Yuki Suetsugu is the author and illustrator of the Japanese josei manga series Chihayafuru. Since December 2007, it has been serialised in Kodansha’s Be Love magazine. Chihaya Ayase, a high school student, is inspired by a new classmate to compete in Hyakunin Isshu karuta. From October 2011 to March 2012, an anime television series adaptation aired. The second season aired from January to June 2013, and the third season will air from October 2019 to March 2020. From 2016 to 2018, three live-action film adaptations were released.

Chihayafuru Anime Synopsis

Chihaya Ayase, a strong-willed tomboy, grows up in the shadow of her older sister. She is content with her lot in life, having no dreams of her own, until she meets Arata Wataya. Her elementary school’s quiet transfer student introduces her to competitive karuta, a physically and mentally demanding card game inspired by the classic Japanese anthology Hundred Poets. Chihaya falls in love with the world of karuta after being captivated by Arata’s passion for the game and inspired by the possibility of becoming the best in Japan. She joins the local Shiranami Society with the prodigy Arata and her haughty but hardworking friend Taichi Mashima. The trio spent their idyllic childhood days playing together until fate separated them.

Chihaya, now in high school, has developed into a karuta freak. She hopes to found the Municipal Mizusawa High Competitive Karuta Club and compete in the national championship at Omi Jingu. Chihaya’s dream of establishing a karuta team is only one step away from becoming a reality after reuniting with the now-indifferent Taichi: she must bring together members who share her passion for the game.


Chihayafuru Anime Info

  • IMDB Ratings – 8.1/10
  • Genres – Drama, Game, Josei, School, Slice of life, Sports
  • Season – 2
  • Episides – 25 + 25 = 50 (Total)
  • Status – Finished Airing
  • Aired – Oct 5, 2011 to Mar 28, 2012
  • Premiered – Fall 2011
  • Duration – 22 min. per episode
  • Rating – PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Chihayafuru Anime Characters

Chihayafuru Anime Main Characters

Chihaya Ayase

A determined high school girl who was inspired to play karuta by Arata in elementary school and dreams of becoming the “Queen” of karuta. Taichi helps her start a karuta club at her high school. Arata, a childhood friend, introduces her to competitive karuta for the first time. Despite being separated from Arata, Chihaya’s passion remains Karuta. She has excellent hearing, which gives her an advantage when playing karuta. Her classmates refer to her as a “beauty in vain” despite the fact that she is beautiful. She is obsessed with karuta (her friends refer to her as “karuta baka”), to the point where she is oblivious to other people’s feelings. Mizusawa Karuta Club’s captain is Chihaya. She works hard to improve her karuta skills and achieves Class A near the start of the series. She is a strong, passionate individual who adores karuta and is devoted to her teammates and friends. Chihaya has a strong bond of trust and friendship with Taichi and admires his ability to lead the club, despite being unaware of his feelings for her. Despite their long-distance relationship, Chihaya adores Arata. She realises while on the phone with Arata that she will always love him and karuta.

Taichi Mashima

Chihaya’s childhood best friend and a good-looking all-around athlete. His mother is very strict with him, telling him that he should only participate in activities where he can win. He appears to have feelings for Chihaya despite having a girlfriend at the time, and he is jealous of her feelings for Arata. Taichi serves as the president of the Mizusawa Karuta Club. He is a gifted student and athlete who claims to have outgrown ‘karuta’ at the start of the series, but after witnessing Chihaya excelling and clearly having fun, he decides to assist her in forming a karuta club. When it comes to karuta, he has good analytical skills and a good memory, but he has terrible luck. As a result, he ends up staying in Class B for longer than he should. He has been in love with Chihaya since childhood (and eventually realises his feelings for her), but he has never confessed his feelings to her. When Sumire tries to confess to Taichi, he tells her that he would rather be with the girl he loves than with the girl who loves him, implying Chihaya. He adores her and is always there for her when Chihaya is upset or sad. He has a serious personality to balance out Chihaya’s comical personality. Taichi was a rich, spoiled child who despised Arata, mocking him for being poor, but when he, Chihaya, and Arata began to play Karuta together, they became friends. In terms of love, Taichi still considers Arata to be his adversary.

Arata Wataya

Arata Wataya was a transfer student at Chihaya’s elementary school. As the grandson of an eternal master karuta player, Arata inspires Chihaya to learn the game. He struggles to fit in at Chihaya’s elementary school due to his Fukui dialect and love of karuta, but Chihaya befriends him. His ambition is to be a karuta Meijin. He returns to Fukui after finishing elementary school to care for his grandfather. When Arata returns to Fukui, he abandons karuta because his grandfather died while he was competing in a karuta tournament to advance to A-rank. However, after Chihaya and Taichi pay him a visit in Fukui, he rediscovers his desire to compete in karuta. He has defeated “The Queen” Shinobu Wakamiya and now seeks to defeat “Master” Hishashi Suo to become “Master.” Arata values his friendships with Chihaya and Taichi, though he is more romantically involved with Chihaya. Later in the manga, Arata confesses his feelings for Chihaya while also informing her of his return to Tokyo. Arata then excuses himself, leaving Chihaya speechless and flustered.

