Chihayafuru Episode 9: Team Training Theatrics

Watching people train, specifically in anime, is a whole lot of fun to me. It’s one of the main reasons I absolutely fucking love shōnen serials, such as Hunter x Hunter and even Naruto. Working hard to accomplish something is just validating to watch. I think one of the reasons I love it so much…

Chihayafuru Episodes 4 & 5: What Is Life Without Passion?

Please note, these musings shall contain spoilers for Season 1. Read at your own discretion. In these two episodes, we follow Chihaya as she successfully becomes a Class A player of Karuta. She calls Arata to give him the news but is confronted with an icy demeanour. Determined to discover the reason behind Arata’s negative…

Chihayafuru: First Impressions – A Beautifully Impassioned Portrayal of Youth & Culture

Chihayafuru (ちはやふる) is a josei, slice-of-life, sports (karuta), romance anime adaptation of the original manga series written by Yuki Suetsugu. The series was produced by anime powerhouse Madhouse with directorial support via Morio Asaka. It is one of my all-time favourite anime in existence, superseded only by Initial D and possibly even Natsume’s Book of…