Posted by psgels on 3 February 2013 with categories: Chihayafuru

Okay, with the previous episodes I complained about the second season not looking as crisp as the first… and here this episode comes and it really looks amazing again, without the distorted animation that stood out. The thing with animation is that with every series, a different kind of animation is appropriate: some series can get away with distorted faces because they either have the character-designs for it, or they put in a lot of movements in their frames. Chihayafuru however was always amazing in how every shot looked great. The previous episode abandoned that a bit, butthis episode acted like nothing happened.

Speaking of acing like nothing happened, this show just continues to develop its characters like nothing happened. This episode was focused on Tsukuba, but at the same time it also found time to push Hamano’s character and Tsutomu’s character forward. Nishida is developing to be a dependable senior and the rest of the cast also had some nice moments. One of the big strengths in this series is its consistency in just about everything it does.

Nice little twist at the end: the queen has a history with Arata. It had it coming: they must have run into each other when they were young. But didn’t she gain a few pounds?
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

2 Responses

  1. Machi says:

    Some time has passed and she did decide after the Queen match that she’d shed her weight for the upcoming tournament, and only reason she gained weight was for that prize with the ice cream (LOL). Good thing that Snowmaru mascot didn’t have any other promos to tempt her.

  2. Random says:

    One thing that is very subtle in this episode is the time skip. Right in the begining someone says that it’s already June, which means a few months have passed since the previous episode. We can pick that up later in the episode, but from now on I’m paying more attention to these kinds of information in this series.
    This show has done something extremely difficult in this first 3 episodes in my opinion. It managed to change the focus from the protagonists without compromising their devolopment. What we got were small glimpses from the the supporting characters point of view, so even in the background for a little bit we still develop the main cast. Amazing way of avoiding a pacing problem and effectively introducing new characters.

    ps: Chihaya’s hakama is just too beautiful.

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  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 05:35 PM)
    Shisio Makoto now while I my not have been big on Kenshin I liked him a fair bit.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 05:34 PM)
    I had shion no ou spoiled for me at one point and well that was fairly frustrating =<
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 05:33 PM)
    @Aidan: Oh well fair enough then my mistake.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 05:33 PM)
    @Aidan: As much as I hate on ryukishi07 and higurashi I don’t consider myself a blind hater/troll when it comes to the show, I found Takano, Rika pretty compelling and I liked Satoko’s story at least and the violence of course. It did slightly visually improve in the second season.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 05:21 PM)
    @Emma, Deen didn’t do the Kenshin series. Well except for the last season which was pretty terrible.
    Deen did the OVA Rurouni Kenshin trust and betrayel and that is a very different beast from it’s shounen series counterpart.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 05:21 PM)
    I will give you that on umineko as I have not played the game. And my initial reaction to the fate anime was “This kept me busy at least”
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 05:17 PM)
    Simoun is a very good anime don’t get me wrong, especially the last stretch but its got untapped potential, its too short, the pacing falters in the middle.
    Shion no ou is a great example of just how well to balance out characters, the “insert sport/game/etc thing they play and the mystery/plot element
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 05:17 PM)
    Kenshin is a shounen jump series, so thats a pretty good sign of how poorly I thought of it, though it is one of the better ones and somehow I liked the live action film. Hell girl had some great moments in its first season and I would love to see more anthology horror, that said it got repetitive and didn’t really need all of those extra seasons.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 05:10 PM)
    I can’t rag on deen for the log horizon thing as for the same staff thing and well the animation in the first series wasn’t exactly outstanding.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 05:06 PM)
    @Bam: I’m referring to the Charles Burns comic yes. I’ve seen that Ayakashi series mononoke but was turned off by the style.

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