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/u/ABoredCompSciStudent

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A large reason for why I love Chihayafuru is for how it handles these flashback episodes. They're super emotional--I cried this episode--but they also neatly unwraps each of the three main characters for the audience. We watch as Chihaya discovers something she can truly call her own, Taichi's confrontation of his insecurities, and Arata finding friends for a lifetime.

Of course, the writing was always on the wall for how this was going to end, finally taking us full circle to Chihaya's memories from episode one.

Instead of talking about the characters specifically, I want to introduce a focuse on the idea of community. In my writeup for the first episode, I mentioned that a sport is a world with many roles and actors. You have your coaches, your fans, the parents that support their children, grassroots, professionals... the list goes on and on. Chihayafuru's world is unique to anime in that it shows men and women and young and old participating together, contrasting against the usual shounen sports anime. Inherently, a focus is given to the diversity in its competitors, as we have seen and will see a variety in the cast members.

Maybe I'm biased, but as someone involved in grassroots and competition sports, I've always believed there's a place for everyone. Some of you might be like Taichi and question this statement, but as long as you're honest and try your best, people will recognize your efforts in good faith. You might not be the best, but you can have an interest in helping organize events. Similarly, being a fan is what keeps these games alive.

The effects are obvious on Chihaya: without the support of others her dream would not have been born. Chihaya grows as a person and a player on the back of the passion of people like Arata and Taichi. Harada-sensei knows this best.

You'll learn to take the cards you are most attached to faster than everyone else.

Our skills are characterized by "what we own". While part of this is intrinsic, I believe that most of it born from experience, repetition, and confidence. Until she took her first card, she didn't know she could take it. And after she found companionship and rivalry with Taichi and Arata, her confidence became talent. No different to how we saw Taichi and his insecurity, much of this has to do with understanding and accepting yourself, before putting yourself out there to discovery new things.

That's why community is important, in and out of sports. Without those around her, Chihaya's karuta probably wouldn't be her own.

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/u/Rhaga

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> Of course, this is the card that Taichi picks up during the team game, while the winter has replace the autumn as a season has passed. That said, the reference to the winter is definitely a callback to our poem from episode one and indicates the end of their childhood--and separation of their friendship. While like the lingering moon it is a fleeting, beautiful sight, the reality is much colder and melancholic than that. > > God damn.. [](#awe)
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/u/Enarec

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As a rewatcher, this episode sure hit me a lot harder this time. Particularly after the match, with Chihaya getting ignored by her family, Taichi getting scolded and Arata still doing his best by his lonesome. The poor kids deserve better than that - and thankfully they do have each other! For Taichi, Chihaya rebutting him with "What's so lame about losing in a fair fight?!" and Arata, the bigger person and player, calling him out as a coward should've been just the wake-up call and healthy example he needed in his life. As opposed to this sadboi conditioning...

And seriously, big props to Arata for being the star of a saint that he is here. He was the one to honestly connect them all with each other and karuta.

I just want these kids to be happy now.

On another note, I'd forgotten about Taichi setting up the drink and have to admit the sheer childishness made me chuckle for some reason.

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Screenshot of the Day

Honestly how could I not choose this?


First Timer - Episode 2

Overall Thoughts

This ep was honestly hard to watch at some points in the sense that I really felt angry at Taichi for what he was doing to Arata. My heart sank a bit when Taichi lied about stealing Arata's glasses, but thankfully he ended up confessing. I do expect Taichi to end up changing though through playing Karuta with Chihaya and Arata, but still a lot of actions definitely are pretty mean rn. I can also kinda see where he gets his personality since his mom seems to be one of those kind of parents.

Chihaya on the other hand remains to be such a shining and good-natured person that I can see why she's so well loved.

Really enjoying Season 1 so far, and I can't wait to see more!!!

Karuta Scoreboard

Just realized with this tournament, but for the most part I'll only go with wins / losses that we see on-screen either directly or indirectly though dialogue to avoid any potential future confusion regarding non-specified off-screen games. I'll also just stick to the main three characters + the characters in the OP for now since I'm not sure how relevant some future side characters will be (please let me know later on if I should keep track of those characters). Also let me know if I ever make a mistake in counting a win or loss.

Character Wins Losses Ep# (Wins)
Arata Wataya 2(+1) 1(+1) 1,2
Taichi Mashima 1(+1) 1(+1) 2
Chihaya Ayase 1(+1) 1 2

See you tomorrow~


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Episode: 1 2


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/u/PerfectPublican

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Final Thoughts

Been really excited for this one! Heard a lot about Chihayafuru but just never had a moment to check it out, so this rewatch is perfect.

It was a good first episode, not a ton more to say past that for the moment, but excited to see where this goes. The art-style is super clean, with solidly hilarious reactions all around. Also, I liked all the mains so far. Taichi’s fumbling aggressive love. The distinctness between Arata in school vs. him at home with his passion for Karuta. Chihaya’s loud personality. I didn’t expect the game to be that intense at all, but I like the speed and aggressiveness it was given. Bodes well for the matches going forward.

Great first ep, excited to dive fully in.

Ps. For anyone who’s seen me around rewatches before, I will most likely be doing a gif album for this rewatch too, just won’t have time to start it up until after the weekend. :D

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/u/KuhBus

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First Timer

  • Wow, way to rain on the winning team’s success. Hokuo lost fair and square!!

  • Seeing all those albums for Chihaya’s older sister and how all the family focuses on is paying attention to only her accomplishments is just sad. It’s like there’s not even a moment of appreciation available for Chihaya :(

  • Seriously, now their teacher can’t be bothered to come to the nationals either?! How is a training camp more important than the nationals?!

  • I’m not so concerned for my grades these days” At least Tsutomu is finally doing better :')

  • Harada-sensei once again picking up all the slack of the rest of the adults by actually giving his full attention to his students!!

  • And Taichi is still doing such a great job at getting Chihaya to snap out of her gloomy mood.

  • Why the hell is Arata still not replying to her mails, though? Seriously, I thought after he saw Chihaya's spam he'd at least send a single "congrats", but he can't even be bothered to type one message...?

  • Aww her parents at last… made… a scrap book. I guess that's how you show affection in the Ayase household.

  • Kana coming up with her own placement is so sweet!! And then Nishida has to tell her off. Of course she has to adapt the techniques that have a good chance of success, but she also comes from a different point of view and has a point when she gets angry that Nishida can't even remember the entire poem.

  • Heyy, is it finally coming through to their teacher that this small club is actually genuinely trying and doing their best? Is Kana's appreciation of poetry actually reaching her? Nice.

  • Ahh, summer is here. (* cicadas start playing * *higurashi flashbacks *)

A great episode for all the adults to come around and show support. And even Retro-kun helped out!! There's a lot of pressure on the team and they can use all the support they can get.

Fav shots.

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/u/kKunoichi

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> Looks like the Empress really is sincere about the club now, never saw that coming A notable thing about this show is that the adults aren't some evil authority figure caricature
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/u/walking_the_way

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S1E7 Event/Recital Log

00:03 - Radio recites #99 (hi-to-mo) to open the episode.
00:28 - Radio recites #77 (se) - Chihaya wins it from Taichi's lower right row. She passes him #22 (fu). He puts it into his middle right row.

Taichi and Chihaya are practising, with a shell-shocked Kanade operating the radio. Taichi has 23 cards and Chihaya has 26.

00:48 - Radio recites the ending verse of #77 (se).
00:59 - Radio recites #18 (su). Chihaya wins this from her right side.

Time jump here, and we are then given a look at the cards left - Taichi 19, Chihaya 13.

01:06 - Radio recites the end line of #93 (-zome no sode).
01:13 - Radio recites #71 (yu-u). Chihaya wins it.
01:16 - Radio recites #61 (i-ni). Chihaya wins it.
01:18 - Radio recites #81 (ho). Chihaya wins it.

01:30 - Taichi is down 19-10. We are introduced to Taichi's memory powers here. To understand what he is saying, I made a board map and then took S1E4's syllable list and coloured it, too. Red for Chihaya, blue for Taichi.

Taichi's internal monologue is transcribed by the Crunchysub as follows:

  1. "Would this" was already read so I can take "Would the" on the "Would."
  2. "My only thought as I" and "My only thought as the" are both still in play, so I'll have to be careful there.
  3. "So the flower petals" was already read, so I can take "So the flower has" after "flower"
  4. "Though my" was already read, so I can take "Though I" after "Though."
  5. For "While it pains", "While it may" was read, but "While it brings" wasn't, so I'll have to pay attention.
  6. For "The hazy early morning light", "The hazy early morning mist" was already read, so on "The hazy", I'll move toward "The hazy field" on the opponent's side.
  7. "In the" and "In order to" have already been read, so I can take "In order for" on "In."

And translated into card speak, minus sub errors:

  1. "#66 (mo-ro) is already read, so I can take #100 (mo-mo) on my side if I hear "mo".
  2. "#76 (wa-ta-no-ha-ra-ko) and #11 (wa-ta-no-ha-ra-ya) are both still in play, so I'll have to be careful there."
  3. "#96 (ha-na-sa) was already read, so I can take #9 (ha-na-no) after hearing the "hana" part of the poem."
  4. "#65 (u-ra) was already read, so I can take Chihaya's #74 (u-ka) after hearing the "u"."
  5. "For #44 (o-o-ko) on Chihaya's side, #95 (o-o-ke) was read, but #60 (o-o-e) wasn't, so I'll have to pay attention."
  6. "For #31 (a-sa-bo-ra-ke-a), #64 (a-sa-bo-ra-ke-u) was already read, so on "a-sa", I'll move toward #39 (a-sa-ji) on Chihaya's side."
  7. #33 (hi-sa) and #99 (hi-to-mo) have already been read, so I can take Chihaya's #35 (hi-to-wa) on the "hi" syllable."
    We did actually hear #99 from the radio to start off the episode!

So, to Taichi, the board now actually looks like this. Due to his superior memory, he's aware of 3 more one-syllable cards.

For point 6, there are three a-sa cards, #39 diverges at the third syllable, and both #31 and #64 require 6 syllables. However #64 is gone, so #31 is a 3 syllable too. On the board, #39 (a-sa-ji) and #31 (a-sa-bo-ra-ke-a) are both on Chihaya's side, on opposite ends of her bottom row. But he's specifically targetting #39 first.

