Ranked #172


Alternative Titles

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: 8.361 (scored by 57,703 users)
Ranked: #1722
Popularity: #292
Members: 126,933
Favorites: 2,989
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Chihaya Ayase is a frank and ebullient girl who becomes fascinated by the obscure world of competitive karuta, a card game based on Japanese poetry. Introduced to the aggressive style of the game by a quiet and thoughtful elementary school classmate named Arata Wataya, the two quickly become close friends. They start playing as a group with Taichi Mashima, Chihaya's smart and athletic childhood friend, until they have to part ways during their middle school years due to several circumstances. As their high school life begins, they meet once again.

(Source: ANN)


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

Opening Theme

"YOUTHFUL" by 99RadioService

Ending Theme

#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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Both series centre around a protagonist who becomes aware of and learns to love a classic Japanese game that's faded to 'niche interest' status, aspiring to become the very best and accumulating similarly-minded friends along the way. Although Chihayafuru lacks the mild supernatural element found in Hikaru no Go, Chihaya's motivation of improving to Arata's level of skill function similiarly to Hikaru playing go at Sai's urging and wanting to catch up with Touya. 
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Each person has to come up with a dream for themselves. However, sometimes you need someone to show you the way. Both of the females try to make their dreams come true, one in finding her dream, and one in achieving the dream she's already found. 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari
Anime: Saki
School kids work to find enough members in order play in competitions. Even though it is there first time in show, they are quickly noted as the team to beat. 
reportRecommended by 101swoop101
Anime: Bakuman.
Both are about 'normal' teens who are following the dream to become the best at something.
Both have elements of comedy, romance, slice of life, drama.
Both have great characters (some of them genius at what they do), with lots of friends and rivals. 
reportRecommended by Fii
Anime: Free!
Both have a protagonist who is extremely passionate about one particular sport and are about a group of childhood friends who meet again in high school. 
reportRecommended by EdenBaggins
Anime: Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi.
Both of these Anime deal with the "100 poets". 
reportRecommended by Yemi_Hikari

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