Posted by psgels on 12 April 2013 with categories: Chihayafuru

This match is very different from usual for Chihayafuru. Normally, it delivers in every episode. Last episode felt a bit flat. Normally it tries to push forward as many characters as possible. Here however, the focus was different. This really was about Chihaya versus Megumu. This episode at least.

Perhaps I’m not a fan of making the match go on for three entire episodes, but that allowed this episode to have that clear purpose for a change: a really detailed view of how Megumu changes through a match. That really had me fired up much more than I expected and I really have to say that how she gradually lost that ditzy behavior of her was done in this episode.

Oh and I said that this episode didn’t really focus on pushing forward the other characters. but still, Chihaya forcing herself to contest cards, Nishida losing badly, Tsutomu trying hard, the other girls trying really hard for Megumu, they were all really nice touches. I just meant it for the really high standards of this series. Seriously you do not see series that are as consistent as this series. Especially considering that we’re almost forty episodes in!

One point of criticism: that point where Tsutomu figures that a girl will likely want to grab cards about broken hearts because it’s one of the themes that the singer whose name is on one of the towels of the girls sings about… that is overanalyzing things a bit too much.
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

4 Responses

  1. Starss says:

    Not really enjoying this match, there seems to be more characters than necessary and a lot of annoying ones too. Also odd for Chihayafuru to continually having flashbacks of the opponent’s past, usually it’s all done in one go but there was an unusual amount of interjections.

    I would love to see some of the Hokuo v Fujisomething match too! Damn you audience, stop looking over this way!

  2. Sapphire says:

    Dear Chihaya, please kick Megumu’s ass so that we can move forward.

  3. Mund says:

    I thought Tsutomu merely wanted to grab those specific cards to gain a psychological advantage over his opponent.

  4. kero says:

    I thought it was really tense and went eek a few times, and I loved that desk kun got the final win spotlight.

    I also liked how Mashima wordlessly knew what to do for Chihaya

    All the team supporting each other moments were great.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 04:01 AM)
    Ah Reaper…full of shit as always.
    On another note this made me laugh.
    http://wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i=47246
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 04:00 AM)
    The biggest part of tokyo ghoul beyond the action is the knowing that at its core the fun is watching a meek guy, through his hellish experience unravel and eventually snap.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:58 AM)
    Ultimately I just did not have enough exploration and time with these characters , at 22 episodes it could have been so much more.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:55 AM)
    But I digress. Personal resonance eh? lol. Oh yeah I like Tokyo Ghoul, helps that the MC stopped being a bitch. In fact, they made a good case for personal change.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:54 AM)
    even the white haired bitch had a point. The last survivor just wanted her life to mean something. She new she was dying but died reaching for what she wanted until the very end. Where she basically obtained it. On her own terms. Thats why she blew herself up instead of dying like she was going to.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:53 AM)
    on the other hand the 2 wanting revenge actually decided to do something about it. And largely suceed. They break the cycle of victem. They take power into their own hands. It’s nice. It’s fun. The girl is a nice touch.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:53 AM)
    Another thing I really saw and another reason I really enjoyed about the tokyo ghoul anime more than the manga is that the presence of a film director and playwright working on it real shone through.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:52 AM)
    The girl was lost in a world of emptiness (and still struggles with) it. That vast incompleteness. Probably in part because of her mother. Stuck in the loop of life like that. But one day the loop breaks. It’s what everyone who’s ever wanted to escape dreams of.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:51 AM)
    To appreciate terror I think you really need to appreciate the context. We start off with two people who were fucked over by the world and a girl still trapped in it. The two decided to get revenge, while the girl caught up in them, manages to escape because of a helping hand.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:50 AM)
    Oh reaper, I do like it when an anime doesn’t spoonfeed the viewer and tries to be subtle, but that doesn’t really change my view on terror.

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