First Impressions: Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru was not originally part of my fall watch list but I decided to try it after seeing the plot on crunchy news. [Click to read it] Man, this anime just blew me away. I have not felt this surge of anime high in a loooong time. 

I’ve watched a couple of episodes and I can definitely say this is the must-see of the season! Strong beginning, which I hope will stay until the end.

The directing and tone has allowed the perfect set-up of the story. It has a steady pacing that will immerse you into the world of Kurata. This card game is not simple as it is written to be. It is actually quite intense but at the same time enjoyable. The mechanics were inserted quite nicely so there is no difficulty in understanding the game. It was introduced brilliantly that I have no qualms.

I have to commend the wonderful character designs. They have solid backgrounds that are very relatable. They are interesting and fun to watch. The animation adds to the overall packing. It has a very beautiful artwork especially with the imagery of cherry blossoms.

I highly recommend this show. It’s been awhile since I recommended any anime. This just proves how amazing it is. It has definitely exceeded my expectations. I’m pretty sure this anime will be worth re-watching in the future.


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