Recap: In the most filler-y episode to date, Arata arrives on the scene to watch Chihaya and the gang play, only to find himself roped into breaking the rules to help one of his hometown’s schools.
A bit of a slow week here, somewhat disappointing as I was hoping for some big Karuta action after last week’s return to form. It seems we finally have the viewpoint back on the prodigal friend as he hopes to surprise Chihaya and Taichi by making it to the team tournament. There he meets Shinobu, who mocks team players, believing they don’t appreciate the sport as much as they do. Arata’s own opinion of that statement is basically the moral of this story.
Too bad that story seems to be putting him in an awfully contrived scenario. I feel like Arata really doesn’t owe any favors to the dude who mocked him because his grandpa was succumbing to dementia but I guess he is easily cajoled. What follows is a nice scene where Arata learns how much different team play can be, and how it really does mean a lot to those playing. It’s the kind of thing that would be nice if the entire idea wasn’t royally stupid. He gets caught, and probably won’t be able to play in the individual tourney
With how much the top schools have been played up, I hope the next episode is versus one of the two Komano had his eye on. This is the first episode of Chihayafuru that really felt like a filler even though it has ramifications to the plot. I guess I’ve just never had a reason to be emotionally invested in Arata since the story barely ever includes him, but having him come back like this just didn’t mean much to me. Once we get back to the team, the one that we’ve grown with this past year, then I think I’ll perk up a bit.