Chihayafuru 2 Ep 1 & 2 – New Juniors

Since episodes 1 and 2 are linked, I decided to review them together, is what I would say. But honestly, it was more of me being lazy to write a post… Anyway, to sum it up, Chihayafuru is back, with 2 new characters!

1st season's OP too op, this cant beat haha

1st season’s OP too op, this cant beat haha. (Its by the same singer though)

My thoughts for Ep 1 was mainly that the anime with the good old artwork and intense game of Karuta has returned! However, gone are the wows and aahs when someone swipes the card away extremely quickly. And Chihaya has made up for it with the introduction of two new juniors.

This is not gonna be good...

This is not gonna be good…

First off, Hanano Sumire who has gotten lots of screen time in the first two eps. Personally, i felt that she was not needed and kinda annoying in the first ep. However, by the end of ep 2, I feel that she will come to develop a liking for Karuta, especially after she talked to Harada-sensei where that “I don’t understand” answer left her thinking (she was even thinking about Karuta in the something-C Donalds: just cut off the first letter wow…)  Being crazy about love, she can also really relate to the cards and come to love them, in the end, becoming better at Karuta.

Just in case you don't remember...

Just in case you don’t remember…

Also, Sumire can act as a catalyst for the relationship between Chihaya and Taichi with Chihaya being Chihaya who still does not know about Taichi’s feelings. Hence, Sumire with her one-sided love (that is hopeless), can push Taichi to be more open about his feelings, in turn improving on his relationship with Chihaya. With Arata still at Fukui (and that few seconds of him in ep 1) and out of the picture for now, Taichi really does stand a chance.

Never knew cutting nails could be so intense...

Never knew cutting nails could be so intense…

The other new member is Tsukuba Akihiro, coming from Hokkaido with Second-Verse Karuta. It is really interesting to know that there is even such thing (it was already good to know that Karuta existed). However, the playing styles are slightly different: Tsukuba used both hands and banged the floor for intimidation. He is a weird one, and sadistic too, reminding me of Sudou, the other sadist from season 1. The good thing is that he has the determination to become good, or even one of the best in Karuta. Thus, both the first years can really contribute to both the competitions and the development of the other characters.

That face is not gonna get you anywhere

That face is not gonna get you anywhere

Ok, enough about the new ones, how about the five that we are already familiar with? It was really nice and humorous to see Chihaya being greedy with the competitions and 100 new members. However, the best thing is that Chihaya is more aware of her surroundings. She is not like in season 1 where she was so obsessed with Karuta, and did not care about the other members’ feelings. Now, she understands them better, even making Taichi think for himself for once.

She would do anything for the love of Karuta!!!

She would do anything with her love for Karuta!!!

Okay, since i’m lazy, I shall leave the rest to pictures… With Before in Ep1 and After in Ep2… xP

Before: Full classroom

Before: Full classroom

After: the only guy from start to end

After: the only guy from start to end

Before: overly caught up with competitions

Before: overly caught up with the championship and that 5 is enough

After: plays a part in teaching juniors

After: plays a part in teaching juniors

The uber strict one before

The uber strict one before

But with some beautiful words: "I think crying in embarrassment is the sign of a beautiful soul"

But with some beautiful words: “I think crying in embarrassment is the sign of a beautiful soul”

And that’s all! Continue spreading the love for Karuta, Chihaya!!!

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