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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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> Nice shirt there Nikuman :P I generally like the shirts people are wearing. Even if it doesn't say anything meaningful, I just love the variation and characterization it brings. Though, who is to say whether it's meaningful or not. The 'hidden' meaning behind the poems etc that have come to light during this rewatch has been staggering to me. All that being said though, Nikuman has the best shirts :'D > “What am I supposed to do?” That's a great stitch > Alright, that’s freaking hilarious. Other than the hilarity that he is literally doing the same thing behind her, I actually quite like the fact that Chihaya tells herself that Sudo is acting all arrogant and stands up, but at the same time admits that it seems like an effective strategy to break off the pressure that is put onto you. > Gif of the Day Haha, should've seen that one coming > Sometimes in sports media in general, I have an issue with the enemy team looking completely unbeatable, then the hero's winning by miracle. Hehe, I agree with that, and also that Chihayafuru played that part of quite well here.
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/u/PerfectPublican

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First Timer

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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/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/kKunoichi

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I rewatch this series every year or so, it's still among my favorite sports anime that holds up really well even with rewatches. And through the years my appreciation for all the characters sure has grown (getting slightly detached with the shipping has helped with that haha).

I've read the manga before watching the anime (manga has always been my preferred medium), but there's something special about getting to hear the poems read out loud and seeing how fast the players actually are. I'm so ready for more karuta in season 2!

My favorite character list hasn't changed! It's still Arata at the top, followed by Taichi, then it's Shinobu and then Chihaya. Sudo actually becomes more amusing to watch lol vague manga spoilers. I still wish Arata got more development (and sometimes I wish they didn't cut out some of his small moments in the manga), but it is what it is.

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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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[S1E8 Notes]() -->

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/u/KuhBus

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Ep15

  • I doubt that Chihaya could win against Shinobu this early on. But there's going to be value in not letting the queen mentally destroy her.

  • Aww, Taichi's growing confidence in Chihaya is so sweet!

  • Hahaha Shinobu is soo angry about not completely wiping the floor with Chihaya. And then still gives her that fake smile...

  • Poor Sudo /s

  • Thank you, Kana, for reminding Chihaya of Taichi's existence, haha :')

  • Ma boi's so tense!! D:

  • The handholding!!!!!

  • This defeat felt so much more painful. THEY ALL WANTED YOU TO WIN!!!! QAQ

  • At least they're all motivated to get even better now. And Arata is finally officially joining a karuta society again, perfect!

(Me, opening the fridge at 1am)

Fav shots.

Ep16

That was a fun way to have a recap episode! I especially enjoyed the "describe your friends as idioms" segment appearing twice and Nishida still got roasted. (This was adorable.)

Looking forward to the team getting stronger and more experienced. There's still autumn and winter to get through in terms of seasons, so I'm guessing we might see some more drama before the end of season one?

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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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Today I'm early uh?

Well, the episode was quite good :) I must say, it was nice seeing Chihaya continue to put brain into Karuta, but not only that, it was also nice to see how she actually realized that she has to take responsibility for her studies too. That was a really good moment of growth for her :) I liked too her reason to why she went to see Taichi play in the tournament. I can understand that feeling of liking something, yet when you win or lose at it, while alone, it can make it hard to feel motivated and happy for your victory. Chihaya had her feelings in the right place (See Taichi already!) and it was a nice moment of weakness/flaw for her.

We get more of Arata too. That is nice, even when the show is literally mocking directly at my face saying my ship won't sail when Arata asked Taichi if he and Chihaya were a couple, and then chuckling. Arata, man, you are a quite nice fellow, but Taichi will get the last laugh.

Having said that... Man... Being Taichi is suffering uh? If you had to ask me right now and I didn't know anything more of the show, I would say that Taichi is actually the main character of the show T_T I want my bro Taichi to finally win. Seeing him dealing with Arata being there, how Arata's words affected him, his reactions when Chihaya got there... wow. I'm glad that he kinda already has the ability to catch himself and get back up, but man, it was hard to watch. Seeing him getting back up to be able to remember his friendship with Arata was good too. He is slowly developing. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.

