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Posted 11/5/11
Do you think it should be Taichi or Arata. Maybe someone we don't even know of? Do you think Chihaya is not going to end up being romantically interested in either of them?

I'm all for Taichi by the way, he's an interesting character in that he isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination. He's already acted as a bully, coward, petty and he's going out with someone else already (soon to be dumped I'm sure). But he still manages to come off as fairly caring and emotionally intelligent.

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Posted 11/22/11
I must admit, that Taichi is really cute;but Arata is more interesting. We have not learned enough about him, but according to episode 5 chihaya had a thing for Arata ever since she decided to imitate his passion for Karuta. So they might end up together.
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Posted 11/29/11
I wonder whether her fascination with him is romantic or just a kind of admiration. Its not clear enough yet to make a decision.
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Posted 12/11/11 , edited 12/11/11
AhhhHA! Yup, you said it darkerthanlight.
Does Chihaya's fascination with Arata involve romantic feelings towards him, or is it purely admiration?
This is the question.

I do believe, in Chihaya's current state of mind that she has absolutely zero intention of wanting to be together with Arata although, could admiration quickly evolve into adoration, sure it could.
Even though this series does not have a prevalent "Romance" recurring theme, I have a feeling we will see who Chihaya wants to be with, in the end.

Personally, as much as i'd like to see Taichi claim victor over Chihaya's heart (I love his character), I do foresee the writer(s) going with Arata. It makes sense that the childhood friend, Arata whom got bullied and was an outcast before her was the root to finding what she loved most, Karuta. His mind-set constantly inspired her to become the player that she is now. Only, now... it'll likely be Chihaya herself, to save Arata from his self loathing, self pity gloom. In such a term of events, the two would likely fall for each other.

Of course, this is pure speculation and I'll always be rooting for Taichi. xD
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Posted 12/12/11
At this point in the series, it's really hard to tell who she'll end up with. But I do believe this series hints at romance, but that's just me XD

Each guy however, has their own charms that make it hard for me to personally choose who I hope she ends up with.

Taichi: He's known her the longest, and his heart has clearly belonged to her for a long time. From childhood, till now. As of currently he has a girlfriend, but I think that was more based upon him trying to move on, but finding it impossible when he found Chihaya again. Hence why he's drawn back to Chihaya's world of kurata. Already he's shown the all too obvious signs of how he feels, however childish the attempt sometimes seems. I love how they look together, and adore how he shows his sweet side. However, I am still unsure he's "perfect" for her.

Arata: He too I think developed feelings for Chihaya back in the day, though he himself wasn't sure what those feelings were. Some could say it was just a strong bond of friendship, but I think his admiration of her spirit made it just a tad too attached. Then he leaves. Not knowing much of his current character kind of sucks, but I think he told Chihaya to "leave him alone" or whatever, because he didn't want her to see how he's become. Since her love for kurata is so pure, and he has lost his. But the scene where they see each other again, how she races to him, and he looks at her so enchanted like...well >.> that's a hint for me. However, it is clear he is still under-developed character wise (who he currently is) so we'll see.

I hope Arata comes back to Tokyo ;3; that would make me happy.
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Posted 12/17/11
I think everyone's comments sum up most of what I'm feeling. I would be okay with Chihaya not ending up with anyone, and they all stay friends until they are old and still playing karuta, and teaching it to others. Chihaya doesn't strike me as someone that's very interested in romance, and it would feel insincere if she suddenly started being interested in Taichi that way... Arata, maybe, but still. I just fear that it would end up feeling forced if they pushed Chihaya together with someone at this point. For now I am just going to hope that whatever happens they keep up the quality they have going.

I like how there are those hints of romance, or really just teenage awkwardness that are between Chihaya and Taichi/Arata, not because I care if anyone gets together, but because it is realistic and evocative of that time of life and it deepens the relationships, without necessarily having to have anything "happen". The main thing is, I hope Arata, Taichi, and Chihaya stay friends. I say stay, though I know Arata is having issues at this point, but he will come back, he has to!
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Posted 12/27/11
I think this is definitely going to end up a romance show and right now I think both guys are awesome. I'm leaning a little bit more towards Arata myself but Taichi is pretty great too. Mostly I just cant wait to see what happens!
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Posted 1/10/12
i think she should end up with arata
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Posted 1/17/12
watch the amount of hating i get from this...
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Posted 1/19/12
I"m thinking she will not end up with any of the boys and just continue to be a better karuta player.
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Posted 1/22/12
I don't think that there is enough time in this anime series for Chihaya to really definitively end up with either of the boys; thus far in, she has not even realized her feelings, so it might be a bit contrived/unnatural feeling if she ends up with one of them by the end of the 25 or so episodes. If there is another season, then I think that she could end up with one of them, but that is just maybe.

Romance is not the main focus of the show, but I think that it adds an interesting element in the way that relationships can grow and change over the years. I really enjoy the chemistry between all three of them; they all really help each other grow as friends. Regardless, at the moment, I am favoring Taichi personally because he is very earnest in his care for Chihaya and really becomes a strong leader who follows his hopes without worrying about being 1st place and instead enjoying the "ride." He also helps Chihaya by being an organizing force that brings her back to reality and reminds her to respect others and to recognize her own talent when she needs to. Arata makes a great life long friend, but he just seems a bit distant. Now, of course, that is a part of his character, and I think that Chihaya makes him close that distance while Arata encourages her to be her own person, but I think that it comes off more platonic from both sides.

Nonetheless, most things with Arata are based off of the past, so it is really hard to compare him and Taichi in the present as young men. Taichi does have the locality to Chihaya advantage also, but Arata has more of her attention by being far away and what introduced her to her love of karuta. Even so, Chihaya is rather clueless, so I feel like some of her attachment to Arata really stems back to a past perception of him that is outdated now.

In conclusion to my essay here, I don't think it's happening anytime soon, but if I am wrong, I am fine as long as the romance is done right. I like Taichi a bit more than Arata as a love interest, but I also think that Arata has not been given enough screen time yet, so my mind could change. I do like how this series actually does make it not completely obvious who Chihaya will end up with, or even if she will end up with anyone. It makes that aspect of the series that much more interesting.
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Posted 1/29/12
i think arata and her should end up cause taichi hated arata before so get over it taichi
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Im going to say this... its not going to be a easy road for both of them. Both of them clearly have .... emotions for Chihaya. And if anyone remembers the episode when Taichi thinks back he said that she was both of theirs. I don't think that any one of them are going to admit their feelings at least not for a long while. If they do its going to be a close battle. But i do have to say i agree with Branded1 when they said that she won't end up with any of the other boys from the Karuta team.
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Posted 2/14/12
i know no one's perfect and Taichi's character portrayed that early on, but still i was mad when as kids Taichi was such a bully to poor Arata!! So though he's grown up, works hard at everything, and is handsome, I root for Arata.

i feel like there's just a special connection between Arata and Chihaya. Ever since childhood. That no matter how much time Taichi spends with Chihaya it won't matter when Arata and Chihaya meet? i dunno i could be wrong too..but Arata has always been kind, smart and he's handsome too, just in a more 'nerdy' way.
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