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74
When winds send waves crashing
2020-03-25
Taichi has told Chihaya about the feelings he had kept secret for so long. Now he's left the karuta club, and Chihaya's regret over failing to notice how he felt leaves her unable to play.

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73
Like a boatsman adrift
2020-03-17
The club hosts an unofficial tournament, the Taichi Cup, to celebrate Taichi's birthday! Chihaya planned the event in hopes of cheering up Taichi, and she managed to gather 36 participants.

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72
Just as my beauty has faded
2020-03-11
Taichi has seemed down since he lost to Arata. In fact, a dark cloud is hanging over the entire karuta club because final exams are coming up.

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71
To restore my faith
2020-03-03
Suo and Shinobu win the Master and Queen matches, both defending their titles. Afterward, Taichi declines to return to Tokyo, staying behind alone for the Takamatsu Memorial Cup...

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70
May the scarlet kadsuras
2020-02-26
Suo had been controlling the number of cards taken in the Master match, but with one win and two losses in the fourth round, Harada's momentum stops his plan in its tracks by coming down to luck of the draw. Harada shows his tenacity as someone who has loved karuta and worked to become the Master more than anyone else, but Suo still manages to keep his cool.

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69
Bring a life of everlasting love
2020-02-19
Harada leads Suo with two wins and one loss as the Master match enters its fourth round. Harada has studied everything about Suo, including the weakness that Chihaya told him about, and he dominates the match with his trademark offensive karuta.

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68
The storm will soon carry me
2020-02-11
Both the Master and Queen matches come down to luck of the draw in an intense first round, ending in wins for Shinobu and Harada. Shinobu is shaken after learning that her grandmother, a politician, sees her as no more than a walking advertisement, as well as the fact that Chihaya chose her class trip over a chance to play in the Queen match, and she begins to break down in the second round.

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67
As my sleeves are wet with dew
2020-02-05
The Master and Queen matches have begun. Harada faces Suo fully prepared, thanks to the Shiranami Society's support.

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66
Takes me away in haste
2020-01-28
"You can't be Queen." Chihaya didn't lose heart even after being soundly defeated in her practice match with the Master, but she can't help feeling stunned by his comment.

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65
As helpless autumn leaves are caught against the flow
2020-01-22
Chihaya is still lost in the clouds after Arata confessed his feelings to her, making her unable to concentrate on studying for her exams. Kanade and Sumire, who happened to overhear Arata's confession, are debating whether they should tell Taichi or not.

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64
The emotions experienced
2020-01-15
Arata's playing becomes reminiscent of Eternal Master Wataya Hajime's, allowing him to take control of the match's pace. Harada recalls the one match he played against Hajime when he was young and becomes painfully aware of how much his game sense has faded since then.

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63
Yet it is I who withers and wilts
2020-01-07
The veteran players Dr. Harada and Inokuma were the winners in the first round, but Dr. Harada chose to yield the second round to preserve his strength for the third. Arata starts to feel sucked into Dr. Harada's pace, but after receiving some advice from Chihaya, he remembers how his grandpa, the Eternal Master, used to play. Both of them enter the third round with one win and one loss as the battle to determine who will challenge the Master begins!

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62
So the flower petals are scattered like the snow by the passing storm
2019-12-24
It's the day of the Master and Queen challenger finals. Dr. Harada and Arata are competing for the chance to challenge the master, while Inokuma and Megumu battle it out to challenge the Queen. Harada confides in Arata that he once played against his grandfather, Eternal Master Wataya Hajime, and expresses his joy at being able to play karuta with Arata. A passionate battle spanning multiple generations begins at last!

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61
Leaving a hovering mist above the trees and grass
2019-12-17
Arata wonders why he feels so relieved to learn that Taichi lost his match, even as dark memories of a similar feeling at the Yoshino Tournament come back to him, leaving him unable to concentrate fully on his match in the finals. His opponent, Murao, realizes that Arata isn't himself and sees an opportunity, but then...

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60
Scarlet kadsuras
2019-12-10
Arata wonders why he feels so relieved to learn that Taichi lost his match, even as dark memories of a similar feeling at the Yoshino Tournament come back to him, leaving him unable to concentrate fully on his match in the finals. His opponent, Murao, realizes that Arata isn't himself and sees an opportunity, but then...

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59
I recall how my own efforts were in vain
2019-12-04
Arata plays his match even as Master Suo's words weigh on his mind, and Taichi battles a powerful opponent while ruminating over Dr. Harada's teachings.

