Arata, Architecture, athletics, card game, Chihaya Ayase, Chihayafuru, Karuta, sports, Taichi
It was an absolute delight to once again see the entire crew of Chihayafuru. Each time I watch this anime I get chills, inspiration, and exhilaration all at the same time—a nice set of feelings, I would say—as if I’m trapped in this subtle yet impassionate spell of Karuta.
As it was revealed, the Chihayafuru (Chihayaburu) card is rich with meanings. The original point of the poem was to compare the surface of the Tatsuta River with floating red autumn leaves, to a band of blue cloth tie-dyed with scarlet. As Chihaya would simply put, this special card talks about the scenic autumn view of the red Tatsuta River.
Another way to look at it, as Kana would point out, is that the poem talks about the passionate affair between Ariwara no Narihira and Nijo no Kisaki who later on married the emperor. It was said that the poet, Ariwara no Narihira, was trying to express his secret relationship with the future empress by likening his love to the unchanging nature of the screen picture of the beautiful autumn image of the Tatsuta river.
But for us, the viewers, we integrate this lovely card to the shoujo and sports aspects of Chihayafuru. Apparently, the empress could be associated to Chihaya. But what about Ariwara no Narihira? Is it Arata or Taichi? It definitely depends on who we ship.
Arata doesn’t appear as often as Taichi. However, not only he unlocked the fun world of Karuta, it’s also evident that he was the one who could inspire Chihaya the most. In fact, even other characters such as Taichi and Shinobu are moved by his presence. Hence as a catalyst character and Karuta genius, it seemed like this megane bishie is being favoured to end up with Chihaya. Come to think of it, Arata and Chihaya were once likened to Hikoboshi and Orihime, having karuta as their bridge.
Then there’s Taichi. Between the two guys, it’s apparent that he’s the underdog. I personally like him because he works extra hard in everything he does and he evolves from a jerk to a mature leader—a very interesting and relatable character. But what I liked the most about him is how he’s always there for Chihaya no matter what happens.
Since Arata is highly implied as soon-to-be Karuta master, I’d like to think of him as the emperor and Taichi as Ariwara no Narihira. However, I hope that the empress will prefer the poet over the emperor in the end.
Moreover, Chihayafuru inspires me to explore Karuta as a sport. I truly find it remarkable how poem reading was turned into athletics with elegant wardrobe. Every swing, hit, stoop, and bend are just as important as mentally engaging with the cards and carefully listening to the words of the reader. Most of all, it’s fascinating how “every poem read sends you back a thousand years. How many sports are capable of such a feat?”
I may not be able to play competitive Karuta for the rest of my life. It may be shallow for me to say, but I’m truly happy that Chihayafuru introduced me to the wonderful offspring of shoujo, poetry, and sports.
Other Chihayafuru Posts:
- Let’s Face It. Expressions and Emotions in Chihayafuru
- 8th Day of Anime: Watching Chihayafuru on Fangirl Mode
- Gestures, Movements, and Karuta
- Authenticity of Chihaya’s Dream
A few more thoughts:
- Chihaya is such a sweetheart. I love her so much~ ♡
- Chihaya x Shinobu still remains my official ship. I hope to see more of them together.
- I’m hoping that one day I can play competitive Karuta.
- My absence in blogging is due to the projects that I’m working on in order to complete my placement. And lately, it’s really difficult for me to get back into the blogging groove. On the flip side, I’m learning how to draft a post.
I can always count on “The Snipster” to run wild on Chihaya dood. She values the art of poetic combat as every swoosh, is timed in varied ways and Snip Hogan prepares herself to unleash her devastating Snipper Dropper finishing after hearing her vintage verse, winning the Kartua championship for the 3rd time against The Silver Chef, Marina-chan. I look forward to the epic rematch.
Ahaha… Snipster and The Silver Chef, Marina-chan… lolwat?
It’s alright that you do not understand dearest Snippy. Perhaps it is better if you didn’t.
Oh my… why am I sensing that you’re shipping me and the lovely Marina. ehehe. >///<
I’m trying to figure which of you two is President Rei and the other Vice President Nozomi. Both of you are lovely and cheerful editors and both love what you do. Neither one is grouchy or stubborn…as far as I know, and I bet both of you enjoy “mocking” and :torturing” inferior…pastry. So…I could be shipping the two of you, hehehehehe.
Foxy Lady Ayame said:
I was afraid for one moment that you abandoned the Shinobu x Chihaya shipping ranks :P
Are drafts working for you in the end?
