Chihayafuru 12 ~ the weight of Tokyo
December 20, 2011
Episode 12 was a nice little interlude on the way to the National Championship at Omi Jingu. It showed the team looking forward to the Nationals, while those around them were mostly indifferent to their success. In particular how Chihaya’s family reacted, and the mini plot with the Empress, were nicely handled. Plus Kana-chan had an adorable moment. With all of that, the episode still managed to bring us literally to the steps of the Omi Jingu shrine.
The Karuta club’s advisor, AKA “The Empress”, seems indifferent to their success at the Regional tournament, and she assigns a similarly uninterested teacher to accompany the club to Shiga prefecture for the National Championship. Meanwhile, at home, Chihaya’s family seems completely unaware of her victory. Instead they fuss over Chihaya’s older sister and her career as a wannabe celebrity. Fortunately by the end of the episode Chihaya’s efforts are recognized by her parents and the Empress, who decides to accompany the club herself.
I really enjoyed Kanade’s tantrum about not losing sight that the cards are really poems. And I’m sure her passionate affinity for the poetry was an important part of why the Empress, who overheard her spontaneous recitation, came to view Karuta as intriguing. Another reason was clearly the dedication that the club was showing in their play.
Finally they chose to end the episode at a great point. The club has already arrived at the Omi Jingu shrine. Now I’m really excited to see what happens. This is the point we have been heading towards since the first arc (the formation of the club) ended. Will they take the entire second course (the next 12 episodes) to tell the tale of what happens at Omi Jingu? Will Arata be there, and if so, as a player, or just a spectator?