This is because he thinks Chihaya "doesn't know how to make adjustments". She won't remember that #64 is gone, and will still wait for the 6th syllable before attacking #31. Therefore, he thinks if the a-sa card that is read isn't a-sa-ji, he would still have time to get over to #31 to snag it, between the 3rd and 5th syllables.

He also missed at least one - we know #71 (yu-u) is gone because we heard it on the radio. Thus #46 (yu-ra) is actually one syllable too.

02:02 - Radio recites end line of #81 (zo nokoreru).
02:09 - Radio recites #35 (hi-to-wa).

Taichi reacts first, however Chihaya is faster, so she makes up the difference and darts under his hand to snag the card even though he was already on her side before she even moves!

06:10 - We meet best guy! Glasses-kun.. err Desktomu-kun.. err Tsutomu Komano. We are also shown that he is left-handed

Kana is the best, willing to sacrifice herself for Chihaya's sake even though she's never played a game and she's shaking as she says that!

For Memory Karuta, we get about 3/4 of the board from camera views. We're never shown Taichi's left side. Chihaya then recite this when she's trying to memorize the cards:

Would the - #66 (moro) | May you - #80 (nagaka) | A night - #59 (yasu)
As friends - #10 (kore) | My only thought as the - #76 (watanoharako) | Impassionate - #17 (chiha)
In order for - #35 (hitowa) | My own home - #08 (wagai) | #71 (yu-u) | The emotions - #43 (ai)
A mountain stream - #32 (yamaga) | So spring nights - #67 (haruno) | The storm will - #56 (araza)
As the first - #29 (kokoroa) | Impassioned was - #75 (chigirio) | As my - #41 (koi)
The autumn paddy - #01 (akino) | I know - #14 (michi) | The sight - #30 (aria)
No more - #55 (taki) | So the flower petals - #96 (hanasa) |A house - #47 (yae)
--- Kanade interrupts, saying time is up
While some - #72 (oto) | May the scarlet - #25 (nanishi) | Since I - #40 (shino)

Cross-referencing the map, it turns out she's reciting Taichi's cards, left to right, top to bottom! (Subtitle skips one card but she does say it.) Including every single one of the missing cards. Very nice detail from the studio here, as they even left us a couple visible cards on the right to let us confirm we're on the right track. Using this, we can fill out the rest of Taichi's board.

S1E7 - Inverted Cards game board

We also learn from this that despite the cards being flipped, Chihaya is still thinking offense - she does know a few of her cards, but most of her concentration is going into memorizing Taichi's cards, not her own.

12:51 - Radio recites Naniwa Bay (EP: 1, Total: 9)
13:20 - Radio recites #88 (na-ni-wa-e). Chihaya takes it from her top left row.
13:28 - Radio recites #72 (o-to). Taichi takes it from his top left row.
14:00 - Radio recites #08 (wa-ga-i). Taichi takes it from his middle right row.

From 14:34 on, we see Chihaya struggling to try to recall cards. She names the following cards with fairly accurate finger pointing:

So spring ends - #02 (harusu) - Her left
No more - #55 (taki) - His left
As friends - #10 (kore) - His right
While it brings - #60 (ooe) - Her left
As my - #41 (koi) - His left
None are - #34 (tare) - Her left

But we can see that she's recalling them out of order now, trying to "bull her way" through this. And so she gets totally flummoxed when Taichi moves #14 from his bottom left to bottom right. If she could still recall the cards in the order that she had recited them earlier, it would be fine, but since she's brute-forcing, it all falls apart for her. #14 is an apt card to move as well, since the poem talks about chaos, concealment and secret (in the context of love, but still!)

15:08 - Radio recites #28 (ya-ma-za). Taichi takes it from her bottom right. He passes her one of the cards from his bottom right row, either #76, #10, or #59, and it goes into her middle right row, but we can't see which card exactly.
15:10 - Radio recites #77 (se). Taichi takes it from her bottom left row. He gives her a card from his top left row and it goes into either her middle or bottom left row.

This is the first single-syllable card he's ever taken from her on camera. And aptly, it's the first card that Chihaya ever won from Arata, way back in S1E1! More significance piling up on this #77 card.

15:52 - Radio recites #80 (na-ga-ka). Taichi wins it with a backhand swipe from his lower right row.

Time jump here. We are shown the score - Chihaya with 15 left, Taichi with 12 left.

15:55 - Radio recites #75 (chi-gi-ri-o). Taichi covers, then wins it from his bottom left row.

At this point, #42 (chi-gi-ri-ki) is still in play, at Chihaya's bottom left. She still goes for his card before hers. I think the English sub may be wrong here when it says he covers "both" cards, since they would be nowhere close to each other, but they do both remember that both cards are still around.

16:03 - Radio recites #19 (na-ni-wa-ga). Taichi takes it from Chihaya's top left row. Kana looks at him in awe.
16:25 - Radio recites #29 (ko-ko-ro-a). Taichi wins it.
16:30 - Taichi: "I definitely hate to lose!" - in more ways than one.

And he finally wins a game from Chihaya! With 8 cards left for her, too. Then cue pivotal Glasses-kun scene, and then the transition into the ending song.. it's so good!

The episode card here, #47, is in Taichi's deck in both games, and he puts it into the same spot (leftmost card of his left middle row) both times. Also, when Chihaya is reciting Taichi's list of cards and trying to memorize them, it's the very last one she reads out just before Kana says that time is up. As other posts have mentioned, it's also the poem that Kana recites at 20:27 of S1E6, when describing the musty club room.

S1E7 Random HQ Screenshot

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/u/enotita

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  • Awww, poor Wataya, he doesn't deserve any of that.

  • Oh, so Taichi actually meant what he said? I thought he was just bluffing, cut it out dude that's not cool!

  • Chihaya gives zero fucks and its glorious.

  • A challenge of karuta to Wataya of all people. You're way out of your league kid.

  • Huh, so Taichi is actually fairly skilled in karuta, he may actually stand a chance.

  • Holy...in the blink of an eye...nevermind, you stand no chance in hell

  • You know I wouldn't be surprised if you did something with the can...

  • GODDAMMIT I KNEW THAT DRINK WAS RIGGED, TAICHI YOU DICK!!!

  • Okay, now Wataya and Chihaya's interactions are starting to be on par with her and Taichi's, it's gettin really hard to settle on a ship.

  • Suuuuure you don't know...I totally know you did it you turd...

  • Wataya, she's over there next to you, are that blind? Wondering how the competition will go.

  • Now those are the eyes of someone who's determined if I've ever seen one.

  • My man Wataya still a beast even without glasses. Smart move in studying the position of the cards.

  • Oh wait, the positions were changed? Dammit, he had it in the bag.

  • Don't get too excited kid, you got one card, it's not you can catch up that fa...and now he's dominating the game, fuck...

  • No! Don't cry Wataya! You can do it! If you cry, then I'll cry!

  • Yes! Chihaya enters the fray! Although you didn't need to push him, also where are the leaves coming from?

  • I really like how Chihaya adapts despite being a newbie, analyzing Taichi's movements to swipe whatever cards that contain the verse is a clever strategy, she already shows potential for being the best.

  • I absolutely love this sequence here. With Chihaya finding the card that Wataya informed her of in regards to her name, and swiping it like an actual karuta player really showcases where she began to fall in love with the sport, made all the more better with the beautiful visuals that accompany it.

  • "Queen Chihaya", now that is something I can get behind.

  • Awww man, if only her family saw how awesome of a player she was :(

  • Oof, high expectations, that doesn't lead to very good things, really felt for Taichi there.

  • I wonder what the chances are for a bunch of crows to swipe and knaw at a pair of glasses.

  • So you did take it! Well at least you were honest, and apologized to show remorse.

  • LOOK OUT BELOW MY DUDES!

  • And thus begins a wonderful friendship.

This episode really shows how intense a game of karuta can be, I enjoyed the mind games behind it, and it opens up for alot more intense games later on in the series. It was nice to see Taichi finally open up to Wataya, and it was amazing to watch how the relationship between these three developed back when they were children, it makes me wonder how things went down later on in the future. Great episode overall.

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/u/Wolfeako

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First Timer!

Well, this was a nice episode :)

Umi-da! I mean, Trophie-da!

I really liked it. I like how this show handles its themes, how well the characters, and this time Chihaya, are written, how it all feels really natural. I love it, especially since I'm an aspiring writer, it was awesome how natural carrying the weight of Tokyo teams with them. Such great characterization and writing.

This is clearly an episode on seeing the results from every chapter until now too. Where are the characters right before this important event and arc starts.

And finally: We get into the world championship of Karuta! and the episode is still constantly firing those homing icebergs against my ship while at it! the fact that they are finally there it is pretty hype though :) and no show, MY SHIP WILL PREVAIL!

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/u/Combo33

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MacMillan's alternate translation of poem 40 is as follows: **40. Taira no Kanemori** > *Though I try to keep it secret,* > *my deep love shows* > *in the blush on my face.* > *Others keep asking me --* > *Who are you thinking of?* MacMillan comments further: > Many of the poems in the collection form pairs. The reason is that the poems that eventually came to constitute the *One Hundred Poems* are thought to have been originally selected by Teika for the sliding doors of the country villa belonging to his father-in-law Rensho, and at least some of them were initially chosen to appear in pairs on the same panel or doors. Poems 40 and 41 are one such pair. Both poems were composed for the Poetry Contest of the Fourth Year of Tentoku at the Imperial Palace in 960, one of the most prestigious contests of the Heian period. The event was hosted by Emperor Murakami (r. 946-67) in his living quarters, and became famous as the grandest event of its kind in the tenth century. > This pairing was very important for the Japanese and they loved to judge which was the best of the two... Love is the theme of both poems, and both focus on the early stage of the romance, when the lovers are still trying to keep their love secret and rumours are just beginning to spread. Poem 40 is marvelously straightforward: despite the poet’s best efforts to conceal it, his love for an unknown mistress shows in his face. Poem 41, which completes the pair, is translated by MacMillan as such: **41. Mibu no Tadami** > *I had hoped to keep secret* > *feelings that had begun to stir* > *within my heart,* > *but already rumours are rife* > *that I am in love with you.* MacMillan writes: > The judge of the event found it hard to choose between the two poems and only awarded the victory to Kanemori’s poem because the emperor was overheard reciting the poem to himself. Later critics, however, agreed in rating Tadami’s poem far superior. Indeed, the poem masterfully sets up a contrast in the first part between the outer world (society’s view of the lovers, the spread of rumours) and, in the last part, the inner workings of the poet’s mind at the beginning of the affair. In the translation, the order is reversed. > According to an anecdote in the medieval collection *Shasekishū*, Tadami was so disappointed by his defeat at the Tentoku contest that he stopped eating and died shortly afterwards as a result. The most likely reason for the usage of Poem 40 in this episode is of course that Taichi is *very poorly* trying to hide his love for Chihaya. When he receives the message from Arata, he lets his guard down for a moment, and [TAKES A PIECE OF CAKE, AND EATS IT!!](https://imgur.com/a/QXv2VSU) This always felt like it was in place of a kiss, a step that would be too far for him to take, but Chihaya sort of gets the message nonetheless. However, I think the poem can also apply to the way that the team is just beginning to love karuta. Take for instance [Kana's blushing smile](https://imgur.com/a/uBlF0Kg) as she succeeds in taking the "Oe " card: her first card that she'd promised herself she would take that day. Or Desktomu's insistence that while he has much to learn, he feels like he'll grow to love karuta as well. Or just taken as whole, this episode is the first time the team really starts to coagulate and their feelings for each other go beyond club-mates, but to those of friends.
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The one time I'm late and Seren is actually on time. Dammit, coach your children more often!

