as well as instantly adapt to Rin's tempo using this skill. Hiori has also shown he can make fast passes with his weaker, right foot, as well as fast and precise passes with the outside of his left.

  • Crossing: Hiori is able to whip in fast and accurate crosses from the wing position or from a deeper position in midfield. These passes have incredible speed and curvature, being able to fool other players as to their destination. Hiori's crosses are so fast that Isagi was even unable to reach one of his crosses.
  • Outside Pass: Hiori sends an incredibly quick pass using the outside of his foot, away from his mark. The speed and precision of this pass enables it to pass through even the most narrow spaces between opposing players.

Reflex: Despite his level-headedness and calm playmaking, one of Hiori's greatest strengths is his reflex. He uses his vision to determine the best plays, but it is his reflexive passing that best enacts this vision. When he receives the ball, taking into account the positions of other players on the field, Hiori will immediately pass when an opening presents itself in a dangerous area. He will also pass immediately when given space by his opponent. This makes it difficult to close him down or mark him, as any opening will be exploited by Hiori.

Etymology

  • The name Yo means "four, evening and night."
  • Yo's surname Hiori means "harmony, peace and soften."

Quotes

  • (To Isagi) He (Karasu) uses his sharp analytical ability to single out the weak-link players in the opposing team and then spends the rest of the match thoroughly crushing them. Looks like he set his sights on you, Isagi-kun. [2]
  • (To Isagi) We've known each other since before coming to Blue Lock... Since we were in the same youth team in Kansai. Well, there's only one thing I can tell you. Give up on hiding your weakness from him (Karasu). Instead, you gotta fight by using your strengths. [3]
  • (To Isagi) I'm a huge gamer myself. You know those tile-matching games (Tetris and Puyo Puyo)? In those games, you start out slow, so you have time to plan your moves, right? But by the end, they're way too fast, so you don't have the time to think about it, right? [4]
  • (To Isagi) The best gamers can process that information at high speed, and are able to press the buttons to the best course of action by reflex. That can also be applied to football. [5]

Trivia

  • His hometown is Kyoto.
  • Hiori speaks with a dialect and has a Kansai accent.
  • He helped Isagi awaken while playing.
  • He is a huge gamer.
  • He forms a trio with Nanase and Isagi.
  • Hiori is good at passing.
  • He thinks his biggest strength is to see the bigger picture.
  • He always buys yakult in the convenient store.
  • His least favorite subject is PE (because he already plays soccer he thinks its pointless to have PE)
  • His preferred type is a person who can leave each other alone.
  • When he bathes, he washes his neck first.

References

  1. Blue Lock Manga: Chapter 104.
  2. Blue Lock Manga: Chapter 99.
  3. Blue Lock Manga: Chapter 99.
  4. Blue Lock Manga: Chapter 104.
  5. Blue Lock Manga: Chapter 104.

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