Bokuto Kōtarō is a third-year while Akaashi Keiji is a second year at Fukurodani Academy, both being in the volleyball club. The two have many factors making them a strong canon pair: Bokuto being the team captain with Akaashi as the vice-captain; Bokuto being the ace/wing spiker and Akaashi's the setter and their jersey numbers, Bokuto's No.4 and Akaashi's No.5. These two have a close friendship with each other despite their contrast personalities: Bokuto being loud, childish and flamboyant while Akaashi's reserved, witty, blunt and more mature.
Throughout the series, Bokuto and Akaashi are mainly seen together, especially during practice. It's said that the rest of Fukurodani leave practise early to get away from Bokuto's never-ending spike practise. Only Akaashi's willing to stay and practise with him. In addition, when Bokuto's in his slumps, the rest of Fukurodani try and ignore him. Only Akaashi thoroughly thinks about the possibilities in how to bring Bokuto back to normal.
- “The idle fleeting thought that was a 'star' crossed my mind.”
- — Akaashi, when he saw Bokuto play for the first time, chapter 331
- “We are the protagonists of the world.”
- — Akaashi, about him and Bokuto, chapter 331
- “It's not easy to give your full 100 percent during a game. But Akaashi? From you... I want your 120 percent.”
- — Bokuto to Akaashi, chapter 336
- “It's not 'impossible', it's just 'hard'!!”
- — Bokuto to Akaashi, chapter 337
BokuAka is the most popular ship for both characters. Some fan work sticks to the canon, showing Bokuto in his emo mode/slumps while Akaashi finds a way to boost his spirit again. Another common topic is to link/draw the characters with owls, as in their school name, Fukuro means 'owl' and also Bokuto's hair does look like an owl.
It's very common in fics for them to be in college or post-graduation with jobs, with Kuroo Testurō and Kozume Kenma as their closest friends. Additionally, instead of Kenma, Tsukishima Kei is involved, due to the events of Bokuto, Akaashi, Kuroo and Tsuki's personal training during the Tokyo training camp.
- Bokuto has smaller hands than Akaashi.
|SHIPS||het||DaiYui • TanaKiyo|
|slash||AkaHina • AsaNoya • AtsuHina • BokuAka • BokuKono • BoKuro • DaiSuga • IwaOi • KageHina • KenHina • KonoAka • Kuroken • KuroTsuki • KuroYaku • Kyouhaba • LevYaku • MatsuHana • OiKage • SakuAtsu • TsukiHina • TsukkiYama • UkaTake • AkaHina|