Chihayafuru S2-Ep 02

Who here is with me on HMS Taichi x Chihaya? This guy needs all the firepower he can get against HMS Arata x Chihaya. XD

Go HMS Taichi x Chihaya!! XD

Hey ho, it’s the Tofu-Yippy Chihayafuru co-review! We hope you’re enjoying this rather special review format, but if you have any ideas, comments or critiques you’d like to share, comment away! Your thoughts are invaluable as we strive to improve. Arrigato in advance! (^_^)

Yippy// Well, it’s another week and another episode of our favorite karuta show-Chihayafuru! After last week’s cliffhanger, what will Hanano (what was her first name again?) do? Will she shake some sense into luckless Mashima that Arata is unstoppable in karuta AND love? There’s only one way to find out, so go grab your karuta kit and let’s get started! @Yippy: (Sumire-chan)

Tofu// It was definitely the best choice to introduce Tsukuba as soon as possible to set up the mood within the team. Like with Sumire, Tsukuba has shaken up the overall chemistry within the team with his sly-like nature… and his greedy attitude. Oh that greedy attitude creeps you out but now with him around, I’m intrigued to see how the team will respond to him as a club member.


Yippy// Hm…for me, Tsukuba was THE star of this episode but I wonder if he would’ve stood out more in a standalone episode. Every member of Team Misuzawa High School has had an episode dedicated to their MANLY/GIRLY STRUGGLE before joining the club, including Sumire-chan herself. However, since Tsukuba seems into karuta already, I don’t see him getting a chance in the limelight just yet, but who knows? Maybe his sly attitude and conflicting skills in Second Verse karuta will clash with the other members.

Tofu// His Second Verse Karuta style is really unique and much more aggressive than First Verse Karuta players but I think Tsukuba’s character introduction was done quite well. Sumire requires more development due to how she looked down upon karuta when she was first introduced. Tsukuba on the other hand already likes karuta and so I believe that his standalone episode will come along either in the next episode or later on in the series. But speaking of character development, this episode was practically dedicated to Sumire again but instead of the usual antic’s, she has finally started to learn how to love karuta!


Yippy// We haven’t seen much of Tsukuba in action yet, so I think we should exercise caution, what with high expectations and all that. I’m interested in how first and second verse karuta differ though; anyone care to enlighten us on this? Moving on to Sumire, I can see that she is beginning to go deeper into karuta, but I doubt her motives behind it. She’s doing this for her own vision of “love”, not out of any passion towards karuta and its poems. 

But, on further thought, doesn’t the rest of the team (bar Kana) play karuta because of some goal other than the poems? Chihaya wants to be the best in the world, Mashima has his eye on impressing her and Arata wants to be a Master; no one is fawning over the poems themselves, but rather, the chance they offer. 

I’m definitely with Kana on her “love with rules” speech. Would emotions, poems, songs and lose their meaning without restraint? Yes, I definitely think so. Although I’m against restricting emotions too much, I’m also opposed to the full-blown “love” that Sumire preaches at first. Without restraint, what would be the point? What are your thoughts on this, Tofu?

Tofu// Sumire is a flower that’s still blossoming but I believe that with time, she will grow to love the poems as it reflects her life. It’s definitely hard to comment on since we have only seen her for two episodes.

As for the “love with rules”, I agree that restraints keep the emotions pure because it forces you to try just a little bit harder in whatever romantic development you’re going for. I guess what I’m trying to get at is restrictions makes the game of love more interesting and intriguing, which then gives birth to those pure emotions you so desperately want the other person to receive. But it also speaks of acceptance in one another and that’s what Kana learns to do right at the end when she asks Sumire for advice on mascara. It’s beautiful character development done superbly once again!

I wish I had shojo filters in real life...(T_T)

I wish I had shojo filters in real life…(T_T)

Yippy// Nice link with Kana and Sumire’s heart-to-heart talk there, Tofu. I don’t see the connection clearly yet, but I think I understand what you’re getting at-love can also mean friendship, right? Although the pretty scene with them both was short, it tugged at my heartstrings, especially when Kana said that crying embarrasedly was a beautiful thing to do. Sounds weird in writing, but that sounded so…right then and there. I’m really excited at how these two will play off each other when they start going into the tournaments. Lovey-dovey stuff is great and all, but I want to see some card-slapping DRAMA and Chihaya’s famous shonen-style power-ups! Well, that’s all from me. Any last words, Tofu?

