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Japanese: ちはやふる
English: Chihayafuru
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 50
Chapters: 252
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 28, 2007 to Aug 1, 2022
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama
Themes: Love Polygon Love Polygon, Strategy Game Strategy Game
Demographic: Josei Josei
Serialization: Be-Love
Authors: Suetsugu, Yuki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.571 (scored by 1451014,510 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1052
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #362
Members: 47,270
Favorites: 2,690

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Always deemed inferior to her elder sister, the strong-willed yet aimless Chihaya Ayase has no dream of her own. In contrast to her, Taichi Mashima, the son of a surgeon, is gifted yet insecure as he is burdened by the heavy expectations of his strict mother, who wants him to be perfect in everything. However, the lives of Chihaya and Taichi soon change as they encounter Arata Wataya, the new transfer student in their class.

Inspired by Arata's dream to become the best at competitive karuta—a card game based on the classic anthology of one hundred Japanese poets—Chihaya quickly falls in love with the game. Refusing to lose to the talented Arata, the prideful Taichi joins along and immerses himself in the game, aiming to one day surpass his fated rival. The three friends spend their childhood practicing karuta everyday, until certain circumstances force them to part with each other.

A few years later, now in high school, the trio finds themselves reunited through the world of competitive karuta. Alongside their newfound comrades and rivals, they embark on a journey of self-discovery, friendship, and romance.

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Chihayafuru won the second Manga Taisho award in 2009 and the 35th Kodansha Manga Award in the shoujo manga category in 2011. In 2012, the manga was selected as part of the Jury Recommended Works list in the Manga category at the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival. As of December 2022, the series has sold over 28 million copies.

Kodansha published the first three volumes of Chihayafuru in two English/Japanese volumes under their Kodansha Bilingual Comics line on December 22, 2011, and February 24, 2012, respectively. They consist of the first 17 chapters. Kodansha Comics USA has digitally published the series in English since February 14, 2017. The manga has also been published in Chinese by Tong Li Publishing Co., Ltd.; in Korean by Haksan Publishing Co., Ltd.; in Thai by Bongkoch Publishing; in Italian by RW EDIZIONI; in French by Pika Édition; and in Spanish by ECC Ediciones.

Three Japanese live-action films based on the series have been released. The first, titled Chihayafuru: Kaminoku, opened in Japanese cinemas on March 19, 2016, followed by a second film, titled Shimonoku, on April 29, 2016. The third film, titled Musubi, was released on March 17, 2018.



Aug 20, 2022
"kaze wo itami, iwa utsu nami no, onore nomi, kudakete mono wo, omou koro kana" - Loosely translates to "As the wind is strong, waves hit the rocks, yet only I am shattered when I think of you."
Chihayafuru is one of the best thematic and nuanced character works in manga/anime, at least ever since Sangatsu no lion. While Karuta is the central plot device to move the story, the Hyakunin Isshu - the 100 poems are subtly the main drivers of the story. This becomes much more apparent when each of the poems wonderfully encompasses the story of each of the characters and their ...
Jun 23, 2023
“If I can be the best in the world at something, then I think it’s worth a shot.” – Chihaya Ayase

Finding what you love is the most important lesson I've taken away from this series, and the Chihayafuru series has become an important part of my life. Life is full of ups and downs, and I believe that everyone experiences these, but sometimes you just wonder "what am I doing?" or "what is the point of my life?" You don't know what to do, how to feel, or where to lead yourself. We often start to doubt every area of our lives when we're feeling ...
Jun 10, 2023
There are some things in this world that can give you a purpose and/or save you. We call that "passion". For Chihaya, that passion was karuta. And for me, that passion was Chihayafuru.

It took me a long while to write this review because I felt like I'd never going to be able to put into words how incredible important this manga is for me, and how it changed not only me, but the very competitive karuta scene in Japan and around the world.

Chihayafuru is a story about three childhood friends that end up playing the same thing together: Karuta. It is a real game that's ...

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