Chihayafuru For The Biggest Troll Of The Year

3I want to call it the Todoke-syndrome,  except that it’s not; because it was never meant to be.

I am 300% aware of the fact that season one aired in mid 2011, but the second season aired this year so get off my back.

Chihayafuru is a fantastic, sneaky and smart sports anime that is carefully wrapped up in shoujo paper.

What I mean by that is that I was drawn to the romance. The first three episodes drew to the romance. The cover of the anime drew me to the romance. The “shoujo” tag drew me to the romance.

Except that there was no romance, and it doesn’t seem like they’re going there any time soon, as I have heard from the manga readers.

I felt a little bit betrayed and as you may expect my hype went down a little. Sorry, but I love my romance animes.

Credits are due where they are due though, and Chihayafuru is a fantastic sports and, sighs, friendship anime that’s awfully addicting. Some romance and kisses would just complete it.

Ahhh, sigh. When will a 100% satisfying romance anime or manga and I cross paths?

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  1. I mean, shojo is a demographic that contains more romance than others, but you’ll still find plenty of stuff like Life, which won the Kodansha Shojo Manga Award in 2006 with exactly zero romantic content. Personally, I do prefer shojo/josei romances because there tends to be comparatively rapid relationship progress, but I don’t expect them to be any one thing after reading that manga.

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    • Life has zero romance? I own the manga up to volume 9, and excuse me if I’m wrong, but I thought there was something going on with Ayumu and the glasses guy by the end of it? Either way, I agree with you, but when I think “shoujo” I inmediatly think “romance”, and the setup for Chihayafuru was perfect for that. Though maybe it would have ruined it? Ahh, I don’t know.

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      • Oh, does it? I’m on chapter 25 right now; it’s a fascinating series, but slow going because of the heavy content. I guess that makes a bit of sense since it’s supposed to get less hopeless eventually.

        When I think of Chihaya’s character, I’m pretty often reminded of the guy from so many sports manga who’s so caught up in his practice he blows his best chances at romance, That’s my best guess as to why romance didn’t develop in this particular series – she fits the archetype too well.

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        • I agree it’s an amazing series, one of my favourites. Have you read any of the other works by the same mangaka? From what I remember she never really goes into the romance unless it’s to add more tragedy in an already heavy story, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they pull a Chihayafuru and keep the romance -if any at all- in the background and can only be seen by the people who want to see it, but what would I know.

          Your reply makes me wonder though, wouldn’t you want any romance to develop in Chihayafuru?

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          • I might. While most of my favorite sports series don’t really have romance (One Outs/Eyeshield 21) or keep it to a situation where the confession only happens 20 pages before the end of the series (Touch/Cross Game), I’ve seen a lot of series where romantic involvement helps characters grow more interesting. I’d say a well-executed romance subplot would add to the series, but not if they have to put everything else on hold to pull it off, and especially not if it’s a love-triangle melodrama between Chihaya/Arata/Taichi. Any romance in the series would involve at least two of them, but prolonged love triangles are too dangerous.

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  2. I mean, shojo is a demographic that contains more romance than others, but you’ll still find plenty of stuff like Life, which won the Kodansha Shojo Manga Award in 2006 with exactly zero romantic content. Personally, I do prefer shojo/josei romances because there tends to be comparatively rapid relationship progress, but I don’t expect them to be any one thing after reading that manga.

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    • Life has zero romance? I own the manga up to volume 9, and excuse me if I’m wrong, but I thought there was something going on with Ayumu and the glasses guy by the end of it? Either way, I agree with you, but when I think “shoujo” I inmediatly think “romance”, and the setup for Chihayafuru was perfect for that. Though maybe it would have ruined it? Ahh, I don’t know.

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      • Oh, does it? I’m on chapter 25 right now; it’s a fascinating series, but slow going because of the heavy content. I guess that makes a bit of sense since it’s supposed to get less hopeless eventually.

        When I think of Chihaya’s character, I’m pretty often reminded of the guy from so many sports manga who’s so caught up in his practice he blows his best chances at romance, That’s my best guess as to why romance didn’t develop in this particular series – she fits the archetype too well.

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        • I agree it’s an amazing series, one of my favourites. Have you read any of the other works by the same mangaka? From what I remember she never really goes into the romance unless it’s to add more tragedy in an already heavy story, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they pull a Chihayafuru and keep the romance -if any at all- in the background and can only be seen by the people who want to see it, but what would I know.

          Your reply makes me wonder though, wouldn’t you want any romance to develop in Chihayafuru?

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          • I might. While most of my favorite sports series don’t really have romance (One Outs/Eyeshield 21) or keep it to a situation where the confession only happens 20 pages before the end of the series (Touch/Cross Game), I’ve seen a lot of series where romantic involvement helps characters grow more interesting. I’d say a well-executed romance subplot would add to the series, but not if they have to put everything else on hold to pull it off, and especially not if it’s a love-triangle melodrama between Chihaya/Arata/Taichi. Any romance in the series would involve at least two of them, but prolonged love triangles are too dangerous.

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