It’s not every week that we’ll see Arata and although I’m not a fan, I’d say that I really enjoyed this episode. This was more like Arata’s thoughts regarding individual and team matches or the enjoyment of playing Karuta in general. What’s really more fun? What’s really the game for those who love Karuta?
I just knew that the queen’s exactly like Chihaya. She’s also obsessed with Karuta that it can be noticed that during the first season, the queen remembers the names of people she thinks of as worthy opponents. Sudo-san and Chihaya are part of it. But what’s really interesting is that Arata actually beat Shinobu. That practically shows how strong Arata really is which is why I’m more excited to see him actually play a serious match.
When Arata was forced to join Fujioka West, I suddenly hoped for them to win. I was actually hoping that they’d win and face Mizusawa along the way but turns out we’ll be focusing on Fujisaki’s weird team and Akashi Girls’ School with ultimately normal looking girls with a witty-popular-airhead ace player.
As I have mentioned before, this episode’s focus on Arata has given his thoughts regarding individual and team matches. It’s true that Arata’s only up for the individual matches for the nationals although this match with the two other students from Fukui made him remember his team match from 6th grade with Chihaya and Taichi.
Since Arata’s on a disguise, his glasses were taken off to make sure that he won’t be found out. Despite not fighting seriously and barely seeing anything, I’m honestly amazed how Arata was able to last longer than his teammate there. Giving off a handicapped match without his glasses, he felt really bad for his opponent since he can’t fight him with full strength. He knows the feelings of his opponent, the desire to gain more experience and become stronger from fighting an opponent that made it to the nationals. The moment Arata wore his glasses and seriously faced his opponent taking one card after another. That has got to be the best moment of the episode.
In an overall view on this episode, I’d say that Chihayafuru is still going off pretty well while taking their time in developing every character out there. It’s pretty nice to see how they’re taking things slowly and I have a good feeling that we’ll be having this kind of development until the end(: I wonder if their match during Arata’s match will be shown next episode :3
>>Taichi’s paranoia in here reminded me of Bokura ga Ita’s Nana-chan’s obsession of Nana-san, Yano’s late ex-girlfriend – thinking that Chihaya’s always going Arata this, Arata that when here he is, with Chihaya’s sudden mention of Arata he’s already filling his mind of Arata being around somewhere.
>>I doubt Arata will still be able to compete on the individual match which is a sad thing although it’ll be pretty interesting if their next meet up will be the Queen’s and Master’s qualification match and Taichi’s already in Class A :3