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Live-Action Chihayafuru Flick Hits Theaters In 2016


Image Source: Anime News Network
Image Source: Anime News Network

To get the obvious joke out of the way: “Chihayafuru Season 3, when?”

That said, earlier today, the new issue of Kodansha’s Be-Love magazine revealed that the live-action Chihayafuru film will open in Japanese theaters in 2016.

In addition, the magazine teased that future issues will reveal cast members and other pivotal information.

Chihayafuru is based on Yuki Suetsugu’s manga of the same name. The film was first revealed in April. The announcement was featured on the wraparound of Volume 27 of the Chihayafuru manga, as well as within the pages of Be-Love magazine.

The original manga inspired a pair of anime series from Madhouse, which ran for a combined 50 episodes. Morio Asaka (My Love Story!!) directed the series, while Kunihiko Hamada (My Love Story!!, Nana) handled character designs. Kousuke Yamashita (Digimon Fusion) provided the show’s music.

In North America, the Chihayafuru anime is currently streaming on Crunchyroll. They describe the series as follows:

Chihaya Ayase has spent most of her life supporting her sister’s model career. When she meets a boy named Arata Wataya, he thinks Chihaya has potential to become a great karuta player. As Chihaya dreams of becoming Japan’s best karuta player, she is soon separated from her karuta playing friends. Now in high school, Chihaya still plays karuta in the hope that she will one day meet her friends again.

A pair of key visuals are available, which you can check out below:

Source: Anime News Network

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