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Chihaya Furu  
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From J-SiS:

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.

Won the 2nd Manga Taisho Award. Winner of the 35th annual Kodansha Manga Award for Best Shoujo.


Related Series
Chihaya Furu (Novel) (Side Story)

Associated Names
Chihaya Full

Groups Scanlating
Immortal Abyss
Lazy Ass Scans
Living Dolls

Latest Release(s)
c.145 by TDX (1d ago)
c.144 by TDX (12d ago)
c.143 by TDX (15d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
27 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 [S1]; Vol 9, Chap 50 [S2]
Ends at Vol 9, Chap 49 [S1]; Vol 17, Chap 93 [S2]

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (435 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 15th 2015, 12:11pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Be Love (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #219 increased(+102)
Monthly Pos #135 increased(+20)
3 Month Pos #181 increased(+33)
6 Month Pos #198 decreased(-13)

List Stats
On 2249 reading lists
On 1265 wish lists
On 97 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru Gets Live-Action Film 15 days, 17 hours, 9 minutes ago
Chihayafuru (Arata/Taichi) 58 days, 17 hours, 37 minutes ago
Taichi or Arata? 671 days, 5 hours, 11 minutes ago
General Technical question about scanlating 673 days, 22 hours, 39 minutes ago
Anime vs Manga 703 days, 21 hours, 7 minutes ago

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expectedly good! RECOMMENDED!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by angelfire_aja
March 27th, 2012, 9:39am
I was just skimming through some animes to watch. When i found the plot soooo interestong and the art too, i decided to go directly to reading the manga, instead. Now i think, "HOW COME I NEVER FOUND THIS BEFORE??" Like i have been hunting my way to get through my depression and found only so-so manga to pass time, i just found it NOW?? This deserved to be RECOMMENDED!! you cant afford to miss this.

P.S. I really need not point it out but---*whispers* I really like model-like protagonists and they happen to be all girls. Chihaya is just so COOL! Has her own way of showing it in an non-cliched manner. Now i wanna get better in a card/board game. . . Hmmmm, chess is a bit intimidating, let's say I take the game of the generals, then? Haha

... Last updated on March 28th, 2012, 1:57am
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AMAZING & BORING at the same time...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by saxenas1
March 21st, 2012, 12:08pm
The art is amazing. LoTSA potential there for the artist. Simply loveable and vibrant. The Story is ALSO amazing. I mean its a boring card game, yet the author was able to play around with the character roles so well that it can be summer up in only one phrase....."AMAZING & BORING"
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Simply delightful!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kurotan
January 24th, 2012, 9:44am
I first watched the anime and really liked then I checked the manga only realize that the art is BEAUTIFUL!! Not to say that Madhouse didn't do a good job. They did. The anime looks amazing too. Anyway I hope to read this all the way through after the anime ends. Not a big of Shoujo but Josei is actually very nice to read.
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Rating: N/A
by phanzanu
January 2nd, 2012, 8:55am
The anime adaptation is awesome. Madhouse brought a beautiful animation to a beautiful manga. Here are just some deviations of the anime from the manga (unless I'm mistaken) for the detail-lovers:

- Nishida's story was expounded in the anime
- Chihaya visits Ooe's store in the anime

Just some little fillers that I don't think anyone will mind, because it actually gives their stories more color.
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Kyaaa!!!!! Read and Watch!!!   
Rating: N/A
by shasa88
December 15th, 2011, 8:27pm
The manga is actually very good..and the subject is quite rare (karuta) so it is fun to read and to know something new... however the scanlation is quite slow but I know that scanlation is actually a hard work ("Gokurosama des ta" to the scanlator group) So for now I stick with the anime first (the anime is actually quite good, Madhouse really make it similar with the manga so I'm very happy with it)...

Unimportant Rumble

I really want to support Arata with Chihaya.. but when I saw Taichi, my opinion begin to wobble... *sigh... Chihaya is quite dense about Arata and Taichi's feeling (I think both of them have a feeling for her) oh well.... I can't wait to see their development in this story, both as a Karuta player and in their relationship....

