Posted by psgels 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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  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 27. 2015 02:36 AM)
    @Masky: lots of game designers aspire for realism. Now this can be done for cosmetic purposes like face textures and lighting, practical with physic engines and movement, or contextual like believable character reactions and dialogue. Now some games thrive in being ridiculous and fantastic, but some want to create a realistic setting to further the emotional impact. Nothing wrong with that.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 27. 2015 02:32 AM)
    @ratsgnoF: and happy Thanksgiving to you as well.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:43 PM)
    Anyway seriously though, I’d say it does actually make sense in context xD Since none of monsters are actually that threatening.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:42 PM)
    .-. I have no words, mainly because whenever anyone uses word “Realism” in context of video game, I want to say rude words xD
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:40 PM)
    I think he gave it a passing glance and felt it wasn’t his thing, I remember he also felt that he thought the idea of sparing the monsters wasn’t believable or realistic given that he felt if you were realistically placed in that situation yourself, the real thing to do would be to fight back out of fear.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:37 PM)
    Did he actually play the game though? I mean, did he actually discover it himself or did he just heard the spoilers?
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:35 PM)
    I had a talk with a friend about undertale and he wasn’t a fan, he prefers other types of rpgs, the choice element also made him uncomfortable and that he felt the game was too punishing.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:34 PM)
    @Kaiser: Puzzle elements, outside of sparing everyone, seem to be mainly just parodying video game puzzles. Like, only place where you actually have to solve actual puzzles is in Hotland, before that pretty much every puzzle is automatically solved, really easy or has some silly twist to it. Like the puzzle you can skip by pressing a switch in tree trunk. Can’t say I’m too fond of puzzles either, but I liked how game was making fun of them
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:32 PM)
    Speaking of awful sense of humor and things that dorks like, just wanted to say that turns out I was right about Jitsu wa watashi wa in that main couple does get together before chapter 100(forgot what exactly, some where in 80-90 range I think). But they are such huge dorks that they do everything ridiculously slowly because they are that embarrassed, so they have had like just one date(in chapter 100). Not that I expect anyone to remember what the heck I’m talking about xD
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:32 PM)
    The battle system grew on me a bit, but I didn’t like the puzzle elements it offered, the actual gameplay looked kind of dull also. Some of the characters were likeable enough, Papyrus, Asogore, the flower guy being my favourite though the plot didn’t really get interesting until the end.

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