Having said that... truly, this show likes to mock my ship uh? that last stretch in the episode, all that Chihaya under the water, thinking of the poem of childhood friendship as a poem of love, and all that... Chihaya, Chihaya you dense almost-harem protagonist, when in the world you are going to see that Taichi with the same eyes!? ugh. Even so, I'll trust Taichi. Soon, soon Taichi will pierce Chihaya's denseness!... well, maybe not that soon, but it will happen, I know it will!

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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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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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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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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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/u/blond-max

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> Shinobu Wakamiya 1(+1) Best female player in the world, starts at the bottom of the leaderboard!
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/u/Fa1l3r

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First Timer (sub)

I guess we do get to see modern-day Arata play for a bit, but it is mostly to show that even out of 1.5 year of practice, he is still pretty good.

So the reason that Arata has not messaged her directly is because he did not want to intrude upon a possible relationships between her and Taichi. Arata is being kind, but even so, even if they were a couple, he has all the rights to contact his childhood friends. Nonetheless, Taichi and Arata rekindle their friendship/bromance.

Also Chihaya has a strange way to describing her feelings for Arata as love.

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/u/paperwhites

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First Time Watcher

Chihaya pretending to use the bathroom so she can ditch studying and see Taichi play in the tournament is awesome. What an icon.

Taichi playing his first two matches well, and then getting knocked out in the third round hurt. Poor Taichi.

This episode shows that he really does have a good heart though. He wants to be upset at Arata, but Taichi realizes that deep down that he's happy that Arata is back playing karuta again. Taichi telling Harada that he's less focused on moving to Class A, and more focused on being someone who doesn't run away shows his growth. Harada gave him a way to move up to Class A, but Taichi doesn't want to be an exception. In a way, advancing to Class A like this would be running away. Instead he's going to stick it out until he can win a tournament. I do really hope that he can win a tournament soon, because he's putting so much effort and work into karuta.

I liked what Tsutomu said to Chihaya about doing things that you don't want to do before you can do the things that you truly want to do. Chihaya being held back or failing her classes isn't going to help her play karuta and she realized that she needed to put effort into her schoolwork as well.

The water motif that was used in this episode was interesting. Taichi looked like he was deep underwater and then it transitions to Arata playing, looking like he's swimming with smooth strokes. I thought that was some neat visualization/animation.

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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/hasnain1720

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First Timer

  • 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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/u/collapsedblock6

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> Now I’m wondering how she gets to ???% "Opponent: Hakamas suck tbh" *Kana's counter: ???%*
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/u/AzureBeat

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The first year national competition.

I wonder who that creepy girl is. . . I seem to remember that there is something significant about that circle Minor spoilers for next episode Linky-link to /u/ABoredCompSciStudent's findings about it

Chihaya seems to have something strange going on. She's sitting still and looking pretty. Of course Taichi notices. And everyone notices the new club that beat Hokou, a school who were regulars at least 3 years in a row. And everyone is now onboard with being a team, and winning as a team.

A bit of an awkward cut, it makes it look like Chihaya didn't finish placing her cards. Everyone is nervous being at Nationals, and Taichi again shows that he is the natural leader of the team.

Arata's coming to see them, and now we get to see what happened with his grandpa. Oof. I knew I was going to get a highlight song from here, but I wasn't sure which I wanted. Chiisana Daiji na Koto - Small Important Things, is the track I decided to take. The title actually swung this, since the other track's title is less suited to the mood of the moment, and I am going to get it into a feature later.

We don't get to see the rest of the tournament, but it turns out that Kana and Tsutomu's training got them to be able to win enough to bring the team out of the group stages. Sudo, don't stand outside other people's rooms, that creepy.

I also just realized that our PoV character fainting and skipping the tournament was probably a way for the author to skip writing stuff that didn't build the storyline.

