History Characters / ChihayaFuru

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* {{Tomboy}}: Athletic, very HotBlooded when it comes to karuta, and not particularly graceful in anything she does.

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* {{Tomboy}}: Athletic, very HotBlooded when it comes to karuta, and not particularly graceful in anything she does. Her profile as a child describes her to have a boyish figure and have never worn a skirt before.



* TomboyishPonytail: Downplayed. She regularly wears her long hair in a ponytail when playing karuta or doing other physical activities where her hot-bloodedness comes into play, but usually wears her hair down otherwise.



The ChildhoodFriend of his crush Chihaya and (begrudgingly) Arata, he reunites with the former when he starts attending her high school. Has also played karuta since he was a kid and is B-Class when the series, determined to become A-Class. A skilled player who is noted to be unfortunately prone to bad luck.

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The ChildhoodFriend of his crush Chihaya and (begrudgingly) Arata, he reunites with the former when he starts attending her high school. Has also played karuta since he was a kid and is B-Class when the series, series begins, determined to become A-Class. A skilled player who is noted to be unfortunately prone to bad luck.



* ShesAllGrownUp: When reuniting in high school, Chihaya notes that Taichi got taller. Nothing comes out of it though, with Taichi snarking that he (172 cm) isn't that much taller than her (167 cm).



** Called Kana-chan by all the karuta club members in her age group except Taichi.

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** Called Kana-chan by all the original karuta club members in her age group except Taichi.



* InSeriesNickname: Tsukue (which means "desk" in Japanese), or Desktomu as per Crunchyroll subtitles. This is because at school he's always studying at his desk even during breaks... until he gets asked to join the karuta club.

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* InSeriesNickname: Tsukue (which means Tsukue-kun (tsukue = "desk" in Japanese), or Desktomu as per Crunchyroll subtitles. This is because at school he's always studying at his desk even during breaks... until he gets asked to join the karuta club.



The third member to join the karuta club. Chihaya and Taichi first met him as kids in a karuta tournament when they were kids. Was Arata's rival as kids, but turned to tennis after losing the tournament to him. Has joined the tennis club when Chihaya first tries to recruit him, but he's shown to not have lost his skills nor passion for karuta.

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The third member to join the karuta club. Chihaya and Taichi first met him as kids in a karuta tournament when they were kids. Was tournament. He was also Arata's rival as kids, at the time, but turned to tennis after losing the a tournament final to him. Has joined the tennis club when Chihaya first tries to recruit him, but he's shown to not have lost his skills nor passion for karuta.



* ChekhovsGunman: Introduced as a minor character who defeated Chihaya in the team karuta tournament for grade-schoolers. They meet again as first-years in high school and he becomes a crucial member of the karuta club.



A B-Class karuta player whom Chihaya, Taichi and Arata encountered as kids in a tournament. Helps his team using his Retrot cards.

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A B-Class karuta player whom Chihaya, Taichi and Arata encountered as kids in a tournament. when they first joined the Shiranami karuta society. Helps his team using his Retrot Hyotarot (or Retarot) cards.



* AccidentalMisnaming: It's Hiro, not Hyoro.

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* AccidentalMisnaming: It's Hiro, not Hyoro.Chihaya and Taichi accidentally called him Hyoro-kun when they first met him. The name's been stuck ever since.
* ChekhovsGunman: Introduced as a minor fellow grade-schooler in the Shiranami karuta society whose team gets smashed by Arata, Taichi and Chihaya (mostly thanks to the former). Comes up again as a formidable opponent in the high school tournament and regularly appears from then on.



* InSeriesNickname: "Hyoro"[[note]](roughly, "Lanky")[[/note]]. [[DubNameChange Crunchyroll's subtitles change it to]] "Retro" for the sole reason of making the "Hyotarot/Retarot" pun more palpable to an English-speaking audience.

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* InSeriesNickname: "Hyoro"[[note]](roughly, "Lanky")[[/note]]."Hyoro" (roughly, "Lanky"). [[DubNameChange Crunchyroll's subtitles change it to]] "Retro" for the sole reason of making the "Hyotarot/Retarot" pun more palpable to an English-speaking audience.



The head of Shiranani Society and is also a doctor. He's Chihaya and Taichi's karuta mentor who always looks out for them and offers them advice.

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The head of Shiranani Shiranami Society and is also a doctor. He's Chihaya and Taichi's karuta mentor who always looks out for them and offers them advice.



* AlliterativeName: '''Yumi''' '''Y'''amamoto.

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* AlliterativeName: '''Yumi''' '''Y'''umi '''Y'''amamoto.



* SuperSenses: His hearing ability is so remarkable that he can catch the sound before it barely leaves the reader's lips. While there are 7 one-syllable karuta clubs for most people, he claims to have ''28''.

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* SuperSenses: His hearing ability is so remarkable that he can catch the sound before it barely leaves the reader's lips. While there are 7 one-syllable karuta clubs cards for most people, he claims to have ''28''.



* BigSisterBully: Prone to saying mean things yto Chihaya. Not that Chihaya notices.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Obsessed with her career and not as grateful to her parents as Chihaya is.

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* BigSisterBully: Prone to saying mean things yto to Chihaya. Not that Chihaya notices.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Obsessed A teen/young adult who is obsessed with her career and not as grateful to her parents as Chihaya is.



* {{Jerkass}}: Pretty rude to Chihaya at times.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Pretty rude to Chihaya at times.times, usually by talking down on karuta.
* PetTheDog: In one omake, she bought a new coat for herself with both her and Chihaya's New Year's money (while convincing Chihaya that kids over 10 can no longer get it); however she soon gives it to Chihaya after Chihaya says Chitose's prettier than other models even when without brand name clothing.
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The protagonist of the series. After discovering her potential and love for karuta by the NewTransferStudent Arata, she becomes dedicated to the sport and starts a karuta club with her ChildhoodFriend Taichi in their first year of high school. Starts off as a B-Class karuta player before moving to A-Class at the beginning of the series, she aspires to one day become the Queen of Karuta.



* ProtagonistTitle: Sort of. ''Chihayafuru'' is similar to the pillow word ''chihayaburu'', which contains her name and is the way the poem of one of the karuta cards starts.




The ChildhoodFriend of his crush Chihaya and (begrudgingly) Arata, he reunites with the former when he starts attending her high school. Has also played karuta since he was a kid and is B-Class when the series, determined to become A-Class. A skilled player who is noted to be unfortunately prone to bad luck.



* DoggedNiceGuy: To Chihaya as they grow up. In childhood times he might be dogged too, but is anything but 'nice'.

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* DoggedNiceGuy: To Is supportive in many ways of Chihaya as they grow up.up, but she interprets such actions as a sign of friendship rather than love. In childhood times he might be dogged too, but is anything but 'nice'.




Transfers to Chihaya and Taichi's elementary school and gets picked on nearly right away. The grandson of the eternal master Hajime Wataya, he is a karuta prodigy and was the one who got Chihaya and eventually Taichi hooked on the game. He moved back to Fukui and continued to play until he was promoted to A-Class at the same time his sick grandfather passed away. He stopped playing ever since... until he suddenly runs into Chihaya and Taichi again.




The first member Chihaya and Taichi recruit into the karuta club. Is passionate about traditional clothing (her family runs a kimono/hakama shop) and classical poetry, which is what motivated her to join the club in the first place.




