~ah. It’s been a week since I last posted. I’m getting pretty lazy these days -_- anyway…
Chihayafuru is so good that my only problem about it is how each 20mins episode feels like 10mis. Seriously.
This episode really made me appreciate Tsukuba Akihiro’s (Irino Miyu) character.
What really captured me in this episode is Tsukuba’s role as the person his brothers look up to. He personally carries the burden of being expected and he doesn’t want to let them down. I think that Tsukuba’s strength comes from this expectation.
Despite not being an experience karuta player, he tried to add his name as a participating member of their team by removing Komano’s (Yonaga Tsubasa) name on the list. But when Nishida (Nara Tooru) found out, Tsukuba-kun stated his side and Komano-kun just remembered everything that happened a year ago when he considered himself as a filler member. I really like how Komano-kun thought about giving the freshmen a chance to participate. Instead of playing every match, Komano-kun has thought of their strategy based on his notes and allowed the two freshmen to play. I guess calculating players aren’t so bad after all.
The experience was really great fir both Tsukuba-kun and Sumire-chan. Also, their participation in the tournament made them admire their senpais more – especially on Chihaya. Since they just learned how to play karuta a couple of months back, it’s no surprise that they got seriously surprised at how intense the matches are. But on the good side, it made them like karuta even more. And hey, I actually enjoyed watching their match, especially Sumire-chan’s :3
On a final note, the cliffhanger here sure is interesting. Looks like the queen, Wakamiya Shinobu (Nakamichi Mihoko) knows Arata.
What dominated this episode for me is the development on Taichi.
I was actually agreeing on them as they talk about Taichi’s unluckiness as the reason he’s stuck in Class B but thanks to Harada-sensei for clearing things up(:
Mashima Taichi is my favorite character in Chihayafuru not only because he’s voiced by Miyano Mamoru (although it was my #1 reason I got pushed into watching this series back then) but I also like Taichi because he seems to be the character that has the most things in his hand that he’s actually the character that inspires and moves me in this series ever since the first season.
ANYWAY I’m always amazed by Taichi’s ability to remember all the cards. In fact he doesn’t only know all the cards, he actually memorizes their positions clearly (as shown in Komano’s act in S1), remembers which cards are read and not yet read, and he knows when there are dead cards or not. BUT THEN, as an Nishida has pointed out in S1, his great memory is both his strength and weakness. AND I agree with Nishida-kun there although missed out something which Harada-sensei just mentioned in this episode.
What’s also holding Taichi back from advancing to Class A is his way of thinking during the game and his overall thinking regarding the limit of his ability. The problem with Taichi is that when he has set on his mind that his opponent has talent, he looks down on himself and end up not being at his best (well that is all unluckiness aside).
I guess it’s all thanks to Harada-sensei words that Taichi was able to pull himself up and win his match, not that we’re expecting him to lose to some card-sensing opponent.
Now setting Taichi’s issue aside, Tsuboguchi Hiroshi (Takahashi Kenji) sure has enjoyed being a karauta-bu coach at the school his teaching at despite his disappointment at the beginning (remember episode 2?). Not only is Hiro a strong player but seems like a good coach as well.
NOW I’m ready for their re-match with Hokuo! 😀
~AMNESIA will be posted tomorrow(: