Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2011 to Mar 28, 2012
22 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisChihaya 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.
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||Oct 5, 2011 to Mar 28, 2012
Related AnimeAdaptation: Chihayafuru
Sequel: Chihayafuru 2
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“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 a simple premise that has been explored before in the sports genre: friendship through sports. The viewer is introduced to Ayase Chihaya and her dream to reunite with her childhood friend, Wataya Arata, through karuta. She attempts to start a club at her high school, Miyuzawa High School, in order to improve her skills for the day she meets Arata again. While the story does not seem very sophisticated and the production values will not steal the show, Chihayafuru truly captures the ideals of the word ‘sport’ through its themes and diverse cast of characters introduced in the world of karuta.
“The more I learn about competitive karuta, the more magical it seems. Gender doesn’t matter. Size doesn’t matter. Intelligence and strength don’t matter. Age doesn’t matter. Every poem sends you back a thousand years. How many sports are capable of such a feat?” - Miyaguchi-sensei
It is easy to brush off Chihayafuru as just another sports anime, albeit being centered on some strange card game masquerading as a sport. Karuta is what separates Chihayafuru from the other shows in its genre – a sport where age, gender, athleticism, and intellectual capacity do not matter. Despite being a mentally and physically taxing game, relying heavily on memory and reflexes, Chihayafuru makes it clear that anyone can be an ‘athlete’. Unlike many sports anime where muscular high school boys charge up and down the playing court, Chihayafuru is a breath of fresh air. Through the experiences of Chihaya, a rarity as a female protagonist in a sports anime, the viewer will be introduced to a diverse cast of characters. One will be able to watch matches between young and old, male and female, bookish and athletic, and more. Many athletes have been humbled by an older, but fundamentally sound, player at their local YMCA or park. Similarly, in Chihayafuru, intellectual players tactically dissect an opponent and mature players use their superior game sense to overcome their adversary. Chihayafuru is a shout-out to all athletes: sports do not discriminate and there is no right or wrong way to play, as each individual can play at their own pace.
“That’s something you can’t know until you’ve tried it. And you still won’t understand after you play. I’ve been playing for 45 years and I still don’t understand. I’ve never been able to figure it out. That’s why I keep playing.” - Harada-sensei
Chihayafuru’s strength lies in its aforementioned diverse cast of characters. Every member of Miyuzawa High School’s karuta club is unique, allowing Chihayafuru to lend various perspectives on the world of sport and why we play them. Sports are a funny thing, as they’re often something that is unwillingly forced onto children by parents. In Chihaya’s case, she begins playing karuta to further her relationship with Arata. Friendships come and go and so do these games that bond us together. Chihaya, however, is ultimately captured by a love for the game and continues to play, even when nobody around her does. That is the beauty of the word ‘sport’. Everyone has their own situation that led them to playing, however that often gives way to a deeper connection to the game itself. The other members of Miyuzawa’s karuta club are no different. For example, Taichi initially plays to be close to the girl he has feelings for, but the game quickly becomes an outlet for his desire to overcome his cowardice and to accept himself for who he is. Ultimately, the viewer watches these new players laugh and cry with each triumph and loss, as they experience the highs and lows of karuta. It is often hard to pinpoint a moment where you can say you fell in love with a sport. Love just happens and the charming character development in Chihayafuru captures this perfectly.
“Instead of a genius, I would rather have our new member be someone who puts in effort on the mat.” -- Mashima Taichi
Playing sports is a scary thing. Exposed against an opponent, stepping on to the playing surface is an act of bravery – an admission of one’s weaknesses and an acceptance of one’s shortcomings. For many players, support is necessary for them to thrive in a sporting environment. Chihayafuru demonstrates this, mostly focusing on the team aspect of karuta. Miyuzawa’s karuta club highlights the importance of leadership, communication, and understanding of teammates, showing that technical skill is not enough to succeed in sports. Harada-sensei says it best: “You must trust in your teammates while playing by yourself”.
