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It’s Official: Chihayafuru Anime Gets a Third Season in 2019


Cue up those “It’s Happening” gifs, folks!

Earlier today, Chihayafuru fans flocked to a fan event. During the presentation, news broke that the Chihayafuru anime will receive a third season. Masami Seto, who played Chihaya in the original series, noted that she’s “delighted by the news.”

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The new Chihayafuru season will air in 2019, during NTV’s AnichU programming block.

Yuki Suetsugu’s Chihayafuru manga launched in the pages of Be-Love in December 2007. The title currently spans 35 collected volumes, with the most recent hitting stores on August 10. Kodansha Comics currently holds the rights to the title in North America.

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

Sentai Filmworks currently holds the rights to the Chihayafuru anime. They describe the show as:

Chihaya Ayase is a beautiful and headstrong young woman with a passion for karuta, a card game inspired by classical Japanese poetry. As a child, Chihaya was introduced to the game by a quiet, gifted transfer student named Arata, and she was instantly drawn to it. Now in high school and reunited with her childhood friend Taichi, Chihaya dreams of finding Arata and the three resuming their love of karuta, only to discover that Arata has quit the game due to personal reasons. Determined not to let Arata’s passion go to waste, Chihaya and Taichi form the Mizusawa High School Karuta Club, where they learn that in karuta – as in life – working toward your dreams is the key to winning, even when what you want seems just out of reach.

A live-action film trilogy starring Suzu Hirose was also produced. The first two movies hit Japanese theaters in March and April 2016, respectively. The third feature, titled Chihayafuru: Musubi (Chihayafuru: Conclusion), hit Japanese theaters on March 17, 2018.

A live-action TV series is also in the works, and slated to stream on Hulu in Japan.

Source: Yahoo! News (Thanks to M.J. Warren for the tip!)

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