Manga Artist Yuki Suetsugu’s 27-volume manga Chihayafuru has recently showcased it’s cast in full costume for it’s two part adaptation to be directed by Norihiro Koizumi (The Liar and His Lover , Flowers, Gachi Boy). Set to be released in 2016, Chihayafuru: Upper Phrase (March 2016) / Chihayafuru: Lower Phrase (April 2016) stars Suzu Hirose, Shuhei Nomura, Mackenyu, Mayu Matsuoka, Mone Kamishiraishi, Yuma Yamoto, Yuki Morinaga, Hiroya Shimizu, Ryotaro Sakaguchi, Miyuki Matsuda, and Jun Kunimura.
Manga Synopsis: All her life, Chihaya’s dream was to see her model sister become Japan’s best… That is, until a quiet, unassuming transfer student named Arata tells her otherwise. A dream, he explains to her, is something she needs to work at herself.
Arata plays a competitive version of a traditional Japanese card game–known as Hyakunin Isshu–in a way Chihaya has never seen before. After taking Arata’s place in a game, Chihaya discovers she has a passion for it. Now Chihaya wants to become number one in the world, the Queen of Karuta.
Yuki Suetsugu’s Chihayafuru was adapted into anime format for two seasons (October 2011 – March 2012 – Season 1 – January 2013 – June 2013 Season 2) During My Forlorn Years in This World OVA (September 2013). Bouncing back from her plagiarism, including tracing allegations which two of her works were cancelled Flower of Eden & Sliver) Yuki Suetsugu was able to win the 2nd Manga Taisho Award (2009) and the 35th annual Kodansha Manga Award for Best Shoujo (2011).
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