On this episode of Manga Mavericks, we’re joined by new guest Kory from the Taiiku Podcast, as well as our old friends, Bomber (Sakaki) and Jecka from the WSS Talkbalk blog and Twitter, to talk about Yuki Suetsugu’s Chihayafuru manga! Chihayafuru is a high school, sports series centering on Chihaya Ayase, who is inspired by her new friends to play the Japanese card game known as karuta, and from then on becomes obsessed with it to the point of forming a team in high school to seriously compete in tournaments all across nation to become the best in Japan! Our Mavericks both recently read all of whatever was available of the manga from Kodansha USA and instantly became filled with passion while experiencing players from all walks of life competing in matches against each other in a game that requires more then just knowing a few Japanese poems! We discuss how amazing the series is from the first volume alone, as well as why readers will become enamored with the matches that take place despite any language barriers! Afterwards, we even get to answer some Chihayafuru-related questions from the listeners! Enjoy!

 

 

PODCAST BREAKDOWN:

0:00:00 – Intro

0:02:31 – Chihayafuru Discussion

1:16:02 – Listener Questions!

1:42:58 – Community Shout-Outs!

1:53:00 – Wrap-up

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About The Author Colton Solem

Colton is just your regular glasses wearing nerd residing in Saint Louis, Misery (that's a joke) who loves reading and collecting manga as a hobby and also records too many podcasts! He started off his podcasting escapades in 2013 when he created Life Lessons: The Gintama Manga Cast, which is dedicated to Gintama and its past English release of the manga. From there he became the co-host of shows such as the Manga Corner from Anime3000, Heavenly Kings, One Podcast Prevails and many more. Colton first discovered manga back in 2006 when he bought his first issue of Shonen Jump, and ever since then, his love and passion for manga took off from there! His favorite titles include One Piece, Eyeshield 21, My Hero Academia and much, much more. Oh yeah, guess he likes anime as well (but truth be told didn't know what it actually was until about 2007). Colton can be found frequenting sites such as MyAnimeList and Twitter under the handle of sniperking323.