Chihayafuru

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  • TV-14
  • 2011
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.1  (1,497)

Chihayafuru is a Japanese anime television drama series that premiered on NTV on October 2011. The show was produced by Madhouse Studios and directed by Morio Asaka. The story is based on a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Suetsugu, which was serialized in Kodansha's Be Love magazines between 2007 and 2018.

The story of Chihayafuru follows a young girl named Chihaya Ayase, who is determined to form a Karuta club in her high school. Karuta is a traditional Japanese card game that has been played for centuries. It involves matching up a series of cards with verses from a collection of poetry called the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu.

Chihaya becomes interested in Karuta when she meets a boy named Arata Wataya during her elementary school years. Arata is a prodigy at the game, and Chihaya is immediately drawn to his passion for Karuta. Together with their friend Taichi Mashima, they form a Karuta club and train together to become the best in Japan.

As Chihaya grows older, she becomes more and more determined to become a master at Karuta. This goal is further fueled by her brother, who is a talented Karuta player himself, but chooses to pursue a career as a doctor instead. The pressure of her brother's success and her own desire to become a true master at the game puts Chihaya on a difficult and emotional journey.

Chihaya's determination is tested when she enters high school and realizes that Karuta is not as popular as she thought it would be. She struggles to convince others to join her club and recruit new members. She must also deal with the jealousy and rivalry from other Karuta players who are threatened by her skill and passion for the game.

Throughout the series, Chihaya, Arata, and Taichi face challenges both on and off the Karuta playing field. They must deal with internal struggles and external forces that threaten to break up their friendship and divide their community. Together, they realize that Karuta is more than just a game. It is a way of connecting with others and preserving a rich cultural heritage that has been passed down for generations.

Chihayafuru is a beautifully crafted show that combines stunning animation, engaging characters, and a rich historical and cultural backdrop. It is a coming-of-age story that explores the complexities of friendship, rivalry, and the pursuit of excellence. It is also a tribute to the beauty and power of the Japanese language, and the importance of preserving cultural traditions in a rapidly changing world.

Each episode of Chihayafuru is carefully crafted to bring the characters and the world they inhabit to life. The animation is breathtaking, capturing the beauty and grace of the Karuta game in a way that is both vivid and poetic. The soundtrack is equally impressive, featuring a mix of traditional Japanese music and contemporary pop songs that perfectly capture the emotion and energy of the series.

Overall, Chihayafuru is a must-watch show for anyone interested in Japanese culture, history, and language. It is a deeply moving story that will leave viewers both inspired and humbled by the power of human connection. Whether you are a fan of anime, sports, or coming-of-age dramas, Chihayafuru is a show that should not be missed.

Chihayafuru is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (117 episodes). The series first aired on October 4, 2011.

