Saturday, October 5, 2013

Anime Review: Chihayafuru 2: They All Exchange Hellos and Goodbyes at the Gates of Osaka(2.07)

Chihayafuru 2: They All Exchange Hellos and Goodbyes at the Gates of Osaka(2.07)Review
This episode starts off with Chihaya feeling bad that she lost her match at regionals especially since her loss meant the whole teams loss. Chihaya sister isn't receiving a lot of positive feedback about her work which is upsetting her so she projects those feelings on to Chihaya and tells her that maybe she just doesn't have the talent for karuta luckily this doesn't seem to influence Chihaya's dedication to karuta at all.

In this episode after realizing that band simply doesn't have the space to store their instruments the karuta team decided that it will only be fair that can use the rooms above their club room. Chihaya does this partially because she hopes that supporting other clubs will lead to other clubs supporting the karuta club if they ever need it. Towards the end of the episode the band comes and play a song to thank the karuta club for allowing them to use the space which touches them all since it's so very rare that anyone outside of karuta appreciates karuta.

Also in this episode Chihaya's mom decides that Chihaya should have her own kimono since she usually competes in one and she knows that Chihaya is very dedicated to karuta. Chihaya's mom feels guilty about not paying enough attention to Chihaya's karuta dreams since she's always so focused on her older daughter's career. Chihaya tells her mom that she knows that her mom wasn't ignoring her.

The episode ends with the karuta club going off to nationals and getting ready to compete. On the night before the team tournament Chihaya calls Arata and asking him if she'll be seeing him there this year and he tells her she will by only during the individual matches since his school doesn't have a karuta team. Chihaya tells him that he should make his own but Arata is only interested in achieving his own individual goals.

I overall really enjoyed this episode even though it felt very much like a transition episode it was still really good. Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.

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