I don’t know how to tell you this Chihaya, but that’s a sign.
|I apologise for this extremely late post, but I’ve been feeling sick and unproductive for the past week. …It’s not just me either since Kyo isn’t here this post due to illness. Normally this would be where I band together with Kyo to blame someone for getting us sick, but it’s hard to do that when we’re on opposite ends of the planet. Ahaha… Anyways, on to Chihayafuru.|
So despite taking away 2 cards last episode, Shinobu keeps winning cards. However, instead of being depressed like last time, Chihaya keeps trying her best and wants to become stronger. …Chihaya ends up losing anyways, having only taken 5 cards in the entire match. However, not all is lost since Shinobu is now worried about Chihaya as a Karuta player and vows that next time they play, she won’t let Chihaya get any cards. Chihaya then compliments Shinobu’s t-shirt and you can practically envision a field of lilies blooming.
Taichi goes to check on Chihaya, only to find her crying and wondering what she can do to win next time. He realises that today was the first day for Chihaya that her dream felt real. However, he leaves without bothering her. The finals is Sudo against Shinobu, but Shinobu wins in a close game (well, closer than Chihaya’s. There was a 12 card difference).
Meanwhile, in B Class, Taichi has made it to the finals. Chihaya finally sits down to watch him with the team. Taichi has a revelation about how he’s grown from the guy who gave up on Karuta because he couldn’t beat Arata’s genius. However, he’s tired from a full day’s worth of card memorization and he loses the match. Taichi tries smiling through it, but the rest of the team doesn’t even try to hide their disappointment. In the end though, despite none of them winning, they’re all rather mature about it.
The team vows to train over the summer break and do things like running in the mornings to increase stamina. They all learned things that they lack during the tournament, so they decide to work on their weaknesses. To push the yuri subtext even further, Chihaya admits that she doesn’t dream of Arata (apparently because she wants to meet him in real life. Suuuuuuuuure.), but instead, of Shinobu. Meanwhile(?), it’s Arata’s episodic cameo and he’s joining the Fukui Karuta Society. Everyone pushes forward as Chihayafuru heads towards fall.
No episode is complete without the great Arata in the sky.
Screenshots that aren’t of people bowing:
Karuta: It turns people into zombies.
You can tell that Shinobu’s good at what she does due to her aura. Experts have auras.
FEAR THE SNOWMAN.
Well I wasn’t sure which direction this would take, but Chihaya lost. I’m glad that Shinobu seems to recognise Chihaya as a worthy rival since the two make for good opposites. Yet at the same time, the two are so similar in some spots (like being unable to keep a poker face (though Shinobu seems slightly better at it)), it’s adorable. I’m sure that if there wasn’t Karuta in the way, the two would be friends. …Then again, without Karuta, they probably wouldn’t have met in the first place… Well anyways, I hope they become friends once the whole Queen thing is sorted out. I love the character interaction the two have with each other.
Moving on, I guess none of the team won. …That’s depressing. Though I guess they all have something to work towards now. Taichi was SO CLOSE, but even though he didn’t win, it’s nice to see that he’s still growing as a character even after all that character development that he had between shota and when he met Chihaya again. It’s like he’s a completely different person from where he was in the first episode. That’s impressive. I hope Chihaya notices him soon, or else Arata is going to catch up again since he’s FINALLY taking a step forward.
So the anime can pretty much go anywhere Karuta related from here. While I’m a bit saddened by the fact that none of the team won (and even more saddened by the fact that none of the team minus Chihaya and Taichi even had a match of them playing shown), it just shows that they have room to grow. Maybe there will even be some romance…? AHAHAHAHAHAHA who am I kidding. Chihaya is 110% focused on Karuta right now. Maybe Kana and Nishida will develop. I don’t even know.
Preview: They’ll probably train or something.
It’s been fun, red building of redness. Farewell for now.