Chihayafuru fans have been waiting years for the return of the beloved (yet still somehow underrated) anime series but for a lucky few, that wait is going to be cut short!
Crunchyroll announced today via their blog that the third season of this series will have its world premiere at Crunchyroll Expo on August 31. The screening will take place from 3 pm to 4 pm in the CRX 2019 Theater. Along with this news, it was revealed that the producer of the series, Toshio Nakatani, will be in attendance at the screening and will take questions from the audience.
The story for the third season is described by Crunchyroll as:
“I’m not letting go of my dreams! I’m gonna be the queen!”
They put everything on the line to taste the glory. Chihaya and Mizusawa High School karuta club teammates, including those who just joined, spend the summer of their sophomore year competing at the National Tournament.
In the team competition, they beat the seemingly invincible Fujisaki High School to make Mizusawa High School the champion for the first time. In the individual competition, Taichi wins the B Level while Arata wins the A Level.
The right finger that Chihaya injured in the team competition has healed from the successful surgery. She’s ready to join the Fujisaki High School summer camp with Taichi.
They set their eyes on beating the reigning queen and put up with the brutal training from their advisor Sakurazawa, but the discovery of one fact might dash their hopes of playing.
Meanwhile, Arata learns that having his own team will open up new opportunities, so he sets off to establishing one.
A new rival, an unpredictable future, and the dream of becoming the queen. “Chihayafuru 3” overflows with the passion and devotion of the karuta club high school students!
Morio Asaka (My Love Story!!) will return to the director’s chair at Madhouse to helm the project.
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 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.