Chihayafuru 3 ~ we can’t play Karuta together forever
October 18, 2011
In episode 3, Chihayafuru compresses the rest of the story of the main trio’s grade school friendship. We get to see them grow together through Karuta, and the events that ripped them apart. It is pretty obvious that a lot of content was compressed into this episode, so it feels a bit rushed, but I appreciate what they were trying to do — get us back to the present time with the information we need to appreciate the situation Chihaya finds herself in at the start of high school.
The emotional impact of the tournament was greatly diminished by the rushing to wrap up the flashback in this episode. Chihaya’s anguish at learning that both Arata and Taichi would be leaving her is understandable, though, and it underlines the issue raised in the first episode. Chihaya wants to play Karuta with teammates, but she is alone.
As I said, this episode, taken by itself, felt rushed, but I think they did a good job of filling in the rest of the back-story. Now we are well set for the story of Chihaya’s present, where she hopes to create a Karuta club, and also to reconnect with old friends that have been taken from her by circumstance.