Posted 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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  • gedata
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 10:14 AM)
    @Juno, you aren’t alone.
  • Juno
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 05:37 AM)
    Because as of this moment, my childhood could NOT be happier…
  • Juno
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 05:37 AM)
    I can’t be the only one FREAKING OUT OVER THE NEW JOJO ENDING THEME, right?
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 05:32 AM)
    And although everyone said already, the launch scene is gorgeous.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 05:30 AM)
    @Friend Man, you are something else. The chapter reeled me into the story. I didnt see any faults with it, except for one typo. The scenes are well composited, and like nyan said, the only “faults” are nitpicky things :)
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:21 AM)
    Yeah, I think this falls more into the category of typesetting than anything else and there’s plenty of different ways that can go depending on preference. If the readers don’t have an issue, then it’s fine.
  • Friend
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:11 AM)
    A problem ve faced with american comics is that they usually dont contrast the speech bubble with the surroundings too well. That might be a factor, as large bubbles mean more visibility of the text itself.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:05 AM)
    ah well, I don’t really mean the amount of content, but a negative space thing. it’s easier on the eyes when there’s a bit of space around the bubble for me.
  • Friend
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:03 AM)
    Sure, I was tempted to pack in my bubbles, moreso with my weekly form of several pages. But I figured I should take time to develop each moment.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:01 AM)
    It’s a matter of compressed vs decompressed storytelling. Just a result of how the two evolved, I suppose. It makes more sense when you consider the multiversal approach to mainstream American comics in relation to the isolated worlds found in Japanese manga.

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