Chihayafuru, Vol. 1

by Yuki Suetsugu

Kodansha Comics, 2017

7 cups of tea out of 11

Summary: Wataya is a new student who also happens to be good at Karuta, a card game where you match the poem card with what is being said and you have to strategically swipe the right card off to the side. Chihaya becomes fascinated with the game and influences Wataya and another classmate, Mashima, to create a three person team so they can practice playing.

Likes: I like how much friendship is emphasized. Chihaya also has a strong personality and stands up for what she believes. She’s also really enthusiastic about this game. There’s a lot of action built into it too. Mashima was a problem at first but he redeems himself.

Dislikes: I’m not sure what to expect of the series because everything in this volume feels like setup.

Overall this does feel like a prelude volume. It seems to be Chihaya as a teenager in the first scene and then the rest is a flashback to her childhood. So I’d like to continue but it isn’t a high priority.

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