Chihayafuru

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4.7
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  • 3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    Quality is what Chihayafuru is all about.
    I have to admit that when I started to watch this show, I was not expecting it to be this good. Chihayafuru was, maybe (at least for me), the most constantly good show from Oct '11 to March '12 (tied with Mirai Nikki). Chihayafuru does an outstanding job of teaching the viewers the game of "karuta", and, more amazingly, it makes it really entertaining. The show gives an excellent written story of ...
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  • Passionate and Vibrant
    Do you have the passion to improve yourself? Regardless of the obstacles?

    As a storyteller myself, I have high respect for Chihayafuru. The subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle, as in the case of the flying desk!) character development is masterful. I DO have a bit of a gripe with how it ended. Those who are not afraid of spoilers can read it below.

    First of all, you do not have to know ...
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    Chihayafuru: A Fun, Engaging and Unique Story in a Genre that has Grown Rife with Cliches.
    Chihayafuru is a stellar and emotionally engaging anime based on the popular Japanese game Karuta. The characters are warm, unique and memorable which is only aided by the wonderful voice work and animation. The voice work of Chihaya and Taichi in particular shine for the cast and the beautiful animation, especially the cg scenes, add to the fluidity of the competitions in the show, while the ...
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  • 1 out of 1 people found this review helpful:
    A charming series that made me smile

    Chihayafuru is a short series telling the story of Chihaya and her friends.
    On the surface one would assume it's a Sports themed anime, but it's not so much about the Karuta, it's more about the connections between the characters and their devotion to what they do.
    It's wonderfully realized artistically and has excellent ...
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  • Poetic and Emotional
    In a beautiful mix of poetry and emotions, Chihayafuru brings a taste of old Japanese culture through the poetry of karuta cards, in a modern day setting.

    The card game is played competitively, and the friendships built through various experiences in middle - high school create an attachment to these lovable characters.

    I highly recommend this anime to anyone looking for a series that is ...
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  • High school days and lots of emotions!
    I started to watch because it looks cool, but when I actually watch 2 episodes, my heart was taken by this...
    I just can't stop watching Chihayafuru, and I may buy a comic from Japan because I can't wait for the second season!!! I highly recommend even if you don't know Japanese Karuta.
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  • 4 out of 4 people found this review helpful:
    Excellent series! I love Chihayafuru. :3
    I fell in love with this series in the first few episodes.
    This series is cheesy, girly, emotional, dramatic, all the good stuff that can make you cry. The music selection is not a huge one but they use them at the perfect times to pull on your hearts' strings.

    Later in the series, some of it can feel repetitive and the characters don't make much development (Especially episode 16 which you ...
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  • 3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
    Deep, Relaxing, and Addictive
    Chihayafuru is another one of those slow-paced, yet addictive, storylines that grow on you as you keep watching. The show starts out going back to the past, which shows the beginnings of the relationships between the three lead-characters. Then, after the first few episodes, it gets back to the present and takes off. Lots of little details in it makes the show a complete pleasure to view again, ...
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  • 2 out of 4 people found this review helpful:
    Japanese Poetry and competitive sports
    The ancestor of haiku was tanka. It consisted of 31 syllables arranged in 5 lines; 5,7,5 syllables (the form of haiku), and 7and 7syllables. An example in English I wrote follows:
    A thousand petals
    Are caught by an errant breeze.
    A whirling dervish
    Of fuchsia envelopes me,
    Startled on my bicycle.
    As a fan of Anime and Japanese culture I'm very pleased with this series as it gives me in depth ...
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  • 7 out of 7 people found this review helpful:
    Something Different. New. Amazing.
    I have nothing but praise for Chihayafuru. Honestly.
    No really.
    At first I didn't even consider watching this anime because the art is different from regular animes such as Shugo Chara. I gave it a try because there were no animes that appealed to me but i really wanted to watch a new series. The first episode you're thinking: "Ok..the art is fine...I can get used to this..." and then ...
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