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English: Chihayafuru
Synonyms: Chihayafull
Japanese: ちはやふる


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2011 to Mar 28, 2012
Premiered: Fall 2011
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.351 (scored by 61,270 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #1812
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #301
Members: 135,823
Favorites: 3,202
Ranked #181Popularity #301Members 135,823
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Episodes: /25


Chihaya Ayase, a strong-willed and tomboyish girl, grows up under the shadow of her older sister. With no dreams of her own, she is contented with her share in life till she meets Arata Wataya. The quiet transfer student in her elementary class introduces her to competitive karuta, a physically and mentally demanding card game inspired by the classic Japanese anthology of Hundred Poets. Captivated by Arata's passion for the game and inspired by the possibility of becoming the best in Japan, Chihaya quickly falls in love with the world of karuta. Along with the prodigy Arata and her haughty but hard-working friend Taichi Mashima, she joins the local Shiranami Society. The trio spends their idyllic childhood days playing together, until circumstances split them up.

Now in high school, Chihaya has grown into a karuta freak. She aims to establish the Municipal Mizusawa High Competitive Karuta Club, setting her sights on the national championship at Omi Jingu. Reunited with the now indifferent Taichi, Chihaya's dream of establishing a karuta team is only one step away from becoming true: she must bring together members with a passion for the game that matches her own.

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Chihayafuru is the anime adaptation of the manga with the same name written and illustrated by Yuki Suetsugu and serialised in the magazine Be Love. Animax Asia released the anime with English subtitles in 2013. The anime will get two live action film adaptations, both scheduled to be released in 2016. The manga won the second Manga Taishou award, and the 35th Kodansha Manga Award in the shoujo category. Chihayafuru has become so popular that it boosted interest in competitive karuta. The manga has sold over 4.5 million copies and has been praised for combining elements of sports and literature.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Ayase, Chihaya
Ayase, Chihaya
Seto, Asami
Seto, Asami
Mashima, Taichi
Mashima, Taichi
Miyano, Mamoru
Miyano, Mamoru
Takagaki, Ayahi
Takagaki, Ayahi
Wataya, Arata
Wataya, Arata
Terasaki, Yuka
Terasaki, Yuka
Hosoya, Yoshimasa
Hosoya, Yoshimasa
Wakamiya, Shinobu
Wakamiya, Shinobu
Nakamichi, Mihoko
Nakamichi, Mihoko


Asaka, Morio
Asaka, Morio
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Episode Director, Storyboard
Watanabe, Kotono
Watanabe, Kotono
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director

More episodes Episodes(25/25)

Episode Title Aired
1 Now the Flower Blooms
Saku ya Kono Hana (さくやこのはな)
Oct 5, 2011
2 The Red That Is
Karakurenai ni (からくれなゐに)
Oct 12, 2011
3 From the Crystal White Snow
Fureru Shirayuki (ふれるしらゆき)
Oct 19, 2011
4 A Whirlwind of Flower Petals Descends
Shizu Kokoro Naku Hana no Chiruran (しつこころなくはなのちるらむ)
Oct 26, 2011
5 The Sight of a Midnight Moon
Yowa no Tsuki Kana (よはのつきかな)
Nov 2, 2011

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#1: "Soshite Ima (そしていま)" by Asami Seto (eps 1-24)
#2: "YOUTHFUL" by 99RadioService (ep 25)

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Feb 3, 2012
This is my first time writing a review, so bear with me as I try to sort out my thoughts on this wonderful anime.

I almost didn't watch Chihayafuru, and I hadn't even heard of it until it was already a few weeks into the show. As time went on, more and more people were raving about how great it was, how it was going to be the sleeper hit this season, so I finally decided to give it a shot and see if a show about a card game really was THAT exciting. And let me tell you, it is. I am writing this review read more
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Jun 22, 2013
"What the hell is Katura?"
Of course, that was my first reaction.
But then...
Just wow...

At first, this anime really didn't catch my interest. It was plain and dry, like trying to shape out the dry clay; but as it went on, I found myself immersed in it. Like a sea of colors vibrantly expanding across an infinite of sky. Yes, even now, fifteen minutes after I finally saw the last episode, I am still numbed by its excellence.



In the beginning, the story seemed boring. Predictable. Like a boat streaming across still water. It was lifeless, and simple. I expected it to be like any other Anime read more
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Jul 12, 2013
Chihayafuru is a sports anime about Karuta. What is Karuta you ask? I had no idea either until I watched this anime. Karuta is a card game based upon Japanese poetry, with a hundred poems as cards so memorization is key. As a reader reads out the first line of the poem, the player's goal is to touch the corresponding card that has the second line of the poem before the opponent. Sounds boring? Well you could not be more wrong. The way Chihayafuru depicts the relationships between the characters and the feelings of those who dedicate their lives to something only to be trumped read more
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May 7, 2012
Man, Chihayafuru is freaking good. I wasn’t going to watch this show. You look at the promo. It’s a shoujo/josei type joint about some chick who plays Japanese cards or some nonsense. How can that be good?

I know a lot of people mess with those mah jong anime that keep coming out. I can’t hate but I never know or care about what’s going on in any of that stuff.

Lucky things happened though. Winter 2012 anime were failing hard so I had to start review crawling. MAL gave this thing an 8+ so figured I’d give read more
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