Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Distributor: Section23 Films
Release Date: March 20th, 2018
Remember when you were a child and you had a great dream of being something. Did you make it? If not, don’t worry. Lots of people either don’t make it, don’t try for it, or even don’t have a huge dream as children. However, for those that do, I believe that they could greatly relate to the story told in the Chihayafuru series. The first season was excellent and Sentai Filmworks is bringing us the second, now. Many thanks to Section23 for the review unit of Chihayafuru 2.
Chihaya Ayase is now a second-year student in high school and still hitting the tatami hard in her school’s Karuta Club. With new students pouring into first year classes, the club must get five new members. After that, they face the return to Omi Jingu for the Nationals. Through tough opponents, fierce rivalries, and plenty of competitive matches, will the Mizusawa High School Karuta Club be able to win their team matches and their individual Class matches? Find out in this season of Chihayafuru!
Chihayafuru 2 is worth every bit of the wait that I had for seeing it. Starting out strong with the new students and growing the club, I absolutely loved the new additions. The comedy and storytelling is just as good as the first season and there are even more matches. In fact, most of the season is within the span of two days, so you get to see plenty of action. Production values for this season are also a bit higher than the first, so enjoy the visual eye-candy, as well.
The music and sound effects in Chihayafuru are top-notch as well, both in English and Japanese. The dub was enjoyable to listen to, as well. Call me crazy, but almost everything that I disliked in the first season’s dub was fixed in the second season. The card readings are even better. Furthermore, I could feel the major respect that the dubbing staff and voice actors showed to the history of the Hyakunin Isshu. It was nice listening to English voices pronouncing Japanese words/names correctly (as least from what I hear) for a change.
Overall, I highly recommend picking up the second season of Chihayafuru 2 if you liked the first. If you haven’t seen the first season, I encourage you to read our review of it, buy it, buy the second season, and enjoy waiting for the third season to come in 2019. (I hope Satoko from Shinobu’s past becomes a big part of that, but I kinda doubt it.) With a retail price of $99.98 USD in the Sentai Filmworks store, I implore you to buy this series. It’s a really good sports anime without looking like a sports anime, shounen-like, shoujo-ish style show.
Lolinia gives Chihayafuru Season 2 a Drastik Moé Measure of 9.0 out of 10.0 (90).
PS. My bucket list now consists of one day visiting Omi Jingu.