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.
There had been lots of theories about facial expressions. Two of the most common ones are: first, it’s a universal language that’s already in us which reflects our inner feelings. And second, it’s a cultural notion that we acquired through influence.
So it was said that the facial expression is the immediate reflection of a person’s emotions. Say for instance, if we see somebody smiling, we can tell that it represents joy and a scowl represents anger. Likewise when watching anime, we end up smiling whenever we witness happy moments and we feel anxious when our favourite characters are in jeopardy.
Such convincing atmosphere and emotions combined with intensified tones make the viewing experience so emerging, and this is one of the many reasons why I enjoy watching Chihayafuru. The beautiful aesthetics and faces of the characters craft it’s so easy to have fun and engage with the characters and plot.
Chihayafuru is the most enjoying series that I’m following on this season. Aside from its interesting shoujo plot and adorable characters, as I watch Chihaya, I’m feeling the deep urge to learn and play competitive Karuta.
Come to think about it, almost every moves she does is an art according to its own right. Of course, body movement is a behavioural and cultural thing. However, as humans, the appreciation of these gestures is something that is, I believe, universal to all of us. As a sports fan, I always enjoy whenever a slow motion and intensified body action is being previewed. It is such a visual feast wherein every move is integrated and sensationalized as poetic and artistic.
Chihayafuru is one my most anticipated anime of this season. Though its first episode fell short to fully “wow” me, I’d say that this is the most enjoying Fall series that I’m following right now. Initially, I found Chihaya’s dream of becoming a Karuta master petty and inauthentic. However, as I re-watched the series to gather some potential blogging material, I realized that how Chihaya recognized her dream is no way different on how I identified mine.
Dreaming usually refers to the visionary formation of the imagination. Oftentimes, it starts from nothing then as we gather our desires we start to create something. And usually, all we need is a stroke of inspiration to realize what we aspired and to put purpose on our lives, as we know “the unexamined life is not worth living.” However, this Socratic statement made me think, if we are just getting inspirations from other people, then what is the true essence of having a dream? Does it preserve or corrupt the “real” us? And, where exactly dreams come from?