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I’ve had a bit of a break from anime. Been busy with work! X_X But I didn’t mind that little siesta. When I came back to watch episode 5 of Chihayafuru, I had a fresh look at the elegance and wow factor of this anime. Chihaya is also shockingly pretty in some scenes! This time round we might have a 3rd member joining their club! I loved how Oe-san’s input brought a whole new dimension to Chihaya’s interpretation of the game. It was visually quite amazing to see the characters on the cards to be replaced with visual imagery. Suddenly I feel like I should have paid more attention in my English classes when we were studying poetry!! LOL

I’m sure this will remain my favourite anime of the season.

We’re brought back to “now”. Chihaya is dead set on becoming the queen in karuta. Now that she’s bumped back into Taichi, she’s keen to reunite the three of them – Chihaya x Taichi x Arata. She wows everyone in her competition and even manages to rekindle the spark within Taichi for his interest in karuta. Just when we think everything is getting cheery, her call to Arata is a bit of a shock. Arata no longer seems to have any passion for karuta and actually tells Chihaya to never call him again!! WHAT THE!?!? I want to know what happened over these years. What made him change? I’m sure Chihaya will be able to bring back the old Arata.

I am really wow-ed by the art in this anime. The character designs, the actual scenes (like the scene where Chihaya grabs Taichi by the waist) and the use of cherry blossoms create a lovely backdrop to the story. It’s such a pleasure to watch this show. I also love seeing the “fierce” Chihaya!!!! GO GIRL!!!

This anime can probably be described with a few key words: passionate. heartwarming, friendship, sweet and just plain damn GOOD!!!! The animation is also drawn very delicately and pretty. I loved touches like the snow flakes and petals floating into the room.

It was a little unexpected to see episode 3 as focusing on the younger characters. I had expected that we would move back to “now”. However, it does kind of make sense as this episode explains how they fell apart. I’m really keen on seeing the next episode. I want to see Chihaya as an adult!! She’s SOOOOOO innocently adorable!! But I kind of like her long hair! :P

LOVE THIS SHOW!!! Gosh I just realised that my screenshots are very “eyes-focussed”. hahaha But I guess that is what we see most in this anime. It’s all about the concentration and passion these kids have for the traditional Japanese game karuta. I love watching the younger versions of Chihaya, Arata and Taichi (although Taichi did annoy me but then I remembered he’s just an immature young boy so I’ll give it to him) but I also can’t wait for us to go back and see their adult selves in action. I wonder what happened to the gang? From episode 1, something seemed to have pull them apart…

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this anime but generally josei animes are worth checking out and I’m glad I gave this one a go. The art was very delicate and elegant. In some scenes it really reminded me of the movie animation works like ‘5cm per second‘. Obviously it’s not quite there in terms of quality but it’s pretty good for a regular animation.

The protagonist in the story is Chihaya who is in high school and seems to be desperate at starting her own karuta club. Chihaya is actually very attractive with a sweet personality but she seems oblivious to her own beauty which kind of makes her even more attractive. She’s slightly tom boyish and says what’s on her mind. Basically, although she’s pretty, she doesn’t have the girliness that the guys at school go crazy about. Anyway, back to karuta – it’s a card game based on a 100 poems. As someone reads out the poetry, you need to be the quickest at finding the card with the next verse. The anime flashes back to a younger her where a classmate of hers, Ayata, introduced her to this game. Since then she seems to have a passion for it.

I have no idea where the story will lead to but I find it very pleasant to watch. I really miss watching such quality shows. Definitely watching this!!!

So after all the hype and badgering from fellow readers, I rushed off to watch the first episode of Usagi Drop. I didn’t really have expectations. I heard it was good and heartwarming – that was about it. I vaguely recall there was a little girl involved.

Anyway. the moment it started, it reminded me of Aoi Hana (Sapphire agrees) due to the use of water colours style animation. It kind of gave us this raw (as in unfinished) touch. I’m know sure whether it was just me, but it’s like the animation became clearer and more defined as we progressed. At least that’s how I felt. Overall the mood of the anime was quite sad but it had sprinkles of laughter to lighten the mood. It’s not every day anime where you see the first episode on a funeral and an abandoned child.

The anime seems touching and I’m looking forward to the coming episodes. It does feel a touch too sad though for me. The music used reminds me of this Jdrama that I watched years ago. A complete tear jerker…

Here’s a song from the Japanese drama…enjoy.

[audio https://yasashiisekai.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/saku-aki.mp3]

 

I feel like this anime needs to speed up a little. There’s been too little progress so far! Maybe Tsukimi will get together with Kuranosuke? Who knows!?

In this episode the key highlight I say was seeing everyone get a makeover – except for poor Miss Kimono. hahaha Mayaya looks quite cool surprisingly! I have no idea where this anime will be taking us…

*sigh* I’m missing a good solid yuri anime! Does anyone know of any new yuri anime being released? Even the manga front has been quiet too!!! I want to cry!!!

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