Don’t you fuckin’ forget that Chihaya is the Ace.
So as the resident
possessor of good taste Chihayafuru fan here, it is up to me to go over this episode with a fine-toothed comb and present to you, the fair, intelligent readers of The Cart Driver, with only the best, most intellectual and sophisticated analysis of the first episode of Chihayafuru‘s second season.
OH MY GOD CHIHAYAFURU IS BACK YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY <3
. . . Ahem.
This is a strong episode to get everyone back into the swing of things with Chihayafuru. It’s actually pretty impressive how easily and smoothly this episode reintroduces the main cast and calibrates their situation following the season one finale, while simultaneously dealing with the new year, fresh additions to the club and the varied motivations and desires of the protagonists. Right off the bat, we have the familiar feeling of Chihayafuru with a new, fresh focus that makes a lot of sense. Even though they make a good team, the karuta club members are all quite different people with varying levels of skill at the game, so of course they would have different ideas about what is important to focus on in the new year.
Not totally sure where I stand on the new gal, Sumire, yet. She has some amusing moments, but also a fair amount of annoying moments. I think I’m a bit put off by her mostly due to my general apathy regarding the romantic elements of Chihayafuru. I don’t particularly dislike the romance, mind, but I much prefer growth by karuta. Sumire may have her general romantic antics if she survives the trial by karuta. That said, she is amusing enough that I could easily see myself warming up to her. If you make me laugh, I’m cool with you. I am a sucker like that.
I also like all her purple flower petals. They are nice.
I am curious about this fellow, too, because he is obviously highlighted as Someone of Importance by this episode, so perhaps he will be highlighted next. I wonder how many other folk will join up? Didn’t seem as if there were many others of importance beyond the peanut gallery. Now that I think about it, though, having a rowdy group of rabblerousers for karuta tournaments would be amusing, even though none of them would be allowed inside while the actual game is going on.
Anyway, a good start! This episode looks and sounds as lovely as I remember the first season. I look forward to seeing all the characters who didn’t show up in this episode.