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“Card Grabbing Sport” Chihayafuru Season 3

Beginning in October of 2019, we will have a new season of Chihayafuru. The anime is focus on a girl name Chihaya playing the sport Karuta. The basic idea of Karuta game is to be able to quickly determine which card out of an array of cards is required and then to grab the card before it is grabbed by an opponent. It played in school as an educational exercise.

Watching the first two seasons I would call it a drama with some Comedy and romance then a sports anime. Somewhat how Shogi focus anime focus on the cast more then the game play itself. Letting you in on some key moments but not blogging the anime down with techy game play.

Chihaya Ayase, a strong-willed and tomboyish girl, grows up under the shadow of her older sister. With no dreams of her own, she is contented with her share in life till she meets Arata Wataya. The quiet transfer student in her elementary class introduces her to competitive karuta, a physically and mentally demanding card game inspired by the classic Japanese anthology of Hundred Poets. Captivated by Arata’s passion for the game and inspired by the possibility of becoming the best in Japan, Chihaya quickly falls in love with the world of karuta. Along with the prodigy Arata and her haughty but hard-working friend Taichi Mashima, she joins the local Shiranami Society. The trio spends their idyllic childhood days playing together, until circumstances split them up.

Now in high school, Chihaya has grown into a karuta freak. She aims to establish the Municipal Mizusawa High Competitive Karuta Club, setting her sights on the national championship at Omi Jingu. Reunited with the now indifferent Taichi, Chihaya’s dream of establishing a karuta team is only one step away from becoming true: she must bring together members with a passion for the game that matches her own. (about Chihayafuru Season 1)

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