Get ready for more Chihayafuru. The popular series about competitive karuta is getting a third season next year.
That’s the word from a Chihayafuru-related event held this weekend in Tokyo.
It’ll be a while before we get to see Chihaya and her friends back in action, though: the series will not premiere until 2019.
It’s been confirmed that the three main cast members will return for the third season. That’s Asami Seto as Chihaya, Mamoru Miyano as Taichi and Yoshimasa as Arata.
The first season of Chihayafuru ran in 2011 and 2012, while the second season ran in 2013.
In the meantime, the manga has also been adapted into a series of live-action films, two of which premiered in 2016. The third film is set to open this March.
The original manga by Yuki Suetsugu began in 2007, and is still ongoing.
The first and second seasons were licensed by Sentai Filmworks, who describe the story:
Chihaya Ayase is a beautiful and headstrong young woman with a passion for karuta, a card game inspired by classical Japanese poetry. As a child, Chihaya was introduced to the game by a quiet, gifted transfer student named Arata, and she was instantly drawn to it. Now in high school and reunited with her childhood friend Taichi, Chihaya dreams of finding Arata and the three resuming their love of karuta, only to discover that Arata has quit the game due to personal reasons. Determined not to let Arata’s passion go to waste, Chihaya and Taichi form the Mizusawa High School Karuta Club, where they learn that in karuta – as in life – working toward your dreams is the key to winning, even when what you want seems just out of reach.