Chihayafuru Season 1-3
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Sports, Shoujo, School
Rating: 4 stars
Season 1 (5 stars)
Chihaya lives in her older sister’s shadow and likes playing Karuta – inspired by the anthology of a hundred poets, she is reunited with her childhood friend, Taichi and doesn’t forget Arata, the boy who taught her the game she loves.
I’m sorry to all Taichi fans, but I stood on the Arata ship since the first episode (I saw the opening title like 6 years ago and predicted that she would end up with Arata). I did want to root for Taichi, but him having a crush on Chihaya and still having a gf threw me off, A LOT.
I love how all of them play differently and to their strengths, Oe, Tsutomu and Nishida join them. and I love that they were so passionate while playing. I seriously love the passion in this anime and it was infectious. I love that it’s really fast paced but also really emotional at the same time, and I don’t usually get emotional about anime or connect too much with them, but those few that I do connect with, I remember them forever.
I didn’t expect to like this anime as much as I did and honestly cried so much.
“A person who has never had a teacher can never become one.”
I loved that the ending brought an opening for the next season, which I definitely will watch!
Season 2 (3.5 stars)
It’s Chihaya’s sophomore year and they will recruit new members into their club, Hanano
What I hated in the first season was that Arata barely got any screen time because he is in a different school. I love that we see all the character’s character arcs.
I was definitely crying in this season as well, especially during the mum gifting a hakama and when the band played to cheer them.
I like that the love triangle is obvious but it also doesn’t take centre stage. I would definitely love to watch season 3 to see where it is going, hoping thatChihaya is going to be Queen and Arata the Master.
Season 3 (3.5 stars)
“Learn the pain of creating something. And once you have learnt it, resolve. yourself to show leniency to others.”
In this season, we see the characters progress and play better, we also see them start to question and decide on their futures.
In this season, I did feel that Chihaya made quite a lot of regretful choices and honestly I questioned then quite a bit. I didn’t like Taichi after season 1, but season 2 changed my mind a little but in season 3 I’m back to how I felt in season 1. We definitely see more progress in the romance this season, but I loved that it didn’t take center stage.
There is so much passion in this series that I found really endearing, the only other anime I saw this passion in was La corda d’oro and Kono oto tomare! This season was dramatic as hell, did I like it? Yes, did I think it could be improve? Also yes. I was frustrated at the romance but knew that the focus is Karuta.
I did get really emotionally invested in this anime. I starting full on SOBBING and crying when Chihaya broke down in front of the teacher. I love that we get to see Arata growing some more!!
Have you watched this anime before? Let me know some of your favourite anime in the comments down below!