The First Time of Harutai Suzuboss

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/u/LeonKevlar

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Okay so first of all: How does the group tournament work? Did they win? Do they get to move to the next round? I feel like they didn't clear that up and I'm here thinking that they lost. I'm sure I'll find out in tomorrow's episode. I am happy though that Arata is finally back! I am so hyped to see him play again!

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/u/blond-max

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/u/tinyraccoon

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First Timer

  • Hooray! Chihaya's team is going to Nationals.

  • Poor Chihaya. Even when she wins, she plays second fiddle to her sister at home and the tennis club at school.

  • Chihaya is very caring. She cared that Desktomu didn't score as high on his exam due to karuta.

  • Wow, cant believe theres only a month between regionals and nationals. Hardly enough time to practice.

  • The karuta tournaments are fun, but at some point, it would be great to see the main characters in other settings. Eg How do Chihaya and Taichi interact with people and situations outside of karuta?

  • Anyway, time for Nationals!

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/u/Snakescipio

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> I wonder who this girl is Best. Girl. > I am so glad that we finally got to follow Arata and see what happened from his perspective. Me too! It's unfortunate that Arata lives away from everyone else, so the show kinda have to dedicate time for him to give him some development, whereas everyone else's just happens naturally.
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/u/AmethystItalian

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Rewatcher

I actually love how violent Taichi and Chihaya are with each other, you can only do that kind of stuff with people you're close to ;)

The way Taichi sneaks looks at her...

I like how Chihaya pulled ahead of Taichi easily, shows her effort in track!

Again the lengths Chihaya goes for Arata...

Poor cards, first kicked now wet D:

Glad to see that gloomy Arata didn't last long at all!


Quotes from First Time

Okay this OP has grown on me, I really like it :)

Pfft that OP is great from episode 1!

She clearly cares for Arata so much more lol

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/u/SmurfRockRune

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First Timer

My first josei! I'm both excited and nervous to see how this goes for me.

Yep, watching it now! Thanks for looking out for me, Chihayafuru.

Hey, I know this OP. Our bully of a lovely host unfairly uses it to beat me in AMQ all the time. Not for much longer! The start is pretty great, but the rest of it is pretty whatever.

Some of these background characters just have some of the absolute worst sounding voice acting. At least Chihaya sounds fine so far.

Imagine being woken up just to be reminded that you didn't win a competition.

Wow, Taichi is a dick. No wonder Matt stole his girlfriend.

So if this kid listens to a tape and plays karuta, won't that give him a total unfair advantage here since it would be in the same order every time? This dude is throwing like 3 cards at a time. That's gotta be a disqualification. And just imagine what this kid is gonna do with those cards once he's older and stronger? Forget karuta, he should be a ninja.

We Nana Maru San Batsu now. Not like anybody's gonna get that joke.


Actual thoughts now. That was a bit different than I expected. I don't think I've ever seen a "sports" show start with a nearly episode long flasback, but it was pretty good. This Arata kid seems pretty cool. I wonder what happens going forward.

Also, Taichi looks like King from Nanatsu no Taizai. I just realized that in the ED.

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All I'm gonna say is Arata you just caught a can of pop that had been thrown to you while spinning in the air... Of fucking course its going to blow up in your face that's how pressurised cans of pop work.

Kid really needs to learn the John Dorian 3 tap method

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Sorry for missing two days! I just wasn't feeling like watching anime.

Small comments about episode 3: Why do you break my heart, Chihayafuru? Do you enjoy making me suffer? Teared up a bit when Arata broke down.

Episode 4: Woo, back to present day! Harada is hilarious in present day, his tease is even better in present time and I love him. Chihaya's matches were really intense, and the imagery of Taichi having a self-imposed barrier while watching the match from the outside was pretty clever, specially breaking it with Chihaya just going for him after winning. The call at the end surprised me, I was kind of expecting Arata's father to answer the phone for some reason, but this adds a new tension that's pretty interesting.


Now back to episode 5.

Here's a lot of what I wanted to watch with Taichi. Last episode we got his girlfriend's introduction and Chihaya being angry (inadvertently jealous) about it. So now they go together on a trip to search for Arata, and Taichi is being a bit awkward with it because he still likes Chihaya a lot. And she's too dense for her own good.

Anyway, while the whole train ride is a fun watch and a good look into Taichi's current personality, the important comes next. They get to Fukui and Chihaya is doubting herself, a lot. What if she's wrong in coming her to get Arata? What if what she finds isn't what she wants?

And it isn't. Arata actually has a good reason on why he's no longer playing karuta, even if you could argue it is not logical, emotions sometimes are like that. He feels his grandfather dying was his own fault for being at a karuta tournament, and for that he feels bad about karuta now.

I loved how the show hided Arata's eyes during most of the scenes in the house, a way to show him as distant from the rest. Also having Taichi always standing up, in a more defensive position was also a great decision. Every move in that house spells tension, even Chihaya's over excitement trying to compensate but finishing up the situation in probably the worst possible way.

The revelation for Arata's past was well done. The introduction of his neighbor felt a bit random at first, but it works to make her a plot device for now (maybe a character later on? I doubt that, but who knows).

The whole card thing was great. It reminded Arata of Chihaya's quirks with all of the flash cards and it seems the card itself had the desired effect. Next few episodes should be really interesting, with the trio trying to get together again and seeing how Arata manages to get back to karuta and make peace with his grandfather's death.

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/u/AzureBeat

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Sensei is smart. Chihaya is unfit for president.

The nickname-off is really funny. And Chihaya wants to stomp the noobs. Also Taichi's card reading sounds exasperated from the start. The club's dynamic really shows how good it is that Taichi is the president rather than Chihaya. Chihaya is a person who's passion will run wild, and Taichi does really well as a moderator for her enthusiasm.

"Remember when we first played in a team?" Taichi remembers.

The scene where the club is setting up is so great at showing all their personalities in Karuta. Kana thinks about her favorite cards first, Tsutomu is thining about theory and study, and Nishida is practical. And Chihaya is just enthusiastic. A camp! And Chihaya is still dense. And a little too enthusiastic. The contrast between Chihaya's moment of 'oh' and Kana's enthusiastic dragging her out for her birthday cake tart is a good lightening of the mood.

BAD ARATA DON'T MESS WITH MY SHIP.

The trophy room is something of a character point I think. Taichi has done and won at about everything that a student might try doing. Except Karuta. He hasn't won at that.

Music wise, the ED is a bit of an interesting edit. The instrumental is a nice touch, but the looping of the vocals to make up the duration for the ED is a bit clutzy, although it does give us a listen to a bit of the second verse.

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> Wataya...that's not how teaming up works... My school projects and League of Legends experience beg to disagree.
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This was another episode that almost made me cry again. The connection between Chihaya, Taichi, and Arata is what really makes the show for me. I just want them to be friends and present in each other's lives. I can understand why Arata closed himself off but it was hard to watch when I want them to pick up from where they left off. Chihayafuru does an excellent job at portraying people's emotions and you can really empathize with the characters.

That scene where Chihaya and Taichi are walking in the cherry trees was one of my favorite scenes from this episode. The shot of their hands so close together says a lot without using dialogue. Taichi is so near Chihaya but there's still that small distance between them that he can't close.

I'm happy that someone seems interested in joining the karuta club and that Taichi kept his promise (that Chihaya sort of made for him haha) and will help form the club. I'm interested in seeing how Taichi's relation with karuta will change (or if it will at all) because it's always seemed more of a means to an end than something he found enjoyment of for its own sake. Hopefully being a part of the karuta club will be a positive experience for him.

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  • That’s our team captain alright

  • Pls Chihaya crush this guy

  • Yes damn right she will be Queen one day (and Taichi will be her King)

  • Taichi doesn’t realise it but he has grown and is growing as a person still. He doesn’t have to be better than Arata he just has to be a better version of himself.

  • Ma boi Taichi isn’t losing to that guy ez win

  • Felt satisfying seeing that guy lose, now onto to the Nationals we go Mizusawa fight!

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Fighting for first comment

So you’re telling me this is a drama about an obscure Japanese game that has a glasses boy listed as one of the main characters? I think I’m going to like this show :D

Jokes aside, that was a strong first episode and one line itself has already given me a good impression of Chihaya. I loved watching the final scene with her and Arata playing Karuta, along with how passionate she is about her family(or at least sister). Can’t wait to watch more of her throughout the series. Taichi kind of pissed me off, but he’s still a kid and judging him on how much of a brat he is alone isn’t a good source of judgment as a whole(I also know you have a crush on Chihaya you little turd :P). I felt similar feelings towards Shouya at the beginning of A Silent Voice, so little feelings like this from only one episode can easily change(especially since Shouya is in my top 10 best boys). For Arata I love how hardworking and passionate he seems from things like him working a paper route and how much I’m assuming he’s trained to be that good at Karuta. Having a goal that early in life is impressive, looking forward to seeing more of Arata.

Looking forward to the next episode of Chihaya-Gatsu no Lion.

As a side note, I probably won’t do any lengthy write-ups or gif compendiums(LWA rewatch as an example of that, which I still need to finish) due to classes and other priorities in the way(Especially the next 11 or so episodes due to having 5 midterms in the next 11 days). I also probably won’t be here until late Tue/Thur due to a class taking time the thread comes up. Hope to enjoy the series and the write-ups I read here.

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First-timer:

Who is that girl? She actually almost reminded me of a female Arata.

