Mar 14, 2012

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Chihayafuru episode 23

Finally! It took me three attempts before finally getting a working version of this week’s Chihayafuru. The first two were out of sync and stopped after a few minutes. That is absolutely unacceptable. It’s not HorribleSubs’ fault though, I think it’s because I’m currently using my wireless instead of the usual Ethernet connection.

Anyway, the start of this episode really pissed me off. I cannot believe that Chihaya lost against Yumin, a pathetic little girl that questions every close-call in the hope of scoring an extra point or two. How could such a player be allowed to advance to the finals? It’s simply unacceptable. What’s even stranger is that nobody there disliked her for it. They all seem to think that it’s a normal way of playing Karuta. How could that possibly a normal way of doing anything? I would’ve kicked that lying little mongrel out the door if I caught her doing things like that. And yet nobody, absolutely nobody complained. That’s even stranger.

Meanwhile Chihaya took it pretty hard this time. It’s not because she lost against an opponent who used such tricks, no. Chihaya was upset because she lost her cool. She couldn’t concentrate anymore, lost track of her own style and started making mistakes. The fact that she lost that bet to Akito, the loser would shave their head and whatnot, didn’t even upset her. It was all merely because she lost due to her own shortcomings. Besides, her coach, Harada, already defeated Akito in a match, cancelling the bet between him and Chihaya by doing so. It was either an act or not, but it seemed like he didn’t really care about that bet, the old man just wanted to win.

It was a pretty interesting yet disappointing episode. I hope that Arata wins his upcoming match in order to become Karuta Master. We’ll find out shortly, seeing as Chihayafuru is almost over. The only thing I haven’t seen is a relationship between characters, that’s just a shame. I honestly think that a little bit of romance would do this show good, especially if it’s a love triangle between Arata, Taichi and Chihaya.

Oh, before I forget; the chances of us seeing a second Chihayafuru season are slim to none. It seems that the show isn’t doing so well financially. The show’s financial performance turned out to be very poor. That’s a real shame. What’s wrong Japan, not enough panty shots or wiggling breasts?  Sigh, I suggest you all enjoy the remaining few episodes of Chihayafuru, I know I will!

Chihayafuru episode 23 screencaps

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