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Chihaya Furu  
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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.

Note: Won the 2nd Manga Taisho Award and the 35th annual Kodansha Manga Award for Best Shoujo.
Was nominated for the 20th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2016.


Related Series
Chihaya Furu (Novel) (Side Story)

Associated Names
Chihaya Full

Groups Scanlating
Immortal Abyss
Lazy Ass Scans
Living Dolls

Latest Release(s)
v.36 c.184 by TDX (0d ago)
v.35 c.183 by TDX (2d ago)
v.35 c.182 by TDX (3d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
34 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]

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (523 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.57 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 10th 2017, 3:16am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Be Love (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (3 Volumes - Ongoing; Digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #52 increased(+27)
Monthly Pos #197 increased(+184)
3 Month Pos #386 increased(+24)
6 Month Pos #327 increased(+43)

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Forum Posts
Taichi or Arata? 286 days, 16 hours, 15 minutes ago
Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru Gets Live-Action Film 861 days, 0 hours, 55 minutes ago
Chihayafuru (Arata/Taichi) 904 days, 1 hours, 23 minutes ago
General Technical question about scanlating 1519 days, 6 hours, 26 minutes ago
Anime vs Manga 1549 days, 4 hours, 53 minutes ago

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by liquidsin
June 17th, 2012, 10:15am
I feel the same sense of disconnection when reading this series as I do with others that focus on specific board games. Possibly even more so because the game of Karuta is so deeply centralized in Japanese culture. The game itself is simple; an announcer reads the first 2 lines of a poem while the players try to remove the matching card that contains the last 3 lines of the poem. The problems, though, are plentiful.
  • Karuta isn't a global game. Foreign readers miss the nuances and specifics within the Japanese language that play a vital role in Karuta. This boundary causes gaps between specific plays and the explanations that follow while also ensuring that those readers will never be able to play Karuta. Why read about a game that can't be played?
  • The overall lack of strategy in Karuta is glaringly obvious. Memorization and quick reflexes rule Karuta to the point where Chihaya, the main character, and her teacher devise a method of shouting to destabilize her opponents.

... Last updated on November 30th, 2014, 6:41pm
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Very juvenile   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by blackmokona
April 12th, 2012, 9:59am
Make no mistake, this story thrives on character development and has very little going on in the plot department. And it spends so much time doting on its juvenile heroine and her flat genius romantic interest that itís hardly worth reading.

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To get it out of the way, the first chapters were well written and in no way indicative of the rest. They contain flashbacks to Chihayaís childhood when she discovers the game of kurata and friends to last her a lifetime. It is heartfelt and significant because she gains a purpose for her own and steps out of her sisterís shadow, never mind serious implications that Chihaya has kurata because she doesnít have anything else. Only her two new friends shortly move away, leaving Chihaya to deal with loss.

No matter though, because when the flashback ends she is reunited with both of them, and the emotional upheaval then becomes cheated. Chihaya from a ten-year-old has grown into a beautiful teen, just as unkempt and spirited and oblivious and utterly tactless. After all those years not only did she not gain any emotional maturity, but she has actually regressed when lessons learned just the other chapter turn effectively worthless. By the way, if Chihaya didnít give a button how pretty she was, then why bother mentioning it? Hint I can be beautiful too but I donít really care and I donít wear fashionable clothing and make-up but if I do I would totally look hot hint.

What happens after is painfully overdone. Okay Taichi we get that you have a crush on Chihaya but must you blush while gazing at her every five panels? And did the other guy seriously quit playing kurata because his grandfather died while he competed? I have a word for people like that, but my mother tells me to substitute it with Ďself-centered egomaniacsí. Thatís not guilt; thatís wallowing in your own melodrama. That kind of shit is acceptable if he wasnít this wisdom before age type, but as earlier chapters pushed in that direction Ö arg.

Chihayafuru falls apart due to this completely facile approach to grief and growth. I think that it's due to the mentality of children which we accept as simple, but was treated with such care, and the mentality of teenager which are more nuanced but has been oversimplified.

Edit: Right, didn't see the reply. To awavingflag

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It can be considered realistic. Does that make him likable? No. The shit he does still isn't acceptable. The fact that Chihayafuru doesn't call him out is what makes me see red--it doesn't acknowledge that its character is still wallowing in his own melodrama. It is contrived plot. It is contrived emotion, since the tension was entirely fabricated.

I felt cheated out of my own emotional reactions. There's a huge problem when the story does something to make us and the heroine cry and then undoes it a few pages later. Give her new friends. Show her that she has to move on. Anything but what it did.

So okay, my problem with the beauty thing is that it perpetuates the myth that women have to look "naturally' beautiful. News flash: no woman can look beautiful without trying to or without caring about how she looks. The myth allows men to demand women to look nice without trying, and then condemn those who puts on too much make-up or undergoes cosmetic surgery.

Re: Taichi, I have not followed it until the point that you are talking about. I don't see it in what little I did read, but then again, I had no reason to. And I don't like to compare manga like that, because that's like saying this manga is a little bit better than all those horrible manga.

Hopefully this addressed all of your points.

... Last updated on May 16th, 2013, 10:46am
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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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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!!!   
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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!   
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by BowlOfNoodles
November 15th, 2011, 10:50pm
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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...   
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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
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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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