The second member recruited into the karuta club. A top student who, prior to joining, dedicates all his time to studying since he feels that's all he can do.




The third member to join the karuta club. Chihaya and Taichi first met him as kids in a karuta tournament when they were kids. Was Arata's rival as kids, but turned to tennis after losing the tournament to him. Has joined the tennis club when Chihaya first tries to recruit him, but he's shown to not have lost his skills nor passion for karuta.



Another freshman and new member of the Karuta club.

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Another freshman and new member of the Karuta club. Somewhat experienced in karuta to some degree, since back in his hometown Hokkaido he played Shimonoku (second verse) karuta.




A cocky Class-A karuta player who is in charge of his karuta team prior to leaving. Noted to be a sadist in the way he plays.



A B-Class karuta player whom Chihaya, Taichi and Arata encountered as kids in a tournament. Helps his team using his Retrot cards.
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* DefectorFromDecadence: To his club after Sudo graduates.
* EyesAlwaysShut
* {{Gonk}}

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* %%* DefectorFromDecadence: To his club after Sudo graduates.
* EyesAlwaysShut
EyesAlwaysShut: Eyes are always closed.
* {{Gonk}}{{Gonk}}: Lanky and unattractive unlike majority of the characters.



* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:Dates Nikuman's sister much to the latter's horror.]]
* InSeriesNickname: "Hyoro"[[note]](roughly, "Lanky")[[/note]], [[DubNameChange Crunchyroll's subtitles change it to]] "Retro" for the sole reason of making the "Hyotarot/Retarot" pun more palpable to an English-speaking audience.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* PsychicPowers: Just ''how'' does Retrot exacly work?
* SitcomArchNemesis: Mainly to Taichi.

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* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:Dates Dates Nikuman's sister sister, much to the latter's horror.]]
horror.
* InSeriesNickname: "Hyoro"[[note]](roughly, "Lanky")[[/note]], "Lanky")[[/note]]. [[DubNameChange Crunchyroll's subtitles change it to]] "Retro" for the sole reason of making the "Hyotarot/Retarot" pun more palpable to an English-speaking audience.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Acts all condescending and rude to his opponents, but also has a sense of pride. This is seen in the second high school tournament final between Hokou and Misuzawa where he wants his team to face their opponents properly instead of trying to take it easy, wanting to prove how strong they are.
* PsychicPowers: Uses special tarot cards called "Retrot" to predict certain things, such as the order of their opposing team's lineup for team matches. Just ''how'' does Retrot exacly work?
work is unknown though.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Mainly to Taichi.Has a rather hilariously petty rivalry with Taichi and always acts in his face.




A Class-A player who becomes the ace after Sudo leaves.



* ButtMonkey
* HiddenDepths[=/=]TookALevelInJerkass: In the first season he looks like he's just easy-going and you can feel bad for him when he's being [[CurbStompBattle creamed]] by Shinobu. In the second season he comes off as rather cheap and unsympathetic when he berates Hyoro for wanting to give the best shot.
* {{Keet}}

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* ButtMonkey
* HiddenDepths[=/=]TookALevelInJerkass: In the first season he looks like
ButtMonkey: Despite being an A-Class player, he's just easy-going gotten beaten pretty badly at times, most notably his loss to the Queen, Shinobu, by ''24'' cards.
* {{Keet}}: A young-looking
and you can feel bad for him when he's being [[CurbStompBattle creamed]] by Shinobu. In the second season he comes off as rather cheap and unsympathetic when he berates Hyoro for wanting to give the best shot.
* {{Keet}}
enthusiastic boy.



* SmugSnake: Surprisingly.
* TheWorfEffect: An A-Class player introduced to be defeated first by (then B-Class) Nishida, then sometime later [[CurbStompBattle by the Queen]]... [[ButtMonkey by 24 cards]].

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* SmugSnake: Surprisingly.
Surprisingly, despite him appearing chill in the first season, he's a lot more condescending and sneaky in the second season.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In the first season he looks like he's just easy-going and you can feel bad for him when he's being [[CurbStompBattle creamed]] by Shinobu. In the second season he comes off as rather cheap and unsympathetic when he berates Hyoro for wanting to give the best shot.
* TheWorfEffect: An A-Class player introduced to be defeated first by (then B-Class) Nishida, then sometime later [[CurbStompBattle by the Queen]]... [[ButtMonkey by 24 cards]].cards.



The head of Shiranani Society and is also a doctor.

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The head of Shiranani Society and is also a doctor.
doctor. He's Chihaya and Taichi's karuta mentor who always looks out for them and offers them advice.



* CoolOldGuy
* CoolTeacher

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* CoolOldGuy
CoolOldGuy: He's old but still a very competent A-Class karuta player.
* CoolTeacherCoolTeacher: Chihaya and Taichi's karuta mentor whom they look up to very much due to his approachable nature and good advice.



* CoolTeacher: To the Homei Karuta club.
* ManipulativeBastard: Not above engaging psychological tricks to win.

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* CoolTeacher: To Helped the Homei Karuta club.
club enjoy the sport a lot more than they used to.
* ManipulativeBastard: Not above engaging psychological tricks to win.
win, as seen when he uses his knowledge of Chihaya and Taichi against them when his team plays them.






* BuxomIsBetter: Emuro definitely thinks so.
* HotTeacher

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* BuxomIsBetter: Emuro definitely thinks so.
her large chest contributes to her attractiveness.
* HotTeacherCoolBigSis: Although appearing stern at first, she's very encouraging and supportive to her club when they need it, such as comforting Rion when feels down after losing to Chihaya. She also helps Chihaya out, helping her get in to watch the Class A final, sending her a DVD of the final and sharing her thoughts with her when asked about it.
* HotTeacher: As Emuro's perverted side points out, she's a very good-looking teacher.






* CovertPervert: Well, not exactly covert (his whole school knows the fact), but to the strangers he looks like a calm, seious type, so it comes off as a surprise.
* HasAType: And the type has big boobs. Eromu has hots for [[HotForTeacher Sakurazawa-sensei]], took an interest in Kana and regretted deeply that he couldn't play against her "lovely jugs". And the reason of his lack of interest in Rion? Oh come on, she has breasts of an infant.
* HotForTeacher
* InSeriesNickname: Eromu. [[LovableSexManiac Guess why]].
* StoicGlasses

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* CovertPervert: Well, not exactly covert (his whole school knows the fact), but to the strangers he looks like a calm, seious serious type, so it comes off as a surprise.
surprise that he's really perverted.
* HasAType: And the type has big boobs. Eromu has hots for [[HotForTeacher Sakurazawa-sensei]], took takes an interest in Kana and regretted regrets deeply that he couldn't can't play against her "lovely jugs". And the reason of his lack of interest in Rion? Oh come on, she has breasts of an infant.
* HotForTeacher
HotForTeacher: Has the hots for his karuta coach Sakurazawa.
* InSeriesNickname: Eromu. [[LovableSexManiac Guess why]].
Eromu, since it sounds like "erotic", befitting his perverted nature.
* StoicGlassesStoicGlasses: Wears glasses and looks serious and calm during his matches.






* {{Bishounen}}

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* {{Bishounen}}{{Bishounen}}: A pretty-boy.



* DudeLooksLikeALady
* JerkAss[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LovingBully: And his popularity apparently caused all of the female members of the club to follow the "bullying" part of the example. Poor Rion.

