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Chihayafuru  
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Type
Manga

Related Series

Associated Names
Chihaya Full
Chihaya Furu
Csihajafuru
Tutkulu
Тихаяфуру
تشيهايافورو
จิฮายะ
จิฮายะ กลอนรักพิชิตใจเธอ
จิฮายะฟุรุ
ちはやふる
花牌情緣
치하야후루

Groups Scanlating
/a/nonymous
Immortal Abyss
J-SiS
Lazy Ass Scans
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Latest Release(s)
c.230 by Team Iroha about 1 month ago
c.229 by Team Iroha 2 months ago
c.228 by Team Iroha 3 months ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
44 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 27, Chap 143 (S3)

User Reviews
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9 topics, 52 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (563 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.58 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 17th 2020, 9:10am PST


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Year
2007

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Be Love (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (20 Vols - Ongoing; digital)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #378 increased(+127)
Monthly Pos #923 decreased(-14)
3 Month Pos #911 increased(+1)
6 Month Pos #925 decreased(-190)
Year Pos #581 decreased(-98)

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Good but Frustrating  
by YuriNyanChan
June 7th, 2020, 6:52am
Rating: N/A
Tbh, I was going to wait until it's completed but I began reading them two days ago thanks to boring quarantine. I knew this type of manga is best when you read them in one go.
Now that I've read them, I wish to share a few things:
1. The theme is great. I love topics like tradition, sport and art. This manga combined all of those.
2. The characters personalities are fine. They're definitely what you call a true sportman.
3. The flow of the story is okay but for some reason there's no progress. Fl's skill improved in one match, then the next match she forgot everything she learned and back to her clueless self. She's pure and funny but at the same time naive and not bright in the head.
4. I don't mind the lack of romance in sport themed manga. However, the romance in this manga is... Idk how to describe it. Frustrating?
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
There's two ml, one is her childhood friend and the other is the one who introduced her to Karuta. It is easy to say that she's in love with the latter, but you could also see that it is more of admiration (bc he's someone who she looked up to and our of her reach for being missing in action most of the time). While with the other guy, she took him for granted bc he's always there for her.


I would love it better if the character development was carefully planned. I loved Chihaya but she always returned to her old self after a match. Additionally, I think it's better of the romance is dropped from the manga or just make it clear already.

I read other people's review after I posted mine. It seems I'm not the only one who found the romance unnecessary and that there's zero progress in the characters development. If you want to read this, prepare your time (yes, time).

... Last updated on June 7th, 2020, 6:57am
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So far so good  
by tennis0002
October 7th, 2019, 12:41pm
Rating: N/A
This manga makes everyone want to play Karuta. I like the depth of the characters, lots of twists and turns. Lot of competition, overly zealous I must say but I still enjoy it. Enough romance to not over power the story.

The female lead isn't stuck up and is clumsy but still smart when it comes to Karuta. I like the fact she isn't weak or naggy. I feel her determination!!~~ I love the bromance as well 🙂
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Large chunk of chapters MISSING  
by B0R3D0M
December 7th, 2018, 3:50pm
Rating: N/A
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  
by dystq
May 21st, 2018, 12:52am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
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.  
by PZcolo
October 20th, 2017, 5:18am
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
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  
by Uthred
October 19th, 2017, 5:43pm
Rating: N/A
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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Boring.  
by hivemind
September 8th, 2017, 9:26am
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
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  
by sharelvandor
May 30th, 2015, 12:44am
Rating: N/A
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 before...it'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  
by jeffreymgibson
April 28th, 2015, 8:08pm
Rating: N/A
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  
by ajaykumaryadav
September 9th, 2014, 12:05am
Rating: N/A
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)
....chih..love 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 Chihaya...is 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.....
JUST ROMANCE IS UNREALISTIC
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