Posted by psgels on 29 May 2013 with categories: Chihayafuru

And so the team tournaments finally ends, and seriously I am so impressed with all of the build-up that prepared just for this episode. Every single result for Chihaya, Taichi and Nishida in the previous matches was used in the big finale. It’s just amazing, and definitely worked as a climax.

Also, the individual tournaments. I didn’t realize this, but holy crap there is a complete busload of named and developed characters present at the tournament now. So much variety! I mean that recap was bad and all, but after that I really liked the build-up for the individual tournaments. Take all teams that made it to the semi finals: that’s already more than twenty different characters participating, with all of the bench people, Arata and the Queen and some other random characters. And all of them are great!

So yeah, Chihaya is not going to get far. This really wil be about the Queen and Arata. With the third year, Arata will be getting back to Tokyo, and I predict that that will really bring everything together for this series. If it will ever get made!
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

12 Responses

  1. TheUltimateReaper says:

    I felt her injury was kinda cheap, but I’m definitely interested in going another round if need be. If it ever gets made.

    • kero says:

      Dunno about cheap, but yeah definitely a tactic to delay the final showdown for queen.

      But there’s enough going on all around though, and it may potentially be used for character development.

      I think the sports injury trope is used quite a lot for sports manga.

      • hiyabara says:

        The injury is a good way to focus on the other character since she wont be as strong
        Ive read the manga and the injury is a more relaxing part of the manga

      • TheUltimateReaper says:

        Nah I get it, I just, I suppose, oh I dunno, I guess I don’t like slowed down paces.

    • Hogart says:

      You know, I almost get the impression that her injury might be more serious than just as a convenient plot device for this tournament arc. I mean they just used the “injure the player so they can’t play” trick with Kanade, so I’m suspicious.

    • Anne says:

      The problem was that you associated the injury only with sports, but real life is the same thing. If you’re not careful and acts only on instinct you will get hurt in the same way.

      Chihaya is just like this. She plays instinctively, she has no tactics and her game perception is worse than a newbie. She NEEDS to get hurt to see that without her instincts, she is nothing. And many athletes go through this same problem.

      This injury will teach Chihaya that Karuta is not just about hearing and reflex. This will make her grow and she will starts to see the matches differently. So, in my opinion, it wasn’t cheap, it was necessary.

  2. Sapphire says:

    Arata in Tokyo will definitely bring the three main characters to a whole other level. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a third season.

  3. ronbb says:

    Sorry but I need some help…I forgot who Tatsumi is?

    So far episode 44 was the best of season 2 in my book — it brought back the biggest strength and the charm of season 1 and put the focus back to the main cast (finally). Episode 45 was also awesome in a way that we got a break from the long-running matches and dived into the three leads — which is again so long-awaited. I am not quite sure if Arata will move during his third year but instead apply for a college in Tokyo. As for the rest of the episodes, the potential match between Shinobu and Arata will definitely be exciting to watch — it’s like watching the talented vs. the talented. To top that, I think Taichi’s winning of the Class B match, if he will, will be another defining, if not the peak, moment of season 2 — I think it can be as exciting and emotionally dramatic as you can imagine. With that, two of Chihaya’s goals set out in the first episode of season 2 will be achieved, and that will give a nice wrap of the season.

  4. Starss says:

    So surprised by how much of the team tournament cast is actually in A class. Didn’t only about half of them get serious about karuta a year ago?! And before that they had barely even touched a proper competitive karuta game? Really, Taichi you have no luck… Or the Eastern Japan competitions aren’t as tough as the Western ones!

  5. Troyen says:

    I really like the storyline and the characters, but the 2-3 minutes of recap every episode is just getting annoying.

  6. Christian says:

    “Chihaya is not going to get far. This really wil be about the Queen and Arata.”


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  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:51 PM)
    Hype kills anything. In regards to the kind of emotional manipulation Clannad and maybe Undertale uses, it’s like a drug. The more you are subjected to it, the less of an effect it has.
    Still there are examples of something which comes close to expectation. People say Muv Luv Alternative gives you PTSD and in a kinda does. Though it’s helped by the connection you build with the characters though the first two games.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 06:47 PM)
    @Kaiser,I haven’t updated the old entries of my MAL in quite a while. Pretty sure Code Geass is sitting at a 10 on it and I am sure if I give that a rewatch that rating is going to fall harshly.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:59 AM)
    I say this because people often like to hype up the genre or those elements. I bring this up/think about it now because I played a game called undertale lately on my brothers recommendation and he was all like it emotionally destroyed him but I never ended up crying, I mean don’t get me wrong its a good game, there were laughs to be had and there was sentiment but it wasn’t THAT sad/funny.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 08:44 AM)
    Given how many people cry at some drama, clannad included.
    That reminds me…
    I can’t actually remember the last time in my life where I cried, I draw a blank.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 07:58 AM)
    @Aidan: Something always feels off to me when you criticize clannad, I mean I’m critical enough of key these days too but it seems odd that you rank it as an 8 on MAL when you’ve always made it sound its more of a high 6 or a 7.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:45 AM)
    But I’m no fan of gung-ho soldier games/most fps games so I am glad clannad, a visual novel outsold call of duty.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:44 AM)
    I said it once I’ll say it again. I preferred the clannad movie over the tv series, had more style, a more mature feel to it and cut out all the superfluous arcs/comedy for the better. It also concludes better than the series. The emotional involvement in the kyoani version doesn’t work for me anymore, doesn’t hold up. However the film remains emotionally engaging after revisiting it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 03:19 AM)
    Holy hell Clannad is selling like hotcakes on Steam. Even beat Call of Duty in sales at one point.
    Kinda happy to see a VN get recognised and it would help open up the market for more titles to come over. But..well..Clannad really isn’t all that great.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Wednesday, Nov 25. 2015 02:29 AM)
    I can remember when I first got into anime when I was a whole lot younger I always said I would watch lodoss war, El Hazard and slayers, yet I never ended up doing so…
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Nov 24. 2015 05:34 AM)
    Ha, the child in me would love to see a film like that I’d imagine, when I was young I was pretty crazy about Egyptian supernatural stuff.

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