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* DudeLooksLikeALady
DudeLooksLikeALady: Komano mistakes him for a girl at first due to his chin-length bob and pretty face.
* JerkAss[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold
JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Acts rude especially towards Rion, but is also caring.
* LovingBully: And his Likes Rion but would rather continue insulting her than actually be nice most of the time. His popularity has apparently caused all of the female members of the club to follow the "bullying" part of the example. Poor Rion.



* SmugSnake: The cockiest of the club members. And while he did beat Tsutomu (a two classes lower ranked player) in the finals, it didn't seem he made a big impression in the individual tournament.
* {{Tsundere}}

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* SmugSnake: The cockiest of the club members. And while he did does beat Tsutomu (a two classes lower ranked player) in the finals, it didn't doesn't seem he made a big impression in the individual tournament.
* {{Tsundere}}{{Tsundere}}: Goes out of his way to show his disapproval for his crush Rion, but also worries a lot about her.






* BigEater

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%%* BigEater
* BigEaterNotSoStoic: Usually emotionless, but is visibly upset after she loses to Chihaya in the national tournament team final.



** StoicWoobie: Bullied and discouraged by most of her schoolmates, stuck in Class B...






* {{Adorkable}}: Despite being a beautiful, [[AloofDarkHairedGirl aloof]] epitome of LadyOfWar in karuta for most of the time, Shinobu's love for Snowmaru, her fashion senses and tendency to make weird facial expressions at times (probably most notably during her first on-screen encounter with [[spoiler:Arata]]) make her cross into this territory.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Despite being a beautiful, [[AloofDarkHairedGirl aloof]] epitome of LadyOfWar in karuta for most of the time, Shinobu's love for Snowmaru, her fashion senses and tendency to make weird facial expressions at times (probably most notably during her first on-screen encounter with [[spoiler:Arata]]) Arata) make her cross into this territory.



* AlwaysSomeoneBetter
* [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation Being Good At Karuta Equals Isolation]]: [[spoiler:How it went in her childhood and affects her view on team play now.]]
* BeautyMark: Behind her left eye.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Her obsession with Snomaru apparel.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Treats this way her matches with Sudo and Yumi Yamamoto. Taken to ridiculous level in the second case, because Yamamoto ''is the former Queen'', whom Shinobu was playing previously exactly at the occasion of taking the title from her.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* CurbStompBattle: All of her Karuta battles has been this except vs Arata.
* DefrostingIceQueen: After several episodes of talking about group tournament with contempt, she eventually (under Arata's influence) decides to watch it's finals.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Arata in a sense. [[spoiler:Explored; they turn out to have had a karuta history together (and Arata used to always win against her).]]
* [[spoiler:FatGirl[=/=]FormerlyFit]]: When she shows up in the Queen Qualifier, much to everyone's shock.
** [[spoiler:FormerlyFat]]:Though she seems to have [[spoiler: gone back to her original weight]] between seasons. Chihaya [[TheReveal reveals]] that the Snomaru ice treats she loved went out of production.
* IcyBlueEyes: Magnificent ones.
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Of the Kyoto variety, natch.
* LonersAreFreaks
* PerpetualSmiler
* PolitenessJudo: "The Kyoto's women's temper" seems to contain greatly of this.
* RavenHairIvorySkin
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: She seems to share LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya's views about changing in front of boys. Of course, being Shinobu, she wears a Snowmaru underwear more fitting for a 6-year-old.
* SlasherSmile: When she's really excited.
* SmugSmiler
** SmugSuper: in a sense being the Queen of Karuta. She goes on and on berating team tournaments, karuta societies and basically almost everyone, whose level or potential in the game she sees as inferior.
* StealthHiBye: A few times because she's so quiet.
* StealthInsult: 'Kyoto's woman's temper' again. Quite prone to this, especially towards people engaged in team tournaments.
* WorthyOpponent: Played with. Take an interest in Chihaya despite only losing five cards to her since Chihaya is one of the only opponents she's faced [[{{Determinator}} who never gives up in the middle of the game until Shinobu had won the match]]. Also definitely has this attitude toward [[spoiler:Arata]].

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter
* [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation Being Good At Karuta Equals Isolation]]: [[spoiler:How it went
AlwaysSomeoneBetter: As the current and very dominant queen, many of the A-Class players feel threatened by her and can't quite keep up. This especially applies to Chihaya, who is determined to become Queen and is overwhelmed by the differences in their skills.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: Her karuta mentors noticed during
her childhood and affects that she was starting to unconsciously go easy on kids her age in matches so that she could make friends -- they promptly made her play against older players, where she dominated much more but resulted in her not being able to interact with the other kids. This has affected her view on team play now.]]
now, as she find the team matches to be childish and only played by people who "don't love karuta".
* BeautyMark: Behind Has a beauty mark below her left eye.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Her The current Queen, and has an obsession with Snomaru apparel.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Treats this way her important matches with fellow A-Class players Sudo and Yumi Yamamoto.Yamamoto like her usual CurbStompBattle matches. Taken to ridiculous level in the second case, because Yamamoto ''is the former Queen'', whom Shinobu was playing previously exactly at the occasion of taking the title from her.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
{{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Outside of karuta, her fashion sense and obsession with Snomaru is bizarre and she is socially awkward.
* CurbStompBattle: All of her Karuta battles has have been this except vs Arata.
one-way traffics, with the exception of Arata who's obviously a lot more difficult opponent than the others.
* DefrostingIceQueen: After several episodes of talking about group tournament with contempt, she eventually (under Arata's influence) decides to watch it's the finals.
* DistaffCounterpart: To Arata in a sense. [[spoiler:Explored; Explored; they turn out to have had a karuta history together (and Arata used to always win against her).]]
her).
* [[spoiler:FatGirl[=/=]FormerlyFit]]: When FormerlyFat: After gaining a lot of weight by the time she shows up in the had her Queen Qualifier, much to everyone's shock.
** [[spoiler:FormerlyFat]]:Though she seems to have [[spoiler: gone
Qualifier match, goes back to her original weight]] between seasons. weight. Chihaya [[TheReveal reveals]] reveals that the Snomaru ice treats she loved went out of production.
* FormerlyFit: When she shows up in the Queen Qualifier, she's shown to have gained a lot of weight, much to everyone's shock. This initially affects her game play, where her movements have slowed down because she hasn't grown accustomed to moving quickly in her new body physique.
*
IcyBlueEyes: Magnificent ones.
dark blue eyes that emphasise her icey nature and graceful karuta style.
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Of the Has a Kyoto variety, natch.
accent, making her appear more dignified.
* LonersAreFreaks
LonersAreFreaks: Her classmates isolated her due to her freaky karuta skills and obsession.
* PerpetualSmiler
PerpetualSmiler: Is always smiling, as part of her polite nature.
* PolitenessJudo: "The Kyoto's Due to her "Kyoto's women's temper" seems to contain greatly of this.
temper", her politeness helps her get her way.
* RavenHairIvorySkin
RavenHairIvorySkin: Pale skin and black hair, making her karuta style appear all the more graceful.
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: She seems to share LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya's views about changing in front of boys.boys ie. does not care. Of course, being Shinobu, she wears a Snowmaru underwear more fitting for a 6-year-old.
* SlasherSmile: When Gives a rather bloodthirsty smile when she's really excited.
* SmugSmiler
**
SmugSmiler: Her smiles tend to be condescending due to her status as the undefeatable Queen.
*
SmugSuper: in a sense being As the Queen of Karuta. She Karuta, she goes on and on berating team tournaments, karuta societies and basically almost everyone, everyone whose level or potential in the game she sees as inferior.
* StealthHiBye: A Tends to appear or disappear suddenly a few times because she's so quiet.
* StealthInsult: With 'Kyoto's woman's temper' again. Quite at play, she's prone to this, sneakily talking down others, especially towards people engaged in team tournaments.
* WorthyOpponent: Played with. Take Takes an interest in Chihaya despite only losing five cards to her since Chihaya is one of the only opponents she's faced [[{{Determinator}} who never gives up in the middle of the game until Shinobu had won the match]]. Also definitely has this attitude toward [[spoiler:Arata]].considers Arata to be a worthy opponent since he also dominates his karuta matches.



