queen of karuta

anonymous asked:

do you read the manga for chihayafuru? if so do you know if it's goi g in a chihaya X taichi route or Arata X chihaya route?

What a wonderful random question! Yes, I do follow the Chihayafuru manga though I haven’t been involved in the fandom for years! Nonetheless, I could honestly write an essay about my shipping views in Chihayafuru but I wouldn’t want to bore you with–

You know what? Screw it, I’ll write that essay. ^-^

The first Chihayafuru-related fact you should know about me would be that when I first read Chihayafuru I was young, and I was crazy about Taichi/Chihaya. I believed that Taichi and Chihaya would somehow end up together, one way or another, no matter how improbable it seemed at that time.

I still believe that Taichi and Chihaya are endgame, but the basis for my argument is much more grounded and evidence-filled than it would have been, say, three years ago. Back then, I just had a gut feeling that they would be together, but now I can allude to several scenes in the manga to back me up.

It’s important that I should mention that this is definitely NOT an Arata-hate post, but if you’re an Arata/Chihaya shipper and the idea of Taichi and Chihaya being together upsets you, I advise you not to read my post any further than this. I may be right, but I also may be wrong, and in the end, only Sensei can decide how this series will progress. ^-^

Without further ado, here’s why I think Taichihaya is endgame.

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Chihayafuru 2-Part Live-Action Cast Finally Revealed!

Article Highlights:

  • There will be TWO FILMS: Chihayafuru: Kami no Ku (Chihayafuru: Upper Phrase) in March 2016 and Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku (Chihayafuru: Lower Phrase) in April 2016. The film titles refer to the two halves of each poem that are key to the Japanese card game of karuta.
  • Norihiro Koizumi (Midnight Sun, Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru) is directing the films.
  • Suzu Hirose (Crows Explode, Umimachi Diary, Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and The Beast) will star as the heroine Chihaya Ayase.
  • Mackenyu (Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Feature) will play Arata Wataya.
  • Shūhei Nomura (Taifū no Noruda, live-action Daily Lives of High School Boys, Hibi Rock: Puke Afro and the Pop Star) as Taichi Mashima.
  • Jun Kunimura (Black Rain, Kill Bill, live-action Attack on Titan’s Kubal, The Wind Rises’ Hattori) as Harada.
  • Yūki Morinaga (Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru) as Tsutomu Komano.
  • Mone Kamishiraishi as Kanade Ōe.
  • Yūma Yamato (Silver Spoon, Crows Explode) as Yūsei Nishida.
  • Mayu Matsuoka as the “karuta queen” Shinobu Wakamiya.
  • Miyuki Matsuda (Hot Road, ZOO) as the teacher Taeko Miyauchi.
  • Hiroya Shimizu (Slayer’s Chronicle) as Akihito Sudō.
  • Ryōtarō Sakaguchi as Hiro Kinashi.

josei manga rec: Chihayafuru

All her life, Chihaya’s dream was to see her model sister become Japan’s best… That is, until a quiet, unassuming transfer student named Arata tells her otherwise. A dream, he explains to her, is something she needs to work at herself.
Arata plays a competitive version of a traditional Japanese card game–known as Hyakunin Isshu–in a way Chihaya has never seen before. After taking Arata’s place in a game, Chihaya discovers she has a passion for it. Now Chihaya wants to become number one in the world, the Queen of Karuta.