Mizusawa High School Karuta Club

Kanade Ōe

Kanade, a quiet girl who works in a kimono store and enjoys all types of traditional clothing, is a girl with a taste for the classics. She is well-versed in the true meanings of the One Hundred Poems and agrees to join the karuta club on the condition that they begin wearing hakama. Her ambition is to become an official reader and read for Chihaya’s Queen match. She recognises Taichi’s feelings for Chihaya and encourages him to do his best.

Yūsei Nishida

Chihaya refers to him as ‘Porky,’ despite the fact that he is a rather tubby boy. Ysei, a former top karuta player who had previously played against Chihaya, Arata, and Taichi in an elementary school tournament, quit karuta after losing to Arata and turned to tennis as a refuge. Chihaya, on the other hand, manages to remind him of how he used to play for fun, and he ends up joining the karuta club. While he is skilled in karuta, focusing on a defensive style, he is easily shaken.

Tsutomu Komano

A bright student in Chihaya’s class who ranks second only to Taichi in terms of test scores. He is often tethered to his desk and antisocial, believing that nothing is worthwhile unless it makes you smarter. Chihaya and Taichi, on the other hand, help to persuade him that karuta requires a lot of strategy, and he joins the club. Tsutomu’s social skills with his teammates, particularly Kanade, have improved as the series progresses. He is now the team’s karuta strategist, taking notes in every game.

Sumire Hanano

At the start of Chihaya’s second year, she joins the Karuta Club. After her boyfriend dumps her on the first day of school, she becomes desperate to find a new boyfriend and develops an instant crush on Taichi, which he does not reciprocate. Sumire initially joins the club to get closer to Taichi, but after inadvertently telling the club members that, Kanade persuades her to stay and devote herself to karuta. As she spends more time with Taichi, her feelings for him become more genuine. She even defies Taichi’s mother, who tried to prevent him from competing in a karuta tournament. Despite her inexperience, she exhibits strong emotions when reading poems.

Akihiro Tsukuba 

At the start of Chihaya’s second year, he joins the Karuta Club. He is from Hokkaido and is an expert at playing second verse karuta with two hands. He joins the club in order to learn how to play the first verse of karuta. He comes from a family that is drawn to attractive people, and he has three younger brothers who look up to him. Initially, he would perform nefarious acts (such as switching the order of his teammates before games) in order to demonstrate his abilities in front of his brothers. He and his brothers admire Chihaya for her playing abilities as well as her beauty, and several instances indicate that he has a minor crush on her.

Meijin and Queen

Shinobu Wakamiya

She is the current Queen of Karuta, as well as the national champion of the women’s division and the youngest Queen in history. When she was younger, she had a close Karuta friend, but because Shinobu was so skilled at Karuta, she wasn’t allowed to play with kids her age. She was always isolated from the rest of the world.

Hisashi Suō

The current Meijin of Karuta and the men’s national champion. He started karuta in college and took three years to achieve the title of Meijin. Since then, he has successfully defended the title five times. Sweets are his favourite food.

Chihayafuru Anime Shiranami Karuta Society

Hideo Harada

He is the Shiranami Karuta Society’s Chairman. Harada teaches karuta in the Tokyo neighbourhood of Fuch. Under Harada’s supervision, Chihaya, Taichi, and Arata develop their karuta skills in elementary school and form their first team. Throughout the series, he serves as a karuta mentor as well as a confidant, teaching his students valuable life lessons. Harada is a skilled karuta competitor who competes at the highest levels in karuta tournaments. He is a medical doctor who runs the Harada Clinic of Internal Medicine and Paediatrics in the manga and anime. Harada’s profession in the live-action trilogy is Kannushi, or Shinto priest who runs a Shinto shrine.

Hiroshi Tsuboguchi

Ace of the Shiranami Karuta Society. Made it to the Meijin Challenger Finals as the Eastern Representative but lost to his opponent. Currently the advisor for Homei High School Karuta Team.

Chihayafuru Anime Suihoku Karuta Society

Yumi Yamamoto

A former Queen of Karuta who was deposed by Shinobu Wakamiya. Yamamoto continues to compete in competitive karuta as Suihoku’s strongest representative after her defeat. She is twenty-four years old and works as a bank teller. Yamamoto’s karuta gamesmanship prior to winning the national women’s title included debating decisions with opponents. She resumes her card-challenging arguments as a former Queen during a heated match against Chihaya, whom she defeats to advance to the next round of the Eastern Japan qualifiers. Yamamoto is eventually defeated as the national challenger that year by reigning champion Shinobu Wakamiya. Yamamoto gives advice and guidance to new members of the Shuihoku Karuta Society, such as Tomihara West High School student Setsuna Hayami.