* AlliterativeName
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Shinobu to her. [[spoiler:Continuously.]]
* {{Determinator}}
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Feels this way about her karuta.

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* AlliterativeName
AffectionateNickname: Known as Yuumin by everyone in her karuta society, who continuously support her in her quest to being Queen (Nishida even goes as far as to cheer for her instead of Chihaya in their match).
* AlliterativeName: '''Yumi''' '''Y'''amamoto.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The former Queen who lost to Shinobu a year later, and has been chasing her for the title ever since. They have a rematch in the next Queen Match, which she still loses.
* {{Determinator}}: Known
to her. [[spoiler:Continuously.]]
* {{Determinator}}
not back down in her matches.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Feels this way about that her karuta.hard work in karuta doesn't end up paying off, unlike the likes of Shinobu and Chihaya to some degree who seems to be effortlessly talented.



* OfficeLady: Her job.

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* OfficeLady: Her job.Works as an office lady, which makes her older than the likes of Shinobu and Chihaya and also possibly affects the amount of time she can dedicate to practising karuta unlike her younger peers.



A college student and the current Meijin. He's been holding this title 4 years in a row.

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A college student and the current Meijin.Master of karuta. He's been holding this title 4 years in a row.



* {{Bishounen}}: Quite good-looking...
** UnkemptBeauty: ...if not especially clean.

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* {{Bishounen}}: Quite good-looking...
** UnkemptBeauty: ...if not especially clean.
Tall, slim and good-looking.
* UnkemptBeauty: Unshaven, but still attractive,



** Which might be a case of BrilliantButLazy, because later it's revealed that he's a ''Toudai'' student.

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** Which might be a case of BrilliantButLazy, because * BrilliantButLazy: Is yet to leave university but is later it's revealed that he's a ''Toudai'' student. ''Tokyo University'' student, meaning he must had been smart enough to get into the university and is probably just slack.



* ManChild: Gives off that impression when he's not in a karuta badass mode. He even (at age of about 26) picks a childish crush on a schoolgirl [[spoiler:Chihaya]].
* SpearCounterpart: To Chihaya, in terms of playing karuta and school work.
* SuperSenses: His hearing ability is so remarkable that he can catch the sound before it barely leaves the reader's lips.

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* ManChild: Gives off that impression that he acts nowhere near his age when he's not in a karuta badass mode. He even (at age of about 26) picks a childish crush on a schoolgirl [[spoiler:Chihaya]].
* SpearCounterpart: To Comparable to Chihaya, in terms of playing their aggresive and SuperSenses karuta style and their slacking school work.
* SuperSenses: His hearing ability is so remarkable that he can catch the sound before it barely leaves the reader's lips. While there are 7 one-syllable karuta clubs for most people, he claims to have ''28''.



A student at the First Akashi's Girls Highschool.

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A student at the First Akashi's Girls Highschool.High School.



* CuteClumsyGirl
* DeadpanSnarker: To her fan club.
* {{Hachimaki}}: It was a gift from her teammates and likewise made some for them.
* {{Meganekko}}

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* CuteClumsyGirl
CuteClumsyGirl: As Sumire notes in hier observations, she's cute yet a total klutz outside of karuta.
* DeadpanSnarker: To Remains stoic when snarking at her fan club.
fanclub.
* {{Hachimaki}}: It MartialArtsHeadband: Wears the traditional ''hachimaki'' headband with words of encouragement on the inside, as it was a gift from her teammates and teammates. She has likewise made some for them.
them, so they all wear them in their matches.
* {{Meganekko}}{{Meganekko}}: A cute clumsy girls who also wears glasses.




Chihaya's older sister who also models.



* ArsonMurderAndLifeSaving: During the Christmas Skit.
* [[BigBrotherBully Big Sister Bully]]: Not that Chihaya notices.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: The fashionable one.
* {{Jerkass}}
* SiblingYinYang: With Chihaya.

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* %%* ArsonMurderAndLifeSaving: During the Christmas Skit.
* [[BigBrotherBully Big Sister Bully]]: BigSisterBully: Prone to saying mean things yto Chihaya. Not that Chihaya notices.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter
BrattyTeenageDaughter: Obsessed with her career and not as grateful to her parents as Chihaya is.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: The fashionable one.
"beautiful", model sister to the "smart" (karuta-wise) tomboy younger sister Chihaya.
* {{Jerkass}}
{{Jerkass}}: Pretty rude to Chihaya at times.
* SiblingYinYang: With The fashionable supermodel and rising celebrity to the tomboy and rash Chihaya.




* BrosBeforeHoes: Averted, she cheers on [[spoiler:Hokuo]], her boyfriend's team, over Mizusawa.
* EyesAlwaysShut
* FatGirl
* GirlishPigtails
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:Dates Hyoro]] much to her little brother's dismay.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Even if her fashion sense makes her looks a lot like Miss Piggy.

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* BrosBeforeHoes: Averted, she cheers on [[spoiler:Hokuo]], Hokuo, her boyfriend's boyfriend Hyoro's team, over Mizusawa.
* EyesAlwaysShut
*
EyesAlwaysShut: Like her brother, her eyes are never opened.
%%*
FatGirl
* GirlishPigtails
GirlishPigtails: Dresses cutely and wears pigtails.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:Dates Hyoro]] Dates Hyoro, much to her little brother's dismay.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Even Girly and wears pink clothes, even if her fashion sense makes her looks a lot like Miss Piggy.
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** '[[GagBoobs Boobies]] Girl' in one of the team matches by their opponents. [[BerserkButton She's not too fond of that one]].
* SeriousBusiness: Traditional Japanese clothing to the point where she joins the club on the condition that they start wearing hakamas. She gets it from her mom.
** The actual hundred poems as well. She takes it as a personal affront to be berated on her card arrangement by Nishida when he doesn't know any more about the cards than how he arranges them for ease of play compared to her, who knows them all by heart.

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** Gets nicknamed '[[GagBoobs Boobies]] Girl' in one of the team matches by their opponents. [[BerserkButton She's not too fond of that one]].
* SeriousBusiness: Traditional SeriousBusiness:
** Takes traditional
Japanese clothing very seriously, to the point where she joins the club on the condition that they start wearing hakamas. She gets it from her mom.
** The She treats the actual hundred poems as well.with absolute admiration and care. She takes it as a personal affront to be berated on her card arrangement by Nishida when he doesn't know any more about the cards than how he arranges them for ease of play compared to her, who knows them all by heart.



* SilkHidingSteel

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* SilkHidingSteelSilkHidingSteel: Lady-like and takes traditional clothing and poetry seriously, but is a force to reckon with in karuta matches when she's in her zone.



