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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.

Official English Translation


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Associated Names
Chihaya Full

Groups Scanlating
Immortal Abyss
Lazy Ass Scans
Living Dolls

Latest Release(s)
c.206-207 by TDX 4 days ago
v.40 c.204-205 by TDX 2 months ago
v.39 c.200-203 by TDX 3 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
39 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: 8.7 / 10.0 (537 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.57 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 5th 2019, 1:44pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Be Love (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (14 Vols - Ongoing; digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #182 increased(+20)
Monthly Pos #257 increased(+43)
3 Month Pos #241 decreased(-16)
6 Month Pos #243 increased(+30)
Year Pos #243 decreased(-16)

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On 1446 wish lists
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Forum Posts
Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru Gets Live-Action Film 4 months ago
Taichi or Arata? over 2 years ago
Chihayafuru (Arata/Taichi) over 3 years ago
General Technical question about scanlating over 5 years ago
Anime vs Manga over 5 years ago

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Large chunk of chapters MISSING   
Rating: N/A
by B0R3D0M
December 7th, 2018, 3:50pm
Unfortunately there's a large gap in the middle of the series that was never scanlated. I liked it until I wasn't able to continue. Hopefully they start going back and translating the missing chapters now that they're caught up to the new releases.
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Art and story both going downhill   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by dystq
May 21st, 2018, 12:52am
I'm trying very hard to suspend judgment until the the series is complete, but this manga is becoming a real chore to read. At first, I loved everything about this series (and its anime adaptation): the art, the poetry, the karuta, the dynamics between the characters, the panelling. But for the last 50 or so chapters, it feels like the quality of the story and the artwork has been declining, with the same tired stuff being dragged out over and over, with little development in plot or characters.
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Getting more boring.   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by PZcolo
October 20th, 2017, 5:18am
For me chihayafuru is all about the characters and the romance, unfortunately as the story goes on you get more and more of the terribly boring karuta theory, strategy and fantasy (this last one I find annoying, the talk of little gods, the glowing cards, floating letters, three-dimensional whatnot and so on), it was ok at first explaining the rules and the underlying depth of a seemingly simple game but it goes to ridiculous length to try to make it look interesting and amazing that it had the exact opposite effect on me, I found it decent at first and boring, repetitive and annoying as it went by. As a counterpart the story is more and more centered on karuta related things and the opponents and the main char and their relationships development is getting less and less relevance and coverage.
So in short, as it goes by it's getting more boring. I still find it interesting enough to follow it for all the buildup so far, but for how long I wonder.

... Last updated on October 20th, 2017, 5:19am
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A good sports drama, a boring romance   
Rating: N/A
by Uthred
October 19th, 2017, 5:43pm
When it sticks to sports drama its very enjoyable. But when it starts to focus on romance it goes downhill. The romance is poorly and sporadically handled, no matter which characters you like the main romance is going to piss you off.
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Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by hivemind
September 8th, 2017, 9:26am
Started off good, but the story line kept repeating itself. The art never changed - cards flying, players' hand extending in a swift motion, and their eyes enlarging. I like the author's previous work so I'm disappointed with this one.
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mY THOUGHTS about Chihayafuru...=D   
Rating: N/A
by sharelvandor
May 30th, 2015, 12:44am
Chihayafuru is really an awesome read but I like the anime most. At first, I was also hesitant to read it because of the plot. I mean I really don't have any idea on what a karuta game looks like since I'm not Japanese--but then I remembered that I actually got hooked with Hikaru no Go's a manga that depicts a Japanese board game and because I got hooked with it I actually started learning how to play Go and then I thought why not give Chihayafuru a try. It might be actually interesting too and then when I started reading it--just WOW! I got hooked with Chihayafuru a lot more than Hikaru no Go. And I still don't get the whole process of the game--but it's actually very interesting especially the poems written in the cards. I really love the poems especially when Kana-chan started giving a background history about it and the deep meaning behind each and every poem and how she connects it with every character or the circumstances in the story. I just love it! Chihayafuru is really informative. It also gives you a chance to discover more of Japanese culture. It's a culture wise manga and it's really a great find.

