Ranked #170


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Chihayafull
Japanese: ちはやふる


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2011 to Mar 28, 2012
Genres: Drama, Game, Sports, Josei
Duration: 22 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.381 (scored by 46338 users)
Ranked: #1702
Popularity: #285
Members: 99,133
Favorites: 2,224
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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)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Chihayafuru
Sequel: Chihayafuru 2

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
Anzai, Chika
Anzai, Chika


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

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Mar 11, 2015
“I hope they will fall in love with karuta. The way we did...” - Ayase Chihaya

At face value, I don’t think I would have ever watched Chihayafuru. Revolving around a card game, karuta, and being a sports anime, the show naturally checked off two boxes that I try to avoid. Sparked by the novel curiosity of how a foreign sport could be brought to life by animation, I ended up watching the anime. It was one of the best whimsical decisions I’ve made, as my prejudice could not have been any more wrong – I loved this anime. Chihayafuru is an anime that revolves around read more
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Apr 12, 2015
When I think about Madhouse, I think about high-quality realizations of foolproof story concepts involving a somewhat guaranteed economic success. Chihayafuru, a series about a bunch of high-schoolers trying to achieve their dreams in becoming the best of the best in a sports called Karuta, represents a fitting example of this project selection pattern. Chihayafuru is a charming, highly likable and somewhat mind-opening anime providing for a high level of entertainment, in which I found myself immersed very rapidly.

As you maybe already know, when producing a sports-related series, it often doesn't really matter what kind of sports is chosen as long as the atmosphere works 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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Dec 30, 2014
Chihayafuru and I have a crappy history; I underestimated the show when I first saw the trailer on Animax Asia back to 2012. I can recall only seeing one TV spot for it and not being impressed with it in the least. I don’t like anything that feels “girly” at the time while the character designs is full of pretty girl and overly handsome boys, especially the trailer give a hint for it (watch in on youtube, I'm sure you'll predict it like me). But it's similar to trying to judge a book by its cover. There's usually at least one thing in every series, 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.
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.
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.
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Both of these Anime deal with the "100 poets".
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.
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.

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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