Furthermore, few anime foster such an infectious feeling of solidarity and friendship as Chihayafuru. Each member of Miyuzawa’s karuta club is unique, which allows for moments of compassion and teamwork to truly strike home. A moment of camaraderie between Taichi and Tsutomu is truly poignant in my memory. Tsutomu, who has joined the club in hopes of surpassing Taichi at some discipline, has come to the realization that there is more to karuta than he expected. His teammates crush him in practice and a sense of inferiority sets in. Taichi recognizes this conflict and relates with Komano, telling him that he has no talent for karuta either, yet continues to play through all his losses as winning after putting in blood, sweat, and tears is the greatest satisfaction.
“You have to do the things you don’t want to do, before you can do the things you truly want to do.” -Komano Tsutomu
Just like the quote above suggests, the most important thing is to not skip over the fundamentals. To run, you must first be able to walk and Chihayafuru puts in the legwork necessary for its characters to shine. The plot is simplistic, without many plot-twists, yet it elegantly sails through the task of explaining karuta and the culture around karuta. The tempo of Chihayafuru is quick, flowing from karuta game to karuta game, allowing for many characters to be introduced and developed. The matches themselves are masterfully planned out, focusing heavily on both the players’ internal dialogue and game analysis while never compromising the tense and passionate atmosphere of the sport itself. Don’t let this fool you though, there are funny and cute moments to be found in this anime. While there is intermittent melodrama and jarring humour, the result is a captivating, but easy to follow, storyline with characters that are truly loveable.
“A woman must always move with grace, whether you’re wiping a table or drying sheets. Or in the fight of your life.” - Oe Kanade
In terms of production values, Chihayafuru looks fantastic. The animation of the cards flying off the tatami mats is incredibly fluid and the artists do a fantastic job depicting the various backgrounds using soft, bright colours. The animators don’t just bring the karuta gameplay to life, but also the rich culture that characterizes the sport. From the hakama that the Miyuzawa karuta club wear to the visual imagery after a poem is recited, Chihayafuru truly succeeds in evoking a sense that karuta’s history has transcended its time, sending the viewer back a thousand years with every poem. If there is a visual nitpick, then it is the character designs. While there are various unique character models, many have very large eyes and long eyelashes – potentially a little distracting for some viewers. It should be noted, however, that the anime adaptation looks very much like the manga and deserves praise of capturing the visuals so faithfully.
Regarding sound, Chihayafuru’s voice acting does its job. There aren’t many voices that stand out, but in that way the voice actors have done their jobs – each voice fits their character. Asami Seto impressed me a lot, bringing out the innocent and headstrong passion that characterizes Chihaya so well. It really made the difference to me personally, as Chihaya is one of the most unique and charismatic female leads in anime. Furthermore, Chihayafuru has one of the best soundtracks I’ve listened to. Starting with the opening theme, YOUTHFUL really captures the situation that Chihaya finds herself in – chasing after Arata. It is also one of my favourite opening themes out of any anime, being upbeat and catchy. Soshite Ima, the ending theme, similarly echoes Chihaya’s hopes, but isn’t as memorable. The real body of the musical score, however, is the collection of orchestral themes used throughout the anime. The track I enjoyed most was Team Chihayafuru. The song is light and uplifting, with the horns providing that innocent, but impassioned, feel of pursuing one’s dreams. Aside from that track, the other orchestral pieces are able to evoke various emotions in the viewer, further enhancing the critical moments in the storyline.
“As long as we have karuta, we’ll see each other again, won’t we? As long as we keep playing, we’ll see each other again.” - Ayase Chihaya
Overall, Chihayafuru holds a special place in my heart. As a sports enthusiast and an athlete, I can’t begin to explain how Chihayafuru is a refreshing anime that truly captures the competitive spirit of the genre. I strongly recommend this anime for, not just all fans of the sports genre, but for viewers who may not have seen much of it. The plot is not unique nor are its production values truly outstanding, but Chihayafuru does, however, provide a memorable cast of characters and a cleanly executed storyline. It is a simple anime, but an engaging one that is easy to become invested in. The second season is equally fantastic and the manga is still running, so now is a good time to get on-board. With the quote above in mind, I personally will keep waiting on Chihayafuru 3 – this franchise is a gem! read more
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 by those more talented. If you have ever competed in anything seriously, you will be able to relate.