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/u/BodhiSearchTree

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Wow, this was an amazing journey! Chihayafuru is an incredible series and I'm glad I was able to share it with all you wonderful people! 😃

I never thought I'd be so invested in a sports anime, but man, I absolutely love Chihayafuru! All the characters are so lovable, all the OST songs and themes were so beautiful, all the karuta matches were so suspenseful and fun, and all the little SoL moments were just so heartwarming. 🤗

This is also my first time joining a major rewatch, so I must say, I really love the sense of community around here. I greatly appreciate everyone's immense dedication, especially yours, Senpai! I also really enjoyed talking, shipping, and bantering with all of you these past few months! 😊

I also wrote a poem for all of you guys! I guess Chihaya's cheesy poems in the finale inspired me to write a poem of my own, hehe! 😅

Enjoy! 😁


Reaching across both time and space,
One hundred poets gather in one place
To share tears of joy and cries of sorrow
Over tales of hope, longing, and kokoro.
Writing out their hearts, word by word,
They hope one day to be felt, to be heard.
 
Who are these hundred, you might say?
None other than you, my friends of /r/anime!
For your words of fellowship in this forum
Would surely fill a poet's heart through autumn.
Indeed, Reddit is our misty bridge of light,
Uniting us before this Impassionate sight.
But alas, now our flock must fly once again.
So 'til October, my friends, see you all then!


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/u/SuperStarfox64

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First timer

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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/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/htisme91

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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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/u/daftPun5

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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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>On top of her honed skills, Yumi is also a master of gamesmanship, something we have not yet really seen focused on in Chihayafuru. "We take those." - Yamamoto Yumi
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/u/IISuperSlothII

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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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/u/BatteryPoweredFriend

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6 months is still better than 6 years. [](#emptyinside)
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/u/RoseOfStardust

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First Timer

  • Back on time today! I'm so excited to see who wins the finals :D
  • Koname realizes the faults he made can lose him the match, probably because it'll make it tougher for him to play his usual style. Nice to see Chihaya thinking this way too
  • "2 [cards] isn't 2 [cards]. It's a lie. 2 [cards] is not 2 [cards]. I'll explain it to you later."...Looks like Chihaya and LeBron are on the same page :D
  • You don't see Koname make mistakes at all, he might just be caught up in the heat of the match.
  • Oh never mind, he's just really tired :(
  • So here, did he move those cards to one of his sweet quadrants?
  • LOL IS THAT ALLOWED HAHAHA what a genius, he needs to take risks to win at this point
  • no no no im nor crying right now nooooooooo
  • Ugh seeing Kanade give the utmost respect to Koname while he's able to congratulate her even though he wanted to win so badly is a really really touching scene :'D
  • Wow I knew Nishida and Taichi were more or less evenly matched, but this is just insanity. At this point the outcome of the game says more about luck than it says about either player's skill level
  • Oh goodness and now the dead cards are thrown into this...pre-trigger intensifies
  • Don't blame yourself Chihaya, it would have been hard for me to choose which match to watch too
  • Hell yeah Taichi, that's the right mentality! Impose your will on the match
  • My senses are overloading thanks to the triggering dead cards and the intensity of this match...
  • Damn Taichi put A LOT into that game so it sucks to see him lose, he even reacted so quickly to the card!
  • That was by all accounts a match Taichi should have won, however Nishida played equally as well and got some luck to go his way. Luck is an underrated aspect in sports
  • Ah yes, no better way to bond after a match than to hold a roast session for your own captain, yum
  • HAHA AWWW now Chihaya is super conscious about the nicknames. Why do I feel a tinge of sadness :(
  • I don't blame Chihaya for forgetting her own highlight, when you're in the zone you're completely in the moment and can't even recall that sort of stuff yourself
  • Kanada (120%) > All Might (100%) confirmed
  • HOLY SHIT Taichi and Chihaya are so cute together, this anime better not give me a love triangle or else I'll be NagiAsu levels of depressed :((((
  • Congrats to Nishida, Koname and Kanade for making Class A and C respectively :D
  • Haha Nishida called out Chihaya, saying she's supposed to be an airhead. I kinda agree, if Chihaya suddenly became serious the team's vibe would feel so off
  • Also I'm glad Nishida brought that up because I didn't think it was too nice of him to say what he said earlier about Chihaya to Taichi behind her back. Feels much better when he doubles down on it when he's talking directly to her about it :D
  • That final scene with Arata was just the cherry on top of a masterful episode. So many things were done right and this actually my favorite episode so far. If you tell me it gets better I might get too ahead of myself ;)
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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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Rewatcher

