Chihayafuru takes a turn for the moe
|I-I’m totally not posting this from school. I swear! Well, once again, it’s time for Chihayafuru! I REALLY hope that someone wins something this time, or else I’ll be really disappointed. Plus I think exams will be over so Chihaya will actually be allowed to do things.|
Exams are over and Chihaya and Desktomu are already practicing. However, there’s been an obvious change in Chihaya since she’s much calmer when she loses cards. We get a look at what’s going on in Chihaya’s head and it turns out that she’s trying to play like Arata. The team practices together, but Taichi notices that there’s been a big change since Chihaya saw Arata last. After the match, the team panics says that Taichi doesn’t have t try so hard and Kana explains to Chihaya that Taichi was reading out the cards from memorization. Perfectly. Without skipping or repeating any. Nishida tells him that Taichi’s problem is that he plays with his mind, but not his body. Oh and Chihaya successfully passed all of her exams.
On to the Eastern Qualifiers, Chihaya isn’t wearing a hakama this time since they don’t open windows or doors due to sounds being so important. Chihaya is pretty focused until Sudo comes along. He’s there since placing high in tournaments equals good scholarships. Suddenly, Chihaya starts thinking of completely unrelated things. The two end up making a bet that whoever loses first has to shave their head and Chihaya agrees without thinking. Nishida’s first opponent is Sudo while Chihaya is facing some grade school prodigy named Ririka.
Chihaya is blown away by Ririka’s moeness and the match starts by Ririka taking a bunch of cards. Ririka’s way of playing is strikingly similar to how Chihaya used to. She’s fast, unafraid and has super hearing. However, Chihaya is playing more calmly now, so she actually is pretty even with Ririka. Chihaya even manages to strategize against her way of playing.
With Harada satisfied with Chihaya’s progress, he sends her a message saying that she can play with her speed now. With that, Chihaya pulls of a great win and also somewhat makes a friend of Ririka. There’s a great moment where people start saying that Ririka isn’t that good for a prodigy, but Chihaya yelling at them makes them shut up. Over at the Western Qualifiers, Arata won his match too and everyone in his society is pinning their hopes on him.
Eastern Qualifiers, GO!:
…Taichi can do that?! Me too, Chihaya, me too.
Let the battle of the Ossan begin!
Ah, what a great episode! It’s nice to see Chihaya back in action after so long…This match had a completely different feel from that match with the annoying Obaa-san (…I think her name was Sakura? Not that I care much) and it was so much more satisfying to watch. It was a nice touch that they had Chihaya play someone with her same skill set as well since it really showed how Chihaya has progressed since her last failure. …Though I think my favourite part of the episode (Sudo’s ドS aside xD) was the fact that Chihaya’s match with Ririka didn’t scar the girl for life. We could clearly see that the girl was getting frustrated, but there was something in Chihaya’s playing that didn’t shut her out completely. I mean, Chihaya wasn’t going easy on Ririka at all, but it still managed to be a fun match instead of an all out war.
Okay, back to Chihaya again. I CAN’T GET OVER HOW MUCH SHE’S IMPROVED! She’s definitely learned a thing or two from Harada’s order not to use her speed and that skill set combined WITH her speed, she’s now a force to be reckoned with. …Or at least she is against people like her who rely on speed alone. Though from her thought process today, she could probably stand up against people who focus heavily on strategic methods as well. What else can I say? I’m impressed with her progress. Harada isn’t that main of a character, but he should get more credit for his teaching skills. His words of advice were just what Chihaya needed to progress.
So I assume that Nishida lost against Sudo…? I wish we could have seen that, but I have a feeling that Taichi’s match with him was the last game of Nishida’s that they’re going to bother showing. In other news, YAY! Sudo is back! I wasn’t paying attention to if the matches in this tournament are divided by gender or not, but if they aren’t, I’d like to see the two play a match again. Without Sudo underestimating Chihaya and getting distracted by his personal problems, I wonder how the two would match up. Speaking of people we haven’t seen in a while, I also wonder how Shinobu is doing in all of this so far. Normally she’d be in the center of things.
Preview: Go Chihaya! GO!!!