Chihayafuru Anime Media


A 25-episode anime television series adaptation, directed by Morio Asaka and produced by Madhouse, aired on Nippon Television from 4 October 2011 to 27 March 2012. Naoya Takayama wrote the screenplay, and Kunihiko Hamada designed the characters. Kousuke Yamashita composed the music, and Masafumi Mima of Techno Sound directed the sound. Crunchyroll aired a simulcast of the series. From February 13 to March 18, 2013, Animax Asia aired an English version of the anime. From 21 December 2011 to 22 August 2012, the series was released in nine DVD and Blu-ray Disc volumes. On July 18, 2013, a Blu-ray Disc box set was released.

Chihayafuru 2, a second 25-episode season, aired on Nippon Television between 11 January and 28 June 2013, and was simulcast by Crunchyroll. On September 13, 2013, an original video animation episode was released on DVD as part of the special edition of the 22nd manga volume.

A 24-episode third season was originally scheduled to premiere on Nippon Television’s AnichU block in April 2019, with the main cast and crew reprising their roles, but it was postponed and aired from 22 October 2019 to 24 March 2020.

Chihayafuru Anime Season 1 Episodes

Now the Flower Blooms
Aired: Oct 5, 2011 (JST)

The Red That Is
Aired: Oct 12, 2011 (JST)

From the Crystal White Snow
Aired: Oct 19, 2011 (JST)

A Whirlwind of Flower Petals Descends
Aired: Oct 26, 2011 (JST)

The Sight of a Midnight Moon
Aired: Nov 2, 2011 (JST)

Now Bloom Inside the Nine-fold Palace
Aired: Nov 9, 2011 (JST)

But For Autumn’s Coming
Aired: Nov 16, 2011 (JST)

The Sounds of the Waterfall
Aired: Nov 23, 2011 (JST)

But I Cannot Hide
Aired: Nov 30, 2011 (JST)

Exchange Hellos and Goodbyes
Aired: Dec 7, 2011 (JST)

The Sky is the Road Home
Aired: Dec 14, 2011 (JST)

Sets These Forbidden Fields Aglow
Aired: Dec 21, 2011 (JST)

For You, I Head Out
Aired: Jan 4, 2012 (JST)

For There Is No One Else Out There
Aired: Jan 11, 2012 (JST)

As Though Pearls Have Been Strung Across the Autumn Plain
Aired: Jan 18, 2012 (JST)

The Autumn Leaves of Mount Ogura
Aired: Jan 25, 2012 (JST)- Recap

World Offers No Escape
Aired: Feb 1, 2012 (JST)

The Plum Blossoms Still Smell the Same
Aired: Feb 8, 2012 (JST)

As the Years Pass
Aired: Feb 15, 2012 (JST)

The Cresting Waves Almost Look Like Clouds in the Skies
Aired: Feb 22, 2012 (JST)

As My Sleeves Are Wet With Dew
Aired: Feb 29, 2012 (JST)

Just as My Beauty Has Faded
Aired: Mar 7, 2012 (JST)

The Night is Nearly Past
Aired: Mar 14, 2012 (JST)

Nobody Wishes to See the Beautiful Cherry Blossoms
Aired: Mar 21, 2012 (JST)

Moonlight, Clear and Bright
Aired: Mar 28, 2012 (JST)

People Also Ask

Is there romance in Chihayafuru?

Since Chihayafuru isn’t really a romance story, the cute, fluffy dynamic between Chihaya and Arata, as well as their shared love for Karuta, seem to fit the overall tone of the storey. So looking around the community and seeing fans’ predictions for the endgame romance has been a lot of fun.

What does Chihayafuru mean in Japanese?

Chihayafuru denotes enormous power. A high-speed spinning top, for example, is very stable but has tremendous repellent power. Chihayafuru’s name is chihayafuru. Karuta competitions are extremely popular in Japan, with approximately a million people participating. Hyakunin Isshu karuta is used in karuta competitions.

How popular is Chihayafuru?

Chihayafuru has grown in popularity, sparking interest in competitive karuta. Over 4.5 million copies of the manga have been sold, and it has been praised for combining elements of sports and literature.

Is Chihayafuru a sports anime?

Chihayafuru is a slice-of-life and sports anime about karuta, a Japanese card game starring Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, a classic collection of 100 Japanese poets by 100 poets compiled during the Heian period. They compete as a team to become the best high school karuta team and players in Japan.

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