The story is similar to many other sports anime. The main character Chihaya Ayase childhood dream is to watch her sister become the number one model. This all changes when she meets a transfer student, Arata Wataya, that open her eyes to the world of competitive Karuta. Ever since this fated meeting that made her entranced in the world of karuta her dream has been to become the queen (best female karuta player). From here on out the plot is quite simple, with Chihaya going to karuta societies to improve or tournaments to compete. Finding rivals,mentors and teamates along the way, each with their own influence on Chihaya. Honestly though if you watch Chihayafuru for a riveting plot with many twists and turns, you will be disheartened. Notably due to the slow start of the anime, with a long five episode flashback. Chihayafuru is mainly a character-driven show, which in its own way can produce its own heart-wrenching entertainment equivalent to an amazing plot.
And the characters really do not disappoint, from the design to their personalities each character has a trait to love. Though Chihaya is a stereotypical tomboy airhead type character with her stereotypical childhood friend,Taichi Mashima, and stereotypical outsider transfer stuident Arata, the way they develop is what differentiates Chihayafuru from the status quo. Each and every character has their own dilemma, which they have to face. Inspiring us not only through their success but also in their own failure. Even the side characters have progress, and are explored throughout the show.
In terms of art style, some might not be too accustomed to the differences in Chihayafuru. I know at first I had a hard time looking at Taichi and Chihaya because of their oddly super long eyelashes, but I grew to appreciate the design. There are some characters that look similar to others but this is primarily with background characters. Overall most of the characters don't look very similar, something I really appreciate in anime nowadays. As for the animation, everything is pretty crisp. Their is not much action to animate but they do a good job with the Karuta scenes, I have only seen problems in one or two episodes, where the frames drop a bit. Hardly noticeable, may even be my computer playing tricks with me. Now onto backgrounds, and other non-character related animation, was pretty good. Not amazing to me (like bakemonogatari background amazing) but still good. I am all for dark colors > light but the bright colors really stand out yet is cohesive with the piece as a whole.
With the great animations it leads to the Karuta matches actually being quite interesting. One would think that just watching a couple players try to get to a card first would be boring, but they build up suspense and emotion for every match. They do not get too technical about the technique and skill, and instead focus on the character's mindset. Despite the fact that at times this show is very serious, it does have its comedic aspects. Its funny to see how Chihaya go from ditzy in other situations, to being graceful at Karuta.
Lastly the Sound. The tracks do not vary too much considering the insert songs during the animation. Despite this lack of deviation, these songs were well timed and really highlighted the moments of emotion. In comparison the intro and outro differ greatly yet are just as memorable. The opening has a more upbeat tempo that makes you want to tap your feet to the rhythm. I imagine the characters drive and love for karuta during the opening. Slowing down the pace with the Outro, it drives the great emotional impact of Chihayafuru. The ending really expresses the character's relationships well. As for the voice acting, nothing really stood out, but nothing was annoying. I do not really have an ear for voice acting so do not quote me on that.
All together Chihayafuru provides a great experience for the audience, with emotional attachment to the characters and the suspense to see the results. Don't let the fact that the show is about Karuta, and you have no idea what that is (yet) stop you from enjoying it. I believe that Chihayafuru's virtues strongly outweigh any faults that it may have, and highly reccomend it to anyone.
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, good or bad, that takes you by surprise whether it's an idea, a performance, a story point, a special effect, a script, or a score. That one thing can usually be described as the best thing about the series. Chihayafuru not only manages to offer several surprises though, but is a bit more creative at its core than I was expected.
Now, by looking at its genre you know this is a sports series. The question with sports series is often "What makes this stand out among others?" A question that's not usually asked about other types of shows because sports show are typically the same. In Chihayafuru that question will be answered with two things; character and an unique sports called “Karuta.”
Yes, the characters; this is what Chihayafuru about. Central to the overall story at hand is the idea of discovering one’s own passion. This is seen in first three episodes where we get to see what is essentially the main trio (Chihaya, Arata and Taichi) in an extended flashback that effectively sets up the remainder of the series' drama, though the romantic overtones that come in later never overwhelm Chihaya's desire to better her karuta club and her own skills as a player. What's important to note is that, while karuta is clearly a unifying theme and there is some analysis of gameplay and strategy here and there, the emphasis of this show is clearly on its characters.
