Chihayafuru Part I

Synopsis: When Chihaya Ayase was in the 6th grade of elementary school, she met Arata Wataya. Arata Wataya transferred from Fukui Prefecture. Taichi Mashima was Chihaya Ayase's friend since they were little. Arata got close to Chihaya and Taichi from the card game 'karuta'. Four years later, Chihaya is a high school student. Chihaya learns that Arata, who went back to Fukui Prefecture, doesn't play karuta anymore. Believing they will meet Arata again, Chihaya and Taichi start a karuta club at their high school.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Norihiro Koizumi
Production: Robot Communications
  1 win & 2 nominations.
111 min

Chihayafuru Part 1

Ariwara no Narihira read

it a thousand years ago.

It's a passionate poem of love.


All I can see now...

Are the characters, "Chiha".

(3 years ago)

Please join!

Won't you try out?

Please join!

Let's do our best together!





Are you still going to

join soccer in high school?

I guess.


I'll surely join the karuta club.

Karuta club?


No way.


All the guys in our class are

going to join the karuta club.

Ours too.


Huh? Haven't you heard?

Look here. Look.

The little sister of

Chitose Ayase right here

is enrolled here and said

she'll form a karuta club.

The Hundred Poems each

have first verses and second verses.

You first arrange in front

of you the second verses.

When the reader says the first verse,

you then pick up its

corresponding second verse.

That's all.

Simple, right?

Yeah, yeah.

Then, let's try it out.

~Naniwa Bay, now the flower blooms,~

~but for winter.~

~Here comes spring,

now the flower blooms.~

~Here comes spring,

now the flower blooms.~

~From this world~


I don't wanna go!

Come on! Let's go!



Hey Hasegawa! Hey! What's wrong?!

No way! No! No! No!


Here she is!

Hey, look, look.

It's fine if it's

4-to-1 next time!


Damn! The little sister's also too cute!

So cute!

Did you see her, Mashima?



Fight! Fight! Fight!


Fight! Fight! Fight!

Hey you!

Let's see!

You're Shiranami Karuta

Society's Taichi Mashima, right?!

Whoa! Long time no see!

How many years has it been?


Wait! What?!

You're doing tennis?

That's not it.

Oh come on now! Don't be shy!

Now that we're in high school,

karuta's out of the question.


If you're going to join a club,

it should be a popular one, right?

Come on, why don't you join our club.

Let's smash together to Air K!

Who was that?

Because it is required to join

club activities in our school,

please choose wisely what

club you're going to join.

That is all for today.


Taichi Mashima?

We've only just met so no.


What if you're so rich!

So smart!

Good at sports, and

above all good looking!

Don't get ahead of yourself!

Hm? Did I just got praised?

No way!




I don't know his name...


Air, Air K!.

K! Sir!

Anyone there!


It's no good.



It's you, Taichi!

Elementary school was

the last time we met.


Please help!

Ma'am? Kana?

Please help!

Hey! Someone! Anyone! Please help!

Ah! Ah! Hey! Hey! You over there!

Hey! The girl over

there in school uniform!

Ah! Hey! Hey! The girl over

there in school uniform!


Chihaya, you aren't popular

with the guys, are you?

By the way, why are you in this school?

Didn't the middle school you

were also had a high school?

And spend three more years

commuting two hours each way?



This is "Se o hayami".

"Se o hayami"?

This must be fate!

( Let's make a karuta club

together ) This must be fate!

( Let's make a karuta club together )

I've decided that I would build a

karuta club once I entered high school.

We can enter team competitions

if there are five members.

The summer's nationals

will be held at Oumi Jinguu!

It's like the Koushien of karuta!



You're still so into karuta.

Of course I am.

You, me, and Arata made a

pact to keep playing, right?

What's so funny?

You haven't changed at all.


Besides, is it good to find members

who won't play karuta

as passionate as you?

I'll do soccer.

What? You're kidding, Taichi!

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