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Chihayafuru


Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2011 to Mar 28, 2012
Premiered: Fall 2011
Broadcast: Wednesdays at Unknown
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.321 (scored by 73,698 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #2082
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #316
Members: 169,936
Favorites: 3,838
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Synopsis

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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

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
Main
Seto, Asami
Japanese
Seto, Asami
Mashima, Taichi
Mashima, Taichi
Main
Miyano, Mamoru
Japanese
Miyano, Mamoru
Takagaki, Ayahi
Japanese
Takagaki, Ayahi
Wataya, Arata
Wataya, Arata
Main
Terasaki, Yuka
Japanese
Terasaki, Yuka
Hosoya, Yoshimasa
Japanese
Hosoya, Yoshimasa
Wakamiya, Shinobu
Wakamiya, Shinobu
Supporting
Nakamichi, Mihoko
Japanese
Nakamichi, Mihoko

Staff

Asaka, Morio
Asaka, Morio
Director
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Tachikawa, Yuzuru
Tachikawa, Yuzuru
Episode Director
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Episode Director, Storyboard


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"YOUTHFUL" by 99RadioService

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




More reviewsReviews

Jun 22, 2013
MelKaven (All reviews)
"What the hell is Katura?"
Of course, that was my first reaction.
But then...
Wow...
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.

**NO SPOILERS**
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Story:

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
May 7, 2012
retardation (All reviews)
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
Jul 12, 2013
Ruse (All reviews)
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
Jan 13, 2015
Dawn (All reviews)
*This review is spoiler free!*

Chihayafuru is an anime centered around the sport karuta and follows the story of a young girl named Chihaya as well as the friends and rivals she meets along the way. Before jumping into Chihayafuru you may have never heard of karuta and that really isn't an issue. The anime does a great job of creating a story around this sport that is read more

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