Chihayafuru Ep 22: Chihaya VS Former Queen Yamamoto Yumi
Chihaya finds herself facing the former Queen in her next match. However her opponent doesn’t appear to be competing all out. Has she really already given up or can she find that will once again?
Oh my god.
Oh my fucking god.
OH MY FUCKING GOD!
Chihaya actually lost! ;A; Oh my god, I’m crying! CHIHAYA!!!!! *SOBS AND HUGS*
Smokes, I didn’t think this would actually happen, but holy shit- damn! I knew this girl popped up in the manga, I don’t remember seeing the result of their match, but- oh my god. This is like, completely unexpected to see when there’s only three episodes left.
WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NOW!?
This episode was really something. I couldn’t help but hold my breath and feel rather isolated. They really conveyed how stuffy the air was inside the room with the condensation extremely well.
The match with Yumi (former Queen) was insane. I don’t blame Chihaya one bit for telling herself, “I won’t let her take one card from me.” when she sensed and knew that at the time, Yumi just didn’t care anymore and wasn’t in it to win it. And it’s understandable from Yumi’s POV of why she felt that way in the first place. The high expectations from her coach and others was incredibly overwhelming.
It was terribly upsetting to watch Coach Kitano trying to reassure her or make excuses for her loss such as, “Oh it wasn’t your day!”. I honestly thought Chihaya was going to tell her directly to play seriously, but her aggressive vibes and burst of confidence did the job on its own, which backfired. I’m not entirely sure whether it would have made a difference if Chihaya continued her ‘cautious’ strategy till the very end, especially when the one who snapped Yumi back into the game with a breath of fresh air and encouragement was her coach.
Man… I don’t know what else to say. I’m still in disbelief. It’s almost as if I have to double check and see if it actually happened, but I know it. It did. It’s no lie.
Chihaya lost, and that’s all there is to it.
WHY IS THERE NO PREVIEW DAMNIT?!