Oct 26, 2011

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Chihayafuru episode 04

I’ll be honest. I wasn’t planning on writing about this one at all. It looked so dull and one-sided because the entire story revolves around this one card game. But there’s more to it than meets the eye, especially after having just seen the fourth episode.

In the first three episodes you could see those three as little kids, but that, apparently, were just scenes from the past. The anime shows those three as teenagers, two of which still participate in Karuta matches. For those who don’t know what that is; Karuta is an old Japanese game where one must quickly determine which card he/she needs to grab before the opponent does.

Arata was the one who got Chihaya addicted to Karuta back when they were still little kids. Till this day Chihaya has played matches, tournaments and all sorts of Karuta related events in order to get better. She even has a teacher to help her with this quest of becoming the best. Then Chihaya goes to participate in this tournament and actually ends up winning, learns that she had been accepted in class A and immediately calls Arata, who she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years, only to find out that Arata has lost interest in Karuta and wishes to be left alone.

Weird-alarm activated! Teenage Arata, the boy who was obsessed Karuta, up to the point where psychiatric help might’ve been required, suddenly claimed to have lost interest in it. Now that’s strange! Not only did he claim to have lost interest in Karuta, he also stated that he wanted to be left alone. My guess is that he got an overdose of real life and couldn’t deal with it, so he started working to help out his very poor family.

It’s not uncommon you know, it actually happens a lot all over the globe. Teenagers who have been born into poor families, at one point forced to work part-time in order to help out whilst attending school. I agree that it can be though, but that’s life. It may be idle speculation on my part, but I think that Chihaya is going to visit Arata in order to find out what trigged this unbelievable change of heart.

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