Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku

Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku (2016)

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Sixth grader Ayase Chihaya, a tomboy with no ambitions or goals of her own, gets to know Wataya Arata, a transfer student at Chihaya's elementary school and an outcast. Through Arata, Chihaya picks up karuta and they form a team with their other friend and classmate Mashima Taichi. After graduating elementary school, Chihaya continues to play karuta hoping for a chance to meet Arata again after he went back to Fukui to read moretake care of his sick grandfather. As time passed and Chihaya enters high school, she starts a karuta club with Taichi so that they can finally meet Arata again.

  • Native title:

    ちはやふる 下の句
  • Also Known as:

    Chihayafuru Part II; Chihayafuru Shimo no Ku; Chihayafuru: Second Verse; Chihayafuru: Lower Phrase;

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Oct 16, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
A very nice example of live action done right as this one didn't suffer from that thing that most live actions have, this time the story is not rushed but without removing important elements and events in the anime. The first verse is a great set up for the awesome second verse as its theme is somewhat connected with the second verse. First verse created the dynamics between characters well that it read more felt more natural in the second verse. There's a bit of romance hinted here but that's not the main focus in the story, it's more about friendship and their conflicts. Fan or not this is a must watch as karuta as a game is so fascinating to begin with, it's part of Japanese culture and its poems are somewhat the foundation of Japanese morals and just like as they flick those cards in slow motion, its lessons will approach you straight to your face.

Before watching this I already knew that the director is Norihiro Koizumi, the same guy who directed Taiyou no uta(movie) and the liar and his lover so I am confident that this would be a good adaptation when I first heard about it and I am not wrong. He is great creating meaningful scenes for the reason that cinematography is one of his strongest points especially long shots, people who saw taiyou no uta know what I mean. The other thing is that he is great in showing the emotions of his characters, even an angle where only back of a person is seen. He's an actor's director, the one who makes his actors looks better and probably the reason why Suzu Hirose looks so fine here.

Visuals in this movie is so damn fine as slow motion in those karuta battle works so damn well, it gives those scenes so much impact, also give kudos to editing . The music they use really adds up to the feels of the movie it makes such scenes epic and those battles engaging. The only complaint I have is the song they use in the end, I'm a huge perfume fan but that the song didn't capture the whole atmosphere of the movie.

Perhaps the best casting in a live action ever as all those character are well played, a great ensemble of talented young cast that would probably become A class actors in the future namely Suzu Hirose, Mone Kamishiraishi, Hiroya shimizu, Nomura Shuhei, Mackenyu, Mayu Matsuoka. At first I was bit worried that suzu hirose might not give justice to the role, although I still felt the same in the first movie but this second movie prove me wrong. I think it's just right to cast her as chihaya, she is fun, she's passionate and she has done a nice job of giving energy and freshness to the character. Mayu matsuoka nailed the role as the queen, she really looks like queen, spot on casting, but more than looks it's the acting that makes her standout in this movie, her facial expressions and that way she handled the character change, she's a versatile actress indeed. What I thought would be the cutest card battle ever ended up becoming the most emotional card battle I had witnessed as it serves as a venue for the character development of chihaya and the queen, this is really important because this is the theme they wanted to convey here, like in any sport solo or team and definitely in life "doing it with friends is better than alone".

I agree that most Manga and Anime should not be made into a live action but stories that are so good should be shown in different platforms and chihayafuru is among them. Also, the good thing about watching a live action is that it would be a fascinating experience if the feels from watching an anime trancends well into live, I will never get tired of watching live action for this reason.
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Sep 29, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
They translated this anime into a live action so exquisitely. I am beyond impressed. I thought the only way competitive Karuta was interesting was because they depicted in through animation. I was so wrong. I was just as thrilled as I was with the anime... maybe even more so. To see actual humans move that fast and with such precision was amazing. I was on the edge or my seat and cheering read more along just like I did with the anime.

The cast is perfect. Absolutely perfect. They all embody the characters from the anime so well. It's truly as if you get to see them come to life. Especially the actresses for Chihaya and Kana. I think those two could have been easily overdone, but they straight up nailed it.

