The "Hyakunin Isshu" are an anthology of one hundred poems found in a trational Japanese card game called Karuta. The show is introduced by the person who selected the writings, Fujiwara no Teika. This is a glimpse into the origin of some of them. Since the majority of them are love compositions, the focus remains on romance in ancient Japan.
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This is a preliminary explanation of why this show is so awesome; I promise to do an edit/real review when it's over. (Edit: See below) As a literary nerd, the game of karuta has long delighted me. If you like poetry, literature, love stories, or Japanese history check this anime out right now! Do it! If you want to read the poems as the show airs, skip the online wikis. My suggestion is Peter McMillan's... read more
This is a really cute anime, but I can't help that some of it is lost on western audiences because of the content. The plot is easy, it is pretty much a make believe version of how a bunch of famous Japanese haiku's are written, with the narrator being this guy who collected 100 poems (noticably more love poems than anything else) linking the time periods and characters together. THis means that something you... read more