* WeakButSkilled

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* WeakButSkilledWeakButSkilled: She isn't the quickest to react in a karuta game, but she eventually devises a personalized playing styles that utilizes her strengths. She can tell apart the cards with a certainty, to the point where multi-syllabic cards that start similarly are two totally different cards to her. Her arrangement of cards on her side of the field (by season instead of by sound) probably also confuses the heck out of her opponents, although it hasn't been mentioned as a competitive advantage. This helps her to close the gap against ranked players in such a short amount of time.



* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler:Following his match to Kana-chan.]]
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: His initial opinion due to not being able to surpass Taichi in grades.
* InSeriesNickname: Tsukue/Desktomu.
* {{Megane}}
* OpaqueNerdGlasses
* SelfDeprecation

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* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler:Following Takes his loss well enough after his match to Kana-chan.]]
Kanade and is supportive of her win.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: His initial opinion is that all the effort he puts into studying doesn't pay off well, due to not being able to surpass Taichi in grades.
* InSeriesNickname: Tsukue/Desktomu.
Tsukue (which means "desk" in Japanese), or Desktomu as per Crunchyroll subtitles. This is because at school he's always studying at his desk even during breaks... until he gets asked to join the karuta club.
* {{Megane}}
OpaqueNerdGlasses: His eyes cannot be seen behind his glasses.
* OpaqueNerdGlasses
* SelfDeprecation
SelfDeprecation: He looks down on himself a lot, both in studies and karuta.



* WeakButSkilled: He went from total noob to Rank B in two years!

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* WeakButSkilled: He went Not very fast nor aggressive in karuta, yet he keeps track of his games with everyone and figures where their strengths and his are. This style of play helps him go from total noob to Rank B in two years!



* BigEater: In episode 11 of Season 2, he ordered several dishes of curry rice to quell his frustrations. Chihaya did not think she would find him in the cafeteria as he had consumed three bento boxes before then.
* BigFun

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* BigEater: In episode 11 of Season 2, he ordered orders several dishes of curry rice to quell his frustrations. Chihaya did not think she would find him in the cafeteria as he had consumed three bento boxes before then.
* BigFunBigFun: Chubby, quite athletic (he's initially in the tennis club), skilled and experienced at karuta, and is supportive and friendly to his teammates.



* EyesAlwaysShut

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* EyesAlwaysShutEmbarrassingNickname: He doesn't like the nickname he got from Chihaya, Nikuman-kun/Porky, and appreciates that Taichi avoids using it unlike the rest of the original members of the club. Overhearing this, Chihaya starts calling him Nishida-kun in an attempt to be nicer, but Nishida gets crept out and just tells her to be herself, so the nickname still stands.
* EyesAlwaysShut: His eyes are never opened.
* FriendlyRival: He and Taichi consider themselves rivals due to their close karuta skills, but they are teammates that get along.



* HotBlooded
* InSeriesNickname: Nikuman/Porky.
** EmbarrassingNickname: He doesn't like it.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* TheRival: Sees himself as this to Taichi and actually is more than a threat to him.
** FriendlyRival

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* HotBlooded
HotBlooded: Loud and passionate about karuta.
* InSeriesNickname: Nikuman/Porky.Gets the nickname Nikuman-kun (nikuman = Japanese steamed pork buns which he loves to eat), or Porky as per Crunchyroll translations.
** EmbarrassingNickname: He doesn't like it.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Can be rude but gets along with everyone and is a valuable teammate.
* TheRival: Sees himself as this a rival to Taichi since they first met in an elementary school karuta match and are close in skill. This gets amplified when they play in the Class B final for the chance to get promoted to Class A -- Nishida wins, but by the luck-of-the-draw. He is actually is more than a threat to him.
** FriendlyRival
him.



* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: With Akihiro, occasionally.

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* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: With Occasionally acts as the straight man to the wise guy Akihiro, occasionally.such as when he keeps asking her to take photos of him at the tournament and she snarks at how hammy he's beind.



* {{Foil}}: To both Chihaya and Kanade.
* GirlishPigtails

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* {{Foil}}: To The karuta noobie and childish girly-girl to both the experienced and tomboy Chihaya and the (slightly more) experienced and mature Kanade.
* GirlishPigtailsGirlishPigtails: One of the younger members and wears her hair in pigtails.



* LoveFreak
* SempaiKouhai: To the original club members.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Joined the club to meet [[ChickMagnet Taichi]].

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* LoveFreak
LoveFreak: After getting dumped, she becomes determined to find a boyfriend. She sets her sights on Taichi and has been obsessed with winning his affections ever since.
* SempaiKouhai: To The underclassmen who joins the older and original club members.
members as a first-year.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Joined She joins the club to meet [[ChickMagnet Taichi]].






* BigBrotherWorship: The object of one.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: With Sumire, occasionally.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Though when he opens them he instinctively licks his lips creeping people out.
* GloryHound: To his credit, this trait makes him try harder to improve... and occasionally, cheat.

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* BigBrotherWorship: The object of one.
his three younger brother's absolute admiration, as they consider him to be one of the best at karuta.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: With Occasionally acts as the wise guy to the straight man Sumire, occasionally.
such as when he keeps asking her to take photos of him at the tournament and she snarks at how hammy he's beind.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Though when he opens Usually has his eyes closed and gets them nicknamed as "fox-eyes". When he does open them, he instinctively licks his lips creeping which creeps people out.
* GloryHound: To his credit, this Obsessed with being the "hero" and always asks to compete in the team matches. This trait makes him try harder to improve... and occasionally, cheat.



* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Karuta Guy]]

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* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Karuta Guy]]%%* ArrogantKungFuGuy



* EyesAlwaysShut
* {{Jerkass}}[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Has a honorable side as a karuta player, but still remains rather petty and ill-tempered.
* LeanAndMean
* SitcomArchNemesis: To a degree to Chihaya.

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* EyesAlwaysShut
TheBusCameBack: After leaving the high school karuta team, he returns as the guest card reader in the Tokyo finals and comes to support his team in the national tournament.
* {{Jerkass}}[=/=]JerkWithAHeartOfGold: EyesAlwaysShut: Eyes are never opened.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
Has a honorable side as a karuta player, but still remains rather petty and ill-tempered.
* LeanAndMean
LeanAndMean: A tall lanky guy and is pretty brutal both in and out of the game, getting the nickname "sadist".
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Prone to silly arguments to a degree to with rival Chihaya.



** [[spoiler:TheBusCameBack: But he returns as the guest card reader in the finals.]]
* UnknownRival: Treated that way by Shinobu, even though she's obviously mocking him.

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** [[spoiler:TheBusCameBack: But he returns as the guest card reader in the finals.]]
* UnknownRival: Treated that way Is treated as a nobody by Shinobu, even though she's obviously mocking him.



!!Dr. Harada

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!!Dr. Hidehara Harada



* AlliterativeName: His first name is Hidehara

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* AlliterativeName: His first name is Hidehara'''H'''idehara '''H'''arada.
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* KarmicNod: [[spoiler:Accepts his punishment when he is caught playing for another high school team.]]

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* KarmicNod: [[spoiler:Accepts Accepts his punishment when he [[spoiler:he is caught playing for another high school team.]]team]]. However Shinobu, determined to play him, succeeds in appealing for him.