I really thought there would be more of the actual tournament, instead of going into Arata's past. That being said, it was sad watching his grandfather deteriorate like that and how Arata reacted to it all. It made Arata's joy at hearing how his karuta is exactly like his grandfather's all the better, along with him rediscovering his passion.

It was disappointing to see Chihaya falter so quickly and her team lose, but at least they made progress in their own way and have been humbled. Arata also remains a far off star once again, but it seems like at least now he's back on a path that will cross with Chihaya's.

Thinking that mystery girl will be a big player in the individual tournament. Not sure what else to think since I think most of the episode was tying up Arata's loose ends (not a bad thing, just doesn't leave much to speculate).

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I was worried in the beginning that we would just be going through flashbacks for an entire season.

Anyway, it seems like he has a girlfriend who has stayed back at his old high school. I am expecting this relationship to break up, so that later on, there is a love triangle between Chihaya, Taichi, and Arata. (I will be pleasantly surprised if that prediction isn't true.)

There is an interesting motif going on about how people can gain and lose passion. In previous episodes, it has been covered that people can become passionate from things their family members did: Arata with his grandfather and Chihaya with her sister. Now it covers how passion can be lost and regain from friends with how Taichi is witnessing Chihaya's matches. I expect this motif to carry through to Arata even though he says that he no longer plays karuta. I expect this has something to do with his family and/or his living situation.

Also I did not get to say this before, but the opening is great, though based on it, it seems like Arata is not playing this season.

I do find it interesting that Chihaya goes for the yelling technique to assert dominance and psyche out her opponent, but then in the final match before she becomes A Class, she does not go for the technique. Is this explained in the manga? What's with the change?

edit:

It has just occurred to me that Karuta is one of those games where the level and technique could be brought up if they had added analytics to the game like how there are big data analysis on baseball and tennis games especially with where to place each poem and how matchups work best. But big data is expensive, and karuta seems neither big nor lucrative.

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  • Missed the last episode rewatch due to time constraints, so I'll share some brief thoughts on episode 3:
    • Truly the first emotional episode of ths series, you could FEEL Chihaya's heartbreak when she found out the karuta gang would be splitting up after the tournament :(
    • The gang's first time in the karuta hall was so great, and the hall itself had a passionate and hungry vibe to it. Karuta is serious business, people.
    • Our three protagonists have grown to be great friends, and remarkably Taichi's personality starts to shine through. Of course Chihaya showed more of her A grade personality which carries the interactions in this anime.
  • Now onto episode 4!
  • The animation and lighting has been pretty top notch for an anime that aired in 2011. There are some hiccups, but they are few and far in between.
  • Oof, Chihaya's shove almost sent Arata into the next room...must be the karuta right??
  • Again it's so good to see Taichi buying into karuta and the group in general, especially how he acted in the first couple episodes.
  • The sakura tree and petals are beautifully animated, with an OST to match, whoa
  • AGAIN WITH THE TIME TRANSITION, THAT WAS SO COOL
  • Chihaya is prettier than her sister, do not @ me
  • Hmm Chihaya thinks Arata must be a top level karuta player by now...I don't think that bodes well for what the reality must be :(
  • Taichi is at his worst when he's being passive aggressive, it's kind of humorous and annoying to see because we know he's capable of better
  • While Chihaya is more candidly aggressive, with that bag slash lol
  • I like the eyes when Chihaya is angry, she looks like a Mii
  • Oh, it's Ta-kun's girlfriendo and looks like someone is a bit ticked for not being taken seriously...
  • So I think it's safe to assume Chihaya has no space for a relationship in her life unless it starts with kar- and ends in -uta
  • So the biker get-up was pretty useless because Taichi didn't cover his eyebrows, what a rookie
  • Bold of Chihaya to declare that she'd win the entire tournament against other Class B players, but her determination is akin to an 18 wheeler with the gas pedal floored so I wouldn't bet against her
  • She looks cute in her attire, seems like the dress code is pretty casual for tournaments like these
  • Oh man, Dr. Sensei is pretty great
  • Ah so there it is. Taichi knows he can't touch the level Arata is on, so he doesn't want to keep going. I feel like the events so far are setting up a hiatus for Arata regarding karuta, or something of that nature. Basically I doubt he's as good as these two think he should be.
  • CHIHAYA WITH THE WAR CRY
  • Aw Chihaya, seems like for you Karuta Is Lifetm
  • She is fierceeeee, her playstyle is the opposite of what I imagine high-end karuta matches should be lol
  • Chocolate sign leads to Taichi dropping BANK on totally NOT Godiva Chocolates as Chihaya casually inhales them. If this doesn't describe their relationship, please give me something else that does
  • 7 matches??? That's a marathon's equivalent for the brain
  • Chihaya is terrifying...sleeping with her eyes open, and inhaling sugar and passing out like a karuta machine...damn
  • Yes Dr. Sensei hit Taichi with the tsun tsun :D
  • I like the trend of random english words on Japanese clothes
  • Wait. I just realized this anime is Heart Of The Cardstm personified!
  • Chihaya's opponent is tricky; that left fake, right swipe was pretty great
  • I hope they elaborate on the different playstyles, kind of like what they did for shogi in Sangatsu. So far Chihaya is a slow starter while her opponent has an aggressive playstyle
  • Wow they have such things as 'best cards'. I'm really digging the emotional component of this game
  • Ok so is karuta lowkey a trading card game? Seems like no one wants the Chihayafuru card /s
  • I am SO down with how Chihaya respects her opponents and the game of karuta. Rooting for her is the easiest thing I will ever do
  • So I have a question...can you block your own card like that? I thought that made sense for team matches, but I'm not seeing the strategy in 1v1.
  • CHI HA YA FU RU!!! Now I see how huge having that advantage is for her, literally won her the game. Welcome to Class A :D
  • Taichi, man, it's hard to say no to a girl like that, isn't it?
  • She's calling! And he picked up!
  • YIKES that was so so cold :( I hate seeing Chihaya's enthusiasm being crushed. Also looks like I was kinda right about Arata not playing anymore im so sad rn nooooooooo
  • That was the highest of highs and lowest of lows so far, such a great episode and I am thoroughly satisfied (which is why my post was so long). I suspect it can't be too long now when I'll have to restrain myself from watching the next episode ahead of schedule.
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Screenshot of the Day

Once again another flashback ep, I'm not complaining, it's just raising my excitement more to see the trio in the present. Glad to see them build a genuine comradery so quickly. But of course with one tragic event, it can all come tumbling down.

Arata's grandfather becomes ill and he must leave. Taichi is going to a different school (probably decided by his mother), also respect to him for keeping up with his studies and playing karuta throughout. Sad Chihaya makes me sad :(

Finally, our main trio is able to rally together and play in the tournament but fall short of advancing. Then after graduation, Chihaya and Taichi visit Arata's home before he leaves and there they play one more match before they must leave their separate ways. Hmmm, I may be reaching, but something tells me these three will see each other again soon :p

This show is clicking all the right buttons for me so far and almost got me emotional in just the 3rd ep. Very much enjoying and looking forward to the rest.

Edit: spelling

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A scoreboard is a cute idea, but does a loss really count if Wataya was cheated out of the win? [](#schemingsaten)
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Man, it's so hard coming back to this series and watching Taichi at the start here.

I can't bring myself to hate this little troublemaker kid...

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First Timer(also my first time joining one of these!)

Well that was a nice first episode and right off the bat I already love Chihaya and Wataya. Chihaya reminds me alot of Ohana from Hanasuka Iroha who was my favourite character in it, so i'm looking forward to more of that kind of personality from Chihaya. I feel so sad watching Wataya as a kid but i love the passion coming from him and i can't wait to see more of him. Not much to say about Taichi so far except that, Kid Taichi is such an annoying kid but i'm sure my perception of him will change over the series.

As for the sport/game it's definitely a unique sport and as someone who isn't a big fan of poems i'm actually really interested in these ones. I'm guessing the matches will be similar to the ones from 3-gatsu in it's style, but at least this time i might actually be able to tell what's going on.

Not much to say about the visuals apart from the eyes which are a tad bit creepy but after watching Paradise Kiss I think I can get used to these Josei designs.

Overall i'm really looking forward to the rest of the series after a strong opening episode and i can tell the urge to binge the rest will be hard to put off, but I've got too much to do anyway so that won't be happening.

See you for the next episode!

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You may have read in the first discussion thread that Chihayafuru is a josei anime, so its target audience are older (adult) women. For quite a few first timer’s this will likely be the first ever josei anime, since that segment is much rarer than seinen (targeted at adult men), or the most common, shounen (teenage boys) and shojo (teenage girls).

How rare are josei anime?

On MAL, there are a total of 13656 ranked anime (there are more unranked, but I don’t know what is going on with those). Out of these, 89 are categorized as josei. In other words 0.65% of anime are josei, less than one percent. By comparison, 761, or 5.5%, are seinen.

How many of those have I seen? Three: Usagi Drop, Chihayafuru 1 and Chihayafuru 2 (second season is counted extra). Not by chance, Usagi Drop and Chihayafuru 1 are also the most popular josei on MAL. In total, I have seen 176 anime series, so josei makes up 1.7% of the anime I have seen. Therefore, josei is quite overrepresented among the anime I have seen.

Chihayafuru is the second most watched Josei, with 236,000 members on MAL, after Usagi Drop (which I personally recommend a lot, too) with 295,619. For comparison, the most watched anime on MAL is Death Note (a shounen) with 1,619,632 viewers.

I pulled up most of this info for the Honey & Clover rewatch a few weeks ago, so numbers may have gone up slightly

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/u/Smashtime7

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Was part of the reason you started this rewatch on the 6th so that this episode would fall on Valentine's Day? It's almost too fitting to be a coincidence haha.
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/u/flightofangels

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You romanize #17 as chi-ha and not ti-ha, so why not romanize #22 as "fu"? Strictly speaking the Japanese consonant phoneme in "fu" is a voiceless bilabial fricative, which is different from the voiceless labiodental fricative that goes with "f" in English, but it's certainly not the voiceless glottal fricative - that's the English and Japanese "h" used in "ho", number 81, as well as the ha-cards and hi-cards. "fu" is the only "one-consonant" card in the entire Hyakunin Isshu and a perfect choice for Chihaya's next conquest after her own name. That said, you're making leaps and bounds in your understanding. Thanks for this, and your abstention from the gempeisen is perfectly understandable. I can't wait for your work on some of the high school tournament episodes...
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> Seeing all of his insecurities laid bare for us is super intriguing. This is one of the things I love the most about this show. People's inner thoughts and mental monologues are all there for us to feel, empathize and relate with. Taichi is smart, but feels insecure in his skill, as expected because he quit and got left behind. He loves to win too so when the opportunity presents itself you hear him revel in it and you can't help but revel with him.
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By the way, if your subs say "eyebrows" as Taichi's nickname, it's an error. Dr. Harada calls him "Eyelashes."