Btw have you watched UtaKoi? I loved many of the couples and one of them was the empress x Narihira. It’s romance drama/comedy that focuses on poetry :) I utterly enjoyed it.
Of course I will never abandon the Shinobu x Chihaya ship <333
Are drafts working for you in the end?
On this post, it does. I was planning to publish something last Saturday but I couldn’t come up of any.
I’d seen two episodes of UtaKoi before dropping it. I have nothing negative to say about the show but it was just alright. Maybe once I get into the mood to watch something satirical, I’ll reconsider that. :)
Give it up Snippet. Admit that it is over for Taichi, lest moar suffering comes your way :D
But yep, Chihayafuru’s return has been pretty good. And just like you, I want to play karuta as well. Don’t know about competitively though!
As long as Chihaya has yet to choose, Taichi still has a chance. :)
I really have nothing against Arata, I just happened to find Taichi’s character more interesting. It’s Shinobu who I really love to end up with Chihaya~
It’s fascinating how much can be read into the poetry on each of these cards, and the different characters are good at showing how many different ways there are to read them. You seem to like Chihaya and Shinobu the most (and I can’t blame you ^_^ ) but I’m wondering if the character you identify with the strongest is Kanade. Her style of analyzing the poems sounds a lot like yours, from what I can see.
Haha, thank you Yerocha. But how I wish I’m as diligent as Kana when it comes to poem reading and analysis. :)
I think the studio makes the link between poetry and sport into a very interesting blend. The story also makes the card game more engaging with making the cards visual, instead of it being just plain cards that are hit with brute force. It’s almost like Disney’s Fantasia, where they visualize the music with images. Just like Chihayafuru does with the cards.
Indeed. For the most part the card aspect of the series is being neglected but come to think of it, it is actually the one that gives life to the story because of its interesting tales.
Btw, I noticed that this is your first comment on my blog. Thank you for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.
Haha, I followed this blog from the sidelines. I didn’t have a wordpress account of my own yet to drop any thoughts I had. This was one of the better animeblogs in my opinion, as I’m not such a fan of episodic blogs. Some do it right, most of them are just repeating what I saw. A blog that gives its own view on anime is a plus. So keep me updated with your views, its always a nice read:p
Aww, thank you so much for your nice words. I’m may not be able to update my blog as frequent as before however I still put the same effort when thinking of my next piece; that’s why I’m really humbled to know that somebody appreciates my writing. :)
Also, I visited your site and saw that you just recently started. I wish you all the best and the fun in blogging. Welcome to aniblogging!
Time for me to give my take on anime haha. Thanks
Chihaya x Shinobu is <3 Karuta is quite the unique sport indeed, no other sport can help us reminiscent of the past as good as what karuta had done :D
How's drafts working for you btw? All my posts are made through pending and drafting, lol. A majority of them are made through writing on my phone and submitting them on drafts, then finish it up with some checks and pictures at home. Though sometimes if I got an idea but no time to think of the content yet, I just leave the title first.
I only write one draft at a time. Before I was so apprehensive of jotting down my incomplete thoughts because I fear that those ideas are going to be lost once they are taken out prematurely from my mind. I still think somewhat like that… that’s why once I write something, I’m so OC to finish it–I actually can’t write another piece without doing so *sigh*.
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I have much respect for this series and the author. It’s just a well told and beautiful story. I haven’t even considered karuta as something I’d be interested in but I was wrong. This anime and manga has totally changed the way I looked at things at a traditional level. Wow.
Welcome to the Chihayafuru fan zone. And wow, you’re reading the manga because I don’t… :P I’m trying not to be spoiled. Hehehe.
This anime and manga has totally changed the way I looked at things at a traditional level.
That’s an interesting way to think about Chihayafuru. I had never really thought of that way. :)
Yay for Chinayafuru!! :3
I really love how strong willed the heroine is. Glad to see a main girl character who is not only fighting for “romance or a nrmal highschool life”
Ahahaha! Well both the anime and manga are amazing. It’s actually a series where I would say the anime is just as good as the manga, maybe even better. It’s very exciting to watch!
Yeah, this series has completely gained my respect. How do mangakas come up with this stuff?? O.o
Ahh, yes. Chihaya being independent and focus to caruta is one of the many lovely aspects that she has. I also like how bubbly and greedy (in a good way) she is.
And yes! The mangaka is so awesome. Although I’m avoiding Chihayafuru’s manga, I can’t help but to check some of her works and so far I’m enjoying the things that I’m seeing from her.
Her drawings are amazing, I really like how mature her lines are. Very professional LD
Hahaha, and yes about her greediness. She knows what she wants!!
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