The Facts are These:
Chihaya, Taichi and Arata are three children who used to play the game Karuta together. Years have passed and now they are in high school, having not seen each other since they were kids, Chihaya still holds her passion to be the best Karuta player in the world. Can she convince both Taichi and Arata to play with her again and can she become the best in the world.
Chihayafuru took me by surprise, I became aware of this anime through the podcast Podtaku and decided to listen to it. What I can say about this anime is that it is a passionate anime. You can feel the love for the Hundred Poems and the game of Karuta. We see mostly through the character Kana the beauty of the Hunded Ports and the poems themselves. Opposite of that is the competitive nature of Karuta and the intense fights that go on in tournaments. The characters are simply amazing they are fleshed out with each their own unique personality traits.
Behind the Scenes:
Chihayafuru is based off the manga of the same name by Yuki Suetsugu, with her other works including Couverture and Haru Koi. The series was directed by Morio Asaka who has worked on such series as Cardcaptors Sakura and Aoi Bungaku (Episodes 1-4). The series was written by Naoya Takayama with their only other known work that I know of is on the Supernatural OAV. The series was produced by studio MADHOUSE and was licensed by Australian company Siren Visual (So for all you North American and European fans, Sucks). The opening song is “Youthful” by 99RadioService. Here it is for you to enjoy…
A Brief View of the World:
The story takes place in modern Tokyo centred around a Karuta club at a high school… That’s it, its a romance. What were expecting it be in space or something.
This season of Chihayafuru took me by surprise. I was not expecting the show to be this enjoyable, I was just going to watch it because I haven’t really reviewed any romance anime before, but I was sorely mistaken. This show is interesting and is a great watch with interesting characters and an enthralling story. This show is truly enjoyable.
This season is rewatchable for many reason. First the season is only 25 episodes, which you could probably get through in a weekend. Also it doesn’t hurt the show that the characters are interesting and fun to watch.
Toradora – For a great romance anime and good characters as well.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – For a great movie that I personally recommend
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