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Chihayafuru

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Chihaya Ayase is a famous beauty at her school, but she’s far from a conventional girl. Three years ago in her final year of elementary school, Chihaya and her friend Taichi became infatuated with the card game, Karuta, after connecting with a lonely boy named Arata Wataya. But when the trio graduated from elementary school, they each went their separate ways but shared one common goal: to excel in the game and meet each other at the national championships. Now, Chihaya is attempting to share her passion for the game by creating a competitive Karuta club at school, but when she reunites with Taichi it seems that maybe she’s the only one with the intention of fulfilling their childhood promise...

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Chihayafuru 2 TV 2013 Sequel
Chihayafuru OVA OVA 2013 TBD

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Chihayafuru 2007 TBD
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Kunihiko HAMADA Character Design
Morio ASAKA Director
Yuki SUETSUGU Original Manga Creator

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Chihayafuru NarkyOtic 7.5/10 Dec 14, 2012
Chihayafuru shiro13 9/10 Jul 26, 2012
Chihayafuru roriconfan 5.5/10 Apr 25, 2012
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Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi.

Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi.

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DarkMagicianGirl

Chihayafuru is all about a game karuta. The players have to learn 100 poems and have to find the right card that matches the poem. Chouyaku hyakunin isshi: uta koi is about these 100 poems. If you want to learn about the poems you have to watch Chouyaku hyakunin isshi: uta koi. If you want to learn about karuta and what some of the poems mean you have to watch Chihayafuru. If you wacht 1 you will watch the other.

CommanderKarasu

There are major differences between these two series, but I believe this recommendation makes sense. Chihayafuru is set in modern-day and revolves around the game of Karuta. Utakoi is historical and tells various stories based off the 100 Poems, which are printed on the cards in Karuta. If you enjoyed Chihayafuru and liked the poetry aspect, check out Utakoi. If you enjoyed Utakoi and are interested in how the poems are used in Karuta, check out Chihayafuru. 

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Kuragehime

Kuragehime

Tsukimi is an otaku and jellyfish enthusiast whose only means of coping with the world is to reject it: she and her friends live in a house they declare a man-free zone, generally avoid 'stylish people', and spend their days blissfully bonding over geeky rituals. As misfortune would have it, their convenient existence is about to be turned on its head by the arrival of Kuranosuke, a seemingly beautiful young woman who is actually a beautiful young man. While he may be strange even by their standards, Kuranosuke embodies everything Tsukimi secretly dreams of being - a princess as ethereal as a floating jellyfish - and promises the kind of mind-boggling adventures only possible when geek meets chic!

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Morwen

Both of these josei series feature a quirky cast of characters, a love triangle between a somewhat childish guy that none the less passionately loves the protagonist and a shy, awkward man that wears glasses, a bright color palatte and a main character with one particular dream and fixation. The characters in Chihayafuru aren't quite as counter-culture as the ones in Princess Jellyfish (considering most of the cast there are otaku of some sort), but I think both of these series have a similar focus on characterization, not to mention the same demographic.

triplestrike

These shows are very different in their main concept however both can dip into the tender category and really offer the viewer a way to reflect on the beautiful frienships within our lives.

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Kuroko's Basketball

Kuroko's Basketball

They were known as the 'Generation of Miracles' – five basketball prodigies who helped lead Teiko Middle School's basketball team to glory, defeating anyone who got in their way. But a mysterious rumor tells of a sixth, a phantom player who the five prodigies respected greatly. That boy is Tetsuya Kuroko, a freshman at Seirin High and the newest member of the basketball club. Alongside strong teammates such as Taiga Kagami, Kuroko will use his unique skills on the court to help the team defeat old rivals and make their way to the championships.

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snivets

Chihayafuru and Kuroko are both stories about talented players who still have to work hard against long odds to succeed. They have a similar atmosphere of trying your hardest and learning to depend on your teammates.

whimsical

These two animes focus on getting better at a sport you love. And the characters inspire others to get better and/or change their point of view of the sport.

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Saki

Saki

Winning a game of Mahjong is hard; getting the same score every time is practically impossible. So imagine the surprise of the school Mahjong club when Saki Miyanaga walks in and does just that. Despite her dislike for the game, her talent is obvious and it's up to the club members - the top-heavy Nodoka, the energetic Yuuki, the cunning Mako and the permanently in control club president Hisa - to persuade her to join the club and help them reach the Nationals. But even then, will their combined skills be enough to overturn some of the toughest high school players the country has to offer?

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winniebai

they both have a common theme of a game where the main character is very passionat about what they play. the feel of them is also very similar,if you liked one, you should definatly check out the other

willfemi

Both Saki and Chihayafuru are about recruiting members for their clubs and then participating as teams (an occationally individuals) in compitions.

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Cat Returns, The

Cat Returns, The
  • Movie (1 ep x 75 min)
  • 2002

One afternoon on her way home from school, Haru saves a cat from getting run over by a truck and promptly gets the shock of her life when it stands on its hind legs to thank her. That night, she is greeted by a parade of felines who inform Haru that her earlier heroics saved the prince of the Cat Kingdom. Haru suddenly finds herself inundated with gifts of mice and catnip as means of thanks, culminating in the announcement that she will be taken to their kingdom to marry the prince. With no desire to marry Prince Lune, Haru turns to The Baron and Muta from the Cat Bureau for help, but unable to stop them, Haru is swept away by a horde of cats. Can Haru prevent this marriage of inconvenience and return home before she becomes a cat herself?

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Morwen

These two anime have a similar feel in terms of art design, as well as being gentle, optimistic tales about a girl finding her passion and coming of age as a teenager. The two genres are very different, with Chihayafuru being a romantic sports drama and The Cat Returns being more of a fairy tale, but I think someone looking for anime with a similar theme and feel will enjoy both of these.