This does not mean that the rest of the cast is neglected. Beyond the main triangle, the care put into developing the other characters is evident as well, with major and minor characters all given plenty of room to develop and we get to know theirs feeling towards karuta. Some characters just love the art and history behind the game, others enjoy the mental challenge of it, some find inspiration and love for it from others, and some just have a natural passion for it. Whatever the reason, the show presents a different array of manners in which people devote themselves entirely to something they love. Each character’s dilemmas and special relation with karuta serve as an inspirational example of the beauty of following one’s passions and desires to its fullest potential.
What makes Chihayafuru special is the Karuta itself. Before watching this I’ve know nothing about karuta. What is Karuta you may ask? It’s a sport with cards that needs memorization, reflex, and strategy. I won’t go much into depth here, just try the anime and see it yourself. But the fact that the show manages to make such a foreign game so compelling despite seeming simplistic and can be boring if you play it yourself in a real life is the reason why Chihayafuru is stand out among other sports anime.
Let me just say right off the bat that Chihayafuru‘s animation is the least thing I like from the series although there’s really nothing wrong with any of it, maybe that’s because I don’t like bishoujo though. Chihayafuru is another Madhouse-Vap’s anime so for the most part the animation is fairly flawless; the visuals are colorful and vibrant, really bringing to life the panels of the manga. The art direction is solid and pleasant, if not particularly risk-taking — a little too bloomy at certain points, but otherwise beautiful. The music is a nice blend of orchestral pieces, which are always well placed with proper build up for maximum impact. The writing is simply exquisite, with every moment always feeling important to the greater picture at hand.
If there are any quibbles, is that Chihayafuru sometimes feels too melodramatic. Characters sometimes cry over the littlest things, making the experience at times feel hammy. I can understand when people break down after losing a game they poured in all they had mentally and emotionally, but it was a stretch for me to see people crying over just watching others play. Still, this is no major determent to enjoyment of the show, and for the most part the drama is solid. There's also one recap episode that really doesn't do much to contribute to the overall narrative, though the vignette about Chihaya's sister ends up being as heartwarming as the rest of the series.
In the end, Chihayafuru fulfills practically all of the requirements needed to be meaningful series. It does not need to rely on grandiose plots or convoluted philosophical contentions to communicate anything meaningful. The characters are easy to understand and grow fond of, but are also layered and interesting and most of all the sports section is still delivered. In a day and age where flippant fanservice, bouncing boobs, and monstrous mecha dominate the sales charts, it is easy to overlook more subtle anime that are far more powerful than any show that uses the aforementioned clichés. I didn’t usually say this but yeah, I really recommend Chihayafuru.
"What the hell is Katura?"
Of course, that was my first reaction.
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 with a swindle of a romance eclipsed by the ever flamboyant facade of a sport or activity.
But somewhere, as the series progressed, it seemed to evolve. It seamlessly grew to something more, something beyond the natural limits of a story. It wasn't plagued with typical conflicts or unrequited desires, it was like a light that slowly lit itself brighter and brighter, unblocked by the trends of literature and expectation. Barriers that innately shackled a series' potential seemed to fade away, and every climactic moment that the characters felt was somehow shared with the viewer. As if a crescendo of realization would slay you alongside them.
All in all, it was about the sport, Katura. And, you'd think: "Well, if its just about a sport its not like anything interesting can happen." But somehow, it was different. The sport was a sort of catalyst that helped the characters not only develop towards one another, but it opened the door for an entire world that we all seem to forget, as if blinded by the mundane trudge of life.
The competitive aspect of the game, which yearned for such a demand of stamina seemed to be later eclipsed by the "true" virtue hidden within the sport. Yes, what the beginner sees, and the masters forget: The poetry. Such an attribute slowly became the mortar that gave new meaning to each simple issue that arose during the characters' failures.
It was seamless as we learned with them, through their desperation and hardship; their envy and willpower. The goals kept increasing, and aspirations began to soar, capping only at what the characters truly wanted.
