Chihayafuru 2: Which Shines over Mount Mikasa(2.08)Review
The team ends up playing Chiba which has a team of all foreigners which intimidates the team in all kinds of different ways with Tsukuba being freaked out since he's never encountered foreigners before, Kana being upset that they are wearing kimonos when they're not, Nishida wondering if they can even understand Japanese and Chihaya just being happy that people from all around the world are loving karuta. The members of Chiba's team end up talking in English to freak them out but this back fires when Taichi points out in English as well that their pronunciation is bad which leads the Chiba team to admitting they are foreigners who grew up in Japan and fell in love with karuta which helps the team calm down a bit.
The team ends up doing varying levels of okay and not very good but once Chihaya tells the rest of the team to focus on getting one card at a time their game improves by a lot and the team ends up taking a bunch of cards at the same time and win their match. In the end the Chiba team after loosing their match at first feel like they lost their right to play karuta but after seeing the karuta teams message about playing another match they realize that competitive karuta is hard but fun and they would like to continue playing it. I overall really enjoyed this episode that once again expressed the theme that karuta can be enjoyed by many different people in many different ways. Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.