Chihayafuru Ep 24: The Queen’s Match – Shinobu VS Yumin
Chihaya and the gang watches the Queen’s Match at Taichi’s place. They find themselves astonished with the sudden turn of events that could jeopardize Shinobu’s performance.
This was my reaction when I saw Shinobu. >>>>>
Oh man, Shinobu gave me a fright when she didn’t appear as we were expecting her to! The first thing the sprung to my mind was, “OMFG, NO NO NO NO NO SHINOBU, WHAT THE HELL- ALL THAT FAT CAN JEOPARDIZE YOUR PERFORMANCE!” because since last week, Vantage and I have been talking how excited we were about seeing Shinobu DESTROYING Yumin.
I wasn’t expecting to see so much backstory on Shinobu this episode, but it was definitely a pleasant surprise. But I won’t lie, I’m very disappointed that we couldn’t see the aggressive match between the two. I really would’ve liked to have seen the match in action.
Shinobu has this amazing attachment to the cards. They are her precious beloved friends that she never gets tired of reading and understanding. She is so close to her cards, that she has a remarkable ability to be able to sense where they are. I think this is what you’d call a spiritual connection. What drawn Shinobu into Karuta in the first place was seeing the cute pictures on them, which is adorable. I too probably would’ve been the same way if I had seen the pictures for the first time as a child.
Chihaya now understands what she lacks in comparison to Shinobu (I’m excluding Yumi because I have no respect for her). She needs to develop that connection between her and the cards. Shinobu memorized every single card, in other words if you put it this way: if she were to forget one that would be like betraying her friend. She goes as far to apologize for not being able to protect/take them onto her side.
The King is a terrifying character, even Shinobu dislikes him because he makes her feel uncomfortable. What’s even more startling is how he claims, “There are 28 one-syllable cards for him.”
Next week is the last episode, I’m expecting us to be able to actually SEE the King’s Match. I want us to be able to at the very least, it looks like he shares the same ability as Chihaya, which is hearing the cards before anyone else.
My god it really doesn’t feel like it’s about to end this show. Please please please please please for the love of god, announce there’s going to be a second season already!!!!!!!!!! MY HEART CAN’T TAKE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!
PS: Taichi’s mom is REALLY scary.