Chihayafuru is about the high school freshman Chihaya, who likes to play a card game called karuta. She creates the karuta club, and her goal is to become queen, the best karuta player in Japan/the world. She tricks people into joining and forms great friendships with the members, while playing karuta.
What I like the most are the characters, I feel a bit ashamed of the way I trashed them before. They are all so sweet, with their own dreams and goals when it comes to playing Karuta. The protagonist, Chihaya, is determinded, and will do anything to achieve her dream of becoming the best karuta player in the world. (Or is her dream actually just to meet her childhood
Also, Arata is an annoying character. He's barely present, never says much, and he is still one of the main characters? How does that happen? He never replies to Chihaya's texts, but seems to have no problem chatting regularly with Taichi, why is that? I don't get this guy.
Ok, I changed my mind a bit, the music is what I like the most. It is beautiful, and so uplifting I always feel a little happier on the inside after watching an episode listening to the soundtrack.
The way this is drawn is almost perfect, but that's according to my personal preferences.
In the end, I gave Chihayafuru 6/10, meaning it was fine. Would I recommend it? Not sure about this, but I know many people who think this is a masterpiece and who really like it. I'm just not one of them...
To be honest, what kept he hanging on to this was the hope of eventual romance. I'll watch season 2, sometime (not right now, I'm too sick of karuta), to see if I have my wish completely fulfilled, and also to see if some of these characters actually get better at playing.