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Seasons
When winds send waves crashing
74. When winds send waves crashing
March 25, 2020
Taichi has told Chihaya about the feelings he had kept secret for so long. Now he's left the karuta club, and Chihaya's regret over failing to notice how he felt leaves her unable to play. But some new members have joined Mizusawa's karuta club, and among them is Tamaru Midori, a Class A player. She is a promising new member, but also a troublemaker.
Like a boatsman adrift
73. Like a boatsman adrift
March 17, 2020
The club hosts an unofficial tournament, the Taichi Cup, to celebrate Taichi's birthday! Chihaya planned the event in hopes of cheering up Taichi, and she managed to gather 36 participants. The tournament is held in the style of a Genpei match, with competitors facing off in teams of three. Taichi is reminded of when he, Chihaya, and Arata used to play together in elementary school. Certain things have changed since then, but certain feelings haven't...
Just as my beauty has faded
72. Just as my beauty has faded
March 11, 2020
Taichi has seemed down since he lost to Arata. In fact, a dark cloud is hanging over the entire karuta club because final exams are coming up. To break out of the gloom, Chihaya, Kanade, and Sumire decide to make Valentine's Day chocolates for the club as a surprise. Chihaya has no experience with making sweets, but she gives it her all in hopes of bringing a smile back to the hard-working Taichi's face.
To restore my faith
71. To restore my faith
March 3, 2020
Suo and Shinobu win the Master and Queen matches, both defending their titles. Afterward, Taichi declines to return to Tokyo, staying behind alone for the Takamatsu Memorial Cup... and ends up playing against Arata. Meanwhile, Chihaya is shocked by Taichi getting the jump on her a second time, and she begins to wonder why he always makes his decisions without saying anything to her.
May the scarlet kadsuras
70. May the scarlet kadsuras
February 26, 2020
Suo had been controlling the number of cards taken in the Master match, but with one win and two losses in the fourth round, Harada's momentum stops his plan in its tracks by coming down to luck of the draw. Harada shows his tenacity as someone who has loved karuta and worked to become the Master more than anyone else, but Suo still manages to keep his cool. The Master match finally nears its conclusion.
Bring a life of everlasting love
69. Bring a life of everlasting love
February 19, 2020
Harada leads Suo with two wins and one loss as the Master match enters its fourth round. Harada has studied everything about Suo, including the weakness that Chihaya told him about, and he dominates the match with his trademark offensive karuta. Suo remains calm despite Harada's strong momentum, recalling what his aunt, who raised him, said to him when he was a child. Her words are the reason Suo continues to play karuta.
The storm will soon carry me
68. The storm will soon carry me
February 11, 2020
Both the Master and Queen matches come down to luck of the draw in an intense first round, ending in wins for Shinobu and Harada. Shinobu is shaken after learning that her grandmother, a politician, sees her as no more than a walking advertisement, as well as the fact that Chihaya chose her class trip over a chance to play in the Queen match, and she begins to break down in the second round.
As my sleeves are wet with dew
67. As my sleeves are wet with dew
February 5, 2020
The Master and Queen matches have begun. Harada faces Suo fully prepared, thanks to the Shiranami Society's support. The Queen match is between the current Queen and a former Queen: Shinobu versus Inokuma. Master Suo, having declared that he'll retire after his fifth consecutive win, appears as relaxed as ever, and Shinobu enters in a heavy, long-sleeved kimono provided by her grandmother.
Takes me away in haste
66. Takes me away in haste
January 28, 2020
"You can't be Queen." Chihaya didn't lose heart even after being soundly defeated in her practice match with the Master, but she can't help feeling stunned by his comment. And Taichi, after seeing the Master's play style up close, begins to think about the style of karuta he wants to play. Christmas is also around the corner, and the Mizusawa Karuta Club has a plan in mind...
As helpless autumn leaves are caught against the flow
65. As helpless autumn leaves are caught against the flow
January 22, 2020
Chihaya is still lost in the clouds after Arata confessed his feelings to her, making her unable to concentrate on studying for her exams. Kanade and Sumire, who happened to overhear Arata's confession, are debating whether they should tell Taichi or not. In the midst of all this, Chihaya gets a phone call from Sudo, who says someone in his college karuta club wants to play a match with her.
The emotions experienced
64. The emotions experienced
January 15, 2020
Arata's playing becomes reminiscent of Eternal Master Wataya Hajime's, allowing him to take control of the match's pace. Harada recalls the one match he played against Hajime when he was young and becomes painfully aware of how much his game sense has faded since then. But he sticks with the offensive play style that he teaches in the Shiranami Society, turning the match around in a way that leaves everyone in the hall holding their breath.
Yet it is I who withers and wilts
63. Yet it is I who withers and wilts
January 7, 2020
The veteran players Dr. Harada and Inokuma were the winners in the first round, but Dr. Harada chose to yield the second round to preserve his strength for the third. Arata starts to feel sucked into Dr. Harada's pace, but after receiving some advice from Chihaya, he remembers how his grandpa, the Eternal Master, used to play. Both of them enter the third round with one win and one loss as the battle to determine who will challenge the Master begins!
