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Ayase Chihaya is a carefree and lighthearted tomboy who's not especially passionate about anything. Her dream has always been for her older sister, an aspiring model, to become the number one beauty in Japan. Everything changes when she meets Wataya Arata, a transfer student from Fukui. He's a docile and quiet boy but has an astonishingly special skill. And that skill is in the game of karuta. Chihaya is shocked by Arata's passion and form as he swipes the cards faster than anyone else. But Arata himself is more entranced with Chihaya's immense potential in karuta. Their feelings come together radiantly in this story of youth! Their story now begins!
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Chihaya Ayase (綾瀬 千早 Ayase Chihaya?)
Voiced by: Asami Seto[1]
A determined schoolgirl who "possesses a remarkable hearing ability" and was inspired to play karuta in elementary school by Arata. She believes that by persevering in karuta, she will meet Arata again, and begins a karuta club at her high school with Mashima.[2] While she is beautiful, she is considered too weird, her classmates referring to her as a "waste of a beauty". Chihaya is extremely childish, and when she was younger, looked very much like a boy due to her short hair. She has a pronounced sense of right and wrong, which causes her to befriend Arata when the other kids made fun of him. Her dream was to become the "Queen" of karuta.
Taichi Mashima (真島 太一 Mashima Taichi?)
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano,[1] Ayahi Takagaki (young)[3]
A good-looking, all-rounded sportsman[4] and Chihaya's childhood friend.[2] His mother is very strict with him, telling him he should stick to activities he can win at.[5] Because he is a sore loser, he becomes Chihaya's rival in karuta.[4] He seems to have feelings for Chihaya although he has a girlfriend, and is jealous of her feelings for Arata. A talented student and athlete, he claims to have outgrown karuta, but then, after watching Chihaya excelling and obviously having fun, he decides to help her form a karuta club. He has good analytical skills and a good memory when playing karuta.
Arata Wataya (綿谷 新 Wataya Arata?)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya,[1] Yuka Terasaki (young)[3]
A transfer student to Chihaya's elementary school, grandchild of a master karuta player, Arata inspires Chihaya to take up karuta.[4] He has difficulty fitting in at Chihaya's elementary school because of his Fukui dialect and passion for karuta, but Chihaya befriends him.[6] His dream is to become a karuta Meijin. After graduating elementary school, he returns to Fukui to care for his grandfather.[4] After returning to Fukui, he quits karuta[2] because his grandfather died while Arata was competing in a karuta tournament to rise to A-rank. However upon meeting with Chihaya during the nationals, he regains his resolve to play competitive karuta again.
Kanade Ōe (大江 奏 Ōe Kanade?)
Voiced by: Ai Kayano[1]
A girl with a taste for the classics,[4] Kanade is a quiet girl who works in a kimono store and loves all kinds of traditional clothing. She is quite knowledgeable about the true meanings behind the One Hundred Poems and joins the karuta club on the condition that they start wearing hakama.[7]
Yūsei Nishida (西田 優征 Nishida Yūsei?)
Voiced by: Tōru Nara[1]
A rather tubby boy who is reluctantly often called 'Porky' (肉まんくん Nikuman-kun?, lit. Steamed meat bun) by Chihaya. Once a top karuta player who had previously played against Chihaya, Arata and Taichi in an elementary school tournament, Yūsei quit karuta after suffering a defeat against Arata and took up tennis as a refuge. However, Chihaya manages to remind him how he used to play for fun and he ends up joining the karuta club.
Tsutomu Komano (駒野 勉 Komano Tsutomu?)
Voiced by: Tsubasa Yonaga[1]
An intelligent boy in Chihaya's class who is second only to Taichi in test scores. Often tied to his desk and anti-social, he feels that nothing is worth doing unless it makes you smarter. However, Chihaya and Taichi help to convince him that karuta involves a lot of strategy and he joins the club.
Sumire Hanano (花野 菫 Hanano Sumire?)
Voiced by: Megumi Han[8]
A girl who joins the Karuta Club at the start of Chihaya's second year. Having been dumped by her boyfriend on the first day of school, she becomes desperate to find a new boyfriend and immediately develops a crush on Taichi, which he does not return. Sumire initially joins the club in order to get close to Taichi, but after she inadvertently told that to the club members, she was convinced by Kanade to stay and devote herself to karuta. Although she is new to the game, she tends to show strong emotions when reading poems.
Akihiro Tsukuba (筑波 秋博 Tsukuba Akihiro?)
Voiced by: Miyu Irino[8]
A boy who joins the Karuta Club at the start of Chihaya's second year. He is originally from Hokkaido and is a master at playing second verse karuta using two hands. He joins the club to learn how to play first verse karuta.
Hidehiro Harada (原田 英弘 Harada Hidehiro?)
Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka[1]
Chairman of the Shiranami Karuta Society. He was the one who taught Taichi how to play karuta. Chihaya often plays matches with him to practice her karuta skills.
Taeko Miyauchi (宮内 妙子 Miyauchi Taeko?)
