Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2011 to Mar 28, 2012
Premiered: Fall 2011
Broadcast: Wednesdays at Unknown
Producers: VAP, Nippon Television Network
Genres: Drama, Game, Josei, School, Slice of Life, Sports
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Chihaya Ayase, a strong-willed and tomboyish girl, grows up under the shadow of her older sister. With no dreams of her own, she is contented with her share in life till she meets Arata Wataya. The quiet transfer student in her elementary class introduces her to competitive karuta, a physically and mentally demanding card game inspired by the classic Japanese anthology of Hundred Poets. Captivated by Arata’s passion for the game and inspired by the possibility of becoming the best in Japan, Chihaya quickly falls in love with the world of karuta. Along with the prodigy Arata and her haughty but hard-working friend Taichi Mashima, she joins the local Shiranami Society. The trio spends their idyllic childhood days playing together, until circumstances split them up.