Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Anime Review: Chihayafuru 2: I Can Look Up and See the Snowy Cap of Mt. Fuji(2.25)

      Chihayafuru 2: I Can Look Up and See the Snowy Cap of Mt. Fuji(2.25)Review
This episode starts off where the last one ended with some people being surprised by how Arata being able to beat the Queen and others making note of how skilled a player that he is. Arata ends up coming up to Taichi after the match who Arata was very happy to see while Taichi seems to once again be surprised by Arata's friendliness despite the fact that they're clearly friends but their interaction is cut short when Chihaya drags Arata to the ground to ask him how he could possibly be so calm during such an intense match. Arata is called away before he has time to answer Chihaya's question.

It turns out that Tsutomu and Tsukuba ended up winning for Class C and D and since Taichi also won for Class B many people were very impressed with the karuta team just like Chihaya hoped they would be. Before leaving the tournament Fujisaki's coach offered to send Chihaya the DVD of Arata and Shinobu's match which Chihaya excitedly accepted the offer. When Chihaya arrives back home she discovers that her finger injury is more serious than she thought and she has to get surgery for if she wants to continue playing karuta.

Chihaya ends calling Arata while in the hospital and asks him for advice on how to improve on karuta and he tells her how he always visualize them playing in his room when they were in elementary school because that was the time when karuta was the most fun for him. Chihaya realizes two things that she'll always love karuta and Arata(although I think at least at this point it's only in a friend way). When Taichi and Kana go to visit Chihaya in the hospital Kana realizes that Chihaya is thinking about Arata and she tells Taichi that he has to work harder and that he can't expect Chihaya to be oblivious forever.

The episode ends with Chihaya and Taichi going to a training camp with Fujisaki's school to help improve their karuta game. I overall enjoyed this episode, please tell me your thoughts on the episode.

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