Chōyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi (超訳百人一首 うた恋い) is a historical Josei manga written and illustrated by Kei Sugita, and published by Media Factory. An anime adaptation by TYO Animations began airing in July 2012. Uta Koi is a “super liberal” interpretation of the Hyakunin isshu anthology of 100 romantic poems by 100 poets compiled during the Heian period.
Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi is an animation of the Japanese card game Uta-garuta which itself comes from Hyakuninisshu one of the most important works of Japanese literature which is a 12th century anthology of love poems compiled by the aristocrat Fujiwara no Teika includes poems by the most important poets of the Heian Period. History lesson out of the way. Each episode is introduced by Fujiwara no Teika himself in a modern setting and tells the background of each poem and a little about the poet’s life, lacing it with humour and an intelligent script. It is worth remembering that the characters were real people and most were renowned in their lifetime including Sei Shonagon who wrote the Pillow Book and Murasaki Shikibu who wrote the Tale of Genji. They spent most of their time stuck in the royal palace especially Empresses, Princesses and ladies in waiting who were almost imprisoned. You can only imagine the boredom and frustration many of these intelligent women had not being able to use their intellect.
Opening Theme: “Love Letter from Nanika?” by ecosystem [Single w/scans]
Ending Theme: “Singin’ My Lu” by SOUL’d OUT [Single w/scans]
[info] – 1. Character Song CD : Mahorama
[info] – 2. Drama CD: “Uta hen。”
[info] – 3. Chouyaku Hyakuninisshu Uta Koi. OST
[info] – 4. Hyakunin Isshu Roudoku CD
[info] – 5. Character Song CD : Asu wo Egaku Uta
[info] – 6.
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