Chihayafuru Episode 10

The day of the Tokyo regionals. Naturally, Kanade is a bit excited about everyone wearing hakama (even if they're the only ones). Tsutomu gets a bit depressed that he can't take a card, but Nishida later reveals that he was paired up with the strongest player. He realizes that the team is focusing on Taichi, Nishida, and Chihaya, and throwing away Tsutomu and Kanade's matches.

Things become even more complicated when Kanade wins a match. Tsutomu finally snaps and tries to go home, but Taichi convinces him to stay for the finals. Chihaya is shaken by Tsutomu's outburst and starts to lose her edge in the next game, even losing her own card. Tsutomu hears about Chihaya's performance and rushes to the game.

Taichi realizes his role and manages to reassure everyone through their games, which results in victory. Taichi is surprisingly perceptive. He makes a good leader (with Chihaya for motivation). I think the next episode will determine a lot of things. With these sorts of shows, there are the more common styles where the main character's team just keeps winning up to the championships, like in Saki, or the style where the main character's team loses the major tournament, but finds another path to their goal. I'm curious to see how this show approaches it.

  • Joojoobees

    Dec. 6, 2011, 9:27 p.m.

    I can't say I blame Tsutomu for his emotional reaction. He must have felt a mixture of shame at losing, and having been made a fool of, for being the "extra" player they were never counting on for a win. It certainly made for a tense match in the semi-final.


  • Yerocha

    Dec. 7, 2011, 2:45 a.m.

    Tsutomu's story in this episode reminded me of something from Eyeshield 21. A character there spent so much time struggling to be important to the team that it became so much greater when they finally succeeded. So I'm curious to see how this story will unfold, because I've seen it work well in the past.



    Dec. 7, 2011, 7:53 a.m.

    oh yeah...i remember that guy...that could work


  • TheJester

    Dec. 9, 2011, 2:53 a.m.

    I'm a little surprised that you didn't mention the thing between Arata and Chihaya. I suppose it wasn't the big focus of the episode but I feel that it plays a crucial part. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't watched this series yet, but I feel bad for Taichi. Anyone else...?


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