Utakoi

Alt title: Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi

TV (13 eps)
3.561 out of 5 from 915 votes
Rank #2,937

Utakoi is a historical romance story based on Ogura Hyakunin Isshu's interpretation of a collection of 100 romance poems that are used in traditional Japanese karuta card/memory game Utakoi takes life based of the very liberal interpretation of the Hyakunin Isshu anthology of poems featuring 100 romantic poems from 100 different poets such as The Tale of Genji's Murasaki Shikibu. However this romantic – both in story and artistic design – series starts its focus with some twists and turns centered around the love between Fujiwara and her romantic interest Ariwara…

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Takaiko and Narihira / Yukihira and Hiroko image

Episode 1

Takaiko and Narihira / Yukihira and Hiroko

Sadaakira and Yasuko image

Episode 2

Sadaakira and Yasuko

Munesada and Yoshiko \ The Monk Henjo image

Episode 3

Munesada and Yoshiko \ The Monk Henjo

Yasuhide and Narihira \ Funya no Yasuhide image

Episode 4

Yasuhide and Narihira \ Funya no Yasuhide

Eastward Ono no Komachi image

Episode 5

Eastward Ono no Komachi

Uta Hen+ image

Episode 6

Uta Hen+

Yoshitaka & the Daughter of Minamoto no Yasumitsu \ Ko no Naishi & Michitaka image

Episode 7

Yoshitaka & the Daughter of Minamoto no Yasumitsu \ Ko no Naishi & Michitaka

Mount Suenomatsu \ Kiyohara no Motosuke image

Episode 8

Mount Suenomatsu \ Kiyohara no Motosuke

Shonagon and Yukinari \ Sei Shonagon image

Episode 9

Shonagon and Yukinari \ Sei Shonagon

Nakoso Falls \ Councilor Kinto image

Episode 10

Nakoso Falls \ Councilor Kinto

Kaoriko and Fujiko \ Murasaki Shikibu image

Episode 11

Kaoriko and Fujiko \ Murasaki Shikibu

Michimasa and Masako \ Midnight Moon image

Episode 12

Michimasa and Masako \ Midnight Moon

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snivets Jul 4, 2012
Score 8.1/10

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

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legnanellaf Sep 26, 2012
Score 9/10

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

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