Posted by psgels on 18 April 2013 with categories: Chihayafuru

Holy crap! When Nishida lashed out to Tsutomu last episode, I did not expect that it was about to build up to something as amazing as here right now. I mean, the outcome of this episode was predictable, but the way in which it happened totally wasn’t!

Most of the episode was about Chihaya and her growth. Chihaya lost to Megumu, but it’s clear that she has become better, while at the same time that she has a long way to go (the way how her nails were clenched into the palm of her hands the whole time). And then when she lost, Tsutomu really came out of nowhere to really steal the show. This show already had the luck of the draw decide against the team’s favor, so with this it is a really good way to balance out. Because of this you really don’t know what to expect when things come down to it. Either way it was Tsutomu’s crowning moment of awesome there.

Then there is Kanade. What really surprised me here was that there were two matches of which we hardly got to see anything: Kanade’s and Taichi’s. What really intrigues me was why Kanade finished before Taichi, which really made me think that we haven’t really seen much about how she actually improved. All we know is that she suddenly has gotten really good, with multiple wins in a row despite being dead tired. Still, was Taichi just against a better player? It seemed like the best two seemed to be against Chihaya and Nishida. I mean, Taichi is pretty much an A-Class player at this point, as soon as he manages to win that damned tournament, so what exactly worked against him there?

This episode was also full of hints about special cards: the cards that contain the names of everyone. Chhaya lost hers to Megumu, Megumu lost hers to Chihaya. And I noticed the creators also dropping the names for the cards for Arata and Shinobu. Yay for building up!

One thing never improved though: the photographing guys never really stopped being annoying.
Rating: 6,5/8 (Amazing)

8 Responses

  1. gedata says:

    you took a while to get to this one so I thought that you’d do a double-post next week. Episodes like this make it difficult for me to consider this as just another 8/10 series, if it can keep the upswing going then, oh boy.

  2. BECOOL says:

    so even when you like the episode the highest you’ll go is basically a 8 on 10 you should change the ratings from this to /5 or /10 to keep it rational

  3. Scruffy says:

    “All we know is that she suddenly has gotten really good, with multiple wins in a row despite being dead tired.”

    She actually lost her last few games, but in very close matches which is probably worse, all that effort for nothing. You have to remember that firstly between her and Tsutomu she was the first to go up a class. Also this is a teem even so it’s not like she is going to be facing class A players.

  4. Nic says:

    Well, when it comes to B class members, there’s a lot of strong B class players stuck at the upper echelon trying to eke out a tournament victory. So even though Taichi is practically A class at the moment, that doesn’t mean he can beat every other B class player hands down because there are many players like him that get very close but can’t quite win a tournament. So yeah, Kanade obviously drew a weaker opponent. Although she has also become stronger than expected.

    What also impressed is her admitting that she no longer has enough fuel left in the tank for the finals. As a player, having to admit you’re better off being replaced is really painful so props to her for giving up her spot.

    • Scruffy says:

      If I remember rightly both Kanade and Tsutomu are class C players at the moment (it starts at D I think). For the lower classes you only have to get into the finals to go up a class. B requires a tournament win, or at least it does in the club Taichi plays in.

  5. Starss says:

    Confused about your Taichi paragraph, he won off his opponent’s fault and with a decent lead I believe. Though he usually plays a lot of close matches from overestimating his opponents and underestimating himself.

    I loved all the little points about each team member in this match, especially that Chihaya should almost able to challenge the Queen now, that Kana made it so far in the tournament out of traditional clothing and Desk-kun’s brave gamble at the end of the match that he pulled off so nonchalantly.

    I don’t think Mizusawa is going to beat Fujisaki next week, but I really want Tsukuba to step up and win his match!

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  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:19 PM)
    There’s plenty of in battle explaining. I don’t think there’s been a battle without in battle explaining. You got the first time villain that ends up a good guy. You got powerups and levels of quinques. There’s a ton of shounen elements.
    Just because something has gore does not make it seinien. Deadman wonderland is Shounen and it has just as much gore and torture.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 02:52 PM)
    @Emma: ah, yes.
    @Aidan: How so? A variety of weapons and abilities does not turn something into a shounen battle manga.
    I’d need a lot more random in-battle explaining secret powers to your opponent, and a lot more mercy to not consider it seinen.
    Also, torture, balls and limbs being chopped off as a sick joke, slicing people in half without warning, breaking half their bones…
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:44 PM)
    I felt that the story became too shounen battle manga When at first it was portrayed as seinien. Especially with the quineqes and such.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:06 PM)
    @Raggers: His past with the old lady ghoul where he was castrated =<
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.

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