Maaya Sakamoto Plays a Card-Claiming Mama in Chihayafuru Season 3

Additional broadcast details revealed for ongoing adaptation based on karuta manga by Yuki Suetsugu

Chihaya Ayase squares off against veteran player Haruka Inokuma in Chihayafuru Season 3.


A new cast member and additional broadcast details have been revealed for Chihayafuru Season 3, the ongoing adaptation of the josei manga by Yuki Suetsugu about a young woman who immerses herself in the world of competitive karuta, a traditional Japanese card game where players compete to claim cards corresponding to excerpts of recited poetry.


Haruka Inokuma, veteran karuta player known for her large, bright, observant eyes, appears in Chihayafuru Season 3.


In Chihayafuru Season 3, voice actress Maaya Sakamoto plays Haruka Inokuma, a veteran karuta player who has previously held the position of "queen" four times. Haruka is returning to competition from maternity leave after giving birth to her second child. She is known for her large, bright, and observant eyes.



The original Chihayafuru manga is serialized in Kodansha's Be Love josei manga magazine. An English language version of the manga is available from Kodansha Comics, and Crunchyroll currently streams the first two seasons of the Chihayafuru TV anime. Crunchyroll describes the story of Chihayafuru as follows:


Chihaya Ayase has spent most of her life supporting her sister’s model career. When she meets a boy named Arata Wataya, he thinks Chihaya has potential to become a great karuta player. As Chihaya dreams of becoming Japan's best karuta player, she is soon separated from her karuta playing friends. Now in high school, Chihaya still plays karuta in the hope that she will one day meet her friends again.


A new key visual for the third season of Chihayafuru, featuring the three main characters playing karuta amid a field of cherry blossoms while their rivals look on.


Chihayafuru Season 3 is directed by Morio Asaka and features animation production by Madhouse. The series will broadcast for 2 cours on Nippon TV and other stations as part of the "AnichU" programming block each Wednesday beginning on October 22, 2019.




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