Tofu// Overall, episode 2 was able to successfully continue Sumire’s character introduction while implementing a great deal of development within a short time. Most series can’t pull this off and although episode 2 did feel like a lot of crammed in, it’s easily ignorable with the seeds of friendship starting to grow between the new members and their senpai’s; especially Kana-chan and Sumire. But like Yippy, I would love to see Chihayafuru move into showing more karuta action!

Yippy// Likewise, Tofu, likewise. Well, that’s a wrap. Let’s hope we’ll see a decent match in next week’s Chihayafuru! Till then, keep practicing your swing!


Cutting fingernails has never been so dramatic…


(aka shots I took but don’t know how to fit into the post :p)



Who you gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!!!

Gotta love these abstract scenes, they really fit the situation.

"Gosh, this bloom filter's gonna ruin my makeup for sure..."

“Man, this bloom filter’s gonna ruin my makeup for sure…”

  1. blindability 5 years ago

    Ahhh! I'm so in your boat: I LOVE Eyeshield 21. My heart swells just to think about how great it is in every sense. I wanted to write about it at Bokutachi, but Boss said no since we don't normally focus on manga.

    I'm so sad that it's finished though, but I think it finished well.
    My recent post Durarara!! Chart

    • Tofu 2 years ago

      I'm already liking Sumire-chan when in the first episode, I hated her girly attitude. Chihayafuru continues to amaze us one way or another and yes! I found Harada sensei's answer to be quite hilarious but also touching :)

      There are a lot of things we do but we can't explain, we love it but we can't describe why. All we can do is keep doing what we've always been doing, having fun and enjoying the experience and bonds that comes with it ^^ Although it's probably more philosophical than what I've said, this is as much as I can analyse from what he said ><

    • Yippy 2 years ago

      You're welcome! =)

      Chihayafuru's characters are its heart and soul. From the lovable heroine Chihaya to even her most seasoned opponents, Madhouse managed to make them all likable.

      Nice catch on Kana and Porky being mentors.However, their clashes with Chihaya on ideals were more interesting to a conflict-lover like me. And I wouldn't call Dr Harada's explanation screwy. I think it fits the label "zen" better-incomprehensible yet full of meaning. Still, I found his "sneak attack" on Sumire to be very funny. XD

      YESH, we need moar brooding and bro-sis-mance within the team! And judging from the OP, there'll be no shortage of challengers!

  2. ronbb 2 years ago

    Wow, Tofu, that's deep, and thanks for helping me go deeper into what Harada-sensei said…I agree with you. It's like our love in anime. I can't explain to my friends why I love and have been spending so much into anime — even when I was physically exhausted — but I keep on watching it, thinking about it, and having fun spending time in it. Have to thank you guys for your time investing here and sharing your thoughts…it's like knowing someone on the other side of the universe who not only understands the beauty but also knows a lot of what I am interested in. Thanks.

    • Tofu 2 years ago

      lols nawh why thank you ronbb :) It's always a pleasure for us writers to converse with our readers ^^ So I should be thanking you for inputting your own thoughts :D

  3. ronbb 2 years ago

    Thanks Yippy…love the "zen" analogy…very interesting. Agreed — the characters in Chihayafuru, no matter how small they are, are all very interesting, if not lovable. I guess when a show can achieve that, it's more than half way to a big win. Yes, Harada-sensei's "sneak attack" on Sumire-chan was way too funny…

    I actually liked the way how the show shared glimpses of the different personal goals of the club members — this is so real and I bet it happens to many of us all the time. I liked that they brought out the differences so early on — it gives lots of possibilities in telling the future story and allows us to notice the growth of Chihaya from self-absorbed person to a more self-aware leader. Very smart.

    • Yippy 2 years ago

      Usually, when we have a team in anime, everyone just "clicks" and falls into consensus without much debate. I'm glad that Chihayafuru's bucking the trend a little while keeping the "overcome all hurdles" trope (hey, it is a sports anime, after all >=D).

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