Posted by psgels 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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    (Wednesday, May 4. 2016 10:05 AM)
    I was staying clean for a drug test, and during this hiatus I completely fell out of anime. Surely enough, as soon as I resumed burning again I also started getting into some of this season’s shows. I wonder if there’s a direct correlation, or just a byproduct of having some free time again. I’m interested in comparing my experience to others, but (un)fortunately nobody here seems to share my vices.
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    @Kaiser: do you mean Brotherhood of the Wolf? Cuz in that case I have seen it, and we have both remarked about our enjoyment of the ambitious, yet messy, movie.
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