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> Something I’m curious about, although I’m sure it’ll be fine, is how they’re going to keep the matches interesting What I love about this series - and other sports series - is the uniqueness of each opponent. Everyone has their own character/style/flavour and pose a new challenge to our protagonists, and then trying to overcome that is what keeps it interesting. And since the karuta community is relatively small, it really plays into how well this series uses recurring characters - not going to say much more than that here for now though :)
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/u/flybypost

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> Chihaya had a ton > of > cute > moments > this ep She reminds me of Chiyo Sakura (from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun). She's so expressive and lively, not just adorable and cute.
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That was an emotional rollercoaster, all the happiness and pain of the past flaring up in the beautiful countryside. Arata's grief, guilt and depression driving him away from the things could make him happy. His refusal driving straight into Chihaya's heart and all the passion she holds for Karuta.

Though Tachi's conflict is tough too, mainly because it's largely unsaid. You can tell there's part of him that doesn't want Arata and Chihaya to be reunited. His desire for her love, conflicting with his desire to see her happy and to see the joy of their youth return.

Still it was great to see them reconnecting for that brief moment as the train raced away. Crossing the bridge with ease, while Arata is stops before it.

Another powerful episode and I'm intrigued to see how things go once the club opens. Also I'm just going to say, Chihaya looks great in jeans.

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I don't know if comments like this are fine in rewatch threads but I just wanted to say that despite not making any reaction comments I was following along with this rewatch up until episode 5 or 6 since I had always heard good things about this show and I wanted to watch it before season 3 started airing, but at some point I just started watching by myself and after finishing season 2 earlier today I really want to go back in time and punch 2011 me in the face for picking up shit like Guilty Crown instead of this. I don't remember the last time I enjoyed anything this much. So thanks for hosting this rewatch I guess, I didn't really participate but it's still the reason I ended up watching this.

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/u/EmuSupreme

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>I almost want to give Chihayafuru a 10 It almost got a 10 from me. Absolutely stunning show, just shy of meeting my criteria for a perfect 10. > Also I have no idea when it happened, but Taichi is now my favorite character Glad you have found the light. Taichi is best boi and his precious smile must be protected at all costs.
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/u/airforceblue

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You know, I had forgotten how Arata-centric this episode was, but I appreciate it a lot. This time around we get the full context for why Arata gave up karuta, and we see that while the visit from his friends was a wake-up call the show is not treating it as a quick fix. I think that in the months since then both karuta and his grandfather have been on Arata's mind and this visit is a way of confrontating his past and finding out if he's ready to come back. I think that's why the comment from the staffer, Yoshioka (?) is so important. Despite the pain, karuta is also a way to honour his grandfather. Rewatching this episode I was really touched, there is no easy way to deal with grief.

On completely different note, Chihayafuru spoilers

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/u/Jounas

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Hardest part is sticking to only 1 episode per day

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I really wanted to write something yesterday since episode 2 is an episode I actually remember, but life gets in the way I guess.

Episode 2:

I forgot just how pissed off I was at Taichi, some parts of the episodes were really hard for me to get through. While I mentioned episode 1 was mainly about Chihaya’s development, episode 2 decides to show the same courtesy to Taichi and Arata. Taichi finally relents and decides to give the glasses back to Arata, and it’s clear he does it since realizes how much this actually means to Chihaya. He takes the extra step in fully admitting he stole the glasses, finally giving us the payoff to seeing him act like a jerk this entire time. It gives the audience definitive proof that Taichi’s been acting out of jealousy this entire time, and hints that this is a turning point for him.

Seeing how Chihaya filled in for Arata, and how moved he was by her efforts in looking for his glasses, he comes to a conclusion. Arata’s noticed by now that Chihaya’s really trying to reach out to him, and so he makes the decision to return her gesture in his own way, and calls her out by her first name. You can tell it’s a big step for him since we see the hesitation at the start, and while Chihaya may or may not have noticed this, we certainly did.

Episode 3:

Another strong episode right here. It was interesting to see Taichi not understanding why Chihaya was trying hard despite the gap between her and Arata. His confusion quickly gets cleared up as he’s soon getting swept up in the moment as well, when he manages to take a card for himself. He finally understands now.

For me it was quite cathartic watching Chihaya, Taichi and Arata having fun playing in a team sport, only for life to take precedence over their karuta aspirations, forcing them apart. This is because I had a similar experience where I was having fun playing football seriously (soccer for you Americans) when I was younger, and I had to stop playing with my friends when I moved school. It was not as dramatic as this episode, but it wasn’t particularly easy for me at the time, so I can really feel for Chihaya here. Partly because of this, the climax of the episode really hit hard for me, and I teared up pretty hard to be perfectly honest.


These 3 episodes have been a blast for me personally, and I’m almost tempted to binge-watch the rest of the show on my own to be honest. It’s a good thing I physically don’t have the time to binge-watch though so that’s a good thing I suppose. I don't normally take screenshots, but just look at this cute pic of smol chihaya!

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The Nom Nom Noms

followed by

The Doki Dokis

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/u/Chihaya_S3_when

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I really love this episode, not because of the character development/drama which is great, but because of the development of Karuta as a sport in it. They burst into the hall, and suddenly its revealed Karuta is a sport not just a hobby. It is played by people of all shapes/sizes/genders/ages. There are tactics with the syllable lengths, attacking, defense, positioning. There is team play, as well as solo play. This episode first reveals the potential and depth of the sport, and was the episode that really first gripped me on my first watch. And suddenly it's all ripped away as Chihaya's friends are leaving her, and it's no fun to play Karuta alone. Was hard not to keep watching after this one!
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Today, I realized the strongest ship shown in Chihayafuru so far is not Chihaya x Arata or Chihaya x Taichi.

No, it is Desktomu and desk-chan. Just look at Desktomu's smug smile of happiness, and even his classmates ship them.

But Taichi's having none of that because obviously, Taichihaya is better.

In all seriousness though, Taichi's self-realization monologue at the end shows really good character development, and really shapes him as the supportive backbone for their karuta club gang.

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First timer

Even though it's only been two episodes in the past, it felt like forever and it was kind of surreal seeing all the characters from the flashback in their current form.

Really loving this show and that ending was an absolute twist, really interested to see how this plays out.

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> I wanna say Chi-chan fell in love that day. Not with Arata exactly but with Karuta. We can forget everything else, Chihaya x Karuta is the real OTP. >Man this is only Episode 1 but I already wanna binge this show. The urge is there even as a rewatcher!
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Kana-chan won a match!

Happy to see Desktomo-kun get out of his funk at the end. I was worried for a minute that he'd leave and they would scrub-out in the semis.

Looking forward to the finals!

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First Timer

(I cheated and watched today's episode yesterday, hehe)

My dog napped with her eyes open. It was really menacing, kind of like Chihaya's expression...

Kana is always thinking about hakama, haha. Is this going to be her quirk?

Alrighty, so we're on to getting the next member. WOW! Fuck all of those people. Also, Desktomu is such an unfortunate nickname...yeah, I would probably study all day too if everyone around me was a grade A asshole.

Damn!!! Chihaya is merciless. Frickin dragging the dude AND his desk to try to get him to join???

Okay, playing Karuta with all the cards backwards? That's pretty hardcore.

Dang, this exercise is really exposing a shortcoming of Chihaya's. That and Taichi has some godlike memorization. Is this the Emperor's Eye of Karuta?!?!

Wait!!! I get that throwing the desk is a symbolic gesture, but he still has to use it!!!

Taichi with the sasuga speech. Gottem.

Dropping his desk and leaving it behind, the music begins to play showing Desktomu's growth and --JESUS HE STILL NEEDS THAT DESK TOMORROW. It's an anime, I get it, the symbolism is more important, but I can't stop thinking about how he eventually had to go back and haul his abused desk back to the classroom at some point.

Still, this was an overall feelsgoodman episode. The first newbie has an in-depth relationship with the poems, and the newest member is shaping up to be one of the more cerebral players. I'm sure he'll pick it up in no time.

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Whoops, got so absorbed into reading Chaos;Child that I completely forgot the time. Anyway, some quick thouths on episode 2:

First timer

Boy, lots of dickish family this episode. I can see where Taichi gets his attitude from. That said, I’m glad he seems to have changed his attitude towards Arata, I just hope he keeps it that way.

Chihaya is too good for this world. Offering to let Arata dry his face on her clothes, going all around the school to look for his glasses and finally stepping in for him during the match when she noticed he was losing track of the cards. The match was awesome, I really liked how much Chihaya got into it. Looking forward to seeing how much she'll improve over time.

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People always link the 'hard to explain' proZD skit while talking about this show, but I tend to think more about this one.

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First timer!

Turns out Taichi wasn't lying when he told Chihaya everyone would stop talking to her. Again, middle schoolers are evil.

I did not expect to get as hyped as I did when Arata swiped away the first card. Everybody in the room was in shock, meanwhile Chiyaha was probably sitting there with the most smug grin on her face. Super satisfying moment.

What wasn't satisfying was... literally anything Taichi did this episode. When Arata put his glasses on the windowsill I said to myself "nahhh don't fucking steal them", lo and behold. I get that he's just a kid at this point, and a super competitive one at that, but that doesn't make his actions any less annoying. At the very least I'm glad he finally confessed to stealing Arata's glasses (Taichi getting nailed by the huge "you're a coward" card was hilarious too).

I was a little surprised that another episode was spent focusing on the trio's middle school days, but I'm super glad. Arata got to stand up for himself and show off his power level, Taichi maybe possibly showed signs of not being such an asshole in the future, and Chihaya had a great moment subbing in for Arata. I'm really pleased with this series so far!

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For whatever reason, I thought it was still like a week or so away. Guess I really did need this reminder.

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First timer

Ok so we open up with a 3v3 all 100 cards in play, seems simple enough... BUT WAIT!!! Card blocking?!?! Let's go arata that's meta af.

