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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.

User Rating: 4.68 ( 2 votes)


English: Chihayafuru
Japanese: ちはやふる
Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2011 to Mar 28, 2012
Premiered: Fall 2011
Broadcast: Wednesdays at Unknown
Producers: VAP, Nippon Television Network
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama, Game, Josei, School, Slice of Life, Sports
Duration: 22 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 720p
Type: BD, Dual Audio


Morio Asaka – Director
Masafumi Mima – Sound Director
Hideki Hosokawa – Episode Director, Storyboard
Atsuko Ishizuka – Episode Director, Storyboard
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Theme Songs

OP1: “YOUTHFUL” by 99RadioService
ED1: “Soshite Ima (そしていま)” by Asami Seto (eps 1-24)
ED2: “YOUTHFUL ~from Studio Yamato~” by 99RadioService (ep 25)

Episode List

01: Now the Flower Blooms
02: The Red That Is
03: From the Crystal White Snow
04: A Whirlwind of Flower Petals Descends
05: The Sight of a Midnight Moon
06: Now Bloom Inside the Nine-fold Palace
07: But For Autumn’s Coming
08: The Sounds of the Waterfall
09: But I Cannot Hide
10: Exchange Hellos and Goodbyes
11: The Sky is the Road Home
12: Sets These Forbidden Fields Aglow
13: For You, I Head Out
14: For There Is No One Else Out There
15: As Though Pearls Have Been Strung Across the Autumn Plain
16: The Autumn Leaves of Mount Ogura
17: World Offers No Escape
18: The Plum Blossoms Still Smell the Same
19: As the Years Pass
20: The Cresting Waves Almost Look Like Clouds in the Skies
21: As My Sleeves Are Wet With Dew
22: Just as My Beauty Has Faded
23: The Night is Nearly Past
24: Nobody Wishes to See the Beautiful Cherry Blossoms
25: Moonlight, Clear and Bright


It may not look like it but this is a sports anime about karuta, a competitive card game. It’s also a story about friendship. It’s very fun!


Everything that goes into it is communicated with so much real, raw emotion that I could not help but find it touching.


Chihaya makes my kokoro go doki doki.


It was surprisingly an amazing sports anime. I would recommend it to any anime fan.


Immersive story about kids who play the card game Karuta and how much it means to them.


I never though’t I would get this invested in watching an anime about a card game and the people playing it. Highly addictive.


Pure, raw and heartfelt relevance revolving around karuta. Cute and at the same time, delivered a wonderfully crafted Slice-of-Life story



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