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!
0:00:00 – Intro
0:02:31 – Chihayafuru Discussion
1:16:02 – Listener Questions!
1:42:58 – Community Shout-Outs!
- Taiiku Podcast episodes on Chihayafuru
- Anime is Lit podcast on Chihayafuru
- History of Japan Podcast
- “How Chihayafuru frames breastfeeding as an early parenthood challenge” from AniFem
- Grant has now caught up on One Piece! Check out his threads!
- Or just follow him in general (do it)
- Listen to the Blade Licking Thieves podcast
1:53:00 – Wrap-up
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- Read Chihayafuru wherever digital comics are sold!
- Watch the anime on Crunchyroll, HiDive or VRV!
- Crunchyroll’s Behind the Scenes on Chihayafuru
- Follow Kory on Twitter
- Listen to the Taiiku Podcast
- Follow Bomber on Twitter
- Follow Jecka on Twitter
- Check out the WSS Talkback blog and Twitter
- Jecka’s Youtube Channel
- Follow Lum’s new art twitter!