Romance. Friendship. Deeper revelations. Aspiration oriented. Perseverance through strength. No text box storytelling. Failure.
The art in this show was interesting. It had primarily bold lines, and definitely took some getting used to. But now that I finished it, I really couldn't imagine this anime any other way.
The thing is, since this show is so off on a tangent in the first place, it seemed necessary to break the norm.
However, I will say that there were moments when I wished that they wouldn't have. The fact of the matter is, the art does well for its purpose, but it seems like it was aimed at a particular niche. I guess it just comes down to personal preference, really.
Nonetheless, the art was still phenomenal. Everything down to lighting was near perfect, and facial expressions were particularly pronounced so as to invoke the true feelings of the characters. Bloom, Sparkles, Glitter, Comical Backdrops, and Chibi Moments; everything seemed in good shape.
Overall, it had a realistic feel. Which held tremors to the viewer considering the entire theme could be realistically translated into anything the viewer truly desired.
The art was different, but really you shouldn't have any complaints.
This soundtrack is simply awe inspiring. Even now, as I write this review, I have OST 7 "Main Theme" on loop.
The music in this show was EXTREMELY good. It did very well to convey the emotions that were felt by the characters, and worked seamlessly with the art and choreography to invoke what the moments wished you to feel. To be honest, the music had a voice of its own. As if it was an entire character separate of the cast, watching the show with you, helping you along through the tears.
It sympathized with you when necessary, and laughed alongside you, guided you along the adventurous moments... It really couldn't have been any better.
Even if this show had 5 frames a second and 1980's art, I would still choke for air at how many times this musical score seems to steal your breath away.
If anything, I'll still be listening to this music many decades later. Thank you, Kousuke Yamashita.
If only I could rate this 20.
Symphony. Commonly repeating motif. Varied orchestration. Light sounds mixed with heavy ensembles. Stellar composition.
While romance is an aspect of the story, it is merely a development feature. Note that the story is more so directed toward the love of friendship and the game itself than it is towards any romantic moments.
To start with, each character occupies a niche.
Ayase is a beauty, yet it is in vain. The moment she speaks, it is broken by her tomboyish image and personal drive. But its those very traits that reel you in. She is the joyous energy that keeps the group together, and despite her clear superiority in the game, genuinely cares for her friends, and helps aid them in their journey to pursue Karuta.
Taichi, Ayase's childhood friend, remains her loyal companion throughout the years. His mental forte is unmatched to most every player the game has ever known; even once reciting every card at random in the entire deck of 100, just because he could. His family is privileged, and he is pressured by his parents to keep at the highest tier in terms of sports and exams. His brains keep him on par with the purists that achieve their status merely due to athletic prowess. He acts as the groups motivator and leader, often amping everyone out of their slumps with "Just the right words" to turn them around.
Arata represents the reverse side to Taichi, being the poorer, lesser appreciated, segment to the story. As the story progresses, his darker past becomes realized, and he continues to become a shining beacon for Ayase.
There is a triangle romance between the three of them, but remember, the show does not articulate this enough for this show to be branded as a romance.
Of course, there are a great many other supporting characters that help aid Ayase on her journey to realize herself through Katura, each having a realistic and effective back story that warps the plot in one way or another.
The characters were diverse, which allowed for the story to be seen through a wide spectrum. Realistic. Believable. Nothing was over exaggerated.
Did I find this show enjoyable?
Well, in a way I did.
I felt that it was really giving a perspective about achievement I had never really thought about.
To learn meant failure, to grow stronger meant to feel hardship and to overexert yourself to what phase out the illusions to what you truly desired.
At the end of each episode, with the crescendoing music resounding with each episodic climax, I felt the overwhelming desire to watch the next.
It was like a ten hour long movie that always kept you drooling for more.
I was stunned by the hype of this show that I nearly skipped over it. And let me tell you, I ALMOST did.
And simply for the thought once existing, I regret it.
If I had passed up this show, I really would have missed out on such a masterpiece. I am shamed of myself.
I honestly cant wait to jump into Chihayafuru Season 2.
