Chihayafuru is an anime series in the segment of life and romance that was first released in 2011. Based on the manga series that Yuki Suetsugu has been writing since 2007, the series came to the public with a new season years later. The original of the series has a total circulation of 25 million as of March 2021, which is unbelievable. Madhouse, the creator of popular anime like A place beyond the universe and No guns live, participated in all seasons of the anime. The anime, licensed by Sentai Filmworkswas originally featured on Nippon TV and crunchy rolls† Will the anime released in 2011 with its first season, 2013 with its second season and 2013 with its last season, and 2019-2020 have a new season, and we will have to wait years for a fourth season†
What is the storyline of the Chihayafuru?
All her life, Chihaya’s dream was to see her sister, the model, as the best in Japan. Until a quiet transfer student named Arata tells her otherwise, Arata makes her excited to work for herself. Arata played a crossover version of the traditional Japanese card game known as Hyakunin Isshu in a way Chihaya had never seen before. Chihaya realizes that she really wants this. Chihaya now aspires to become the world’s number one queen of Karuta.
First of all, it’s worth noting that Chihayafuru is more of a sports anime than a josei anime. There is a faint love triangle and a lot of Karuta. Karuta is a very difficult game that requires intelligence, memory, physical and mental stamina and strength. While whether it can be considered a sport or not is mentioned in the anime; The characters’ love for Karuta and their desire to improve themselves is the main theme of the anime.
Will there be a fourth season of the anime?
Even after years, we see the anime returning to the public with a new season. chihayafuru, one of the most prominent examples of this, appeared to the public just seven years later with its third season. From March 2021Madhouse or any other related company has not yet renewed the anime for the fourth season† However, we know that if an anime has enough source material, it can come out with a new season, even if hopes are exhausted. For this reason, we will speculate on the fourth season by evaluating some key factors, most notably resource adequacy.
Manga compared to anime in terms of stock material
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, the original of the series is the manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Suetsugu. The manga series published in English by Kodansha and Kodansha USA has been published in the magazine ‘Be Love’ in Japan. The manga series consists of a total of 45 parts from 2007 to the present. The manga series, the last part of which appeared on October 13, 2020, is still running.
The main source material of the anime is the manga series, and the main point is whether there is enough source material for more anime seasons. Anime spans about 10 manga volumes per season. The third season was adapted from 18 to 27 volumes. Considering that there are a total of 45 volumes of manga series and 18 volumes of source material left, there is no problem in terms of manga suitability for a new season. If you’re too impatient to see a new season, you can get the rest of the story by reading the manga.
Disc sales (BluRay & DVD) of the anime
A lot of anime won’t be confirmed for a new season if disc sales are low. In general, an anime season is expected to sell about 4,000 copies before being renewed for another season. However, the anime Chihayafuru discs did not sell 4000 copies in every period from 1 to 3. Notably, the first part of the third period sold only 1251 copies. Looking at these disc sales, the chances of Chihayafuru anime season 4 are pretty low.
- First season 1st part: 2,609 sheets
- Second season 1st part: 3,426 sheets
- Third season 1st part: 1,251 sheets
When is the fourth season of the Chihayafuru?
To summarize, the fourth season of the anime has not yet been confirmed. There is enough stock for the new season, but disc sales are not enough. Looking at the live-action movies released in 2016 and 2018, it seems that the production company had sufficient financial returns for the fourth season. It generates additional revenue from licensing companies and from disc sales. It has been distributed to more than 50 countries around the world and is a popular anime all over the world. We waited many years because the anime didn’t have enough source material, but the stock material available is enough for the fourth season. If there is a recent update, we can watch a new anime season in 2022-2023†