* BuxomIsBetter: She is also a NiceGirl and is shown as getting approval as the most attractive dating candidate from all of the club members (quite begrudgingly from Taichi's side).

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* BuxomIsBetter: She Taichi lampshades that Komano and Nishida only want to date Kanade more than Chihaya because she has a large chest. That aside, she is also a NiceGirl and is shown as getting approval as the most attractive dating candidate from all of the club members (quite begrudgingly from Taichi's side).



* {{Foil}}: First to Chihaya, later to Sumire as well.
* {{Gainaxing}}: In episode 17 during the relay race. Cheers from the male crowd were extra loud when it was her turn to run.
* GirlishPigtails: Funnily enough, she's probably the most mature person on the team.
* InSeriesNickname: Kana-chan.
** '[[GagBoobs Boobies]] Girl'. [[BerserkButton She's not too fond of that one]].

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* {{Foil}}: First The newbie and lady-like Kanade helps emphasises Chihaya's more rough nature and her experience in karuta, and in team matches both of them often manage to Chihaya, later to win. When she's become more experienced in karuta, Kanade then becomes acquainted with Sumire as well.
who is new, a little childish, obsessed with finding a boyfriend and is (seemingly) shallow at first.
* {{Gainaxing}}: In Although animated fine normally, her chest bounces a lot in episode 17 during the relay race. Cheers from the male crowd were are extra loud when it was it's her turn to run.
* GirlishPigtails: Wears two short pigtails, emphasising her young appearance and sweet nature. Funnily enough, she's probably the most mature person on the team.
* InSeriesNickname: Kana-chan.
InSeriesNickname:
** Called Kana-chan by all the karuta club members in her age group except Taichi.
** '[[GagBoobs Boobies]] Girl'.Girl' in one of the team matches by their opponents. [[BerserkButton She's not too fond of that one]].
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Characters appearing in Manga/{{Chihayafuru}}

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Characters appearing in Manga/{{Chihayafuru}}''Manga/{{Chihayafuru}}''. '''Beware of unmarked spoilers.'''




* [[BigBrotherWorship Big Sister Worship]]: Chitose Ayase is the prettiest girl in the world, and don't you dare tell Chihaya otherwise.
* BookDumb: Chihaya notes herself that she is ranked twelfth from the bottom of her class.
* BoyishShortHair: In her childhood.
* CheerfulChild
* CloudCuckooLander
* {{Determinator}}
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Sings the ending.
* DudeMagnet: Subverted. She would be one due to her looks, but men are usually driven off by her personality.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the episode 16 when the male members of the club decide which one of their female collegues they'd rather have as a girlfriend. When Nishida and Komano declare Chihaya 'out of question' [[DoggedNiceGuy Taichi]] is upset... but after they present their arguments (Chihaya being MarriedToTheJob and a maniac about karuta) he sees no option but to admit they're right and gives off his vote to Kana-chan too.
* GenkiGirl
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: The athletic one.
* TheHeroine

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* [[BigBrotherWorship Big Sister Worship]]: BigSisterWorship: Chitose Ayase is the prettiest girl in the world, and don't you dare tell her younger sister Chihaya otherwise.
* BookDumb: Chihaya notes herself that she is ranked twelfth from the bottom of her class.
class. Nevertheless, she has a remarkable talent for karuta.
* BoyishShortHair: In Had short hair in her childhood.
childhood, emphasising her tomboy nature.
* CheerfulChild
CheerfulChild: Was optimistic and cheerful as a kid, and is still very much so in her teens.
* CloudCuckooLander
CloudCuckooLander: Frequently nicknamed "beauty in vain", Chihaya's behaviour comes off as very absent-minded and bizarre at times.
* {{Determinator}}
{{Determinator}}: Has strong willpower, especially when it comes to karuta. This includes continuing to participate in both the team and individual national tournaments in season 2 after [[spoiler:injuring her finger]].
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Sings the ending.
ending theme for both anime seasons.
* DudeMagnet: Subverted. She would be one due Most guys usually come flocking to her when they hear about the model Chitose Ayase's pretty younger sister and are in awe of her looks, but men are usually then driven off by her personality.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]
personality. Lampshaded in the episode 16 when the male members of the club decide which one of their female collegues they'd rather have as a girlfriend. When Nishida and Komano declare Chihaya 'out of question' [[DoggedNiceGuy Taichi]] is upset... but after they present their arguments (Chihaya being MarriedToTheJob and a maniac about karuta) he sees no option but to admit they're right and gives off his vote to Kana-chan too.
* GenkiGirl
GenkiGirl: A cute and very enthusiastic and energetic girl.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: The athletic one.
* TheHeroine
While Chitose is the "beautiful" sister (as she does modelling), Chihaya is the "smart" sister ({{Book Dumb}}ness aside, she has her talent for karuta to back her up).



* NiceGirl
* TheNicknamer
* ObliviousToLove
** [[spoiler:LoveEpiphany]]: In the last episode of the second series. Concerning [[spoiler:Arata]].
* ThePollyanna: Especially as a child. Always believes in the best of people, in cases of [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Taichi]] and [[JerkAss her own sister]] usually incorrectly.
** Taichi's mom on the other hand scares the crap out of her.
* ShesAllGrownUp
* SiblingYinYang: With her sister
* SuperSenses: Her hearing.

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* NiceGirl
NiceGirl: Although she can be rash and tiring to deal with, she's always trying to think of others and encourage them.
* TheNicknamer
TheNicknamer: Is the one who gives Nishida the nickname "Nikuman-kun" (Porky in the Crunchyroll English subtitles), and also calls Rion "Yama-chan" when she forgets her name.
* ObliviousToLove
** [[spoiler:LoveEpiphany]]:
LoveEpiphany: In the last episode of the second series. Concerning [[spoiler:Arata]].
series, she realizes that [[spoiler:she loves Arata]].
* ObliviousToLove: She has no idea that Taichi likes her, and the thought of herself liking him or Arata never occurs to her. She averts this when she has a LoveEpiphany about [[spoiler:her feelings for Arata]].
* ThePollyanna: Especially Very optimistic, especially as a child. Always She always believes in the best of people, in cases of [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Taichi]] and [[JerkAss her own sister]] usually incorrectly.
** Taichi's mom on the other hand scares the crap out of her.
* ShesAllGrownUp
* SiblingYinYang: With Chihaya is tomboyish, hot-blooded, optimistic and a mostly nice girl, whereas her sister
sister Chitose is girly, more cynical and can come off as a jerk at times.
* SuperSenses: Her hearing.hearing is very sensitive, which is what helps her with her karuta game style. Komano comes to the conclusion that she has 20 one-syllable karuta cards instead of the standard seven, meaning she hears so well she can identify many two-or-more-syllable cards just by the first syllable.



* {{Tomboy}}: With Kana-chan or Chitose as [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl girly girls]] of her.
* TheUnfavorite: Subverted as her parents seem to come off as uncaring toward her at first when they seem to have endless picture albums of her older sister and her modeling career, but it turns out that they're overjoyed at the fact the can collect newspaper clippings of both their daughters. Chihaya's only just started.
** Except that they ignore her when she wins her first karuta tournament (which is probably her first big success) in favor of Chitose's photo-shoot.
* UnskilledButStrong: She's incredibly fast, but has no technique. In episode 17, both Tsutomu and Kana-chan point out her weaknesses, which actually pulls her out of her HeroicBSOD after Harada-sensei points out to her the problem of relying over much on speed. In episode 18, it's all but spelled out to her why her over reliance on her speed and sharp ears isn't the best way to play.