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/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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/u/elliotman48

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First timer, Episode 15

Wow, that episode was really good. It's great that both Chihaya and Taichi are still developing their passions and it was honestly kind of heartbreaking when Taichi lost at the end. He has a motivation, even though it's one I think most people don't expect.

I'm also really liking the relationship between Chihaya and Shinobu. It looks like both have really found an opponent that's worthwhile. I'm also really excited to (hopefully?) see more of her backstory. I live for characters getting fired up in anime, so I can't wait to see more of this shit.

Also, Taichi insane as ever with that skill and the bonding over the T-shirts was awesome. What a great end to the arc.

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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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/u/TheDampGod

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>* [I can hear Taichi internally screaming.](https://i.imgur.com/CzPogdF.jpg) I totally did not notice Kana in that shot when I was watching.
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/u/thecomicguybook

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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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/u/JustAWellwisher

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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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/u/Zylda

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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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/u/Orrakai

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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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/u/Tanya852

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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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/u/TheExcludedMiddle

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This episode actually has my favorite scene in the show! The scene on the train platform cements me as #teamtaichi.

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/u/_blackened_soul_

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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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/u/Jounas

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Hardest part is sticking to only 1 episode per day

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/u/theatreofwar

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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/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/KingKurai

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First Timer

Finally caught up again!

This was a great episode.
I really liked the abstractions.

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/u/raydawnzen

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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/gosheno

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First Timer

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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/u/I_am_Norwegian

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The fact that karuto so far has been loud made the first swipe by the Queen amazingly impactful. I felt like I was watching an incredible shounen during that battle, and it was mostly achieved through smart sound design.

These last few episodes have been great.

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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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Rewatcher

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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Rewatcher

The Nom Nom Noms

followed by

The Doki Dokis

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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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> 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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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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First-timer for S2

With regards to S2 as a whole I was torn, with the tournament being both the best and worst part. When it was in good form it not only generated the fun hype one would want from a show like this, but alloyed it to better understanding. I can’t remember if I remarked on this during the mid-series discussion but I have really appreciated that Chihaya’s improvement in karuta has felt substantiated; she doesn’t just “get better” in a generic way, or even just get faster or have better reflexes, but grows in multiple directions that are given enough detail to appreciate even as a non-player.

However, at the same time I felt like the team tournament really began to drag. Even if the end payoff with the team victory was nice, doubly so because this series consistently denies us the cathartic against-odds victory we hope for/expect, getting there tired me out. The tendency to cycle through all the players, friend and foe, made the matches last longer and longer. By the time it regularly broke three episodes per round I found myself resenting the continual intrusions, not because they were bad in themselves but because it destroyed the flow and forced each episode to end on a cliffhanger but not a conclusion. The repeated “rare” luck-of-the-draw endings also wore out their welcome.

