The publishers of Chihayafuru teased fans that there will be a huge announcement for the series and they delivered! Season 3 has been greenlit and it will air next year on AnichU.
Production details are scarce, but it’s been confirmed that Asami Seto (Chihaya Ayase), Mamoru Miyano (Taichi Mashima), and Yoshimasa Hosoya (Arata Wataya) will reprise their roles.
Fans quickly took to Twitter to share their excitement for the announcement, which has been five years in the making:
Everyone should watch Chihayafuru. It’s a really really good fucking show and it deserves more love. pic.twitter.com/4zRMEu6hwF
— HDKirin (@HDKirin) February 25, 2018
TEARS ARE STREAMING DOWN MY FACE RIGHT NOW
CHIHAYAFURU SEASON 3
— Don’t get invested in ships. It ends badly (@Rosebrook18) February 25, 2018
I AM TOO DRUNK TO HANDLE THE FACT CHIHAYAFURU SEASON 3 JUST GOT ANNOUNCED AND ALL I CAN DO IS SCREAM IN JOY
— Pop Team Hazu! (@Hazukari) February 25, 2018
IVE BEEN PRAYING FOR CHIHAYAFURU S3 FOR FIVE FRICKIN YEARS FIVE YEAR!!!! AND HAD GIVEN UP AND NOW
— アイドル@イラストレーター (@iblessall) February 25, 2018
I LOVE CHIHAYAFURU!!!! S3!!!!! I LIVE pic.twitter.com/TISspXcYSX
— Jenny Yang (@jennyyangcs) February 25, 2018
Yuki Suetsugu began writing the josei series in December 2007 and is credited with boosting the popularity of competitive karuta, which is a card game inspired by Japanese poetry. The story follows Chihaya, a girl has spent most of her young life supporting her sister’s modeling career. She finds a new purpose in life after meeting a karuta player named Arata and learning that she has potential to become a great competitive karuta player. Excited about the prospects, Chihaya strives to make her dream a reality.