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Synonyms: Chihayafull
Japanese: ちはやふる
English: Chihayafuru
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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
Genres: DramaDrama, SportsSports
Themes: Love PolygonLove Polygon, SchoolSchool, Strategy GameStrategy Game
Demographic: JoseiJosei
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.181 (scored by 183628183,628 users)
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Ranked: #3982
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #487
Members: 461,624
Favorites: 7,961

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As a child, Chihaya Ayase had only one dream: to see her elder sister Chitose become Japan's most successful model. However, upon defending her ostracised classmate Arata Wataya from his bully—Chihaya's childhood friend Taichi Mashima—she discovers the world of competitive karuta and soon becomes enamoured with the sport.

Based on the Ogura Hundred Poets anthology, this card game where poems are studied requires excellent memory, agility, and a tremendous endurance from the players. Full of hope, Chihaya joins the Shiranami Society together with the newly reconciled Arata and Taichi, embarking on an exciting journey for the title awarded to the top-ranked female player—Queen of Karuta.

Since middle school, Chihaya grew distant from a dispassionate Taichi and separated from Arata. However, in order to improve her skills, Chihaya decides to create a karuta club in her high school. With the help of Taichi, another veteran player, and a few spirited newcomers, Chihaya's new-founded Mizusawa Karuta Club aims for victory in the Omi Shrine's national championship.

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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.

Two live-action films were released in 2016. The first, titled Chihayafuru Kaminoku, opened in Japanese cinemas on March 19, followed by a second film, titled Shimonoku, on April 29, 2016. During a stage greeting event for the second film, a surprise announcement was made that a sequel would be produced, although details for a production schedule or release date were not revealed.

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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Opening Theme

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"YOUTHFUL" by 99RadioService

Ending Theme

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


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.

Aug 25, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Let's be honest: I'm not really a fan of sports anime. Or anything that revolves around sports. More to the point, I'm just not a very competitive person, physically. Give me an essay topic and I'll try my darn hardest to prove I can write better than my opponent. Give me some math questions, and I'll melt my brain from the stress of making sure I don't make a single error. When it comes to brain games, I am a perfectionist. But the moment I felt pressured to be better than my fellow ballet classmates, my inspiration and desire to go further trickled away and ...
Sep 30, 2020
The Theme was really boring to me. A card game known as Karuta, in which 2 people have to snatch the cards before each other, didn't seem to me interesting enough, as it was seeming to the protagonists.
Female and male protagonists are beautiful and handsome respectively, but the girl is so over obsessed with the game that I was hating it.
I wasn't getting her obsession, maybe I couldn't relate. What caught my attention was "Taichi getting jealous With Arata because of Chihaya"
Maybe he liked Chihaya for a long time, so I thought the story will be interesting, when some goal (Karuta) will ...

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