It was beautiful to the core. Every aspect was heartwrenchingly flawless. If you have any last minute questions before watching this series, feel free to PM me.
I really don't think the world can afford to have people so many that haven't seen Chihayafuru.
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.
In both anime, the main characters (Chihaya and Hikaru) are introduced to a Japanese competitive game since they are kids (in Chihayafuru the sport is karuta, and in Hikaru no Go it is the board game called go), which they became hooked on. They both try to became the best in the respective sport, aiming for the title of "Meiji" (the master of the sport). In Chihaya's case, she strives to became a "Queen" (the best female karuta player). In order to achieve their dream, they go to various tournaments and have to catch up to defeat their rivals (for Chihaya it is Shinobu; for Hikaru it is Akira). For that purpose, they join the go and karuta clubs (Hikaru joins; Chihaya makes one) for the group tournaments, gathering friends. They are very similar in the development of the main characters that strive to become masters themselves.
both feature characters striving to be the best in the world at a fairly niche game
In both, at first the main characters are not interested in the game, and found it boring (Hikaru no Go) until they met(played the game with) someone around their age who is very strong in the game (Go/Kurata). Both of them got inspired by that person and wanted to keep playing, to improve, to catch up to the someone and to win.
Also, both are rather unpopular traditional Japanese games. There's no club in their schools, they started a club and found it hard to recruit people into their club.
Old Japanese game in the center of the plot.
Introduction to a competitive yet uncommon "sport"
Showcases character growth and development both inside and outside of the "arena"
Both contain intensity and bouts of seriousness but manages to incorporate light humor where appropriate.
Chihayafuru although little success maybe is the best anime of this season (winter 2012). Discover the joys of not only an anime very well done and entertaining, with a game unknown but equally interesting. Don't stop at the first episodes, let yourself be carried away by the wonderful episodes! Unknown game, just like Hikaru no Go I do not know if we can call it a common point, but you will also be carried away by this game if you wear a little interest in the anime. Both want us to enter their world and it is successful.
Both have main characters who slowly become good at a niche game,and have intense matches.
If you like intense game anime then they are really alike... both are really good... when i was watching Chihayafuru... it was still ongoing... so i really wanted to find something alike.... and i found Hikaru no Go..... they are sooo alike.... both 10/10!!
Hikaru no Go and Chihayafuru both feature characters wanting to become the best at a competitive game after encountering someone who is really strong and inspiring them to enjoy and love Go/Kurata.
Both series and mostly about the main characters growing and becoming better at the game and the friendships they develop on the way. They are both enjoyable series and each made me become interested and want to know more about GO and Kurata.
Some people don't watch animes like these because they believe the shows will be boring show about a game they don't even understand but they will really regret missing out on amazing shows like these.
All the characters are driven by their love for the sport
Both anime have a time progression and character growth
Both show a competitive side of traditional "boring" sport
Both shows have a naive main character
Both shows could of been longer with no problem
Both anime, despite a large time difference in their creations, focus on the fun and seriousness of relatively unknown, but competitive, Japanese games (for lack of a better term).
Overall, both anime are truly enjoyable and I highly recommend them to any person who is sick of the usual standard-battle anime and want to find an interesting and non-violent, but still entertaining anime.
Both are centered around an obscure type of game native only in japan, with good charicter development of both protagonists and antagonists
*both protagonist are playing traditional Japanese board/card game
*both are trying to be the best in their game (meijin/queen)
*both are getting better though friends rivalry
These anime focus on unusual Japanese games. Chihayafuru is about a young girl who starts a karuta team which is a traditional Japanese poem game. She wants to go all the way to nationals and higher. Hikaru no go focuses on the game of 'go' and how a young boy is haunted by a ghost named Sai who dominates the world of 'go' but he can only play if Hikaru lets him. so what if hikaru want to win by himself? What will happen to Sai? Both are filled with comedy and love which make the anime more interesting to watch.
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.
the protagonist in both is very similar in personality. both anime are about achieving a dream. In both the protagonist has a school friend that has feelings for her. Both give you a nice relaxing happy feeling. Great animation and ost too.
Ohana and Chihaya are strong-willed female leads. Both series are similar in terms of tone, themes, and execution with regard to character building.
it has the similar feel and almost the same kind of character vibes..
