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Chapter 50 is the fiftieth chapter of Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru.

Short Summary

Freshly-dumped Sumire Hanano joins the Mizusawa Karuta Club after seeing Taichi speak in the entrance ceremony. She soon finds out, however, that the clubs activities are not as easy as she thought.

Chihaya is overwhelmed with relief when the karuta club's introduction at the entrance ceremony attracted so many candidates. But she and the other members find out that the new recruits only joined because of Taichi, and are not so interested in the game.

Long Summary

In the entrance ceremony for the introduction of the freshmen, part of the program is the introduction of all the clubs in Mizusawa High. There were new characters, Sumire Hanano (the girl that was dumped by her boyfriend through a text message) and Hinako, her friend.

It's the Karuta Club’s time to introduce. Sumire saw Taichi, who is the Club President, which was dressed in a traditional hakama. All the girls including Sumire found him so attractive. Then they saw Chihaya and all the boys in the auditorium dropped their jaw as they saw her so beautiful and elegant. (It is Kana's tactical decision to let them wear hakama so that before the students react on what is karuta they will first praise the hakama being so beautiful especially dressed by such beautiful models. Kana also instructed Chihaya to stand behind Taichi and just be quiet and act elegant.)

Then Taichi handed the microphone to Chihaya, to introduce herself as the team captain. Then Chihaya said the following: "Even though I don't have many friends to speak of, I consider all 100 poems of karuta to be my friends...and I hope I can have 100 more juniors." Those words created different reaction from the students.

In the club room the following day, the members where waiting for new recruits while discussing on who will train them. Chihaya volunteered to train them but the others don’t agree with her because they think Chihaya needs to practice for her upcoming match, so Kana volunteered to do the training.

Almost 20 students (mostly female) appeared on their club room including Sumire and Hinako. The members lined-up and introduce themselves. While Chihaya is talking she was interrupted by Sumire asking Taichi is he has a girlfriend. There was sudden burst of laughter in the clubroom and Taichi was annoyed. Kana-chan shows her authoritativeness and told Sumire that she can’t talk while her seniors are talking (Miyauchi sensei told Kana to look for the team while she is busy with the tennis club). Sumire thinks that Chihaya is an enemy as well as Kana.

Chihaya then asked them if anybody played Karuta before and if anyone can recite one poem and there is no response from the new recruits. Chihaya then handed then handouts prepared of syllable identifiers of each card of the Hyakunin Isshu poems which were prepared by Kana. She told them to memorize it but it looks like they're not interested in memorizing. Kana then suddenly told them that they'll going to have a quiz in a week and those who can't memorize the 100 can't join the club but they will be given another chance for a make-up test.

Chihaya then discussed and demonstrated to them along with Meat-bun what competitive karuta is all about, that it is a one on one game, 50 of the 100 poems are in play, and the rest of the poems are in the reader's stack. Each player gets 25 cards in which you have 15 minutes to position and memorize them as well as the opponent's cards. It’s about memorizing the 100 poems, memorize the syllable identifiers for each card, memorizing the card positioning and then taking card as fast as you can. Chihaya then cheers everyone to do their best.

The new recruits were in shock with how hard Karuta is and some were already becoming disinterested and now in doubt. Sumire then blurted out than no one among them would like to play like that and what they really like is to just join the Karuta club but not play.

After the new recruits leave the club room Chihaya is trying to be positive while everyone looks doomed. Taichi then told Chihaya that she can’t teach those unwilling students because she needs time to practice at the Shiranami Society for the next Queen's match which will be held after 6 months. Meat-bun then told Taichi that they also have to practice for the High School National Competition and that he should not be minding others' problem since he needs to raise himself to an A rank. Kana stops them and insist to let her teach them since they don't need all the 20 freshmen and just keep those who can play. Everyone seems to agree with that except Chihaya because for her if they don't teach the freshmen how to love karuta, the karuta club won't be able to continue.

Characters

In order of appearance:

Trivia

  • With this Chapter, Season 02 of the Anime starts.
  • Sumire mentioned bozu bekuri in this chapter. Bozu mekuri is another game using the yomifuda of the uta-garuta.

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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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