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* {{Tomboy}}: With Kana-chan or Chitose as [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Athletic, very HotBlooded when it comes to karuta, and not particularly graceful in anything she does.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The sporty and hot-blooded tomboy to the likes of the lady-like Kanade and model,
girly girls]] of her.
Chitose.
* TheUnfavorite: Subverted as her parents seem to come off as uncaring toward her at first when they seem to have endless picture albums of her older sister and her modeling career, but it turns out that they're overjoyed at the fact the they can collect newspaper clippings of both their daughters. daughters and have begun taking pictures/articles of her karta tournaments -- Chihaya's only just started.
** Except that
started. They seem to zig-zag about this afterward. For example, they ignore her when she wins her first karuta tournament (which is probably her first big success) in favor of Chitose's photo-shoot.
photo-shoot, but the mother is the one who takes Chihaya hakama-shopping for her tournaments despite the costs.
* UnskilledButStrong: She's incredibly fast, but has no technique. In episode 17, both Tsutomu and Kana-chan Kanade point out her weaknesses, which actually pulls her out of her HeroicBSOD after Harada-sensei points out to her the problem of relying over much on speed. In episode 18, it's all but spelled out to her why her over reliance on her speed and sharp ears isn't the best way to play.
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* TheAce: Subverted, as Kanade [[BrutalHonesty quite harshly]] sums his up in one omake: "{{Jack of all trades}}, {{master of none}}".
* AlphaBitch: Despite being male, he does a textbook job in his childhood and even transfers into LovableAlphaBitch territory as the time passes.
* TheBGrade: [[spoiler:Until chapter 89.]]
* {{Bishounen}}

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* TheAce: Subverted, as Kanade [[BrutalHonesty quite harshly]] sums his up in one omake: "{{Jack of all trades}}, {{master of none}}".
*
%%* AlphaBitch: Despite being male, he does a textbook job in his childhood and even transfers into LovableAlphaBitch territory as the time passes.
* TheBGrade: [[spoiler:Until Is in the B-class in the karuta rankings. He tries to get promoted to Class A and is noted to be good enough to be in it, but others observe that he tends to lose due to bad luck. [[spoiler:He finally gets the promotion when he wins the Class B final in the national tournament in chapter 89.]]
* {{Bishounen}}{{Bishounen}}: A slender pretty-boy that many girls find attractive.



* BrattyHalfPint: As a kid.
* CannotSpitItOut
* CharacterDevelopment: As the series progresses and also a big one over the TimeSkip.
* [[WomenAreWiser Closer To Earth]]: Compared to Chihaya.
* ClubPresident: After the club was officially recognized.
* ConsummateLiar
* CrazyJealousGuy: He's less a JerkAss about it as a teenager, but it's still there.
* DirtyCoward: The glasses incident. Though he redeems himself.

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* BrattyHalfPint: As Was a kid.
mean kid who wasn't ashamed for his bullying of Arata.
* CannotSpitItOut
*
CannotSpitItOut: Passes on any opportunities to confess his feelings to Chihaya, either because he can't bring himself to or he thinks she should be more concerned with something else at the time.
%%*
CharacterDevelopment: As the series progresses and also a big one over the TimeSkip.
* [[WomenAreWiser Closer To Earth]]: Compared to Chihaya.
*
ClubPresident: After the karuta club was is officially recognized.
*
recognized, he becomes the president since Chihaya isn't allowed to.
%%*
ConsummateLiar
* CrazyJealousGuy: He's less a JerkAss about it as a teenager, but it's his jealousy of Chihaya being close to Arata is still there.
hinted at in his visible discomfort with their interactions (for example almost refusing to give Arata's contact details to Chihaya even though the two clearly miss each other to some extent).
* DirtyCoward: The glasses incident. Though incident, where he hid Arata's glasses so he had a better chance of beating him and only came clean about it after the match (and only to Arata -- he begs him to not tell Chihaya). He eventually redeems himself.



* GreenEyedMonster: His resentment and jealousy of Arata sometimes gets the better of him.
* HeIsAllGrownUp
* InSeriesNickname: "Matsuge-kun" (Eyelashes) by Dr. Harada.
* {{Jerkass}} -> JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As a kid he was a {{Jerkass}}, but he matured into JerkWithAHeartOfGold as a teenager.
* KidsAreCruel
* TheLancer: Definitely acts as a clear foil to Chihaya on the karuta team.
* PatientChildhoodLoveInterest: To Chihaya
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue to Chihaya's red and red to Arata's blue. In the second case ColourCodedForYourConvenience.
* TeamDad
* {{Tsundere}}

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* GreenEyedMonster: His resentment and jealousy of Arata sometimes gets the better of him.
* HeIsAllGrownUp
him, such as the time he stole his glasses before their karuta match as kids so he had a better chance of winning. In the present day, he acknowledges that, unlike Chihaya, he doesn't want to team up with him again in a karuta tournament (like they did as kids) and sees him as an enemy.
* InSeriesNickname: Gets called "Matsuge-kun" (Eyelashes) by Dr. Harada.
* {{Jerkass}} -> JackOfAllTrades: Kanade calls him a jack of all trades but master of none.
*
JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As Can be harsh and questionable, especially towards Chihaya, but is concerned for everyone's wellbeing in the end.
* KidsAreCruel: Was one of the kids who bullied Arata for essentially petty reasons back when they were young, even going as far as to steal his glasses before their karuta match so he'd have
a kid he better chance of winning. He was a {{Jerkass}}, but he matured into JerkWithAHeartOfGold as a teenager.
* KidsAreCruel
also willing to ignore Chihaya just for being friends with Arata.
* TheLancer: Definitely acts as a clear foil to Chihaya on the karuta team.
team and is the second-in-command whom she can rely on.
* PatientChildhoodLoveInterest: To Chihaya
Known and liked Chihaya since childhood, but is in no rush to confess to her nor get her to take romantic interest in him.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue to Chihaya's red Collected and red to Arata's blue. In wise (blue) vs the second hot-blooded and rash Chihaya (red). Compared to the calm and intellectual prodigy Arata (blue), however, Taichi (red) is more emotional and a bit more hot-tempered (also a case ColourCodedForYourConvenience.
of ColourCodedForYourConvenience).
* TeamDad
TeamDad: Takes the role of president of the karuta club and helps look after everyone, especially during their team matches when things get mentally tough.
* {{Tsundere}}{{Tsundere}}: Can be a little rude to Chihaya but also shows his soft side towards her.



* YourCheatingHeart: It's easy to forget [[SatelliteCharacter since she hardly shows up]], but Taichi has a girlfriend for the most of the series.
** [[spoiler:Until he breaks up with her. In the middle of a RousingSpeech to the club no less.]]
-->[[spoiler:''"Let's do our bes--(phone rings) Yeah? Yeah... okay let's break up *click* --Let's each do our best!"'']]

