So, Chihayafuru season 3, when?

Earlier today, Toho began streaming a promotional trailer for the live-action Chihayafuru movie. The 30-second teaser gives viewers a first glimpse at the film in action.

Two Chihayafuru live-action films are planned for production, which will adapt Yuki Suetsugu’s manga of the same name. The first movie will hit Japanese theaters in March 2016, while the second will open a month later.

The confirmed cast includes:

  • Chihaya Ayase: Suzu Hirose
  • Taichi Mashima: Shuhei Nomura
  • Arata Wataya: Mackenyu
  • Kanade Ooe: Mone Kamishiraishi
  • Yusei Nishida: Yuma Yamoto
  • Tsutomu Komano: Yuki Morinaga
  • Akihito Sudo: Hiroya Shimizu
  • Hiro Kinashi: Ryotaro Sakaguchi
  • Shinobu Wakamiya: Mayu Matsuoka
  • Taeko Miyauchi: Miyuki Matsuda
  • Hideo Harada: Jun Kunimura

Chihayafuru Live-Action Film Visual 001 - 20150913Chihayafuru inspired a pair of anime series from Madhouse, which ran for a combined 50 episodes. Morio Asaka (My Love Story!!) directed the show, while Kunihiko Hamada (My Love Story!!, Nana) provided character designs. Kousuke Yamashita (Digimon Fusion) was in charge of the show’s music.

In North America, the Chihayafuru anime is currently streaming in its entirety 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: Comic Natalie