New trailer traces Arata's road to karuta stardom
The countdown is on to the return of Chihayafuru, the anime that made fans everywhere unexpectedly fall in love with karuta. To prepare for the third season premiere, we've got a PV looking back on the journey of one of the show's major characters.
The two-minute video focuses on Arata Wataya, the grandson of an eternal master karuta player and the person who convinced protagonist Chihaya to pick up the game. Follow his journey back to karuta—and back to Chihaya:
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.
Chihayafuru returns after a six-year hiatus on October 22.
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