Chihaya returns home and instantly enters photographer mode! This was so funny and adorable, I love how fully chihaya supports her sister's modeling career, but it was heartbreaking to see the sisters selfish reaction after learning about chihaya's interest in karuta.

Soooo many cute moments this ep. Chihaya saying I'm not the only lonely one, taichi putting his beanie on arata, their last karuta game as kids. God my heart.

I think it's safe to assume we'll return to present day after this, really excited to see them go from beginners to trying to compete at a high level.

:side note: does anyone else get a Pillows vibe from the op?

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Rewatcher here, excited to share the experience of Chihayafuru with fresh and veteran viewers alike!

I’ve been eager to celebrate and discuss Chihayafuru with others ever since I first watched it last spring, at which point it quickly became one of my favorites, and so I was glad to see this rewatch proposed. Owing to a general uptick in busyness in my life and to commitments to other hobbies, I hadn’t given much time to TV or to anime in the preceding several months, and I was a bit worried about my ability to contribute meaningfully daily to a rewatch, so I hatched a plan to build myself a bit of a lead: to start early, taking a slow pace, recording some thoughts after each episode so that I might have an easier time preparing reflections for conversation without falling behind (as I have done in other rewatch scenarios, regrettably).

However, after watching the first episode again, full of these good intentions… I just couldn’t resist moving on immediately to the next episode, sans reflection, and the next and the next, and almost before I knew it, I’d watched the entire series again. Oops. Ultimately, I regret nothing. Here I am, now a third-time viewer, arriving to episodic conversation with sort of an ad lib spirit.

I don’t know how much to say at the outset about why I love this series so much on a big picture level, as I don’t want to interfere too much with newcomers’ expectations. Not that this is really a series that lives or dies on the energy of mysteries or twists, but I first picked up this series on basically no recommendation beyond “it’s a good sports anime”, and I was really glad that I had the opportunity to be surprised by the strength of my attachment to the characters and their story. Coming into a new show already hype and full of expectations is great too, but for me, there’s something especially delightful and moving about strong connections that are unwitting and unplanned.

Which is maybe why I’m so drawn to the set-up in this first episode…

Each of the series’ most central characters makes a debut appearance in this episode: Ayase Chihaya, Mashima Taichi, and Wataya Arata. We can gather first impressions of each of them as both children and high school students. Chihaya, the “beauty in vain”, often innocently heedless of norms, is at both ages full of energy and resolve that still await entry into an ideal outlet; her open-mindedness and compassion as a child help to direct her to channel those attributes into a passion. The child Taichi is apparently excellent at everything at which a student of his age is expected to be excellent, from academics to social capital, and he is easily and loudly and jealously so; the grown-up Taichi (I’ll never not love hearing Miyano Mamoru!) is a more grown-up and level-headed kind of cool, but Chihaya can still elicit from him both banter and guardedness. What we know of the grown Arata pairs with what we first know of him as a child: aloofness, distance, quietness, otherness, unreachability. Of course, we have more intimate impressions of Arata to draw on by the episode’s end — of enthusiasm, focus, clarity, and brilliance. Though these traits together may capably conspire to produce a solitary genius in the classic mold, our impression of his aloofness by the end of the episode may be that it is sort of at best incidental. He flushes with happiness at being able to share his game and his dream with Chihaya.

Through that scene, we get our first impression of the series’ central game: karuta, a competitive card game centered on classical Japanese poetry. Known to Chihaya top-of-mind as just a traditional card game played annually in a tournament at school, karuta as played by Arata requires speed, strength, reflexes, memory, and total concentration. It is esoteric, difficult, demanding, frustrating, daunting — and thrilling, in a way that Chihaya had never anticipated but that now seems fateful. The engine of a dream.

Naturally, we have a lot still to learn about how these characters relate to each other, to karuta, and to each other through karuta, but that karuta plays a critical role is already strongly implied. Chihaya processes loneliness and grief for the absence of old friends through one of the Hundred Poets poems, and as we transition into the flashback, we get a glimpse of Chihaya’s fervent hope: that as long as she, Taichi, and Arata play karuta, they will be brought together again. Karuta will be understood as more than just a hobby or a club: it is a heritage, a thing that challenges and destabilizes, a thing that provides connection.

Karuta will also be shown, as further perspectives will highlight, as a competition, a living classical artifact, a trove of poetry, an intellectual exercise, a communication of timeless emotions, a career, a source of cultural pride, a binding thread for a community, and more. For me, the series’ presentation of the game is so engrossing, and I suspect that viewers of a wide variety of interests and tastes will find something to appreciate in it.

The fact that the episode starts in one temporal setting and ends still within a flashback is perhaps one reason why I have, on both of my previous watches, been unable to resist leaping right into the second episode at the conclusion of this one. The flashback is — thoroughly minor spoiler — not quite over yet. I’ll be paying a lot of attention again this time around to the work that these early episodes do to forge the central inter- and intra-personal conflicts of each character. But even without the hook of wanting to see a flashback through to the end, this episode offers plenty that makes me want to come back for more: vivid characters with complicated histories, relationships full of promise, discoveries of passion and purpose, room to grow.

A few other miscellaneous appreciations. 1) I really like the look of the show and the way that characters’ expressions are drawn, especially when drawn comedically — and on that note, I like the comedy here and laughed at Chitose’s entire scene. 2) The OP is still so unassumingly charming and catchy on a third time through the series. 3) The voice actors for young Taichi and Arata (precious dialect) give really convincing performances; in general, the dialogue for the characters as children comes across as quite authentic. 4) That poem that Chihaya reflects on here is so moving and sad. 5) Spoilerish? I like that the signature skills/traits that each brings to karuta are already implied here — Arata’s training and prodigious talent, Taichi’s strength with memory, and Chihaya’s hearing (as she only recognizes Arata as the paperboy after hearing him finally speak in class). 6) My favorite moments of the episode include Chihaya’s first card; Chihaya meeting Arata for the paper in the early morning; and Chihaya’s sweet display of delight at being reunited with Taichi — just saying his name again and again while they walk down the street as if for a moment her joy couldn’t be more complete.

I really hope that I’ll be able to keep up with the rewatch — for most of February I have to work 11+ hour days, but I’ll do my best to drop in. I’m excited to review the series at a slower pace and am interested in seeing how that pace and an additional viewing will impact my attitude toward certain characters and their… relationships. I felt somewhat less polarized during my very uptempo second trip through these two seasons, and now… I’d be okay with getting a bit polarized again, but I’ll try to resist confirmation bias. I’m excited to eventually discuss which player offers my favorite perspective on the game (I doubt it will surprise anyone) and which character(s) I best love, when the time is right.

Looking forward to reading everyone else’s posts!

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I usually like kids but MAN I wanted to smack Taichi, the cheating lil shit. It was super satisfying seeing him lose the match today, and the fact that he owned up to his dickishness (well, at least to Wataya) gives me hope for his growth.

why is everybody shitty? like damn they're going out of their way to be dicks. not gonna lie though, that drink totally was Wataya's fault. he saw it flying through the air, he shoulda known that'd happen.

the rules to Karuta seem super ridiculous but still fun. I'm excited to see more of it and Chihaya.

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I'm glad you like the video!! Sorry that I didn't reupload for so long, but as you said the rewatch timing worked out well. I'm too busy to rewatch myself so I've been enjoying lurking in these threads and reminiscing haha
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Filling out a petition for a desk bro screenshot.
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First Timer

I realized as I was watching this episode that I was confused about the time of year for the show's setting. It's hard not to recognize spring in anime, since there are almost always cherry blossoms, and they were quite evident in the first episode. It took me a while to realize that while the show starts in spring, that is only for the high school time period. I failed to think about the fact that the grade school time period had no reason to necessarily remain in lockstep timewise.

The fact that the events we're seeing now take place in the fall leading into winter ties in very nicely with the Now the Flower Blooms poem; now the flower blooms, but for winter. - the blooming passion for karuta; Here comes the spring, now the flower blooms. - presumably when we return to the events in high school we will see a similar blooming. Whether that blooming will turn out to be a reawakening to karuta, seeing as at least two of them have lapsed from the game, or perhaps blooming of a different nature may be involved. I am sure we shall see.


Thoughts from the episode:

  • It is pretty obvious from this episode that Taichi has it bad for Chihaya. I think he may very will still carry a flame for her in high school.
  • I am not sure I understand the scoring of karuta. Arata's matches leading up to the final are 25-0. But the other matches don't total up to 25, and one side appears to always be a 0?
  • Taichi is definitely a bully, at least for now. I sometimes find it hard to dislike characters early on in a show. It's hard to predict exactly where his character will go from here. The fact that he apologizes later in the episode doesn't take away from the fact that he's still got a lot of room for growth as a person. The brief glimpse we get of his home life shows that it may not be the best environment to help encourage good social behavior.
  • Chihaya playing in the match really shows her new found enthusiasm. She clearly has found something to be passionate about, and is excited to continue.
  • By the same token, the scene of her on the phone trying to share her excitment with her family is pretty heartbreaking. She's happy and proud of herself and wants the people important to her to share in those feelings and instead she's ignored and degraded. It was well done without being over-dramatized, and helps develop her relationship to her sister, which we know is important to her based off of her "dream" in episode one. At the same time, it also sets the stage for karuta being the impetus for her to stand on her own out of her sister's shadow.
  • Arata calls Chihaya by her first name!
  • The OP and ED are pretty good, although they aren't immediately stuck in my head. I always tried to listen a bit more to the music this episode and it does seem to be well written. A lot of the incidental stuff does a good job of staying inobtrusive, but it's clearly capable of big flourishes when it needs to be.
  • I'm glad we're sticking with the grade school setting for a while. I feel some authors/directors might feel pressure to rush the development or try to bounce back and forth between the settings before the story is established out of fear that we'll lose connection to that time period.

I'm definitely enjoying the show so far. I don't think this episode did anything terribly surprising, but it is setting a nice pace and providing a good focus on the characters. I'm glad that there's several seasons ahead because I'm sure this story has a lot of ground it can cover. Can't wait for tomorrow!

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This was a really good episode! I didn't really like the artstyle of the characters at first, but it has really grown on me. There were some beautiful shots this episode, especially the zooms that focused on different character's expressions.

There is something so naturalistic about this show that I love. It's getting hard to stick to the one episode a day schedule!

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First Timer [finally caught up!]

Well that hurt to watch..

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As a rewatcher, I noticed this time the birthday surprise for Chihaya was "spoiled" earlier in the episode when the Porky, Kana, and Desk-kun show up to Taichi's house. You can see them bringing in the dessert and Taichi sneaks it into the fridge. From the comments it seems like a lot of people didn't catch it and did not see the birthday celebration coming!

