Chihayafuru (ちはやふる) is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Suetsugu, serialised in Be Love and published by Kodansha. It has been adapted into an anime television series, which aired on Nippon Television between October 2011 and March 2012. A second season aired between January and June 2013. The manga has won the Manga Taishō Award and the Kodansha Manga Award.
Chihaya Ayase is a frank and ebullient girl who becomes fascinated by the obscure world of competitive karuta, a card game based on Japanese poetry. Introduced to the aggressive style of the game by a quiet and thoughtful elementary school classmate named Arata Wataya, the two quickly become close friends. They start playing as a group with Taichi Mashima, Chihaya’s smart and athletic childhood friend, until they have to part ways during their middle school years due to several circumstances. As their high school life begins, they meet once again.
Opening Theme: “YOUTHFUL” by 99RadioService [Single]
Ending Theme: “Soshite Ima” by Asami Seto
OST & Character Song Album: Vol. 1 / Vol. 2
Bonus CD Vol. 8: Drama CD Konjaku Monogatari Zen-pen
Bonus CD Vol. 9: Drama CD Konjaku Monogatari Kou-hen