BTW Taichi with his face and voice (Mamoru Miyano) are a lethal combination that make my stand (ArataxChihaya) wobble.... * splurt!!! *nosebleed

... Last updated on December 15th, 2011, 8:33pm
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Great! Recommended!   
Rating: N/A
by BowlOfNoodles
November 15th, 2011, 10:50pm
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
After watching the first episode of the anime I immediately looked for the manga. Too bad only 10 chapters been translated so far, but episode 5 covers up to that. Couldn't help myself, but I downloaded all the raw volumes up to 14 and skim through it because I really looking forward to finding out what happens even though I can't read Japanese, but skimming through gave me a general idea of what is going on.

My number 1 thing I want to know is who does Chihaya end up with. I know this manga doesn't have romance as a tag, but there is definitely something between the 3 main characters, so that is more interesting to me than them playing Karuta half the time I was skimming through, but as a skim through the volumes, I become quite disappointed. The reason is.... Arata is barely shown in all the volumes. He barely shows up half the time. I know this is about Chihaya, but since it's been established in the beginning that they started together and she actually went to chase him, you would expect him to show up more. Oh yeah, for everyone's information, I'm rooting for Arata instead of Taichi. I know there are a lot supporters for Taichi and even the volumes ahead seems to lean toward him because essentially he's the guy closest to Chihaya throughout the manga, they are in the same club and obviously has feelings for her and looks like Chihaya is leaning towards him too. Taichi in my opinion was one of those arrogant little boys which already gave me a bad impression of him from the beginning and swayed me towards Arata. He's also one of those mister perfect which is definitely shown in episode 7 when the kid with glasses was introduced. I hope she doesn't even up with him, if the mangaka plans to put some more romance into this, but as far as I can see it looks like she's writing towards that ending, which is pretty disappointing to me.

Anyway enough of ranting, everyone should be reading or watching the anime. I hope more chapters get translated soon! 14 volumes is a lot of catch up! Like others have said, this is definitely an underrated series and deserves more! Creative story and very entertaining.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Chibiheaven
October 18th, 2011, 7:45pm
This is frankly a very unknown manga. Probably most people were/will be led here because of the anime (which is as beautiful as this manga.) Honestly, I had no idea I'd be able to find something like this. It's a creative story about something that is uncommon. The art is lovely. Though, I guess I can't say much yet about the story itself... what with only 10 chapters scanlated and having only watched 3 episodes of the anime. I can already see that I'll enjoy this.
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watched the first episode of the anime...and now...   
Rating: N/A
by Lija-chan
October 8th, 2011, 4:47am
i'm so totally into the whole series itself. xD
i couldn't wait what would happen after watching that BEAUTIFUL first episode
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
thanks, MADHOUSE for adapting this beautiful let's just hope they won't eff it up. but i have such a high expectation from MADHOUSE since they animated Death Note and all my other favorite BEAUTIFUL series, lolol

NOW, if only this manga get scanlated faster! i mean, why wasn't it scanlated a long time ago? it was an award winning series too! D:
with having 14 volumes, and still ongoing, we've got A LOT of chapters to catch up to! * 0*
(now i just wonder if the anime would cover the whole thing or cut off in the middle or something. Orz)
been looking for a series targeted for us females that are written very well. i mean, it's rare to find a non-cliche series nowadays, isn't it? and since majority of the really good ones, were either, completed or still ongoing but waiting for a chapter every month or so is painstaking.
can't wait to see how this story will progress♥

... Last updated on October 8th, 2011, 4:48am
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Thumbs Up!!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Phooeyish
December 9th, 2010, 3:29pm
Although this manga is relatively unknown, it's is far better than many I've read. I already consider it one of my favorites, though it's still too early to tell. The art is extremely well done, the plot is creative and original, the characters are cute, and I hope that it keeps getting scanlated!!

**I just finished watching all of the anime episodes to date and WOW, was it good!! I'd recommend it to any and all fans of the manga. The anime doesn't really deviate much (in fact, I don't think it does at all) from the manga and I consider it to be as good as, if not better, than the manga.

... Last updated on December 22nd, 2011, 9:17pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by inerdi
July 23rd, 2010, 5:52pm
This manga is very aesthetically pleasing as well as being well thought out. It's various structural features makes it very interesting to read, and it irks me that the scans don't come out faster. But it's a very lovely manga and probably one of the best I've read. So I'd recommend it to anyone for a good read.

... Last updated on August 12th, 2010, 5:21am
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