So the flower petals are scattered like the snow by the passing storm
62. So the flower petals are scattered like the snow by the passing storm
December 24, 2019
It's the day of the Master and Queen challenger finals. Dr. Harada and Arata are competing for the chance to challenge the master, while Inokuma and Megumu battle it out to challenge the Queen. Harada confides in Arata that he once played against his grandfather, Eternal Master Wataya Hajime, and expresses his joy at being able to play karuta with Arata. A passionate battle spanning multiple generations begins at last!
Leaving a hovering mist above the trees and grass
61. Leaving a hovering mist above the trees and grass
December 17, 2019
Arata wonders why he feels so relieved to learn that Taichi lost his match, even as dark memories of a similar feeling at the Yoshino Tournament come back to him, leaving him unable to concentrate fully on his match in the finals. His opponent, Murao, realizes that Arata isn't himself and sees an opportunity, but then...
Scarlet kadsuras
60. Scarlet kadsuras
December 10, 2019
Arata wonders why he feels so relieved to learn that Taichi lost his match, even as dark memories of a similar feeling at the Yoshino Tournament come back to him, leaving him unable to concentrate fully on his match in the finals. His opponent, Murao, realizes that Arata isn't himself and sees an opportunity, but then...
I recall how my own efforts were in vain
59. I recall how my own efforts were in vain
December 4, 2019
Arata plays his match even as Master Suo's words weigh on his mind, and Taichi battles a powerful opponent while ruminating over Dr. Harada's teachings. Meanwhile, Chihaya is so busy thinking about Taichi and Arata's matches that she's forgotten why she came on her class trip. Even looking at Hundred Poets exhibits doesn't bring her back to reality. So her classmate Michiru takes matters into her own hands...
As friends and strangers
58. As friends and strangers
November 26, 2019
Chihaya chooses to go on her class trip in hopes to come closer to fulfilling her dream of being a teacher, but she spends the entire time lost in space, wondering how Taichi is doing at the Master tournament qualifiers. Harada and Inokuma are also participating in the East Japan qualifiers, but as Taichi tries to quietly psych himself up, someone unexpected shows up to get in his way. Meanwhile, at the West Japan qualifiers, Master Suo makes a surprising comment to Arata.
The storm blasts
57. The storm blasts
November 20, 2019
Taichi has nothing but Chihaya on his mind as he constantly updates his strategy during their match. Chihaya has a bit of trouble since Taichi isn't playing like he usually does, but this just might be the best match they've ever played against each other. As the final round nears its end, Chihaya's desire to be the Queen battles against her dreams for the future as she's forced to choose between the Queen tournament qualifiers and her class trip.
Tatsuta River Ablaze
56. Tatsuta River Ablaze
November 13, 2019
The audience at the Yoshino Tournament is taken for a wild ride with so many unexpected twists: Arata, the focus of high expectations, has been defeated, and Taichi, who only just reached Class A, advances to the finals. And now it's time at last for the final round between Chihaya and Taichi, teammates who have been practicing together since they were in elementary school. The odds are in Chihaya's favor, but Taichi isn't playing his usual karuta since he declared that he would defeat her in an official match.
Mount Amanokagu
55. Mount Amanokagu
November 6, 2019
Inokuma, who won the Queen title four times in a row; Sudo, who can throw an opponent off with his words alone; Murao, the fourth seat in the Nagumo Society; and Arata, who ended the Queen's undefeated record. The Shiranami Society members are faced with four powerful opponents, but Harada's insistence brings the other three back to the mindset of playing offensive karuta. How these four matches will end is anyone's guess!
Nobody wishes to see
54. Nobody wishes to see
November 5, 2019
Chihaya, Taichi, Tsuboguchi, and Dr. Harada, all members of the Shiranami Society, have made it to the top 8. They approach the next round with the mindset of playing in a team match, but Chihaya is matched against Inokuma Haruka, the former Queen who won the title four times in a row. Inokuma's unique play style is like nothing Chihaya has seen before, causing her to struggle in their match.
But from the crystal white snow of Yoshino
53. But from the crystal white snow of Yoshino
October 30, 2019
The Yoshino Tournament features adults and students alike in many impressive matches, and among the participants is Inokuma Haruka, the former Queen who's just returned from maternity leave. But although Chihaya has recovered from the surgery on her finger and regained the use of her dominant hand, she still isn't fully on top of her game. Meanwhile, Taichi has mixed feelings when he finds out that Arata is trying to start a karuta club.
The hazed early dawn light comes not from the moon
52. The hazed early dawn light comes not from the moon
October 29, 2019
Summer vacation is over, and the second school term has begun. Having learned that playing on a team expands the possibilities of karuta, Arata musters up his courage and tries to start a karuta club at his school. Meanwhile, Mizusawa High's karuta club has begun practicing in preparation for the Master/Queen qualifiers, but then they learn something that makes them doubt their chances of participating in the qualifiers at all...