Another aspect that I like about Chihayafuru is because it's not the typical sappy romance manga that I usually read. Actually when I think about it there's actually not much of a romance thing going on, if I'm going to compare it in the simplistic way of defining what romance is. The romance here is just light--too light actually but at the same time I can't help but feels there's an undeniable deep bond and love between the characters that simply defies the typical meaning of what really love is and maybe that's what makes it really special for me.

It's also not only centered about romance since typically stories about highschoolers are all about romance but it's also about building relationships--it's all about friendships, making great memories together as well as discovering themselves in the process. The character development is just so great. Each character even the supporting role is highlighted with deep care. They all have their own issues in life, they all struggled with it, they all tried to face it with resolve in their own (weird) ways and whether they failed or succeeded they still to continue to grow and I just can't help but think that i want to see more of their growth. And I think that the Karuta with an added bonus of friends are the driving force behind their AWESOME growth.

And that's why I'm really head over heels with Chihayafuru. I can't get enough of it. SUGOI!....=D
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I just can't understand   
Rating: N/A
by jeffreymgibson
April 28th, 2015, 8:08pm
I just can't understand why this manga is so popular. So far, 27 volumes. It's hard to believe that there are 27 volumes and most of the content are the characters playing some ancient Japanese card game. Yeah, there's a small bit of romance in the background, but the romance has made zero progress in 27 volumes. The first time I read through one of the card games, it was interesting because I didn't know anything about it, but once was enough. I mean, we all know what's going to happen sooner or later. She will keep training and getting better until she finally has a match with the queen. Afterwards if we are luck, the last chapter will tie up the romance, but it may leave it to our imaginations like so many other similar titles.

My overall opinion of this manga is this. Yes, it's interesting for about the first 6 - 8 volumes, then after that it only drags. I don't really read it anymore, but every now and then I may look at a chapter just to see where it's at.
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romance too too unrealistic   
Rating: N/A
by ajaykumaryadav
September 9th, 2014, 12:05am
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Does author have some sort of grudge against character taichi
C Mon man he is clearly mentaly suffering from chapter 1 to 134(ongoing) arata and vicce versa. She clearly worry about taichi as childfriend..which should not be interpreted as romantic interest
So why author choose to make him chase her without any result
It is way obivious arata is talented kind hard working. Way. Stronger than taichi
So its annoying why author hadn't made taichi atleast as strong rival....
He Is just chasing after her and doest have courage to confess to her.
It just. Romance has become unrealistic.

1.Chihaya is not dumb she know about love(towards arata)and romance and all,then also she doesnt have slight feeling that taichi may bee loving her...
2.taichi is constantly chasing after Chihaya..get up man have some self pride and concentrate on karuta..Chihaya dont give dam about your feeling(because from chapter 1 to 134 she only thinks of arata) dont think her feeling will change after only 2-3 chapters...
3.arata dont give dam..about taichi he is way stronger than him in every accord(he even dont consider him rival in any contex,,while taichi consider him his rival)
4.about she dumb or what everyone in this manga(except Chihaya and arata) know taichi have feeling for her...
5.taichi plz leave Chihaya alone and develop some character of your own
6.lastly why author want to meddle in love between Chihaya ant arata plz there is line between friendship and love...Chihaya acts above childfriend towards taichi that is annoying..geeting taichis hope up!even though she constantly thinks of arata.....
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I really like it but...   
Rating: N/A
by geniLove
June 30th, 2014, 9:28am
I stopped reading because I am waiting for some of the middle chapters to be scanned, translated and such. I'm holding out hope and I don't want to spoil the story for myself. Please, someone, post from chapter 49!
Scanlation teams, FIGHTING!
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a potential manga for 10 out of 10...aish   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Mayuchi89
April 30th, 2013, 7:26am
It really dissapointed that i cannot read in japanese..i blamed myself for that..when the story is getting more n more interesting..the chpter skip too much it crush me..i want to read chapter 50 so badly..anyway it is a good manga to read..i got similar feeling of skip beat when read it..maybe because of the female lead competitive...
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