Karuta has never been so intense!

Earlier today, the Chihayafuru live-action film crew released the first key visual for the project. The new images features actress Suzu Hirose in-character as series protagonist Chihaya Ayase.

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The image is inspired by the second cover of the original Chihayafuru manga.

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The Chihayafuru films will be based on Yuki Suetsugu’s manga of the same name. The films were first revealed in April, on the wraparound of Volume 27 of the Chihayafuru manga. Two movies are planned, with the first due in March 2016, and the second in April.

Chihayafuru 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.

Source: Anime! Anime!