May it be that I find
51. May it be that I find
October 23, 2019
Mizusawa High School's karuta club claimed victory in the team competition for the first time at the Nationals in July. However, before they could even take time to relax, Chihaya and Taichi agreed to take part in the Fujisaki High School karuta club's training camp. Awaiting them was Coach Sakurazawa's brutal training regime of stretching, jogging, and playing seven matches each day!
Poem 24: Blown by the harsh wind English Dub
24. Poem 24: Blown by the harsh wind English Dub
March 24, 2020
Everything changes over time and people grow as individuals; Chihaya and Taichi are at a crossroads. As for Arata? He
Poem 23: Crossing the Yura river On a boat without rudder English Dub
23. Poem 23: Crossing the Yura river On a boat without rudder English Dub
March 17, 2020
The club celebrates Taichi
Poem 22: Under this long, ceaseless rain English Dub
22. Poem 22: Under this long, ceaseless rain English Dub
March 10, 2020
Chihaya wants to be the queen of karuta, and she
Poem 21: Some people I love English Dub
21. Poem 21: Some people I love English Dub
March 3, 2020
The matches may be over, but Taichi has his eye set on the future. It
Poem 20: Be true to that name English Dub
20. Poem 20: Be true to that name English Dub
February 25, 2020
One thing is clear: a
Poem 19: Time enough for our love English Dub
19. Poem 19: Time enough for our love English Dub
February 18, 2020
A determined Dr. Harada vows to become the next Meijin since he cannot accept someone like Sou with the title. However, Sou has a reason for playing the
Poem 18: Hold me one last time English Dub
18. Poem 18: Hold me one last time English Dub
February 11, 2020
Haruka has the support of friends and family, as well as a reason to win. But Shinobu? She finds herself more isolated than ever, and that could cost her everything.
Poem 17: The sleeves of my robe, soaked Anew by the morning dew English Dub
17. Poem 17: The sleeves of my robe, soaked Anew by the morning dew English Dub
February 4, 2020
There
Poem 15.5: Wait, if you have heart English Dub
16. Poem 15.5: Wait, if you have heart English Dub
January 28, 2020
Sometimes, it
Poem 15: To restrain the flow Of the cold mountain river English Dub
15. Poem 15: To restrain the flow Of the cold mountain river English Dub
January 21, 2020
Finals are coming up, but Chihaya
Poem 14: Now that we have met English Dub
14. Poem 14: Now that we have met English Dub
January 14, 2020
Physical abilities decrease with age. This is an unfortunate fact
Poem 13: As they fall, I fall with them Frail, old, withered, I depart English Dub
13. Poem 13: As they fall, I fall with them Frail, old, withered, I depart English Dub
January 7, 2020
New determination fuels both Haruka and Megumu
Poem 12: Cherry petals dance A snowstorm in a garden And I dance with them English Dub
12. Poem 12: Cherry petals dance A snowstorm in a garden And I dance with them English Dub
December 24, 2019
Who will earn the right to challenge the reigning champions? Arata and Megumu may be young and talented, but Dr. Harata and Haruka have the experience that comes with age.
Poem 11: Early mists quietly rising In this autumn evenfall English Dub
11. Poem 11: Early mists quietly rising In this autumn evenfall English Dub
December 17, 2019
Dr. Harata
Poem 10: Be true to that name English Dub
10. Poem 10: Be true to that name English Dub
December 10, 2019
Significant mental and physical disadvantages plague Arata during his match. Can he win or has he fallen too far behind?
Poem 9: And I am that very wave In this unrequited love English Dub
9. Poem 9: And I am that very wave In this unrequited love English Dub
December 3, 2019
Michiru
Poem 8: This is where all meet English Dub
8. Poem 8: This is where all meet English Dub
November 26, 2019
Others take notice of Taichi
Poem 7: The storm rages on English Dub
7. Poem 7: The storm rages on English Dub
November 19, 2019
Which is more important to Chihaya
Poem 6: The finest brocade English Dub
6. Poem 6: The finest brocade English Dub
November 12, 2019
No doubts remain; The two finalists are skilled karuta players who both deserve to win. However, there can only be one champion.
Poem 5: Heavenly Mount Kagu English Dub
5. Poem 5: Heavenly Mount Kagu English Dub
November 5, 2019
The quarterfinals end after a series of hard-fought matches. The semifinals begin with a surprising development.
Poem 4: On the highest peaks English Dub
4. Poem 4: On the highest peaks English Dub
November 5, 2019
The quarterfinals are no joke as players endure a trial that pushes their skills to the limits. As for Chihaya? She faces someone who could
Poem 3: Moonglow Over Yoshino English Dub
3. Poem 3: Moonglow Over Yoshino English Dub
October 29, 2019
The competition includes Haruka, a former Queen who seeks to reclaim her throne. Meanwhile, Taichi becomes distracted after speaking
Poem 2: The dawn skies glimmer As if lit by the moonglow English Dub
2. Poem 2: The dawn skies glimmer As if lit by the moonglow English Dub
October 29, 2019
Although the Mizusawa karuta club improves by leaps and bounds, its members are about to get some bad news.
Poem 1: Summer eventide English Dub
1. Poem 1: Summer eventide English Dub
October 22, 2019
Chihaya and Taichi train alongside the Fujisaki karuta club over the summer break and discover the hard way that Coach Sakurazawa
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Where to Watch Chihayafuru
Chihayafuru is available for streaming on the NTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Chihayafuru on demand at Amazon Prime, Netflix and Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    October 4, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (1,497)