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Chapter 1 is the first chapter of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru.

Quick Summary

A girl named Ayase Chihaya meets a mysterious transfer student named Wataya Arata, who introduces her to Karuta and starts her passion for the game.

Long Summary

Chihaya Ayase is a 6th grade student. One morning, she receives the newspaper and sees her older sister, Chitose Ayase featured on it. As she is very proud of her sister, she begins telling everyone at school about it.

At school, she accidentally bumps into the new transfer student named Arata Wataya. Everyone thinks he's strange, so he's treated poorly.Some of Chihaya's friends even take notes on Arata's Fukui accent. Chihaya, however, seems to sympathize with him.

Classes begin, and the teacher asks who among the students have memorized the 100 poems of Hyakunin Isshu, as there will be an upcoming Karuta competition. Two students in the class memorized all poems–her friend Taichi Mashima, and Arata. Suddenly, Chihaya realizes that Arata is the boy who delivered the newspaper to her that morning and blurts it out loud. Because of that, classmates, particularly Taichi, bully him for being poor.

After school, Taichi pushes Arata into a puddle. Chihaya then confronts Taichi and helps Arata. They go together to Arata's apartment. Chihaya asks Arata to speak saying that she wasn't taking any notes on him.He asks her why she was waiting for the paper that morning, and she tells him all about her sister and how her dream is for her sister to be the number one model in Japan. Arata replies saying, "You can't call it a dream if you don't work on it yourself." Chihaya then asks if Arata has a dream. Arata replies by playing a game of Karuta with her. Chihaya is amazed by his skill, and is determined to get at least one card. Chihaya does get one card—and with incredible speed. After the game, Arata tells Chihaya that he dreams to become the Karuta Master, as being the best in Japan is equal to being the best in the world. He tells her that she has potential in Karuta. He shows her the Chihayafuru card––a card that reminds him of her, as it starts with Chihaya

The next morning at school, Chihaya is also treated poorly. Taichi says the mistreatment would end if she stopped hanging out with Arata. Chihaya responds by saying "Wataya-kun won't lose to anyone here when it comes to Karuta." Arata then says he won't let anyone take even one card. Taichi says if he takes even one card from Arata, Arata will be treated poorly up until graduation.

During the Karuta competition, Arata breezes into the finals without anyone taking a single card from him. Taichi worries he might actually fail to take even one card, so he decides to steal Arata's glasses. Chihaya begins searching the school for Arata's glasses. Unfortunately, she cannot find them. Nevertheless, Arata plays against Taichi, and is still able to take cards. Taichi, however, decides to move the cards, and is able to take one. Chihaya then interrupts the match and asks to play against Arata since he lost his glasses.

Chihaya plays by looking at where Taichi's eyes move while the card is being read and swipes every card in that area. The cards in play decrease and decrease until there is only one card left on Chihaya's side––the Chihayafuru card. It is read and taken by Chihaya.

Taichi is pissed that Chihaya won against him. Chihaya tells Taichi that she had fun and that she only won because she played against Arata, who will be a Karuta Master one day. Arata tells Chihaya that she can be the Queen. At that moment, Chihaya realized her dream.

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Chapters Navigation
Volume 1 - 10
1: Chapter 1  •  Chapter 2  •  Chapter 3  •  Chapter 4  •  Chapter 5
2: Chapter 6  •  Chapter 7  •  Chapter 8  •  Chapter 9  •  Chapter 10  •  Chapter 11
3: Chapter 12  •  Chapter 13  •  Chapter 14  •  Chapter 15  •  Chapter 16  •  Chapter 17
4: Chapter 18  •  Chapter 19  •  Chapter 20  •  Chapter 21  •  Chapter 22  •  Chapter 23
5: Chapter 24  •  Chapter 25  •  Chapter 26  •  Chapter 27  •  Chapter 28  •  Chapter 29
6: Chapter 30  •  Chapter 31  •  Chapter 32  •  Chapter 33  •  Chapter 34  •  Chapter 35
7: Chapter 36  •  Chapter 37  •  Chapter 38  •  Chapter 39  •  Chapter 40  •  Chapter 41
8: Chapter 42  •  Chapter 43  •  Chapter 44  •  Chapter 45  •  Chapter 46  •  Chapter 47
9: Chapter 48  •  Chapter 49  •  Chapter 50  •  Chapter 51  •  Chapter 52  •  Chapter 53
10: Chapter 54  •  Chapter 55  •  Chapter 56  •  Chapter 57  •  Chapter 58
Volume 11 - 20
11: Chapter 59  •  Chapter 60  •  Chapter 61  •  Chapter 62  •  Chapter 63
12: Chapter 64  •  Chapter 65  •  Chapter 66  •  Chapter 67  •  Chapter 68
13: Chapter 69  •  Chapter 70  •  Chapter 71  •  Chapter 72  •  Chapter 73
14: Chapter 74  •  Chapter 75  •  Chapter 76  •  Chapter 77  •  Chapter 78
15: Chapter 79  •  Chapter 80  •  Chapter 81  •  Chapter 82  •  Chapter 83
16: Chapter 84  •  Chapter 85  •  Chapter 86  •  Chapter 87  •  Chapter 88
17: Chapter 89  •  Chapter 90  •  Chapter 91  •  Chapter 92  •  Chapter 93
18: Chapter 94  •  Chapter 95  •  Chapter 96  •  Chapter 97  •  Chapter 98
19: Chapter 99  •  Chapter 100  •  Chapter 101  •  Chapter 102  •  Chapter 103
20: Chapter 104  •  Chapter 105  •  Chapter 106  •  Chapter 107  •  Chapter 108
Volume 21 - 30
21: Chapter 109  •  Chapter 110  •  Chapter 111  •  Chapter 112  •  Chapter 113
22: Chapter 114  •  Chapter 115  •  Chapter 116  •  Chapter 117  •  Chapter 118
23: Chapter 119  •  Chapter 120  •  Chapter 121  •  Chapter 122  •  Chapter 123
24: Chapter 124  •  Chapter 125  •  Chapter 126  •  Chapter 127  •  Chapter 128
25: Chapter 129  •  Chapter 130  •  Chapter 131  •  Chapter 132  •  Chapter 133
26: Chapter 134  •  Chapter 135  •  Chapter 136  •  Chapter 137  •  Chapter 138
27: Chapter 139  •  Chapter 140  •  Chapter 141  •  Chapter 142  •  Chapter 143
28: Chapter 144  •  Chapter 145  •  Chapter 146  •  Chapter 147  •  Chapter 148
29: Chapter 149  •  Chapter 150  •  Chapter 151  •  Chapter 152  •  Chapter 153
30: Chapter 154  •  Chapter 155  •  Chapter 156  •  Chapter 157  •  Chapter 158
Volume 31 - 40
31: Chapter 159  •  Chapter 160  •  Chapter 161  •  Chapter 162  •  Chapter 163
32: Chapter 164  •  Chapter 165  •  Chapter 166  •  Chapter 167  •  Chapter 168
33: Chapter 169  •  Chapter 170  •  Chapter 171  •  Chapter 172  •  Chapter 173
34: Chapter 174  •  Chapter 175  •  Chapter 176  •  Chapter 177  •  Chapter 178
35: Chapter 179  •  Chapter 180  •  Chapter 181  •  Chapter 182  •  Chapter 183
36: Chapter 184  •  Chapter 185  •  Chapter 186  •  Chapter 187  •  Chapter 188

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