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* YourCheatingHeart: It's easy to forget [[SatelliteCharacter since she hardly shows up]], but Taichi has a girlfriend for the most of the series.
** [[spoiler:Until he
first season despite still harbouring feelings for Chihaya. He eventually breaks up with her. In her... in the middle of a RousingSpeech to the club club, no less.]]
-->[[spoiler:''"Let's
less.
-->''"Let's
do our bes--(phone rings) Yeah? Yeah... okay let's break up *click* --Let's each do our best!"'']]
best!"''
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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: In elementary school, mostly because of his Fukui dialect.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: In Taichi's eyes anyway. And Nikuman's. And Retro's. And, as it turns out, even [[spoiler:Shinobu's]]. Looks like everyone close to him in age and who knows him well, with the exception of Chihaya, has a sizable 'Arata complex' in the karuta field.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: How his friendship with Chihaya started.
* {{Bishounen}}
* BlindWithoutEm
* BrutalHonesty: To Taichi and Shinobu. But in general he speaks without thinking and is very straight forward.
* CoolLoser: In Chihaya's eyes.

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: In Was picked on in elementary school, mostly because of his Fukui dialect.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: In Taichi's eyes anyway. And Nikuman's. And Retro's. And, as it turns out, Due to his amazing karuta skills, many players in his age group are bothered by any inferiority they feel towards him and are determined to surpass/beat him -- this includes Taichi, Nishida, Hyoro/Retro, and even [[spoiler:Shinobu's]].Shinobu. Looks like everyone close to him in age and who knows him well, with the exception of Chihaya, has a sizable 'Arata complex' in the karuta field.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: How his His friendship with Chihaya started.
began when she was the only kid in the class to take genuine interest in him and not ostracise him.
* {{Bishounen}}
{{Bishounen}}: Typical slim pretty-boy seen in most josei works.
* BlindWithoutEm
BlindWithoutEm: Can't see clearly without his glasses, which especially shows when he's playing karuta without them and is unable to differentiate between the cards.
* BrutalHonesty: To Taichi and Shinobu. But in general he speaks He generally peaks without thinking and is very straight forward.
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forward, especially towards Taichi and Chihaya.
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CoolLoser: In Chihaya's eyes.



** HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:After his grandfather passed away, he had been too guilt-ridden to play karuta again, since his grandfather died of a relapse while Arata left his side to play in a karuta tournament.]]
* HiddenDepths: He can be surprisingly tough.
** Had a BewareTheNiceOnes moment when he [[spoiler: punched his classmate for saying something rude about his grandfather]]
* IcyBlueEyes: Magnificent ones.
* KarmicNod: [[spoiler:Accepts his punishment when he is caught playing for another highschool team.]]
* LuminescentBlush: Is easily embarrassed in socially awkward situations.
* {{Megane}}
* NewTransferStudent
* NiceGuy: He's had a few mean moments [[spoiler:like when he kicked the karuta cards]], but overall he embodies niceness.
* PhotographicMemory: Memorized 200 addresses easily for his paper route.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue to Taichi's red.
** ColourCodedForYourConvenience
* RealMenWearPink: His cellphone (that his mom picked out for him)
* TallDarkAndHandsome

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** * HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:After After his grandfather passed away, he had been too guilt-ridden to play karuta again, since his grandfather died of a relapse while Arata left his side to play in a karuta tournament.tournament. An unexpected reunion with Chihaya and Taichi helps bring him out of it.
* HiddenDepths: He can be surprisingly tough despite his meekness, like a BewareTheNiceOnes moment where he punched his classmate for saying something rude about his grandfather.
* IcyBlueEyes: Magnificent grey (manga)/blue (anime) eyes that are gentle and meek yet can pierce right through you, especially when playing karuta.
* KarmicNod: [[spoiler:Accepts his punishment when he is caught playing for another high school team.
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* HiddenDepths: He can be surprisingly tough.
** Had a BewareTheNiceOnes moment when he [[spoiler: punched his classmate for saying something rude about his grandfather]]
* IcyBlueEyes: Magnificent ones.
* KarmicNod: [[spoiler:Accepts his punishment when he is caught playing for another highschool team.]]
* LuminescentBlush: Is easily embarrassed in socially awkward situations.
situations, leading to a lot of blushing.
* {{Megane}}
* NewTransferStudent
NewTransferStudent: Transfers to Chihaya and Taichi's class in elementary school from Fukui. His dialect, lack of wealth and his talent for karuta makes him a target of bullying though.
* NiceGuy: He's had a few mean moments [[spoiler:like like when he kicked kicks the karuta cards]], cards during his HeroicBSOD, but overall he embodies niceness.
* PhotographicMemory: Memorized 200 addresses easily for his paper route.
route when he was a kid.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue to Taichi's red.
** ColourCodedForYourConvenience
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Calm and intellectual prodigy (blue), while Taichi is more emotional and a bit more hot-tempered (red).
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RealMenWearPink: His cellphone (that his mom picked out for him)
* TallDarkAndHandsomeTallDarkAndHandsome: Tall, black hair, and attractive.




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The current and youngest Queen of Karuta

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Played with. We first encounter him as an incredibly strong karuta player, who's holding the Meijin title for several years... and sometime later we can have a glimpse of [[CloudCuckooLander his]] [[ManChild personality]].

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Played with. We first encounter him as an incredibly strong karuta player, who's holding the Meijin title for several years... and sometime later we can have a glimpse of [[CloudCuckooLander his]] [[ManChild his personality]].




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15th Jan '17 9:55:28 AM DustSnitch
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* ManChild: Gives off that impression when he's not in a karuta BadAss mode. He even (at age of about 26) picks a childish crush on a schoolgirl [[spoiler:Chihaya]].

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* ManChild: Gives off that impression when he's not in a karuta BadAss badass mode. He even (at age of about 26) picks a childish crush on a schoolgirl [[spoiler:Chihaya]].
26th Oct '16 5:24:43 AM tlst9999
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* BornUnlucky: Air conditioner breaks down in a sweltering hot hall? It's the one cooling him down. A tight finals match down to the last 2 cards? His card never gets called. [[spoiler: Exhausted after grinding out a victory against one of the best players in the West in the Yoshino Cup semifinal? His next opponent had a full rest thanks to a bye.]]

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* BornUnlucky: Air conditioner breaks down in a sweltering hot hall? It's the one cooling him down. A tight finals Tight match down to the last 2 cards? His card never gets called. [[spoiler: Exhausted after grinding out a victory against one of the best players in the West in the Yoshino Cup semifinal? His next opponent had a full rest thanks to a bye.]]
26th Oct '16 5:22:08 AM tlst9999
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* BornUnlucky: Air conditioner breaks down in a sweltering hot hall? It's the one cooling him down. A tight finals match down to the last 2 cards? His card never gets called. [[spoiler: Exhausted after grinding out a victory against one of the best players in the West in the Yoshino Cup semifinal? His next opponent had a full rest thanks to a bye.]]
4th Sep '16 1:11:03 AM vonPeterhof3
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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: In elementary school.

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: In elementary school.school, mostly because of his Fukui dialect.



* KansaiRegionalAccent: He got teased as a kid because of this.


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* KansaiRegionalAccent: Of the Kyoto variety, natch.
17th May '15 11:31:47 AM nombretomado
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* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: She seems to share [[SuzumiyaHaruhi Haruhi Suzumiya's]] views about changing in front of boys. Of course, being Shinobu, she wears a Snowmaru underwear more fitting for a 6-year-old.

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* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: She seems to share [[SuzumiyaHaruhi Haruhi Suzumiya's]] LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya's views about changing in front of boys. Of course, being Shinobu, she wears a Snowmaru underwear more fitting for a 6-year-old.
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