The beauty, the poetry, the camaraderie, the magic, the feels... this film really captured it all and then some. I still had my chills after the end and tears forming. I'm very much looking forward to watching part 2. But most of all, it has me having a hard time being patient for the next season of the anime.
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    namopanik Jun 9, 2017

    Both movies were a nice watch, but I don't get the raves.

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    mei-255 May 31, 2017

    YAY! It's so rare to see such a well made live-action adaptation. So looking forward to the third movie. :D

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    Dora Apr 11, 2017

    I seriously believe this is the best live-action I've seen. The casting is so on point, and they really managed to translate the core-aspect of the story onto screen in such a beautiful way I wouldn't think was possible for a live-action.

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    Mikoto Mar 26, 2017

    I love this so so much! I am so interested in the Japanese culture after watching this. so worth it!

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    moonziyan Feb 27, 2017

    I have mixed feelings towards this show.
    I think it is still one of the best live action out there but I can't bring myself to love it.
    I have no problem with it overall.
    The characterization is good. The actors does not only really fits the anime/manga characters but they are all good in acting too!
    The music was on point. Unlike some production where the viewers hardly pay attention to the music, the show's music manages to make the viewers notice and appreciate it's value to every scene.
    As for the story, it was good. I was open-minded to the plot's changes. I didn't mind the inconsistency it has with the original manga/anime story. I was even willing to let go the difference I noticed in the matches.
    What makes me stop from loving this adaptation was how they portray Chihaya in the first part. The Chihaya I know and love would not do something like that. She would never be that selfish and narrow-minded. The Chihaya I know is greedy at fault. She want everything (win the team competition, make Taichi an A-class, recruit new members, win each class individual matches, and more). I cannot bring myself to accept what happen at the first part that I was watching with poker watch the whole time (excet for the part of Tachi and Chihaya's EPIC high five.. I mean that seriously was a game changer!)

    Anyway, it was worth the watch.
    Since the beginning I have been shipping Chihaya-Tachi and Arata-Shinobu and with the chemistry I felt with the actors, I felt my ship getting stronger.. XD

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    101Rubellite Jan 31, 2017 - edited

    This was just sooo sooo goood!
    casting, music, cinematography - all STUNNING!

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    Josh Dec 12, 2016

    Some of the best casting I have ever seen from anime to the big screen. All of the characters are perfect.

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    Josh Dec 12, 2016 - edited

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but if she was a first year in high school wouldn't she be like 15 at the least? and in like 9th or 10th grade?

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      usagi Dec 22, 2016

      Yes, first year is like US 10th grade.

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    Anis Syafira Dec 10, 2016 - edited

    Where can i watch the first and second verse with eng sub ?

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    korzero Nov 7, 2016

    The soundtrack... it's just totally amazing~ the actors and cinematography was already top-notch to begin with. It's basically a masterpiece for what it is -- a live-action adaptation of an anime done right!


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    HAMEX Nov 1, 2016

    Hirose Suzu played Chihaya Ayase really well.

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    Sueperstar Oct 30, 2016 - edited

    The message delivered through this movie is just amazing. Enjoyed it immensely! <3
    (PS: I'm Team Taichi :P)

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    YangChaerin Oct 23, 2016

    Where can I watch it with English subtitles?

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    ErisFerris3 Oct 18, 2016 - edited

    Well. I was expecting it. Mayu Matsuoka is on an another level. I was excepting it, but she was awesome as the Queen.

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      rebelakuma Oct 28, 2016

      Exactly! I was so impressed with her acting. She totally captured the queen anime characteristics. And she's beautiful. Her personality shift in the movie really cracked me up. Hhaahha.

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    H8PE Oct 18, 2016 - edited

    Does somebody know in which dialect is Arata speaking? It sounds great :3

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      Roan Alleria Oct 20, 2016

      fukui accent

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      H8PE Oct 20, 2016

      Thank you :)

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      NotYourOppa Oct 29, 2016

      I love it too! There's a little more to hear of this accent in the anime;)

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      H8PE Nov 1, 2016

      Started with anime ver. a few days ago :)


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    Apr 29, 2016
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    1 hr. 43 min.


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