Chihaya meets a boy named Arata, a talented karuta player. He thinks that she has a potential to become a great player. Then, Chihaya takes on a new dream of becoming Japan's best karuta player.




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Series cast summary:
Asami Seto Asami Seto ...  Chihaya Ayase 50 episodes, 2011-2013
Mamoru Miyano ...  Taichi Mashima 47 episodes, 2011-2013
Tôru Nara Tôru Nara ...  Yusei Nishida 43 episodes, 2011-2013
Ai Kayano Ai Kayano ...  Kanade Oe 43 episodes, 2011-2013
Tsubasa Yonaga Tsubasa Yonaga ...  Tsutomu Komano 40 episodes, 2011-2013
Bryson Baugus Bryson Baugus ...  Tsutomu Komano 40 episodes, 2011-2013
Chika Anzai Chika Anzai ...  Female Student / ... 33 episodes, 2011-2013
Toshiko Fujita ...  Taeko Miyauchi 29 episodes, 2011-2013
Yoshimasa Hosoya ...  Arata Wataya / ... 28 episodes, 2011-2013
Yuya Murakami Yuya Murakami ...  Mr. Kuriyama / ... 28 episodes, 2011-2013
Megumi Han Megumi Han ...  Sumire Hanano / ... 26 episodes, 2011-2013
Kensuke Satou Kensuke Satou ...  Mr. Kitano / ... 23 episodes, 2011-2013
Miyu Irino ...  Akihiro Tsukuba 21 episodes, 2013
Unshô Ishizuka ...  Dr. Harada 21 episodes, 2011-2013
Takashi Ohara Takashi Ohara ...  Akito Sudo 21 episodes, 2011-2013


Chihaya Ayase is a girl who has spent most of her life simply supporting her sister in her model career. That changes when she meets a boy named Arata Wataya, a talented karuta player. He thinks that Chihaya has a potential to become a great player. As Chihaya takes on a new dream of becoming Japan's best karuta player, she is soon separated from her karuta playing friends as they grow up. Now in high school, Chihaya still continues to play karuta in the hope that she will one day meet her friends again. Written by Devesh

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Release Date:

5 October 2011 (Japan) See more »

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Яркая Чихая See more »

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Dolby Digital


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2.35 : 1
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An engrossing series
7 April 2012 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

Who would have thought that one of the most engrossing recent anime titles would have been a josei (for women) series about high school students playing an obscure Japanese card game that would be a challenge to play even if you spoke fluent Japanese? I certainly didn't; I initially watched the opening episode out of curiosity but was soon engrossed. The opening episodes are shown in flashback and show us how protagonist Chihaya Ayase gets interested in the game of Competitive Karuta*; we then see her struggling to recruit enough members to form a club when she starts high school. As the series progresses the members improve at the game and learn their strengths and weaknesses as they practise and take part in various tournaments. The series ended after twenty five episodes however it was open ended with several plot threads still open; I for one would love to hear that there will be more episodes one day although at the moment I have no reason to think there will be.

This was a surprisingly engrossing series and each week I looked forward to the next episode becoming available. The series is animated in such a way that the games are exciting to watch and it doesn't matter if the viewer has no knowledge of the game as it the characters' passion for it that is so engrossing. Each member of the team is distinctive both in looks and character with each playing for different reasons. The character designs and animation were both pleasant to look at and their voices sounded right although, not speaking Japanese, I had to rely on the subtitles to understand what they were saying.

* I haven't attempted to describe the rules of the game; if you want to know more look up 'Competitive Karuta' on Wikipedia.

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