No problem, thank you for asking and for reading my long ramblings lol
I feel the same way too, hopefully we won’t be disappointed.
ah my poor Taichi. He’ll probably be away for a long time now, probably for the next volume then comes back later. A better and stronger person. In the end, I just want him to be happy. Whether his happiness is with Chihaya or with someone else, as long as he’s happy then I’m happy.
Oh, Hi ^^
I love all the characters in this manga as well, tho my favorite is Taichi. I’m honestly still very sad about what happened. Taichi had enough misery and failures in his life that I just want him to take a break from everything. I even felt that he should just move on from loving Chihaya and focus on winning the meijin title instead; for himself and not to impress anybody. Just for him to feel that he actually accomplished something worthy. When you think about it, Taichi needs a long time to come to terms with himself, why he’s playing Karuta, why he should continue playing it, how he’s going to deal with Chihaya and Arata now. The heartbreaking thing is that for all of Taichi’s qualities (the golden famous schoolboy), he’s still pretty insecure about himself especially when it comes to Chihaya and Arata. Maybe that’s why he’s been trying so hard to beat them in matches. Just for the sole purpose of beating them. In this regards, I don’t think he’s being faithful to the game, because people should play the game because it’s fun and it makes them happy and not for other ulterior motives. This is what I believe anyway.
That’s why I think him quitting the club and staying away from Chihaya, for now, is a good thing for him. For his own sanity, health and peace of mind. He needs this. So very much. I’m certain he’ll bounce back better and stronger than before. The events of the confession and what followed had to happen for his (and Chihaya’s) character development: he had to face his own insecurities and cowardice and finally confess (even tho it didn’t go well but at least he got this out of his way, now he can put it behind his back and move forward), and Chihaya finally realized what he’s been truly feeling (she can finally look at him in a different light than just her very close friend).
As for your question and whether I think Taichi still has a chance with Chihaya in the end or not, I’m torn about this. But my gut feeling is telling me that yes, he still has a chance. A big one at that too.
The thing is, Chihaya needed to see Taichi in a different light. She started noticing him and his feelings a bit more lately (then BAM the confession in the worst time possible >.<). But she now realizes his true feelings. She obviously loves Arata and his love for her brings her joy and happiness. They have a very cute and endearing relationship that I can’t help but love, but on the other hand I don’t think it’s the kind of romantic love that a lot of people make it out to be. I’ve been saying for the longest time that Chihaya thinks of Arata as some sort of an ideal, a pinnacle in Karuta, something she aspires to be. Maybe there’s some romantic love in there somewhere but I’m sticking to my beliefs that it’s admiration, complete admiration and devotion to Arata. Arata is the equivalent of Karuta to Chihaya and since she loves Karuta too much, she loves Arata just the same.
Taichi is a different story. He’s the man I can see Chihaya being with in the future. The sort of man who’ll be there for her whether she likes Karuta or not, help her when she stumbles, be there for her when she needs strength. It’s all in their dynamics. They’ve been together and there for each other for the longest time now. How do they still have a chance after what transpired between the two some people might say, but I have faith they will. Obviously, things will be pretty tensed and awkward when they interact together in the future from now on. Taichi, at this point, probably gave up on pursuing Chihaya’s love. He thinks it’s just out of his reach and his kiss to her was his goodbye; to her, to her love and to the pain and agony he felt. If this pairing has a chance of happening at all, it all has to come from Chihaya’s side. It’s up to her now, to sort out her feelings and decide. Does she really love Arata romantically? Is he a man she wants to date and go out and have a romantic relationship with? What she feels for him; is it really love and not just admiration? As I said, I think it’s admiration; a strong kind of admiration interlaced with some love, but admiration nonetheless. Or does Taichi spark a different kind of love in her heart? Different from what she feels toward Arata and Karuta? This is what I’m banking on right now.
Honestly, this is all speculations on my part and I could be completely wrong and that Chihaya really loves Arata romantically and Taichi will be forever friendzoned lol but my gut feeling is telling me otherwise, and I trust my gut feeling XD
Here you have it. Some more longass ramblings from me. I’m incredibly sorry for the long post orz I got carried away again.
Oh, thank you for taking the time to read my long ramblings lol
I just felt like I wanted to talk about that chapter in particular because of how controversial it was. Hopefully the next chapter will be full of happiness and sunshine xD
So, chapter 138, huh? I have to dig in even tho I usually just read the the posts in the Chihayafuru tag, smh at some of them and move along. This particular chapter, the infamous 138, is filling me with lots of emotions so I have to let them out somehow while addressing some few points while I’m at it. More under the cut.