Posted by psgels on 23 February 2013 with categories: Chihayafuru

And here this series comes and goes like “I’m sorry I haven’t spent much attention on some of the minor characters, let me make up for that.” This episode brought so much life to them. Not just Sumire and Akihiro, but also Chihaya’s parents, her sister, Kanade’s mother, Akihiro’s brothers, even some unnamed people from the school’s band club and some random teachers. The band and their performance in particular was awesome. Now this is how you should spend an aftermath!

Chihaya feeling down over the loss, you see it everywhere, and yet the creators managed to spice even that up with that focus on her parents, not to mention showing how she has grown (being able to tie her own kimono and how she has completely changed from who she used to be). The time she spent with her mother was also awesome. It’s a really personal time with someone she knows for her entire life. There are little other series that have managed to put the same focus there.

And then this show suddenly started to toy with the symbolism behind words and it actually was very interesting to follow how this all related back to the characters themselves.

Also, the budget. I have no clue what happened in the first two episodes, but for some reason the series looks as awesome as it ever has. The differences in animation are not noticeable anymore, and the drawings really look crisp again. Some budget issues at the start or something?
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

8 Responses

  1. Sapphire says:

    I really enjoyed the phone call between Chihaya and Arata. When she told him he should’ve started a karuta club at his school, I guess he felt confronted with his own shyness or maybe selfishness regarding karuta and gave her an “I don’t have time for that”-answer. I also thought they would be more awkward with each other, for not seeing each other for so long, but I was glad that wasn’t the case.

    But my heart goes out to Taichi, I felt so bad for him. I totally ship Chihaya x Taichi.

    • Starss says:

      I’m just going to pretend that Arata was being tsundere and actually meant that the only karuta team he will ever have/want is the chihaya-taichi-arata combo.
      On the other hand, I think it’s quite interesting how much a 2 year break slowed Arata down when he’s being playing since childhood and was considered such a genius. Now he’s taking time to catch back up on his skills but he’s still not showing the same kind of genius he did before his Grandfather passed away. He’s being much more humanised.

  2. ronbb says:

    I think the creator is really toying with us. On one hand Chihaya misses Arata and sneaks out to make a call to Arata. On the other hand, it’s showing Chihaya reminiscing the three of them together when they were kids…

  3. Joojoobees says:

    I’m really glad that we are already at the finals. The energy built up by the recent (excellent) tournament episodes could have been squandered in an extended training arc, but they managed to give the idea that all that was happening, give some insight into the side characters, and still ended the episode on the doorstep of Omi Jingu.

  4. Starss says:

    I personally wanted Chihaya to have that gorgeous red kimono they had hanging in the background of the Oe shop, which if I’m not mistaken is the kimono under which she first learnt the meaning of the “chihayaburu” verse and discovered the beauty of the history behind each poem. Just to imagine Chihaya wearing in a Queen match the same kimono which started Chihaya onto her karuta dreams.

  5. rufe says:

    Chihayaburu is an interesting word. It is written in kana or in all sorts of different Kanji so I have always wondered what it’s supposed to mean…

  6. kero says:

    chihayafuru wins my hearts <3

  7. cathy says:

    Chihayafuru is amazing! One of my favorite anime with Hikaru no Go, and Anohana

    To me, the straight-on faces in the episode were drawn funny. They looked like a piece of paper attached on their faces. What do you think?

    and do you read the manga?

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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 01:02 PM)
    Generally later on when alot of comedies need to wrap things up they try to force in a plot so they can get some kind of ending. I know, agree its generally terrible, some of the drama later in toradora for example made me want to detusk a walrus in frustration.
  • WyattX
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 09:27 AM)
    What is it with light comedies trying to turn melodramatic as the series gets stretched out? What if we did the reverse? Let’s say theoretically that it happened to Tsubasa Chronicle. It would start out melodramatic as usual, then devolve into a simple, light slapstick comedy and forget about the story. People would lose their minds.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 07:44 AM)
    Here I take a second look at time of eve/eve no jiken: http://emma-hime.deviantart.com/art/Review-Time-of-eve-496663893
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:06 AM)
    I’m not sure whether to watch the sequel or not.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:04 AM)
    @Aidan: I try to avoid watching films where I can.
    Although you’ve got me to look back on my own review of guardians of the galaxy, the words I use in it don’t reflect the 4 out of 5 I gave it .
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 03:04 AM)
    Started to notice pretty big plot holes too. like Gamora went to open the door to baddys chamber. But after opening it she shoots a hole in the roof and jumps straight into the bad guys chamber. So if you can get in that way then why did you send the others in a roundabout route instead of just blowing up the roof and getting there that way?
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 02:49 AM)
    The comedy tends to only work once and it’s pretty weak. Like the “You are making me kick grass!” line. It’s not particularly funny, only random. The villain is just bland as hell. The characters are charming but not particularly deep.
    It’s a decent popcorn flick. But I am actually having second thoughts on getting it on DVD.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 02:46 AM)
    Hmm…Guardians of the galaxy wasn’t quite as good on a re-watch. First time it was pretty good. Now though it’s just…good. The film is just too damn long and like most marvel films…just mindless fun. That isn’t really bad, I mean there’s nothing wrong with fun. But when people are claiming this was one of the best superhero movies ever..yeah not so much.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 12:52 AM)
    And on law in general, the age of responsibility thing feels far too simple when people mature at different rates, others are more mature at different ages/know what they are doing, while others are just born bad people.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Nov 26. 2014 12:49 AM)
    @K-off: That will not stop me supporting armed police force though and feeling the Irish mainstream police force should be also armed with guns.

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