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Panino Manino



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:17 pm Reply with quote
Sorry about this, but...

@Bamboo Dong
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Not even about Taichi, really, but about her not realizing that he had ambitions to be a Master.

But she is wrong, right?

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I want Chihaya to be in Kyoto even less than she does.

This decision to remove her from the tournament completely fractures this season, and almost grinds it to a halt.

For you.
A lesser quality Chihayafuru would have her skipping the trip, but this higher quality Chihayafuru can't let the characters forget that Karuta isn't a way of life, don't put food on the table.

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Even Taichi's matches are breezed through, because the stakes are just too low.

The stakes for Taichi are "low"? Dude...

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And of course, the moment Taichi realizes that in karuta—and in life—sometimes there are cards that are just never picked. It's a clunky metaphor for whatever heartache he's feeling right now, especially if you stop to think about Harada's nonsensical and statistically improbable declaration, but what matters most is the pang of sadness in his eyes.

But the whole point was to fight Taichi's defeatist complex.
"Play your cards in a way that you chose your own bad cards Taichi, don't let it to luck! Make your own luck!"

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Suo showing up at Shinobu's doorstep ended up being a big bag of nothing, and their presence didn't really add much to the tournament, either.

There's a reason for what Suo did (visiting Shinobu), but fair, you can't decipher this from what was shown about him at this point in the story.
But not "nothing", something involving Shinobu happened there, didn't you see?

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We don't even know most of the players in the tournament, so his peacocking just chews up screen time that could better be used in other ways.

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Character development lurches forward with starts and stops, while numerous strands are picked up but never quite followed to completion.

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But nothing really comes to fruition.

It's called, "laying out the groundwork", I believe.
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Kami-koto



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:54 am Reply with quote
I believe the way one feels about the latest episodes depends on which characters are carrying the show for you. I'm totally fine with Chihaya being out of the picture for a bit since I really enjoy watching Taichi.
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rizuchan
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:33 am Reply with quote
While I too was a little shocked that Chihaya didn't rush to compete as well, and I'm a little disappointed that her Queen match probably won't be this season, I also think that Taichi is overdue for his own character development arc, independent of his relationship with Chihaya. I personally couldn't care less about any Taichi/Chihaya romance (granted I may be biased because I always liked Arata better).
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:37 pm Reply with quote
Ah, episode 14 was just a thrill! Bamboo really captured how I feel about Harada’s whole story arc. Initially, I was rooting for Arata to win, but after these last two episodes, Harada all the way.

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After three seasons of metaphors and veiled comments, it's out in the open. Truly, I don't even care who gets the girl, or if anyone does at all. I just wanted one of the characters to use their words and actually communicate, and it was a relief to finally see it.

Yes, yes, so exciting to get some tangible forward momentum. And Chihaya’s stunned—and prolonged—reaction was so entertaining. Plus, let’s not forget about Taichi. He used his words, too. I loved that bit where he returned Suo’s scarf. Sure, it was indirect, but still, he took a stand. One of my favorite episodes so far, too!
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Gina Szanboti



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:15 pm Reply with quote
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(Nothing can be worse than living a moment longer)
When I cannot bear growing any weaker than I already have.

For what it's worth, the McMillan translation of that line is, “If I live longer, I cannot bear to hide this secret love.”

Those are...very different. Is there really no consensus as to what sentiment the author was trying to convey? oO
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Covnam



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:56 pm Reply with quote
My jaw dropped when Arata confessed, definitely wasn't expecting that. Such a great episode =)
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:53 am Reply with quote
Hahaha covnam, you mean just like your profile picture Laughing ?
I definitely didn't see that confession coming. I was waiting until he would say something that would alter the meaning of his 'suki' sentence... but it wasn't coming. He really did confess! Also I liked that when he said he lacked some qualities, he also said the ability to be mean. As someone who used to think that being mean and getting into conflicts was a bad thing, that's kinda refreshing. You don't hear that often.
Also, Taichi naturally has some mean spirit in his character. Maybe he should use it to this benefit.
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