Voiced by: Toshiko Fujita[1]
Nicknamed "Empress", she is the advisor of the Karuta Club and also the homeroom teacher of Ayase and Tsutomu. Although initially unreceptive to Karuta, she gradually warms up when she witness how serious the club members are playing Karuta.
Shinobu Wakamiya (若宮 詩暢 Wakamiya Shinobu?)
Voiced by: Mihoko Nakamichi[1]
The current Queen of Karuta, she is also the youngest Queen in history.[4]
Yumi Yamamoto (山本 由美 Yamamoto Yumi?)
Voiced by: Yuko Kaida[1]
The former Queen of Karuta, she is 24 years old.[4]
Hisashi Suō (周防 久志 Suō Hisashi?)
Voiced by: Hiroki Tōchi[1]
The current Meijin of Karuta. He began karuta in college, and took three years to take the title of Meijin. His favourite food is sweets.[4]
Chitose Ayase (綾瀬 千歳 Ayase Chitose?)
Voiced by: Aya Endō[1]
Chihaya's big sister, who works as a model. Due to her popularity and good looks, she is often her parents' centre of attraction, thus neglecting Chihaya.
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Chihayafuru (ちはやふる?) is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Suetsugu, serialised in Be Love and published by Kodansha. It is about a school girl, Chihaya Ayase, who is inspired by a new classmate to take up Hyakunin Isshu karuta competitively. It has been adapted into an anime television series, which aired on Nippon Television and Crunchyroll from 5 October 2011 to 28 March 2012. A second season began airing on 12 January 2013.
The manga has won the Manga Taishō Award and the Kodansha Manga Award. Since its fourth volume was released in March 2009, it has regularly appeared on the Japanese Comic Ranking chart, and in August 2011 was estimated to have sold over 4.5 million copies. Its popularity has boosted the profile of competitive karuta in Japan.
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#taichi and chihaya..besr loveteam..!!
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Chihayafuru won the second Manga Taishō award,[41] and the 35th Kodansha Manga Award in the shōjo manga category.[42] When Chihayafuru won the Manga Taishō award, it was commented that the series combines elements of the sport genre and literary elements with a discerning eye on the subject matter.[43]
In the week of 10–16 March 2009, the fourth volume of Chihayafuru appeared at #24 on the Japanese Comic Ranking chart, selling 29,776 copies in that week.[44] In the week of 8–14 June 2009, the fifth volume appeared at #11 on the chart, selling 46,774 copies in that week.[45] The next week, it slipped to #21, selling an additional 40,344 copies in that week.[46] In the week of 7–13 September 2009, volume six of Chihayafuru appeared at #8 on the list, selling 61,089 copies.[47] The next week, it appeared at #23, selling 45,028 copies in that week.[48] In the week of 7–14 December 2009, the seventh volume ranked at number nine on the list, selling 70,790 copies.[49] The following week, it ranked at #15, selling an additional 55,266 copies.[50] The eight volume of Chihayafuru ranked at #5 on the bestseller's list, selling 92,555 copies in the week of 8–14 March 2010.[51] The following week, it slipped to seventh place, selling an additional 72,957 copies.[52] For the week of 7–13 June 2010, the ninth volume of Chihayafuru appeared at #6 on the chart, selling 99,296 copies in that week.[53] The following week, it slipped to ninth place, selling an additional 74,885 copies.[54] The tenth volume of Chihayafuru placed first on the list for the week of 13–19 September,[55] slipping to nineteenth place the next week.[56] For the week of 13–19 December, the eleventh volume debuted at #2,[57] slipping to #23 the next week.[58] The twelfth volume appeared at #9 for the week of 7–13 March 2011,[59] rising to #4 the following week.[60] The thirteenth volume debuted at #3 for the week of 13–19 June 2011,[61] slipping to #20 the following week.[62] The fourteenth volume debuted at #3 for the week of 12–18 September 2011,[63] slipping to #24 the following week.[64]
As of August 2011, it was reported that there were sales of over 4.5 million copies of the manga volumes.[2]
The popularity of Chihayafuru has boosted the popularity of competitive karuta.[9][65]
Among North American reviewers, Gia Manry, writing about the first episode of Chihayafuru, felt that despite the animators' efforts, karuta seemed boring, and criticised the overuse of CG sakura, describing it as a "mixed bag" of an anime.[66] Bamboo Dong says that Chihaya's passion and characterisation make karuta interesting.[67] Carlo Santos felt that the series was the "first genuinely good show of the season", citing its characterisation, unusual subject, and polish of the first episode.[68] Marcus Speer enjoyed the production values of the first episode, but felt that the theme songs were "standard fare". He was intrigued by how the characters' childhood impacted on their present interactions.[69] Martin Theron appreciated the focus on the characters rather than the game, feeling that while the teenage Chihaya seemed "gimmicky", her younger self was "quite likable".[70] Chris Beveridge praised the tension shown between Arata and Taichi in the second episode's karuta match.[71] Martin Theron felt the second episode's karuta tournament was tense and compelling, and that despite the plot unfolding in a predictable fashion, the execution made this forgivable.[70]
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PLOT":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.
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