This said, when it shifted back to individual matches I felt like it regained the correct balance; still karuta played by people, but at a pace that integrated it with the personal drama more fluidly. I also have a soft spot for watching masters. While watching while Chihaya and company’s growth is the core of the series, there was something simply satisfying in Shinobu vs. Arata; neither one of them was embroiled in self-definition, doubt, or other complications while also expressing themselves through their play. I’m glad to see those two getting more time, and meaningful time, as I had hoped throughout the season. This really brought my feelings toward the season up, which is a nice way to end it. (As of this writing I haven’t seen the OVA; my download stalled at 97.2% since yesterday)

As for the new characters, I never warmed up to Sumire or Tsukuba. I found the different qualities of the original team endearing in one way or another (even Nishida), but Sumire remained uncommitted the entire time and Tsukuba tried to sabotage the team for his own benefit. I suspect this another reason I struggled to get going on this season, as the initial episodes spent time on those rather than main-trio drama that propelled S1 initially. Or maybe it was a lack of Youthful.

That said, I think my favorite new character is coach Sakurazawa; even before they started showing her nicer side in the last few episodes, the steady change of perspective from initial heartlessness to big-picture responsibility felt natural. I also have a soft spot for glasses and straight dark hair, so even if I wasn’t a big fan of her personality I did like Megumu (yeah, that sounded shallow).

All in all, though, I enjoyed the rewatch and the series, even if I didn't participate much. Both seasons settled in at a 7/10, with S1 pushing toward the high end and S2 more in the middle. It was definitely worth the time and more enjoyable than I thought, made better by the daily posts. More so, it gave me a few days of sincerely thinking about improvement, and one can't ask much more from a series than to take something into one's own life. So thanks for that, and see ya around.

p.s. As for looking forward to S3, my main prediction is that given their long, smoldering rivalry the relationship between Taichi and Retro will burst into open friction and put strain on their childhood friendship. In the meantime, Chihaya will finally wise up to there being a guy who has been struck with her and has tried hard at karuta since his introduction, and with this Tsukuba will win over her heart and put an end to all the other ships. Seeing this, Arata marries Shinobu after moving to Kyoto and she becomes a contented housemother of twelve.

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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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so, I have never not binged this show, I gave this rewatch a head start hoping to come in the later 2/3 of season 2, but here we are.

Interesting notes here are that Chihaya had to write all her thoughts down before she bombarded Arata, much like she had to when she went to go visit him, and like at nationals and the visit the first thing she does when she see's him is grab hold of him as if to reaffirm that he's actually there.

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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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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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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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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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Thank you to Prozd for piquing my curiosity in this show, and thank you to everyone here for this rewatch. This is only the third show I've seen that I was immediately sure was a masterpiece. (Toradora and A Place Further Than the Universe are the other two.) I'm really looking forward to continyuing this rewatch into Season Two, and am both sad and excited for the now-delayed Season Three. I can only hope Youthful, my new favorite OP, will return in the background, as it did in so many great scenes in Season One.

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first timer

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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First Timer

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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Thanks for the shoutout! I hope this rewatch generates a lot of interest in the series. You're doing God's work here! I decided to skip out on the rewatch mainly because school started for me and I was also doing the Tamako and Aria rewatch. I'd like to share my thoughts on the first season though. Chihaya is one of my favourite characters in anime because I love the way she changes from being a character without agency, fawning over her sister all the time, to developing her own passion and realizing what's personally fulfilling for her. She's actually such a different person from everyone in the series if you pay attention with the way she's characterized. Arata's passion for karuta stems from his desire to uphold his grandfather's legacy. Taichi's passion stems from his love for Chihaya. Every character in the series has very good reasons for playing karuta. But then you have Chihaya who plays karuta for personal fulfillment. I've always looked at Chihaya playing karuta to find something to dedicate herself to. She creates Mizusawa's karuta club to find people to share that passion with. Everything in Chihaya's life revolves around absolute dedication to the sport that she plays. And I think it's actually beautiful that she can have that kind of passion while also sharing it with others. I think over the course of the series, you see other characters being inspired by Chihaya to temporarily forget about their motivations for playing karuta and being heavily influenced by Chihaya's passion for the game. Chihayafuru's biggest strength for me is how Chihaya changes the people around her with her passion and allows them to play karuta in a way that's personally fulfilling for them. I want to talk about my thoughts at length in a future [Writing Club](https://writing-club.shit-taste.net/) Essay here on /r/anime but Chihaya is such a great character for me because she is the embodiment of her card which is about passionate love. You watch Mizusawa's team join the club as a ragtag group of people with varying skill in karuta and eventually being influenced by her dedication to make karuta more than just a sport for them. It becomes a way of life, something so much more. By the end of the first season, you have each character having failed at some point in their karuta career, watching people at the top of the game and hoping they can one day stand alongside them. It's not that standing alongside them is just a far-fetched dream for them. It's more that they have a burning desire to stand alongside them. They start practicing to get to the point where they want to be, the point where they can finally say that they're happy that they dedicated this much time on karuta and achieved something they can be proud of.
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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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First Time Watcher

