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「みゆきまたなむ」 (Miyu Kimatanamu)
“Wait for the Emperor’s Return”

Last week, I described Chihayafuru as “exquisite torture”. If I were to say that again today, I’d be half right.

I’d almost allowed myself to believe that this day wouldn’t come for S2, but sadly we have a recap episode. As brutal as this season has been to follow with the glacial pacing, this is just salt in the wound. With so much ground to cover and so little time, this really hurts.

Even worse, this recap was nowhere near as good as the first Chihayafuru recap episode – which happens to be probably the best of that ugly breed that I’ve seen. There was very little new footage (taken from the manga omakes) this time, and nothing that cast any light on the character dynamics like the shiptease and “Jack of all trades, master of none” moments from the first season’s recap. But we did at least learn Kana-chan has only three eyelashes – now just try not thinking about it every time you see her.

That’s enough effort for a recap ep – I’ll see you all in this space next week, with what given the current pacing is likely to be the first four cards of the final match in the team tournament.

April 27, 2013 at 5:29 am
26 comments »
  • April 27, 2013 at 5:44 amMi-Chan

    I knew this was coming because I could feel my insides tearing up for this episode, usually the case is worsened when you know you have yet to pass another week of the torture..

  • April 27, 2013 at 5:46 amA Dollar Member

    Burning question – do you think there’ll be any chance for a third season? (I will cry and destroy my computer if they try to come up with an anime original ending.)

    • April 27, 2013 at 5:49 amJo

      I haven’t seen an anime spew out two seasons only to come up with an original ending at the end.
      I think the chances of a third season seem pretty bright.

    • April 27, 2013 at 5:53 amGuardian Enzo

      The major factor in getting a second season was seemingly the boost in manga sales, and manga sales are still very strong. And MH is certainly acting as if they expect one, judging by the pacing. I’d say it’s probably something like a 50-50 call.

  • April 27, 2013 at 5:47 amJo

    Bahahaha,
    I looked forward to this week’s episode so much.
    / cries ) ;

    THE WAIT WILL BE WORTH IT THOUGH, I SWEAR. I CAN FEEL IT IN MY GUT.

  • April 27, 2013 at 5:48 amSolara

    If there is a season three, I know what will await me in episode 16. Those are recap episodes. Actually no, I will flip my table, get super mad at the end of episode 15 cause I know I would have to wait for episode 17 to continue it, and that is a 2 bloody week wait.

    I couldn’t enjoyed the recap episode as much as I should had because I was still with the unexpected let down. (Unless you guys knew about it before hand) While it wasn’t like last seasons recap, with loads of off screen humor, this recap was a good reminder for anyone who is catching up on the series to let you know were we standing. And while it feels like I’m still in the first episodes of the season, it’s hard to believe we’re actually at 16 now. Granted, we had few long, long, long matches that take up many episodes. But when its a series as enjoyable as this, it’s easy to see why. While the ending left off with the very same cliff hanger as last week, I shall still await for next week. Thus making it a 2 week wait. It could be worst. It could be a 3 month delay like F/Z, or Girls Und Panzer to name a few. Next week. COME FASTER.

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  • April 27, 2013 at 5:54 amJani

    I nearly died when I realized it was a recap episode. I made sure everything I had to do school wise was done and I could just sit back and enjoy the awesomeness that is Chihayafuru, but I couldn’t get to do that. *cries*

    • April 27, 2013 at 5:57 amSolara

      I feel your pain. Believe me. I finally got home late from work super excited for this episode, this is what kept me going damnit! But as I watched I kept thinking if this was a sick joke. Oh the horror when I realized that it was a recap! GASP. D8

  • April 27, 2013 at 6:05 amStöt

    Huge disappointment, but the main thing I got was that the show broke the fourth wall a little bit with phrases like “They removed the extra mini-segments (like from season one), and will Arata get some more screen time? nope, not enough money”

  • April 27, 2013 at 6:15 amnagi

    It’s funny that episode 16 was also a recap ep last year. We should have expected it but still…

  • April 27, 2013 at 6:25 amActus

    It may sound a bit out of place, but does anyone know whether injuries are a common event in this card game?

    With people slamming on the cards with such force, the person who blocks would place his/her fingers/wrist at risk from being smashed to pieces by the person who slams, would it not?

  • April 27, 2013 at 6:36 amTomer

    Has anyone seen recap episodes in anything other than anime? I was trying to think of a TV show which had one and came up blank. Just seems like such a pointless idea.

    • April 27, 2013 at 11:17 amSalpsan

      They did do them, but they don’t usually rear their ugly heads for a couple of season into the show. You don’t remember them because it’s infrequent, but they are there. In the 80s and 90s they did do them but it was the sitcom era and hid them in episode like best of recapping certain scenes. It’s not like they had a continuous story, pretty much a it’s a good show watch it every week and if I miss a week or two it can still be enjoyed. An example on the top of my head is Cheers episode 200. I know Fraiser did them every so often and I remember Fraiser remembering Lilith previous scenes. Then came the reality tv show era and survivor does a recap episode. I don’t know if they still do them now but if they do, it’ll be even less common and in the upcoming years due to the way tv is moving, such as tv episodes on demand type of thing.

  • April 27, 2013 at 7:54 amShiro

  • April 27, 2013 at 8:39 am*v*

    I was sooooo looking forward to it too. That was cruel :(

  • April 27, 2013 at 8:56 amhwighting

    all i have to say is DAFUQ?? I’ve already rewatch all the previous episodes multiple times and this recap was totally not necessary.

  • April 27, 2013 at 11:29 amKarmafan

    Just be happy its only 1 recap episode. Space Brothers in on its 3rd recap episode in a row this week.

    UGH!

    • April 27, 2013 at 12:46 pmKarmafan

      My bad, this weeks SB is a new episode. I thought I read somewhere there were gonna be 3 weeks of recaps. Guess it was only 2.

      • April 27, 2013 at 4:36 pmBashira

        There were 3 recaps. So glad that they’re over though!

    • April 28, 2013 at 8:17 amkotobuki

      Wolf’s Rain had 4. DX

  • April 27, 2013 at 11:48 amewok40k

    we all have been recapped

  • April 27, 2013 at 12:43 pminfo600

    @ Enzo – Did you cap the sequence after the credits? I heard codename A is there…*nudges*

    • April 27, 2013 at 5:47 pmGuardian Enzo

      There’s a post-credit cap up above.

      He is there, for half a second – he is before the OP too. It didn’t seem worth capping – not like he’s doing anything…

  • April 27, 2013 at 3:33 pmFree

    orz

  • May 1, 2013 at 6:32 pmJello

    The last thing I wanted to see after being away for 2 weeks and thinking that I could have a mini-marathon of Chihayafufu.

    Sad times.

  • May 8, 2013 at 8:49 amAshen

    While this recap felt like a sucker punch to the gut, if there’s a miracle-of-miracles and Chihayafuru 3 is annoucned once this season is through, I’ll increase my M status and keep comin’ back for more.