Great episode, I love the training camp :)

So many feels for Taichi, though. Chihaya seems to almost sense the obvious sparks there, but she just doesn't get it. Chihayafuru

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I'm not participating in the rewatch, but I'd like to point out for anyone watching on Crunchyroll that Harada calls Tachi "Eyelashes", not "eyebrows". The subs are wrong.

Enjoy the show everyone.

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You must loooooveeee Chihayafuru, woweee Can't wait to start the rewatch though :D It's really fun to discuss episodes after watching and while I'm not the best at reviewing stuff, it really helps to reflect on what you've watched and it sticks in your memory a bit more than just binging
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Random reply here to point out that if anyone in Europe is interested, there are some clubs here that play and teach the game on a regular basis. The first international tournament was even held in Japan this year!

Off the top of my head I've heard of some in Paris, Munich and London but there's definitely others.

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MOST INTENSE SPORTS ANIME EVER. look it may look like a joke at first. but keep on watching and the matches are one of the best things ever in sports anime history

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Nostalgia is a strange thing. When I was little kid I was taught the Hyakunin-Isshu and karuta as part of some traditional initiative. As with everyone else in my class we didn't particularly do well, it wasn't particularly fun, and the teacher gave up on us after like 2 days. It was such a lame memory, I've proceeded to completely forget even the few verses I did memorize. And yet when I watched this episode today those memories felt fond to me.

Hello to everyone I haven't met in here. I am a Japanese native with a pretty decent Japanese education, but as you can see I'm just as new to the sport and world of karuta as the rest of you. So if you have questions about the details of the sport, or what specific things mean, show and manga fans will probably be of more help. However, since a lot of this stuff is seeped in traditional Japanese culture, if you need help understanding that stuff I might be able to help. So tag me whenever, and I'll see what I can think of.

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this show. My image is that its one of the most mainstream anime in recent memory, not necessarily because it is highly popular, but because the fans I seem to meet both in Uni stateside and back home in JPland are often not the anime watching types of people. Hell, I'll hear more about it in the 7 o'clock evening news than in the headlines posted to /r/anime. In that sense it reminds me of Yuri on Ice, another sports anime with insane mainstream appeal and a demographic focus away from shonen. As such, I ddin't really expect the usual anime tropes to be too prevalent here, or to be able to judge the first episode in the same way that I usually approach shows.

I'm glad I took this approach, because by all traditional metrics this opening episode was boring as shit. Its hard to relate to the main character as all we are shown of her is her fairytale looks and general liking of karuta, and her crush Taichi has about as notable a personality as the card that got stuck in the door. Not helping things is the flashback mid ep, which gives both halves not enough time to showcase their worlds. The setting is definitively plain, with no real unique explorations beyond school and home, and while I think the aesthetic is pretty, I wouldn't say it was good enough to be the defining feature of the episode. But then again, those things may not be the point of this show. I found myself more drawn to little details, like how Arata sounded like a proper country bumpkin. Not the usual shy wordless kid, and not the blatantly Osaka accented anime VA nonsense either. Unfortunately I couldn't identify which region he sounds like he comes from, but the accent sounded really authentic. The moments of focus in the match weren't the super dramatic and important settings I'd usually expect, but still built a sense of tension in a surprisingly short amount of time. And of course, that unexpected sense of nostalgia that I'm sure every Japanese person would feel when watching this competition.

Overall, I'm feel a curious enjoyment from watching this episode, enough for sure to make me want to continue. I may not comment too often since personally I always prefer writing these essay type responses where I can explain what interested or didn't interest me, and I cannot commit to creating one for every episode for such a long rewatch like this, but I hope to return at least every once in a while to have some good conversation. If nothing else, I'll read through the threads every day. See you next time.

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Hi! I'm kind of new around here (a lurker most of the time) and a first-timer to Chihayafuru. After a few days, I finally caught up to you guys on the schedule! So I just wanted to say thank you so much for hosting this rewatch! :) Chihayafuru rocks! I also love your in-depth episode analyses and discussions! Keep up the great work! :D > one of an image of a deep red love > > "For you" These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing! :D ...even though I know it, um, pains you to do so. ;)
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This is great! So detailed! About card #17, I think you are right that the card being on his left makes it harder for Arata to get it but easy for Chihaya. If he sends the card to Chihaya, then he is being very strategic. He thinks that Chihaya might be able to get that card very easily despite being a beginner due to the cocktail party effect so by sending it to her, he will prevent her from sending a card to his side even if she takes that card and now he has one fewer card in his weak spot. Aww he is so clever! And this goes well with Arata’s never going soft on anyone.
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> Such a fantastic transition to the ED. The little music used to transit to the ED is almost my favorite part of this series.
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/u/dyacc

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Appreciate the effort and hope you’re having a good day too mate. See you in a week 🙌

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I've heard a few youtubers/streamers that I follow talk about this being their favorite anime of all time, so I might as well try it out with you guys and see what I think of it. I'm going in completely blind other than that one 20 second proZD video, so I really don't know what to expect.

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First Timer

I only comment when I think an episode is really good.

The reveal of Chihaya finally getting some recognition within her family was done masterfully, both in delivering the emotional impact, and in getting across that her father is genuinely loving to both his daughters achievements.

I hope Kimino girls card placement ends up justified somehow. Maybe the strategy will allow her to throw off her opponents, or maybe the grouping will allow her appreciation for the actual poems to have some role in the competitive aspect of the game. Porky didn't know the whole poem at all, but she knows them all intimately. She sees the cards like they were visualized a few episodes back, so maybe the compartelization will improve her play, and allow her to "see" the cards instantly.

Honestly, I love her inclusion into the group the most. I don't know why, but the difference between pure technical play, and an actual appreciation of the game is interesting to me.

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Rewatcher here, I couldn't help myself and I've binged ahead but I just want to say, why choose sides: come aboard #teamthreesome! Porque no los dos?

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Alright, I finally caught up to everyone in this rewatch. As for ep. 7, so glad to see Chihaya's spunkiness and enthusiasm as she tries to recruit the new members. Desk-Kun I bet will certainly be an invaluable member. It seems Chihaya almost sees the best Karuta in people, like how Oe loves the history or how Desk/Glasses-kun loves the intelligence it takes to know everything.

Also, have to give a shout out to Taichi here, he finally found his footing against Chihaya and now realizes that he is better than he thought. I can't wait for him to continue on and do great things.

Even though I saw this series about two years ago various parts are already getting me teary-eyed from the lovely art work, the OP that is a banger but I hear the Chihaya-furu line just gets me a little water worked in the eyes, its such a great series that I hope everyone truly enjoys it.

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First Time Watcher After having friends recommend this show and seeing the coming season 3 and this rewatch, decided why the hell not.

Right off the bat really reminded me of how Rakugo started, introducing some base characters and then rewinding to get a grasp of how things started. The characters are also very defined in who they are and how they fit in the scheme of things, which is good. They already have their motivations, it seems, and conflict is bubbling underneath the surface. One nice little foreboding turn they do is mentioning how Arata hasn't been entering tournaments, giving even more intrigue as we flashback and learn about his passion. It's an underlying tension that runs through, and was well placed.

I really wonder how they're going to move going forward, and am really excited to keep watching.

Also I saw that this episode's title was based on a poem that was posted under here somewhere. Which in of itself is really fitting with the theme of the game and also thematically.

I'd like to propose my own reading of the poem to the context of the episode just cuz that's my thing:

"now the flower blooms, but for winter" which I feel relates not only for Chihaya, but also Arata and Taichi. The flower blooms is a line to me that signifies the expression of discovery. A flower blooms and discovers the world, or a flower blooms and discovers its own beauty. It opens up it's petals but it blooms for winter. Winter can be seen generically as a season of foreboding, of cold desolation, often apt for death. Now the flower blooms (Chihaya discovers Arata, and discovers the intensity that is Karuta. Arata discovers Chihaya, a new friend who I assume is going to in someway help Arata. Taichi discovers Chihaya in present time) but for winter (Chihaya discovers Arata, only to have in present time, lose Arata, and that lonely feeling is resonating with her. Arata likewise discovers Chihaya only to lose her, and I'm not sure if that's known in this episode, I don't think I recall them saying if she moved away or something. And likewise Taichi discovers Chihaya only for her to care about Arata, once again this feeling of bloom is only for a much colder reality)

"Here comes spring, now the flower blooms" is the complete opposite and is a great contrast element of the poem, if this was a haiku proper this would be the striking line, a vivid turn and stagnant image to really give punch. This line to me signifies foreshadowing of what's to come and posits itself from the past to the present. Here come's spring which arrives after winter, a season of death to life. Now the flower blooms, once again, putting into motion that perhaps Chihaya will meet Arata, that Arata will meet Chihaya and maybe even Taichi will have his own bloom (petty or not).

Excited to see what happens next.

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We are one season worth into this series, and this ep has everything that made me love Chihayafuru the first time I watched it. The soundtrack is always stellar, the characters are always cool, but more importantly, I love it how people start to care. The scene where Chihaya notices her family cut the newspaper picture to put it in Chihaya's album always makes me emotional. This is actually the part when I think the "Empress" is one of the best secondary characters I've ever seen.

This is the first time I've commented in a discussion thread for this series, and I want to say that I'm really happy that first time watchers are receiving it so well. Chihayafuru is one of those series that I consider to be a hidden gem. All of us who watched it have loved it, but it's hard to start watching it because the topic is just so obscure. I hope that this rewatch, as well as the upcoming S3, brings more light into this wonderful series.

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Do you know how to play it? I'm still unclear on some of the rules even after watching the show.
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/u/AznPokgai

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Not participating but it looks like this rewatch already has a great turnout. I'm happy to see so many people giving Chihayafuru a try even though its far outside of this sub's usual tastes. Have fun all!

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Rewatcher

IT'S SO HARD NOT TO BINGE HNNNGGGGGG!

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/u/limbsylimbs

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>Something I’m curious about, although I’m sure it’ll be fine, is how they’re going to keep the matches interesting. Just you wait! They certainly know how to keep the matches interesting!
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/u/adovetakesflight

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Oh dang, this is super exciting! I haven't seen Chihayafuru but I've been wanting to watch it for what feels like forever. I'll definitely be joining you all next week :)

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/u/Isogash

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Hype!

