Posted on 10 June 2013 with categories: Chihayafuru

Oh man, these two episodes. They both were amazing in their own ways. These were possibly the two most important matches in the second season when it comes to character development. First of all the creators still wanted Chihaya to play Shinobu, but also: Nishida versus Arata. And the thing is that both matches had incredibly obvious outcomes. You see? Tension isn’t just making the results as close as possible!

When Arata first was matched up against Nishida, I didn’t think much behind it. But holy crap, that match was intense. I mean, this match really went back to the beginning of this show, where Nishida and Arata still had this rivalry. And it was so tragic: Nishida has actually more experience: his period of not playing was actually pretty short. And yet, Arata just blew him away. I love how Nishida’s frustrations didn’t just go away with winning the team finals. His struggles, they were awesome!

But seriously. The energy and the tension in the match between Chihaya and Shinobu was even better! The way in which Chihaya set the tone of the match right at the start. That was done amazingly! The match was not meant to give Chihaya a chance: there was no way she would win with that hand of her. It was meant for character development: Shinobu’s loneliness really got fleshed out some more here: she finally got to the age where she can just play people her age, and she finally met someone who didn’t mind it if she went all out. That showed so much promise for that third season. If it’ll ever come… yeah.
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

6 Responses

  1. JaK says:

    They are currently somewhere around volume 17-18 of the manga out of 20 currently out volumes so if their ever is a 3rd season wont be anytime soon :\ or maybe a 12 episode one

    • hal says:

      Maybe we’ll get a 3rd season next year in spring or summer? Or maybe fall? It would be possible, considering every season of chihayafuru covered about 40-50 chapters of the manga. I’m assuming season 2 ends with chapter 91 or 92. Right now there are 113 chapters I think. So fall 2014 could be possible, or earlier, if they slow down the pacing.

      Anyway, Chihayafuru was amazing as always. Really, I can’t put my love for this series into words. I just hope they don’t ever stop making an anime out of it. Ahhh, I wish I could buy it. But there probably won’t ever be an european release. I think the french started releasing the manga, but… I can’t read french…at all. Even though I learned it in school. I forgot everything about it.

  2. Vincent says:

    “And it was so tragic: Nishida has actually more experience: his period of not playing was actually pretty short.”

    Nishida actually quit for a good three years. He quit after getting destroyed by Arata in elementary school and started playing again during his first year of high school. The duration of Arata and Nishida’s quitting is roughly the same.

  3. Starss says:

    So glad this end of this season has finally included Arata, he was sorely in need of some airtime.

    It’s too bad we don’t know any rivals other than Retro for Taichi in B class, his rival for this season has pretty much been himself. Just for some extra icing on the cake for the end of the season.

  4. kero says:

    I want a 3rd Season!

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  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 05:32 AM)
    And although everyone said already, the launch scene is gorgeous.
  • K-Off
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 05:30 AM)
    @Friend Man, you are something else. The chapter reeled me into the story. I didnt see any faults with it, except for one typo. The scenes are well composited, and like nyan said, the only “faults” are nitpicky things :)
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:21 AM)
    Yeah, I think this falls more into the category of typesetting than anything else and there’s plenty of different ways that can go depending on preference. If the readers don’t have an issue, then it’s fine.
  • Friend
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:11 AM)
    A problem ve faced with american comics is that they usually dont contrast the speech bubble with the surroundings too well. That might be a factor, as large bubbles mean more visibility of the text itself.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:05 AM)
    ah well, I don’t really mean the amount of content, but a negative space thing. it’s easier on the eyes when there’s a bit of space around the bubble for me.
  • Friend
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:03 AM)
    Sure, I was tempted to pack in my bubbles, moreso with my weekly form of several pages. But I figured I should take time to develop each moment.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 04:01 AM)
    It’s a matter of compressed vs decompressed storytelling. Just a result of how the two evolved, I suppose. It makes more sense when you consider the multiversal approach to mainstream American comics in relation to the isolated worlds found in Japanese manga.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:54 AM)
    With that said I did not find this an issue in her comic.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:52 AM)
    @Bagel: Pack in, well thats always been an issue I’ve had with western comic books..that they feel packed in and crowded. Not that this stops me from enjoy western comic book storytelling.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Sunday, Apr 20. 2014 03:50 AM)
    Yeah, Emma might be a better reference, but I think comic books pack in their speech bubbles, so maybe it’s not an issue.

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