「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.