Posted by psgels on 27 March 2012 with categories: Chihayafuru

So it was pretty obvious from the start that Chihayafuru and Natsume Yuujinchou would have the best final episodes of this season. But what about the ending? Ironically the best shows this season are both based on manga that are still on-going. Natsume Yuujin-Chou solved it wonderfully. Chihayafuru’s ending did some things really well, but at the same time, it unfortunately also did what I feared for ever since this show was announced: it made me hungry for more. There is so much potential with that ending… that we’re never going to see animated.

But don’t get me wrong though, I loved this episode. Perhaps it wasn’t as intense as the previous episode, but it really brought this series to a great closure, while pushing the charcters even more forward. And yet again it does that for every single member of the main cast. The King match taught the characters a lot about themselves that flowed so naturally from the rest of the series. This episode emphasized even more how different the playstyles of these people.The creators also brilliantly used Arata at the end. Finally he is thinking in-depth about karuta again, and ironically it was Taichi of all people who he needed to remind to do this as well. Everything fitted together amazingly.

And yet, then the second half came, and that teacher suddenly made the deal that the club will lose their position if they can’t recruit five new members. Five new characters will be joining the Karuta club to add to the current main cast!? Talk about potential here! I mean, fleshing out such a large cast is difficult and all, but this is Chihayafuru: if anyone can do it, it’s these guys. This is by far the series that is in most need of a sequel, out of the entire season.

Overall though, I absolutely love sports series. And yet, I have no interest in sports series whatsoever. In fact, I find myself not looking forward to most sports series, because of their premises. And yet, for some really weird reason, the majority of them is incredibly well executed. And this standard just keeps on going. Sure, we have a Knight in the Area once in a while, and I wasn’t really charmed by Major either, but for those series in return we have such beauties as Chihayafuru, Cross Game, Ookiku Furikabutte, Giant Killing, Touch, Shion no Ou, Hikaru no Go, and that list just goes on and on. Net season will have two new sports series: one shounen jump adaptation and a NHK show about a kid and his football team. These two series are really going to challenge this trend, but heck. I have been pleasantly surprised by so many sports shows already. It’s entirely possible.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

9 Responses

  1. jayjay says:

    even if they dont animate a second season, if they release the manga here, it will get cozy place at my bookshelf

    this was the best show this season for me

  2. Puran says:

    I always prefer this kind of endings (where they find a nice place to stop, but it’s obvious the story continues) instead of some sort of rushed attempt to provide a sense of closure.

    But yeah, I want more too… Anyone has any sales numbers? Is it a possibility?

    • Alterego 9 says:

      No, financial failure.

      • Litho says:

        A good way to judge a show’s financial success to class ratio is to visit most of the popular anime blogs (like Random Curiosity).

        Simply put (and a bit sad for the industry), shows that get lots of comments tend to marketed at kids and generally suck balls, but they get a lot of viewers. Great example would be the number of comments Guilty Crown got vs Natsume Yuujinchou. Sure, half the comments for GC are probably negative, but most of those still probably watched the show.

        Depressing, really

    • hikari says:

      I’m afraid if we solely relies on sale numbers only, we’ll never get any 2nd season at all. It’s one of the lowest sales of fall season w/ Un-go, Gundam Age, etc. If I’m not mistaken it’s around 2-3K per vol, I need to check the list again, but yeah it’s around that number. Just like Armpit said in the shoutbox, it looks unlikely/almost impossible since the sales are low, the manga sales didn’t have significant increase unlike AoEx, Fairy Tail, KimiTodo, etc but we can still hope, right. Though it’s very2 small possibility.

  3. Qwerty1 says:

    Hope there’s a main character next season that can match Chihaya, going to be hard getting through the week without a dose of beauty in vain.

  4. Litho says:

    I on the other had, despise most sports manga/anime, yet I found this series exceedingly good. It’s all about the characterization. It avoided most of the pitfalls associated with typical sports manga (like a group of guys group-crying while yelling “must get stronger!!” or lightning following Chihaya everytime she places a card) while giving anyone who has attempeted something (sports or otherwhise) the ability to relate to the characters. Sure, the romance could have been handled better and you could accuse them of overdramaticizing a simple card game (I dunno, never played it, but it’s a possibility), but those faults would lie in the original manga, not the anime reproduction.

    Makes me wish they actually started animating this show after the manga ends.

    Overall, 8/10. I’m way harsher than PSgels, so that’s actually a very very good score.

  5. Stars says:

    Loved this ending! I especially liked how everyone is starting to find their own goals in karuta, and not all of them are master/queen based. I’m hoping Desk-kun becomes the teacher of a karuta society.

  6. kero says:

    There were so many parts that made me laugh out loud.. and so many parts where we saw how much the characters had grown.

    The music was a lot more passionate in this episode, and some great tracks.

    I loved loved loved it and all the characters, second season will be a dream come true, and i will have to keep an eye out for the manga

    <3 <3 <3

    (so much fukui, the twins voices were cute!)

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:36 AM)
    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I don’t think anyone was prepared for Eva, whether they liked the show or not, at 11 I can remember being horrified by end of eva and the series original ending as well as having my first moment of “Feck…theres a first…an anime that did something that scrambled my mind, I actually feel kind of thick now, this show is smarter than I am”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:26 AM)
    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    But Eva just left a bad taste in my mouth as a whole, I understand that Bam you are very passinette about it and thats fine, I wasn’t aiming to provoke. I just feel that its frustrating that like alot of certain anime, that I am not allowed to dislike it or have reason to.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    If anything at least I found Ikuhara’s symbolism while obvious at least in utena and straightforward was at least visually interesting to look at.
    I love every David Lynch film and again I thought Lain was exceptional.

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