•Both Females have the same view on life
•Both feature people trying new things with new friends
•Both have the same warmhearted feeling to them
•Exploration & Emotion!
Both have gorgeous animation and are about the lead characters pursuing their dreams. They also give a similar feeling when you watch them.
Similar main female leads with straightforward personalities. Both series involve the main character trying to achieve her dream. Both series are also dramatic and emotional at times, especially Chihayafuru.
Both series are lighthearted and contains a small cast of likeable characters in a typical every day life of view.
Both series contains characters who are following a dream and hoping to make it into a reality through hard work, determination, and a little help with the encouragement of their friends.
The series' main characters also has strong wills and determined to achieve that dream.
Both series contains drama, comedy, and a little inklings of romance here and there as the characters interacts with one another (either from the past, present, and what's to come for them into the future).
Both series' main female protagonists also has similar personalities.  read more
Both Chihayafuru and Hanasaku Iroha are coming of age stories about young women struggling to find their place in world. Ohana and Chihaya both search for something to be passion about and their stories follow them through their hard work and determination towards their goals: becoming the best, succeeding and making the people around them feel good. Both stories center themselves around traditional Japanese cultural themes (inn keeping, karuta). Both have beautiful animation and character designs, paired with wonderful costumes. There is also a degree of romance (specifically love triangles) in both series as well as lot of female bonding. Both of these series are exceptionally good and I would highly recommend them to anyone who likes female-empowerment stories or slice-of-life in general.
Both of these shows are about the main character's finding of a unknown hobby. Ohana and Chihaya are also very similar personality-wise.
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.
Characters trying to achieve their dreams with the help of their friends, there's also some romance on the side of each. Also even though Bakuman isn't a sports anime, it has a lot of features particular to the genre, except games are called deadlines.
Both are about young people discovering their passion and striving to achieve their dreams.
Both protagonists are extremely stubborn and absorbed in their own world (manga and karuta)
Anyone who has an strong aspiration of their own will be able to relate to this anime.
At first glance, these two series don't seem to have much in common. However, Chihayafuru and Bakuman have quite a few similarities that may be overlooked.
Both series features young people trying to do something exciting for the first time in their lives. In Chihayafuru, it involves Karuta. In Bakuman, in involves the creation of manga. As such, both of these series meets the similarities in which these young people try to fulfill their goals, improving their skill in what they do, and at the same time learn more about themselves. Along the way, they befriend new people and also have encounters with rivals.
Both series features a slice of life feeling that progresses with each episode on how these young people improve on what they enjoy to do.
Both series also features comedy, drama, and slight hints of romance throughout later episodes.
Both series are lighthearted and are appealing in their unique ways. read more
Both of these series are very inspirational anime. While Bakuman focuses more on a career Chihayafuru focuses on a hobby.
BOTH ARE ROMANTIC , FUN , YOU CAN FEEL THE WARMNESS INSIDE YOUR HEART
They both have a similar relaxing light feel to them. Both of the main characters are working towards their dreams, both inspired by another male character. All the characters are pretty well done in both anime and all are pretty likeable.
Now you may be thinking what similarities do a card game anime and an anime about making manga have in common?
The answer is pretty simple, in both anime the MCs are aiming to achieve a goal that someone important gave them. However they do not solely experience success, but failures are involved as well.
The general mood in Bakuman and Chihayafuru is pretty relatable while having moments of suspense.
Furthermore the main theme in both anime is the 'From Zero to Hero' process. Starting from scratch, only by working hard you can achieve your dreams.
Similarities in character development.
Healthy rivalry between friends.
Some romance but main focus on the concept (karuto/mangaka).
Idea of wanting to get to the top/ being the best in something.
Goes beyond high school life.
Similarities in ideas of team work, partnership, rivalry, succeeding etc.
Characters entering competitions and working hard to do their best.
Victories and failures.
"master/genius" type characters (< which was my fav part in both (gta love nizuma eiiji <3)).
Overall great plot story concept art and characters.
Both are must watch!
Both of these Anime deal with the "100 poets".
