I know how to compare a romance manga well but Chihayafuru is way different from all I’ve read. I think it is not the romance itself that features this story so much. It is the karuta that made the story unique, a card game where you have to use your brain and will to obtain a glorious victory.
Even without knowing that the original manga of Chihayafuru is an awarding winning piece, it is simply one of the best I’ve ever read. I must be honest that I have judged the story after reading the first volume of the manga series. I thought that it is really boring that it wouldn’t go somewhere. There’s something in my mind back then that was pushing me to drop off reading that manga but I still continued to read until the karuta games became intensed.
To all the fans of this anime, I think we are all sharing the same hope. We hope to play karuta for real. Even though it is already a nice experience to watch the anime for two seasons (while waiting for the third), playing karuta, drawing cards, reading and expecting moves are something that we are all wishing for.
Hays, if there is only a place here where I could play karuta with random-new friends.