Chihayafuru Season 2 Episode 25 Thoughts and Review
This is it. This is really it. This is the last episode of season two. For all of you that have yet to watch the show, I decided that this week, I’d leave you with this cute edited screencap instead of various pictures of the episode. I think this quote from Taichi really sums up the entire season until now. We’re saying goodbye to our favorite karuta-loving group for now. (Until the special comes out!)
This was one of the best last episodes of a season I have ever seen. Both My Little Monster and Say I Love You did not, in my opinion, have endings that justified the rest of the season. Chihayafuru 2's season ender totally lived up to the expectations that I had set for the show. It delivered the beautiful animation that we love and the amazing story that has kept us coming back for more each week. When Chihaya grabbed onto Arata, I wanted to die. He had actually beaten Shinobu, but all she wanted to know was how he stayed so calm during his matches. He was the cool, calm, collected guy that seemed to win every single match he had ever played. That made me want to cry right there. And then, when Chihaya found out that the entire Misuzawa team had beasted the individual tournament by winning Classes B, C, and D, I wanted to jump for joy even more. After winning the team tournament, Misuzawa had shown that their win the day before had been fair and square as they showed the karuta skills to beat out everyone else. That was probably the highlight of the entire season. And then, when Chihaya had to get surgery, I couldn't help but love when Taichi bought her flowers to cheer her up while everyone argued over what she needed to feel better. He's such a sweetie! Arata telling her that his favorite time to play karuta was when they were back in that old apartment when they were young made me want to bawl. His favorite time to play karuta was when he was with her. He always went back to that moment. I was so torn then between shipping Chihaya with Taichi or with Arata. And when Kana-chan decided to tell Taichi that he had to go after Chihaya and not leave her in the dark forever, I wanted Chihaya and Taichi to be together forever! OMG, all the feels and my indecisiveness between who Chihaya should be with made this episode one of the best of the entire season.
Overall, Chihayafuru 2 made me extremely satisfied. With touching moments and cute scenes, I couldn’t help but love every episode. The only thing I hate about it is that I have to wait for the special to come out later this year. I want it now! Now! I have never been more in love with an anime show than this one (except for maybe Uta no Prince-sama) because it’s just one of those stand-out shows that you don’t think you’ll love until you actually start to watch it. I mean, when I read the synopsis, I was a total skeptic. A show about a Japanese-exclusive game called karuta was a stupid premise, but then when I finally understood the gist of the game and fell in love with it, I couldn’t help but be along for the ride. The characters made the show lovable and the storyline was approachable and not overly-complicating karuta. Every single thing about this show has made me appreciate the beauty of a card game that isn’t even in a language I can speak. And so, as this chapter on Chihayfuru closes, I remember the quote from Taichi that I added to the picture and know that there is more to come. (Plus, it was so cute when Arata’s boss was all sad when he heard that Arata was going to Tokyo to study during university and thought that he would quit then and there. That was a great way to end this splendid season with a little bit of Arata funniness.)