Chihayafuru is an amazing sports anime, with a very sweet tone of friendship and love, based on a not too known game: Karuta.
On the other side, Uta Koi is an historical anime exactly about telling the love stories behind the poems who actually compose the Karuta game. The love stories happened to the poets who gave them the inspiration and experience to make beautiful poems.
Both series are josei genre and share some sort of romantic feeling as well.
Personally i've started Uta Koi after i watched Chihayafuru, right because i wanted to understand deeper the poems of the Karuta game; and i have to say that it's very interesting.
Uta Koi's artstyle is particular but at the same time can be great, Chihayafuru's art is gorgeous and both series have a very awesome cast.
I certainly recommend to watch both :D
same 100 romantic poems from 100 different poets
Chihayafuru focuses on the game of karuta which uses the 100 poets.
Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi is about the 100 poets themselves.
Watching one will probably lead to a greater appreciation of the other.
Chihayafuru is about the game involving the cards with these poems.
Chouyaku visually depicts the interpretation of the poems.
Chouyaku probably aired because of Chihayafuru
if you like the Karuta game, you'll definitely be interested in the 100 poems origin ! both chihayafure & chouyaku are great for all poems and old literate fans ^^
In a nutshell, both series has a variety of similarities.
Both series involves the idea of poem and turning it into a story that is insightful and entertaining.
Both series has drama as well as some romance and friendship elements
Both series has josei like artwork and themes.
Both series has a small cast of characters but entertaining to watch.
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.
In both of the animes, they play games (Mahjong in Saki & Karuta in Chihayafuru) to win the nationals. Themes such as friendship, dreams, teamwork are elaborated. However, Saki is more on the side of comedy (despite the serious moments), whereas Chihayafuru represents "slice of life" anime genre presenting a better character development, story & drawings.
- Both stories/plot focuses on their clubs related to their sport/game.
- The group aspires to improve and aim higher and go on training camps for that purpose.
Both are anime on competitive games. Although the art styles are different, the heat of the competition is the same. The main character starts out shaky, but she becomes amazingly good at the game.
Both have are sports and both main characters have the skills and passion for the game that which they play.
Rival schools all fight for the spot at nationals, friends who get together and fight their way to the top while getting stronger from outside sources. Friends becoming rivals, rivals becoming friends. Intense sport action in the form of a board / card game.
both take off beat sports and competition on small/underdog teams that have great potential and strive to compete on higher levels. Though one is based on cards and poetry and the other is based on tiles, both feature main characters displaying uncanny game sense and growth in these games
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.
Both are about a team of childhood friends who used to participate in an activity together until one of them left. They meet back up and try to get the friend to play with them again. So far the plot is the same excpet with karata instead of swimming. Incredibly similar anime.
•Both are only similar in the way that a bunch of old friends start a club/group in their high school and along the way run into an old childhood friend that they hang out with, who is not the same person anymore.
•Both compete in competitions to see if they will meet that old friend of theirs and play "their" sport like they used to when they were just kids.
•Both have protagonists who are passionate about their favorite "sport" and it is always on their mind, ignoring all other logical reasons. I wouldn't say if you like one you'd hate the other but, Chihayafuru is on a completely different level than Free!.
•They are only similar in the "old friend from elementary school, rekindling the friendship between the bunch of friends, where everyone is in high school now, surrounding a sport that has changed their lives."
Both are similar in that they center around a sport that the main character(s) enjoy and have enjoyed since they were kids. As time progresses, the characters in both Free! and Chihayafuru lose a bit of interest in their respective sports. However, the love for the sport is rekindled in high school when old friends meet up again.
Both are categorized as Sports animes, where close friends are separated after elementary school and drastically change. Both follow the changes that occur after they join their individual school teams, and continue to compete and share their love for the sport. Both Nanase and Arata had quit their sport because they had a hurt a loved one, but found it impossible to deny their passion for swimming, and in chiyafuru's case, karuta.
Big focus on character backstories, character development and sports. When Free!'s drama starts getting heavier, it gives off a reminiscent feeling comparable to Chihayafuru's.
they both have to do with getting a lost childhood friend back , being passionate about your hobby , and the struggles of building a new club.
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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