Posted on 1 February 2012 with categories: Chihayafuru

Something very interesting happened here. Remember how the first volume of Chihayafuru completely bombed in terms of DVD sales? Well, when I checked back on the latest figures, it turns out that the second volume actually sold much better. While it’s still near the bottom of the season, the second volume sold in the order of five times as much here. That’s something you don’t see often. Still, these numbers are still far too low for a second season here. This show will end in two months.

It was up to this episode to promise that these final two months will be worth watching. And indeed, I made one really big miss-assumption with this series. The characters said that the past tournament was like the “koushien” of karuta, which lead me to believe that there is just one major tournament like this every year. Yes, I’ve probably seen too many baseball series. In any case, there still are plenty of smaller tournaments, including the tournament to decide the next queen. That’ll be a nice place to end things, and with a bit of luck this will also give a bigger role to Arata.

In the meantime, this was the expected intermezzo episode, and with that it really delivered. There was some very good banter, and we got some interesting insight into the way that Chihaya plays Karuta. The big danger for this show is to descend into a training arc at this point. I can very much identify with Chihaya’s dilemma here: having to stop focusing on what you’re best at, in order to become even better. This is something that is incredibly difficult to do, and not everyone actually manages to do it.

And yet again, this episode placed emphasis on every single character. Everyone is trying hard in his or her own way. Also bloody hell. Taichi still had contact with his girlfriend. Yes, “had”.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

9 Responses

  1. joojoobees says:

    Why oh why oh why do the best shows face such challenges in sales?

    • Starry says:

      Chalk it up to the fact that its a josei series, and it doesn’t have the appeal across multiple demographics as other series have. Thus it means less BD/DVD sales. Quite a shame, a lovely series it is. Although the manga did win a few awards.

  2. Wait, the second volume sold 2000 units and that’s five times as much? Did the first volume sell only 400 units or something? o.O

  3. Ransom says:

    “Taichi still had contact with his girlfriend”

    I can kind of imagine the conversation… Something along the lines of “Ever since you started… You never pick my calls (Or you never call me)!… We don’t go out anymore… All that is in your head is karuta! (And probably someone else…) It’s time for you to choose. Me or that stupid game!!!”

    And we all know the reply from Taichi :D

    Still, I feel like that was a little off… And kind of rude… If you don’t like someone, don’t go out with her/him.

    • Takatin says:

      You have to remember Taichi is still a teenager. Of course he won’t deal with relationship perfectly. He probably went out with her to kill time.

    • Scruffy says:

      Yeah I do agree that Taichi was very diskish but you can see how this would pan out. They don’t go to the same school and don’t seem to share interests and he only went out with her because she was cute and asked him.

      She gives me a bit of a Ryou from Clannad vibe.

  4. Puran says:

    Now that I saw that list, is UN-GO also bombing in that list? That’s sad.

  5. kay says:

    i know this is a little off topic, but since you were talking about sales and second seasons is this likely what happened to kuragehime as well ? Not enough sales to support 2nd seasons of anime? boooo

  6. rufe says:

    Aren’t there several Koushien a year? Natsu Koushien and Haru Koushien?

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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 12:42 PM)
    Akira had a rushed cop out ending(Seeing as it is a adaption of series of manga) GITS is a giant mountain of exposition said by emotionless characters. NGE had a shit ending and a even shitter ending, animation budget problems and in my opinion unrealistic charaters who only aim to pick the choice that makes them more goddamn miserable. And is there even a goddamn logical explainion for that fat manager, shared delustion shit from prefect blue?
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 12:40 PM)
    Alright lets nip this one in the bud.
    @Bam, My friend we have had this discussion many, many times before. Why does nothing compare to Mushishi or Akira to you nowdays? Well that’s because nowdays you have watched a ton of anime and have gained a harsher judgement of it. Cause Bam, NGE, GITS, prefect blue and Akira were not goddamn prefect.
  • Anon
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 11:21 AM)
    @Bam Or its 2:20 in the morning and I have work tomorrow so I don’t give a fuck.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 11:17 AM)
    If we want something different and demand it with tact, reform will come.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 11:16 AM)
    @Anon: to feel as we should not discuss, debate, or be proactive in certain matters based on fear of inconsequentiality is how nothing ever progresses.
  • Anon
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 11:15 AM)
    This is fucking pointless. It’s pretty damn late where I live, I have things to do. http://i.imgur.com/Etech5w.gif
  • Anon
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 11:12 AM)
    @Bam Again, what the hell they want. They want to follow the market? They’ll do it. They want to try and connect to a new audience, as a risky buisness venture? They’ll do it.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 11:10 AM)
    @Anon: false. They do what the market demands (or they might think it demands).
  • Anon
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 11:09 AM)
    @Bam If. If they did that. If they did this. See how we can do this all night? They do what the hell they want, or what they feel is right.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, Aug 21. 2014 11:08 AM)
    @Anon: that which is the crux of my argument has nothing to do with subjectivity of human experience, which is an altogether different argument that you are throwing in there to gain some ill-conceived leverage.

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