Sentai Filmworks announced the license of both seasons of the Chihayafuru anime, based on the manga by Yuko Suetsugu. Seasons one and two will be available through select digital outlets soon (they’re both currently on Crunchyroll), with a home video release to follow.
Chihayafuru features direction by Morio Asaka (Cardcaptor Sakura, My LOVE Story!!), with Naoya Takayama (Supernatural: The Anime Series) on series composition for the Madhouse production.
Sentai describes it:
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.