Posted by psgels on 22 January 2013 with categories: Chihayafuru

Awesome, Chihayafuru is back! More addictive Karuta, and the two new characters will definitely bring in a new dynamic that will keep the series fresh here. Karuta was just a simple card game, and yet this series made it exciting beyond belief.

I do have to voice two major concerns at this point though. First of all, there was the animation. Unfortunately, it’s clear that the second season either lacks the budget of the first, or a lot more scenes are outsourced. In the first season, every hit on the mat packed a punch. Here though, there are a lot of awkward movements, rushed drawings. It does not look as polished.

Second of all… the series composition has changed people. This time there are two people doing it. The first is pretty much new: after writing one of the Stitch series, she did a bunch of episodes for the first season, and she adapted half of Sakamichi no Apollon. The second one though… is behind the mess that was Persona 4. In fact, she did the series composition for a lot of different series, none of which I liked. For Chihayafuru, it is the original material that shines through, but I’m really scared about them keeping the balance, which was done so well in the perfectly paced first season.

So far though, the two new characters still need to get introduced, and the problem with them is that they’re initially very unlikable, so they need a lot of time to warm up. With that in mind, the past two episodes did a very good job. The girl in particular is already developed and has quite a few different sides, playing off really well against Kana. Meanwhile the new guy will probably play really well off Nishida. It’s an interesting idea here to have this guy show off a different style of Karuta.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

6 Responses

  1. ronbb says:

    I also noticed that they have changed people for the series composition, but at least we have the same (and awesome) director — I guess I should still hold my faith for now.

    The second episode was still great in the character department — it managed to add layers to Sumire, bring more out of the existing cast, and introduce another new character. Still nice…although I am longing some karuta match…

  2. Airies says:

    I find sumire very likeable! shes like my favourite character now. he other guy is a rapist i swear………..

    • Mass says:

      Yeah, I really really like Sumire myself, mostly because as odd as it may seem I see a lot of highschool-me in her. I’m hoping things go well for her, but not being Chihaya, she’s probably doomed to not get with Taichi. Joining the club for the guy, being super into the opposite sex almost to a fault, being into all the romantic side of things: man this is bringing back some memories hahaha.

      As for the animation, the first thing I noticed is that the animation seems BETTER this time around. IDK what everyone’s talking about.

  3. info600 says:

    I’ll just stay here, cringing at what sections they’re willing to cut off from the original work…

  4. kero says:

    Sumire is getting quite a bit of hate from the taichi fangirls but I think she’s a good character with room for development.

    I also noticed that the budget had been cut back somewhate, esp some of the drawings of the characters didn’t look too good.

  5. Ramdon says:

    I’m not particularly fond of Sumire yet, but I don’t dislike her either. She’s probably going to change my opinion later, as did Tsukue-kun.
    Well, in regards to the staff/budget issue, I’m too happy that this show even got a second season right now to complain about a few rushed drawings here and there. The original material is already awesome, so for now I’ll agree with you and say it is difficult for Yuuko Kakihara to do much harm.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:16 PM)
    It was only really entertaining for how nuts it got.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:15 PM)
    Aku no hana’s manga never really felt like much more than “crazy shit happening and femdom” = guilty pleasure to me.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:07 PM)
    @Emma: Gankutsou was fine in my opinion tho, as it was so out there that I never saw it as a real attempt at adaptation.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    I don’t have much exposure to Cumberbatch beyond seeing him talk on film programs and also his role in that Star Trek movie, kind of want to see him in imitation game.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    @K-off: Don’t give ‘em ideas m8, that actually sounds like a pitch that they would pick up.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:04 PM)
    There is a shoujo manga adaptation/rework of King Richard, there is also a romeo and juliet anime, it was one of the worst thing Gonzo produced, still didn’t dislike it as much a gankutsuou though.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:58 AM)
    @Bam He’d probably find some dumbass way to make it into shonen. Maybe Raskolnikov battles Alyona Ivanovna before he kills her.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:55 AM)
    Whoever made Aku no Hana should totally make a Catcher in the Rye adaptation tho, as they’re both fittingly pretentious and empty.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:52 AM)
    @K-off: and that was the great Tezuka, now imagine whoever’s writing Akame ga Kill attempting that lol
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:49 AM)
    There used to be a long-running and widely internationally syndicated anime series known as World Masterpiece Theater, which adapted many famous stories and novels into anime format. Interesting some stories such as Jean Webster’s Daddy-Long-Legs turned into a pretty decent Shoujo.

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