When Chihaya Ayase was in the 6th grade of elementary school, she met Arata Wataya. Arata Wataya transferred from Fukui Prefecture. Taichi Mashima was Chihaya Ayase’s friend since they were little. Arata got close to Chihaya and Taichi from the card game ‘karuta’.
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I didn't read the manga, nor have I seen the anime version. But from what I saw, this film can surely stand on its own. You gotta love the characters, the story, and the soundtrack. It sure has the heart and comedy that only Japanese films can make. Furthermore, Karuta is a fascinating game of wit, speed, and precision. I watched it twice, and loved it even more.