The fall 2019 third anime season of Chihayafuru is set for an October 22nd, 2019 debut on NTV in Japan and they’re doing some new promotion for it. With it a bit since the Arata focused character promo, this one turns its eye on Arata and clocks in just a bit over two minutes for it. The series already has a Crunchyroll pickup with the first two episodes shown during Crunchyroll Expo to a good reception.
Check out Antonio’s review of the first two episodes here.
Morio Asaka is set to direct with series composition handled by Yuuko Kakihara. Kunihiko Hamada is on board with the character designs and Madhouse handling the animation production.
The Japanese cast includes Asami Seto as Chihaya Ayase, Mamoru Miyano as Taichi Mashima, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Arata Wataya, Tooru Nara as Yūsei Nishida, Ai Kayano as Kanade Ōe, Tsubasa Yonaga as Tsutomu Komano, Megumi Han as Sumire Hanano, and Miyu Irino as Akihiro Tsukuba.
Kenta Miyake takes over for Unshō Ishizuka as Dr. Harada while Yoshino Ohtori takes over for Toshiko Fujita. Both original actors had passed away since last performing the roles in the second season.
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The manga began in 2008 and has thirty-seven volumes so far that sell quite well in Japan. Kodansha Comics is releasing it digitally in North America while Sentai Filmworks has licensed and released the first two seasons for home video release.
99RadioService to handle the opening theme for this season like they did the other two and they’ll use the song “COLORFUL” for it. The ending theme song will be “Hitomebore” from a group called Harassment.
Plot Concept: Chihaya Ayase was a girl who never seemed to fit in. She never had much in common with the other kids, and her family was so obsessed with her older sister’s modeling career that, sometimes, it was like Chihaya wasn’t even there. Everything changes when transfer student Arata gets Chihaya interested in the world of competitive Karuta, a unique card-based game that requires lightning fast reflexes, an exceptional memory, and a keen ear. Chihaya is a natural, and she has the skills to take her to the very top. Suddenly, Chihaya has found her goal: to become the best player in Japan! It won’t be easy, but when a girl has a dream in her heart, nothing else matters in CHIHAYAFURU!