First of all I want to thank /u/ABoredCompSciStudent for hosting this rewatch, I've been meaning to watch this for like a year and probably would never started it if not for this.

I wasn't able to participate in any of the threads though, since i couldn't watch for around 2 weeks after the first episode and just caught up to the schedule yesterday, still went to the old threads though since there were some really good and informative posts here, it was awesome.

Now onto the series, I really really loved it, the matched were intense, I loved the characters and their interactions and seeing them getting better after failing felt so satisfying.

I just wish we could see more of Shinobu outside of matches, she is super cute and I think she could be very fun to watch, hopefully there's more of her next season.

All in all this is a solid 9/10 for me and I can't wait to watch more of it.

I say this now though, if the next season is half as good as this one I don't know if I'll be able to watch only 1 episode a day, so I might just finish everything faster than the rewatch.

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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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As a rewatcher, I was more happy to see all these first timers watching the show. I'm glad they all enjoyed it and can now join the club of "Trying to explain Chihayafuru" to everyone else. Just like Prozd.

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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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First Timer

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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/u/Graywolves

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Thanks for the in depth analysis and setting this up! I absolutely loved the series so far. The story is written in a very solid way and while we have dramatic elements there is such a respect for reality. The art is amazing as well. There isn't a thing I dislike about this series.
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/u/whiskeyjack1k

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I wasn't doing the rewatch but I've been lurking the threads and I gotta say it's been really cool seeing all these people talk about Chihayafuru. It's one of my favourite anime and the more attention it gets the better.

I'll take this oppurtunity to plug the manga. It's a fair bit ahead so quite a lot of content to consume. I was apprehensive starting it at first because of how much the animation and sound adds but it's genuinely a fantastic work and will suck you in.

Hope to see everyone at season 3!

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/u/PotemaSeptim

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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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/u/gangrainette

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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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/u/SheffiTB

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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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/u/King_Sparrow

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Wow what are the chances. I just started watching this show for the first time like a week ago and just watched this episode last night, I didn't even know there was a re-watch thread going on. I've also never been in a re-watch thread so no idea format I'm supposed to use.

But what a beast Taichi is, eh? I'd have taken that promotion on the spot no questions asked, but he wants to prove he deserves it not to others, but himself. The willpower to want to overcome your past excuses and regrets and earn everything instead of being handed it is just remarkable.

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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/jcruz18

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Just wanted to thank you for this. I barely posted on any of the threads but I followed the series with you guys and came by every day to give an upvote and read some comments. I'd never heard of Chihayafuru before this but now it's one of my personal favorites! You were a great host and provided quality content on each thread. I'll be joining your next rewatch for whichever anime you choose (I haven't seen any of the 3 you listed). I'll be on the lookout for the thread and I'd appreciate if you [tag me](https://www.reddit.com/r/anime/comments/anw5f3/rewatch_chihayafuru_episode_1_discussion_spoilers/efwg8xq/?context=3) like you did for this rewatch. Cheers my friend it was fun!
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/u/19-dickety-two

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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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/u/MelloMaster

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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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/u/EricN9

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Think Naruto means fishcake so maybe its that since it is porky after all. Who knows.
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/u/Castawaye

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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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/u/AndyIbanez

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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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/u/renholderm

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This is one of my favorite Taichi Episodes.

