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Synonyms: Chihayafull
Japanese: ちはやふる


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


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Ranked: #1442
Popularity: #284
Members: 81,572
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Chihaya is a lighthearted tomboy, who's not especially good at anything in particular. Her dream has always been for her sister (an aspiring model) to become the number one beauty of Japan, or perhaps of the world. But then one day she meets someone who tells her that a dream is something that should concern only herself—and something she has to work hard for as well.

At the same time, Chihaya discovers a passion for the old Japanese game hyakunin isshu, also called "karuta".

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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Jul 27, 2014
Chihayafuru is a show that I kind of regret picking up. No, not because it wasn't good or was a pain to watch. On the contrary, it was a very fun 50 episodes (This review includes S2 btw) - filled with many memorable and exciting moments. Unfortunately, it cuts off in the middle of the story, and really, really leaves me wanting for that season 3. That said, it is still a show that I will wholeheartedly recommend due to how special it is, and the fact that it seems somewhat likely that the anime will continue in a couple of years, once there is 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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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.

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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