Chihayafuru Ep 22: Chihaya VS Former Queen Yamamoto Yumi


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4 Responses

  1. TimesTicking says:

    I never expected for Chihaya to lose O.o
    So there wont be Chihaya vs Shinobu??? T.T
    What shall Arata do??? What will Chihaya do?

    • Eva says:

      Well we don’t know for sure yet, but it’s ridiculously difficult to brainstorm and theorize what the hell they are going to do.
      Arata will definitely be disappointed to hear about her loss, but I have a feeling he won’t get too far himself.

      Now chant with me: SEASON 2, SEASON 2, SEASON 2, SEASON 2~

  2. Neat says:

    I have posted my comment about this episode in other forum but I want to share it here too.

    When Chihaya played against the Queen and lost, I can accept that because it is obviously shown that the Queen is so much stronger than her. But after watching the latest episode of anime (the match with the previous queen Yumi) I was so upset by her lost.

    I don’t like the way Yumi played. She intentionally disturb her opponent, making Chihaya lose her concentration and become less confident. And I really wonder if Yumi was the first one to touch the cards like she claimed. If there was a re-play scene to show what happened, everything would be clear. But since there was no such scenes, only Yumi said it herself, I can’t help thinking that Yumi was cheating, and that happened at least twice. Chihaya lost only by 4 cards, the result might be opposite if Yumi didn’t use that tactic.

    Anyway, anime will be only 25 episodes? That’s so sad. It is only halfway compare to manga version. I hope there will be season 2.

    PS Sorry if my English is confusing. I”m not a native.

    • Eva says:

      :) Don’t worry about your english, it’s fine!

      I’ve noticed a lot of people are not happy with Yumi (I don’t particularlly like her either), but I do have to point out.
      There were times that Yumi have touched the card before Chihaya, so her argument at times can be valid.
      A good examples would be this particular scene:

      Even I had originally thought Chihaya was the one to touch it first and was upset about it, but when I saw this, I realized that Yumi did beat her to it, and she had every right to say that she did.

      On top of that, Chihaya has used strategies in the past such as being loud as she played to distract her opponent- of course, not to this extreme.
      It was also Chihaya’s fault for not being more stubborn to protect some of the cards she thought she had earned. That’s another weakness Chihaya has, but with a little push and word of advice, I’m sure she’d be able to as she can stubbornly keep recruiting people for their Karuta Club even when they say ‘NO’ the first time (lol).

      But even so, for that major comeback, I wouldn’t be surprised if she did cheat her way into getting some of the cards. :\

      Unfortunitely Chihayafuru will only have 25 episodes. There’s no telling whether there will be a second season or not. However even if we don’t hear anything about it by the finale, I’d say be optimistic and open-minded, depending on how it wraps up. For example, it wasn’t until a month or two ago that Utapri Season 2 was announced which aired in Summer 2011 Season.