For a moment he turns back into the child he's trying to grow out of by demeaning Nishida's win. and then realizing it was wrong as a competitor, and wrong as the club president. His struggle to be a better person is one of my favorite parts of the show. Nishida's struggles are also so engaging, sometimes he'll really come up strong for the karuta club. Here he ignores Taichi's comment (knowing how painful it is to lose) and compliment him on the leadership he's shown.

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/u/Redmon425

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First Time Watcher

Well, we are finally done! Now we just have to wait for season 3. I can’t wait to hear the OST for season 3 as well as the art quality. 2013 art compared to 2019 art. With a even bigger fan base now. I hope they put a lot of work into it!

As for the show, I really like it. It is often a recommended show for those who like “Bakuman” which is a show I loved. I have to say that I would probably pick Bakuman over this show right now, but that is because we don’t know how this will end!

If I was going to score this anime as a whole, I would do it based of MAL scores (myanimelist). For those who don’t know, MAL has no anime that’s a perfect 10, and only about 10 shows that even have a 9 score!

With that in mind, I’d probably say this show is a 8.3 for me. Which essentially means it’s one of my favorite shows. Anything on MAL that has over an 8, is an incredibly good show.

I love the OST and art work of this show. I also love the suspense of not knowing how any match is going to play out. Those three things are what keep me interested the most. Then, the “shipping wars” is something I really like as well. I know for a lot of anime focusing on “ships” takes away from the story, but for this anime I think it is important. I especially get the feeling that “romance” will become more important going forward.

Overall, I’m glad I watched this show as it was better than expected.

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/u/melvinlee88

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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/Au4rings

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> it looked like there was a separate match going on I believe those are the finals for the other class brackets. Since there is only 1 match left for each class, it would make sense to group them up in 1 room and have 1 reader for all of them instead of having 4 different readers for each of the classes E to B. Although, class A has the exclusive privilege of its own reader for the final iirc.
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/u/IamFanboy

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I know I signed up for this rewatch but I'm really sorry I couldn't really commit to the schedule due to real life commitments and me finding a new job and trying to change my lifestyle.

Chihayafuru is one of my favourite anime and I hope that anyone new watching has found a new anime that they love and others who have been rewatching rekindled their love for this series.

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/u/Diego237

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It seems as though Shinobu's voice actress has only one role and it's the queen.

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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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/u/MaadDexx

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IT'S SO HARD NOT TO BINGE HNNNGGGGGG!

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/u/cesclaveria

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Not much to say really, I had a lot of fun with the rewatch, this series has always been special to me since I almost came across it by accident on a sleepless night looking for something to read... I'm so outside the target public that is maybe funny how much I like it, there are some themes within the series that I can really relate to even if the culture and ages of the characters are so different to mine (I guess I get to remember those years a bit through them)

Had a lot of fun, thanks to our 'host' /u/ABoredCompSciStudent loved how you were sometimes subtly steering the first timers expectations or hyping them up for what was coming next without ever spoiling their fun, even the super subtle manga spoilers of events in the far future were super well hidden. We probably will never agree on the 'ships' but we agree in that this series is amazing and we only want happiness for the characters.

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/u/EpsilonTransition

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>I'm planning to do a few more rewatches like this, Awesome! I gotta say, participating in this rewatch is what motivated me to make this account. I don't post much on the Internet these days, but these threads were a lot of fun. Thanks for making reddit a better place 😃 ​
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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/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/levaliers

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i’m just here to say, when it comes to chihaya/taichi or chihaya/arata: chihaya has two hands

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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/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/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/crystalwill

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Tuturuu mayushii desu
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/u/Peanutz996

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> IT'S THE SHIROBAKO OST! It's literally the song! I remember pulling up the shirobako ost to compare when I watched chihayafuru the first time a while back.
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/u/littlenasty69

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How good of a show is it

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/u/J_the_ManSSB

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First-Timer

I got tripped up big time and confused when Arata told Taichi about what his Grandpa taught him that you don't need game sense to win, just any way you can find to get to the card first. I thought game sense related to the mental aspects of the game, and that's what Chihaya lacked and needed to work on since up until now she had solely relied on essentially blunt force to win. It kind of created this idea that Chihaya and Taichi are Yin and Yang in that regard. Chihaya has her ridiculous physical gifts while Taichi's unrivaled memory and composure let's him strategize in ways very, very few people could.