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58
As friends and strangers
2019-11-26
Chihaya chooses to go on her class trip in hopes to come closer to fulfilling her dream of being a teacher, but she spends the entire time lost in space, wondering how Taichi is doing at the Master tournament qualifiers. Harada and Inokuma are also participating in the East Japan qualifiers, but as Taichi tries to quietly psych himself up, someone unexpected shows up to get in his way.

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57
The storm blasts
2019-11-20
Taichi has nothing but Chihaya on his mind as he constantly updates his strategy during their match. Chihaya has a bit of trouble since Taichi isn't playing like he usually does, but this just might be the best match they've ever played against each other.

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56
Tatsuta River Ablaze
2019-11-13
The audience at the Yoshino Tournament is taken for a wild ride with so many unexpected twists: Arata, the focus of high expectations, has been defeated, and Taichi, who only just reached Class A, advances to the finals. And now it's time at last for the final round between Chihaya and Taichi, teammates who have been practicing together since they were in elementary school.

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55
Mount Amanokagu
2019-11-06
Inokuma, who won the Queen title four times in a row; Sudo, who can throw an opponent off with his words alone; Murao, the fourth seat in the Nagumo Society; and Arata, who ended the Queen's undefeated record. The Shiranami Society members are faced with four powerful opponents, but Harada's insistence brings the other three back to the mindset of playing offensive karuta.

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54
Nobody wishes to see
2019-11-05
Chihaya, Taichi, Tsuboguchi, and Dr. Harada, all members of the Shiranami Society, have made it to the top 8.

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53
But from the crystal white snow of Yoshino
2019-10-30
The Yoshino Tournament features adults and students alike in many impressive matches, and among the participants is Inokuma Haruka, the former Queen who's just returned from maternity leave. But although Chihaya has recovered from the surgery on her finger and regained the use of her dominant hand, she still isn't fully on top of her game.

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52
The hazed early dawn light comes not from the moon
2019-10-29
Summer vacation is over, and the second school term has begun. Having learned that playing on a team expands the possibilities of karuta, Arata musters up his courage and tries to start a karuta club at his school.

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51
May it be that I find
2019-10-23
Mizusawa High School's karuta club claimed victory in the team competition for the first time at the Nationals in July. However, before they could even take time to relax, Chihaya and Taichi agreed to take part in the Fujisaki High School karuta club's training camp.

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Poem 24: Blown by the harsh wind English Dub
2020-03-24
Everything changes over time and people grow as individuals; Chihaya and Taichi are at a crossroads. As for Arata?

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Poem 23: Crossing the Yura river On a boat without rudder English Dub
2020-03-17
The club celebrates Taichi

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Poem 22: Under this long, ceaseless rain English Dub
2020-03-10
Chihaya wants to be the queen of karuta, and she

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Poem 21: Some people I love English Dub
2020-03-03
The matches may be over, but Taichi has his eye set on the future. It

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Poem 20: Be true to that name English Dub
2020-02-25
One thing is clear: a

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19
Poem 19: Time enough for our love English Dub
2020-02-18
A determined Dr. Harada vows to become the next Meijin since he cannot accept someone like Sou with the title.

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Poem 18: Hold me one last time English Dub
2020-02-11
Haruka has the support of friends and family, as well as a reason to win. But Shinobu? She finds herself more isolated than ever, and that could cost her everything.

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Poem 17: The sleeves of my robe, soaked Anew by the morning dew English Dub
2020-02-04
There

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Poem 15.5: Wait, if you have heart English Dub
2020-01-28
Sometimes, it

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Poem 15: To restrain the flow Of the cold mountain river English Dub
2020-01-21
Finals are coming up, but Chihaya

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Poem 14: Now that we have met English Dub
2020-01-14
Physical abilities decrease with age. This is an unfortunate fact

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Poem 13: As they fall, I fall with them Frail, old, withered, I depart English Dub
2020-01-07
New determination fuels both Haruka and Megumu

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Poem 12: Cherry petals dance A snowstorm in a garden And I dance with them English Dub
2019-12-24
Who will earn the right to challenge the reigning champions? Arata and Megumu may be young and talented, but Dr.

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Poem 11: Early mists quietly rising In this autumn evenfall English Dub
2019-12-17
Dr. Harata

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Poem 10: Be true to that name English Dub
2019-12-10
Significant mental and physical disadvantages plague Arata during his match. Can he win or has he fallen too far behind?

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Poem 9: And I am that very wave In this unrequited love English Dub
2019-12-03
Michiru

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Poem 8: This is where all meet English Dub
2019-11-26
Others take notice of Taichi

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Poem 7: The storm rages on English Dub
2019-11-19
Which is more important to Chihaya

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Poem 6: The finest brocade English Dub
2019-11-12
No doubts remain; The two finalists are skilled karuta players who both deserve to win. However, there can only be one champion.

