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Kougeru



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:59 pm Reply with quote
Honestly hands-down Anime of the Season already. First 3 episodes wasted no time, it feels almost as if the show never left! And we're already getting more great character development. Really can't wait to see how this goes. Next week is another double release - 4 and 5. I hope that means we'll see the entire match next week
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Jason Rhoades



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:11 am Reply with quote
Just finished episode 3 myself. I can't explain whatever crabby patty formula they use to make me love it so much, but it hasn't lost its touch one bit and is my favorite airing anime.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:30 pm Reply with quote
Jason Rhoades wrote:
Just finished episode 3 myself. I can't explain whatever crabby patty formula they use to make me love it so much, but it hasn't lost its touch one bit and is my favorite airing anime.

You and me both! I especially loved the montage with Arata (his embarrassment on stage was so adorable) finding all those students with ties to Karuta but no one wanting to join a club.

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Chihaya and Taichi are headed to a sleep-away karuta training camp with rival team Fujisaki. There's no hanky-panky, much to the disappointment of their clubmates (and every fan on #TeamTaichi)

Kana’s expression was priceless when she realized the couple had made zero progress. But I’m #TeamArata all the way!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:27 am Reply with quote
I can't handle this show, it's too good. Episodes seem to last 3 minutes. The way they always frame the adults as supportive but still struggling through life like the rest of us Crying or Very sad
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Megiddo



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:49 am Reply with quote
I'm just so damn happy that we're getting more Chihayafuru. I've had a big smile on my face as I've watched the first 5 episodes and can't wait to see what will happen next. I really loved the inclusion of Chihaya's mother in the latest episode as that was something that I thought had been missing for awhile now. Also I'm somewhat excited to see if Arata can eventually mangle together a team and play against Mizusawa High School. I'm still pretty... hesitant on the two first years in the club. I'm pretty sure the tongue-guy had like zero screentime thus far and the fashion girl only stares longingly at Taichi. Not sure if they're ever going to amount to something, but I'm fully invested in seeing what happens as the series rolls on.
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:38 am Reply with quote
I was so afraid they'd have Haruka start messing up either because she could hear her kid crying with her Super Mom Hearing Powers, or when the older one barged in, and I can't tell you how happy I was that it didn't affect her game at all, unless it was to make it even sharper. She's a great character and such a treat.

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maybe we'll finally get the romantic payoff we've been waiting for.

Sorry, I'm Team Arata too. Actually, I don't care if Arata (or anyone) wins Chihaya's heart or not, I just want him to get more screen time. I also hope that after this tournament we can get some more time with the rest of the sidekick team, though with the big one coming up, that's probably not in the cards.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:50 am Reply with quote
One thing mentioned in the episode but maybe difficult to notice in the translation is that Haruka Inokuma's maiden name is Haruka Chihara, which is why she, like Ayase Chihaya, really likes to get the Chihayafuru card, and it was a big deal that Ayase got it from her.

Personally, I really enjoy Taichi discussing which cards have what number critical mora based on which are left. It's not too hard to follow, and more exciting to me than the striking at cards.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:07 am Reply with quote
Well, i guess i'm Team Taichi then as in "i like him better than Arata"...but overall i don't really care much about the romance in this show. If anything i ship Chihaya with Shinobu. Cool

But yeah, still loving this show and it's especially nice to see more adult players.
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Spastic Minnow
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:16 pm Reply with quote
Megiddo wrote:
I'm still pretty... hesitant on the two first years in the club. I'm pretty sure the tongue-guy had like zero screentime thus far and the fashion girl only stares longingly at Taichi. Not sure if they're ever going to amount to something, but I'm fully invested in seeing what happens as the series rolls on.


It didn't even register with me that I have absolutely no memory of seeing tongue-guy in these episodes. I like him with his little brothers though. The kids tend to be pretty cute in this show.

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Mike33rs



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:34 am Reply with quote
Everything about this show is truly first rate, in my opinion. Down to the music, the visuals, and the story. The first two seasons flew by, even in repeat viewings. I am definitely in the "Team Arata" camp! He's gotten so little screen time in this series, and I'm hoping he gets more. I feel like he really likes Chihaya, and their true passion for Kurata makes them a great fit. Plus, Taichi is really a jerk. He was as a kid, and he still is now. It does seem like their paths are definitely heading towards that big Kurata showdown that's bound to happen. Bring it on! GO TEAM ARATA!!!
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