Now I'm confident I understand game sense is just your physical abilities as they relate to Karuta.

And in the end, it makes sense. That's what Harada-Sensei wants Chihaya to accomplish- she needs to find more ways than just using pure speed to take card in order to grow. But that doesn't mean she can't sharpen her best tool, as we find out how many first-syllable cards she has.

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/u/insideanerdsbrain

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So I stopped watching after episode 23 (not going to continue watching).

I really couldn’t take how they were treating Taichi. He went from being such a annoying character to such a favorite of mine. His character is developing really nice.
I really wish that he didn’t have feelings for Chihaya. Chihaya isn’t that great of a friend either. What really made me mad was when Taichi lost and Chihaya was almost about to console him but instead Arata shows up and forgets all about Taichi. Even as a friend that pretty shitty of her to do since Taichi has always been there for her.

Maybe it’s because I first found Chihayafuru by looking at the romance category on Crunchyroll so my focus has been on the relationship but I’m just so turned off watching the rest because of Chihaya and Taichi relationship. Taichi you deserve better.*

I don’t know I’m prolly in the minority. Thanks for reading tho.

*edit: This is coming from someone that really wants Taichi and Chihaya to be together.

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I didn't follow the rewatch, but watched the series in the last couple weeks for the third time. Just as ever, Chihaya's passion for Karuta is just something so heart-warming to watch, the characters overall very likeable and the episodes really pull you in each time. The show is beautiful, both in the looks and the sound.

This watch-through I could really come to appreciate Chihaya's pure love for Karuta. It's not just a competition to her, but much more. I also came to appreciate Sumire a lot more. Somehow the whole being moved by the poems hit home harder than before. And I guess I can appreciate more having studied Japanese every day for the past year, I feel I got so much more out of the poems than before.

Chihayafuru is such a wonderful show, probably my second most favourite by now. It just resonates with me so heavily - finding your passion and chasing it, the troubles the characters have in chasing their dreams, mastery of something. All that good stuff.

Looking forward to S3 so much. I ended up continuing to a Hikaru no Go rewatch after finishing this to get more of something similar.

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/u/713984265

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Oh damn, I've been considering rewatching this since it's been a few years since I've seen it and it just so happens there's a reddit rewatch thread. Must be a sign.

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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/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/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/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/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/myraaaB

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it was good

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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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Is the ova on crunchyroll I don’t recall seeing it

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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/mrpaulmanton

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Great post, as always, but I have to ask: **How excited are youfor Season 3?!** I seriously can not wait! Beyond that I've also managed to get a few of my friends hooked on the series. Of course they were unsure about it at first. The series, at the basic description level, doesn't seem like the type of series that would excite most people -- especially when they find out it's a sports / shonen type series about a card game that has to do with classical Japanese poetry. I can't wait until we can all watch S3 together and geek out!
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Not rewatching, but I have seen (and loved) Chihayafuru. I've been sorely tempted to rewatch it, actually, but time is not on my side lately.

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>something passed down to her by her grandmother That's not the case actually, yes the kimono was given to her by her grandma, but it's not an heirloom. [Minor Spoilers about Shinobu's future arc](Spoilers)
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> Gif of the Day Hahaha, this is making me crack up every loop
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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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> Wow, Taichi is a dick. You can't just block some guy's number on her phone. He seemed like a pretty nice guy! the correct take
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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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