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Poem 5: Heavenly Mount Kagu English Dub
2019-11-05
The quarterfinals end after a series of hard-fought matches. The semifinals begin with a surprising development.

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Poem 4: On the highest peaks English Dub
2019-11-05
The quarterfinals are no joke as players endure a trial that pushes their skills to the limits. As for Chihaya?

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Poem 3: Moonglow Over Yoshino English Dub
2019-10-29
The competition includes Haruka, a former Queen who seeks to reclaim her throne. Meanwhile, Taichi becomes distracted after speaking

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Poem 2: The dawn skies glimmer As if lit by the moonglow English Dub
2019-10-29
Although the Mizusawa karuta club improves by leaps and bounds, its members are about to get some bad news.

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Poem 1: Summer eventide English Dub
2019-10-22
Chihaya and Taichi train alongside the Fujisaki karuta club over the summer break and discover the hard way that Coach Sakurazawa

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Chihayafuru is a captivating Japanese anime series that first aired on NTV (Nippon Television) in 2011. The inspiring show is based on the award-winning manga of the same name by Yuki Suetsugu. It beautifully blends the genres of drama, sports, and romance, creating a compelling narrative that pulls in audiences and keeps them engaged throughout its run. The series centers around the protagonist, Chihaya Ayase, a charismatic, free spirited, and determined high school girl, and her intense love for the classic Japanese card game, Karuta. This seemingly mundane card game transcends the ordinary, morphing into an exciting sports-like competition that demands not only physical agility, but sharp mental acuity, memory, and strategic understanding. This unique blend of a physical board game with a lyrical twist sets the foundation for a narrative that is anything but commonplace. Chihaya discovers Karuta in her childhood, thanks to her friendship with Arata Wataya, a quiet transfer student who introduces her to the competitive world of Karuta. Alongside Taichi Mashima, a somewhat jealous and competitive friend, the trio forms a deep bond. When they are split apart due to circumstances beyond their control, only the shared love for Karuta keeps their connection alive. Fast forward to high school, where Chihaya attempts to establish a competitive Karuta club, in the hope of reuniting with her childhood friends through their shared passion for this game. The series explores the intricate world of Karuta competitions, introducing viewers to the rich culture of Japan, the aesthetics, the etiquettes, and the strategic depths embedded within this seemingly simple card game. Chihayafuru successfully brings the intensity of physical sports anime into a card game setting, crafting thrilling matches that keep its audience on the edge of their seats. It's not all about the cards, as the show also focuses on the characters’ personal growth, their dreams and ambitions. Despite their different backgrounds and motivations, they all share a love for Karuta that deepens their connection in intricate ways. The series addresses themes of friendship, rivalry, coming of age, love, and self-discovery, which adds a layer of emotional intensity to its overall narrative. Every character in Chihayafuru is thoughtfully designed, with their own unique quirks, strengths, and personal struggles. This adds another layer of depth and realism to the series, making it easy for viewers to grow attached to the characters and become invested in their stories. The art style of Chihayafuru is enchanting. The viewers are treated to vibrant visuals, beautifully detailed illustrations of the characters, and the dynamic sequences of Karuta matches. These impressive visuals provide a feast for the eyes, drawing the viewer deeper into each episode. Complementing the visual treat is the music of Chihayafuru which is equally engaging. The OSTs are a blend of powerful, joyous, and melancholic melodies that convey the gamut of emotions experienced by the characters. The opening and ending themes perfectly encapsulate the spirit of the series and are sure to linger in viewers' minds long after the episode ends. One of the main highlights of Chihayafuru is its handling of the love triangle trope, which is often criticized in most anime for detracting from the primary storyline. In Chihayafuru, instead of being a needless distraction, the romantic subplot adds considerable emotional depth to the overall narrative. It advances organically alongside the main plot, influencing the characters’ actions and decisions subtly, without overpowering their individual passions and ambitions. Overall, Chihayafuru is as much a story about love and friendship as it is about pursuing one's dreams and passions relentlessly. What makes it special is its unique premise of a physical card game that reflects the age-old culture of Japan. Chihayafuru is a touching journey of determination, passion, and camaraderie that pulls at the heartstrings and keeps viewers entertained under a spell of intense competition and heartwarming emotion. The charm of Chihayafuru is in its simplicity, encapsulating a profound message that continues to resonate with audiences worldwide.

Chihayafuru is a series categorized as a currently airing. Spanning 3 seasons with a total of 117 episodes, the show debuted on 2011. The series has earned a mostly positive reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 8.1.

Channel
NTV
Rating
8.1/10
Cast
Asami Seto, Mamoru Miyano, Ai Kayano
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