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/u/whiskeyjack1k

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Did a quick rewatch since I saw this going on then I finally caved and read the manga. Chihayafuru is awesome and it's great seeing first timers react to it, also can't wait until people meet best girl.

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/u/learenn

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Can someone explain what it means to "camp" a card? They mention this a couple times during the matches.

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/u/geniue

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Is this kinda like march comes like a lion? That anime/manga is probably my fav sports/SOL, so if this is even 50% as good as that I’ll prob watch this.

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/u/30NiceGuy03

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Hello, I would like to join please!
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/u/sicklyfish

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Taichi tried his best to be an irredeemable shit, but Chihiya's enthusiasm was too strong

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/u/wolfwings1

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Actually just finished this series a couple weeks ago as part of my new years resolution to watch most new series, and be ready for upcoming, this was definetly in my list of, "Why didn't I know about this earlier." had some slow moments, but I really loved the interactions :>

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/u/Raddish3030

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Remember all. Some of the poems are so on the nose when it comes to the character. Especially the ones that pop up frequently, read in full or emphasized by the characters in some fashion.

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/u/den15_512

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As a rewatcher that has seen how the characters grow over the course of the two seasons, I felt for Taichi, especially since his reactions are so realistic for an elementary schooler with his first crush. Ignoring my bias, he was an absolute dick this episode.

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/u/sebasq10

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This is so good, thank you OP for making this rewatch! I have heard about this show but I've never seen it, and I absolutely adored this first episode! I didn't even realise it was Madhouse who did this

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/u/CommanderSevan

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First time watcher here. Well, more or less. I started it when it was airing back in 2011, but for whatever reason it fell off my radar partway through. Since then I've only heard good things about this show, so I figured now is the perfect time to give it another chance.

The first episode was pretty solid. second best Chihaya was really likeable too. I don't think her younger self could have possibly looked more boyish, but she was still really cute. I liked how she stood up for Arata, and clearly she hasn't gotten any less awkward even by high school. Young Taichi has a pretty obvious crush on Chihaya, but man he was such a jerk about it. Thankfully current Taichi is a lot nicer, though it looks like he might still have that crush. The karuta scenes were cool too.

That's about all I have to say about the episode. Not much, but it's still early in the series. Hopefully I can keep up with this a little better than I did with the Aria rewatch.

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/u/holynub

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I think its just the Main Theme song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ne7oNIMJyA
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/u/theangryeditor

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Oh shit I had no idea there was a rewatch going on. I just started the manga a few days ago and started the anime after finding out a chunk of chapters were just never translated because they were already adapted. The anime is a pretty faithful adaptation so far but I find it strange that it went out of its way to whitewash Taichi. He was much more of a little shit in the manga where he intentionally and purposefully plotted to steal Arata's glasses while the anime made it into an act of opportunity, one he was hesitant about from beginning to end.

Right now I'm debating whether to watch the rest of the first season or to skip straight to season 2. I kind of want to see the rest of the club's introductions animated as well as Shinobu and Suou, but on the other hand I kind of want to jump to where I left off in the manga straight away.

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/u/Recallingg

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If you take a card from your opponents side you can then pass them a card from your side. Otherwise taking a card from their side would be losing yourself the game.
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/u/xxCheonsa1004xx

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Can’t wait to see everyone slowly falling in love with Taichi in these threads... 💆‍♀️❤️ His character developement is one of the bests I’ve ever seem

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/u/common-sage

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Taichi is best boy for sure. I really like his character and how he’s developing throughout the show, I’m reminded how bad I felt for him the first time I watched this
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/u/North514

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First timer I think what stands out for me the most in this first episode is the OST really nice. Visually the designs are nice and its very colorful.

As for the characters Chihaya is a pretty likeable tomboyish girl, Taichi a bit of a brat and I am pretty curious about Arata I can already expect an interesting backstory out of him.

Obviously this is more of an intro episode though I wonder if there are certain strategies in Karuta and how in depth the series will go into it.

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/u/jcruz18

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Excited to check it out!

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/u/Manutdforlife

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I have already started watching the show for the first time (currently halfway through season 1). I won't be able to participate in the rewatch because the timing just doesn't work for me but I will make sure to visit the episode threads and interact if I find something interesting. Thanks for hosting the rewatch.

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/u/LegitPancak3

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I blindly bought the Sentai blurays during the sale last month, maybe I’ll get to watching them with y’all. Is the season 2 ova in the bluray, or unlicensed?

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/u/LaqOfInterest

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I just watched the series for the first time last summer, so it's a bit early for me to rewatch, but I'll definitely pop into some of the threads for discussion and I'll see you all when S3 drops.

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/u/PittPensPats

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Ooooo one of my favorite shows has a rewatch starting on my birthday? Sign me up!

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/u/gck99

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I just binged season 1 and 2 of this show and it was sooo good! I was really surprised. I had heard great things about it and I decided to give it a shot. It hooked me instantly. I'm really excited for season 3. If anyone is popping by to see if they should watch it I really recommend giving it a shot. Karuta is such a cool sport too!

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/u/Kakito104

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Hope I can be patient enough to limit myself to one episode a day

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/u/puppy_girl

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How do re-watches work? How many are going on right now and when do new seasons start?

!enable notifcation

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/u/kouro_sensei_007

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I've watched the first 3 episodes and got side tracked with other stuff. I plan to complete HunterxHunter this weekend, i will join this rewatch. See you guys in a week. :)

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/u/Graywolves

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I'm a pretty big lurker in rewatches but I just wanted to say I love your episode analyses.
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/u/plantothrowoneaway

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I just binged this show over the past couple weeks. Loved it a lot. I went in blind and wasn't sure what to expect at first. Looking forward to season 3!

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/u/JohnnySkeeball

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I just finished watching this series for the first time a few days ago... but I'm so down to watch it again haha

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/u/kturtle17

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This is part of my MAL challenge, why not.

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/u/5thvoice

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Yes! I've been waiting to rewatch Chihayafuru for months now, and it's finally time!

I've been debating watching the dub this time around. What are everyone's thoughts on it?

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/u/theworkingbee

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Just found about this. So hyped!

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/u/ztodapositive

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Wow, thanks for pointing that out! Crunchyroll subs keep saying eyebrows even though his eyebrows look totally normal 😅.
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/u/bluebear_tora

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Thanks for the tag. Very excited to start the show.

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/u/DarkCirno

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Oh nice, I've been wanting to start this since I've heard there was going to be a new season, so this is perfect.

Looking forward to it.

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/u/Leodagan10

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That’s cool! I only watched the first season so this is a good opportunity to catch up to the anime. I’ll join the rewatch for the second season on March 3.

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/u/IamFanboy

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!remindme 24 hours

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/u/Vuppu

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I've not seen it before so do I join the rewatch? Like will spoilers be discussed?

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/u/NoHearts

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I might jump in on this. Been a while since I watched Chihayafuru and I've only watched it once :O

EDIT: Is it standard for josei shows to have warm colors?

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/u/Allerdings_

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Thanks for this content! I'm living in Germans this year and I'm going to try to find some chance to play :)
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/u/el_morris

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And I just watched this series last week...

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/u/ScarRed_Tiger

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God this one one of the best Dubs to come out of Houston in years.

Don't have time for a full rewatch. Just getting that thought off my chest.

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/u/injection730

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Rewatcher

The first episode is very strong and i remember I was caught instant, here I want to talk a bit about the school situation of Arata. First of all bullying is always wrong, its been an important part for me because when I was younger i had a friend in the same situation, he came from north Italy to South Italy and he has been discriminated, and people also mocked him about his way to talk. I am very proud to say i have been on his side even tho it cost me losing some people who I don't regret losing, obv at that time it wasn't so simple, but it's very important having someone of your age helping you. Chihayafuru expressed the situation well and I could understand very well the silence of Arata while sitting in the classroom . Don't think those situations happen in anime only and remember to make good choices in your life.

Another thing I have in common with this anime is the loss of friends for different paths in life, i have been very happy chihaya get reunited with taichi, time has separated me from many friends so it was Clear to me how chihaya feels. I wonder what some of my friends are doing now, just like her.. I have been able to make some other friends now, we don't have to forget but we still have to go on

In the end I want to talk about the match, I have played some chess tournaments in the past , the games are different but there's a similar thing, you play in front oh your opponent, i know very well how it feels when you are Losing, all the thoughts you have while losing, the anger the depression etc. We can see some of this already but i know very well everything gets better later in the anime

This anime is one in a million and I hope many people are giving it a chance

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/u/ericiii

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Rewatcher here, but it's been a few years since I've watched it, so it's almost new to me. I've forgotten many of the details, but watching Chihaya and Arata's match reminded me why I love the show so much. Who knew I'd get so invested in a story about Japanese card game I'd never even heard of?

I don't have much else to add, but this is one of my all-time favorite anime series and can't wait for season 3. Maybe I'll write up some thoughts at the end, otherwise I'll be lurking throughout.

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/u/Ryboiii

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on the day of the rewatch, you watch the episode and then a discussion post will pop up later in the day and you join in on it if you'd like. The format is 1 episode a day, so on Feb 6 you start episode 1, Feb 7 episode 2, etc. then come to reddit and find the thread related to the episode and give your thoughts if you'd like. If you watch ahead, avoid commenting with spoilers. The most recent rewatch that I can remember was Yuru Camp which just ended a week or so ago. https://www.reddit.com/r/anime/comments/aclc8m/rewatch_yurucamp_episode_1/ Heres an example thread.
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Also it’s hilarious how what you might think as “anime being anime” when it comes to the sport, is if anything, a little toned down when compared to some actual matches
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> So I have a question...can you block your own card like that? I thought that made sense for team matches, but I'm not seeing the strategy in 1v1 From my understanding, blocking is indeed a viable strategy, but a lot harder to pull off in 1v1. You can only use 1 hand in karuta, so you can't just block with left hand while trying to take cards with your right. It tends to be easier to go straight for the (hopefully) right card, rather than playing it safe by blocking yours first before going towards the other card (if that other card is the correct one), since you would be too slow to shift your target most of the time. This isn't the case in team match (Genpei) since you would have more than 1 hands in play; you can go for the defense, while your teammate is on the offense, for example. Like the other reply said, you usually only block on longer syllable cards, which are less common in comparison to the 1 or 2 syllable cards.
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/u/mrbull3tproof

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>MOST INTENSE SPORTS ANIME EVER Please... not even at the heels of Haikyuu. Personally I dropped it last week at ep 14 of 1st season. It's just... boring.
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