Karuta Competition Intensifies in Chihayafuru Season 3 Trailer

New key visual also unveiled for ongoing adaptation of Yuki Suetsugu's popular josei manga

A screen capture from the 3rd season of Chihayafuru, featuring Chihaya Ayase, Taichi Mashima, and Arata Wataya playing karuta as children.


A new trailer and a new key visual have been revealed for the third season of Chihayafuru, the ongoing adaptation based on Yuki Suetsugu's josei manga about a group of young people who throw themselves passionately into the world of competitive karuta, a traditional Japanese card game.



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 on Nippon TV as part of the "AnichU" programming block beginning in October of 2019.




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