Posted on 26 April 2013 with categories: Chihayafuru

I just realized this at the end of the episode… but the opposing team on the finals consists out of a bunch of nut-cases.

I think this keeps true to one of the themes of this series: geniuses are eccentric in one way or the other (even Arata with how seriously he takes his punishment). I’m not sure whether this has a deeper meaning beyond just being really entertaining, but I love it. At first they seem like this very serious team to come over, only to get completely hilarious once the actual match starts.

The creators also really know how to torture Kanade here, by having like, the best announcer in existance voice the finals. If there is anything that this second season has been brilliant at, it’s its build-up. The final match was hinted at many times before, the creators keep referring back to Arata and the Queen, which will just happen much, much later. And it does interesting thing with them: it really plays with its characters and finds creative ways for hinting like that. The comedy really works when it needs to and that really helps.

The cliff-hanger was awesome, but I am a bit worried that at this point in the series, we’re still stuck in the team matches. I mean, this is nice and all but the team matches are not what really matters here in this series. That goes to the individual matches, in which we can see all these characters participate yet again. There are so many awesome matches and re-matches about to happen that I worry that they’re not going to be able to fit all of that in what? eight remaining episodes?
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

8 Responses

  1. kero says:

    Maybe 2 more episodes for the final match, and then 6 for individual?
    I’ll feel cheated we don’t get to see Chihaya, Arata and Shinobu play, and have it properly treated.

    I’m also a bit worried about how it will be fit into the remaining episodes…

    • gan says:

      You can always read the manga, from where the anime left off. I just saw some chapter 89~ 90 ish (just a glance,didn’t wanna be spoiled) and from that, I can say that the anime will pretty soon catch up to those chapters. So we either have an anime-original ending or, just like season 1, have an open ended finish, for room for season 3 if this season does well (and to let the manga collect more material)

      • Machi says:

        Well for continuity of the series… I would say it is wise to end after this tournament since that would be the only possible respite I can see is the slight cool down after Omi Jingu, otherwise with latest chapters if they go into the 100’s up its all individual matches since its a big tournament (guess this season will focus more on the team match time). I think chances are the series will be avoiding an anime original ending given the track record of how they’ve handled things so far.

  2. Random says:

    Make it seven, 41 was a kick in the stomach: recap episode. I don’t what you guys think, but for me they ruined the beautiful build up work they had done with that. I feel as if the producers slapped me in the face. I’m very disappointed :/

    • Gelatinne says:

      Same here ><""". I'm just so disappointed they put a recap just after building so much tension -____-… One more week to wait before seeing the actual episode TT… It sucks…

    • kero says:

      I was hoping for a proper episode, but I did enjoy the extra sketches, and when compared to Space Brothers 3 consecutive recap episodes, it’s livable.

      But yeah, now they have to squeeze it all into 7, how are they going to get to the individual tournaments and show everything, it really would be lame if we’ve had arata hanging around in the background and not to even see him play an individual game.

  3. awy says:

    as the queen said, team tourney is for losers

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  • Asuka111
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 07:37 AM)
    @Lacrid Surprising, yes, but it seems they’ve brushed over that so far. The story has gone back to normal romcom/slice of life.
  • LacridSayo
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 07:11 AM)
    Wow, Horimiya managed to surprise me twice. They teach me that in the face of adversity, conformity is the way. Also, Miyamura and Hori f&@ks.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 04:09 AM)
    The whole world structure and the framework of spirituality, eyes of death perception, counterforce and whatnots are kept intentionally vague so he can have some wiggle room to bullshit and handwave plot elements as they go on. KnK was a pretty good OVA series tho and Ufotable had a big party to play in that.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:56 AM)
    Here’s some classic Nasu at work.
    http://lparchive.org/Fatestay-night/Update%2003/30-P02-034.jpg
    A f*cking security system? No, it’s a person creating a small alternate world around them from their mind. Plain and f*cking simple.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:45 AM)
    I’ve heard people criticize Nasu as “writing terrible history fanfiction” and “Like my old bad fanfiction” “When the action scenes actually happen they suck”
  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:44 AM)
    @K-Off: didn’t we all.
  • Raggers
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:44 AM)
    @Aidan: I didn’t know what they were, but “withering eyes of death perception” doesn’t really leave a whole lot up to the imagination anyway…
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:42 AM)
    @Aidan Reminds me of my English papers where I bullshitted tons of explanations to fill up a ten page report.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:39 AM)
    And the eyes of death perception. Ho Boy. He talks about how it’s not cutting but severing and bonds and blah blah blah.
    Here’s the shorthand. You cut a tree with a knife you make a small cut, cut a tree with a knife while using the eyes of death perception and the tree withers and dies. There only took one sentence to explain something that Nasu uses 10 or so paragraphs for.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Sep 16. 2014 03:33 AM)
    Take the explanation for mana. All the man had to explain was more mana = More powerful servant. Yet he makes this comparison to ammo, guns and cannons that is just needlessly confusing.

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