The BEST episodes written by Mitsuru Chiba

At the End of the Siege
22 votes

#1 - At the End of the Siege

The Aquatope on White Sand - Season 1 - Episode 11

A typhoon approaches as Kukuru locks herself inside Gama Gama to protest its closure.

Bring a Life of Everlasting Love
25 votes

#2 - Bring a Life of Everlasting Love

Chihayafuru - Season 3 - Episode 19

Harada leads Suo with two wins and one loss as the Master match enters its fourth round. Harada has studied everything about Suo, including the weakness that Chihaya told him about, and he dominates the match with his trademark offensive karuta. Suo remains calm despite Harada's strong momentum, recalling what his aunt, who raised him, said to him when he was a child. Her words are the reason Suo continues to play karuta.

To Restore My Faith
22 votes

#3 - To Restore My Faith

Chihayafuru - Season 3 - Episode 21

Suo and Shinobu win the Master and Queen matches, both defending their titles. Afterward, Taichi declines to return to Tokyo, staying behind alone for the Takamatsu Memorial Cup... and ends up playing against Arata. Meanwhile, Chihaya is shocked by Taichi getting the jump on her a second time, and she begins to wonder why he always makes his decisions without saying anything to her.

Tropical Fish in Boots
28 votes

#4 - Tropical Fish in Boots

The Aquatope on White Sand - Season 1 - Episode 4

The touch pool, where people are invited to touch sea creatures with their own hands, is the biggest event of the summer at Gama Gama Aquarium. Kukuru, Kai, Kuuya and Fuuka are hard at work to prepare.

Takes Me Away In Haste
26 votes

#5 - Takes Me Away In Haste

Chihayafuru - Season 3 - Episode 16

"You can't be Queen." Chihaya didn't lose heart even after being soundly defeated in her practice match with the Master, but she can't help feeling stunned by his comment. And Taichi, after seeing the Master's play style up close, begins to think about the style of karuta he wants to play. Christmas is also around the corner, and the Mizusawa Karuta Club has a plan in mind..

crab crisis
24 votes

#6 - crab crisis

The Aquatope on White Sand - Season 1 - Episode 8

Karin finds a venue for a traveling aquarium at the pediatrics ward of the local clinic. The head nurse there has a fear of crabs.

As Helpless Autumn Leaves Are Caught Against the Flow
25 votes

#7 - As Helpless Autumn Leaves Are Caught Against the Flow

Chihayafuru - Season 3 - Episode 15

Chihaya is still lost in the clouds after Arata confessed his feelings to her, making her unable to concentrate on studying for her exams. Kanade and Sumire, who happened to overhear Arata's confession, are debating whether they should tell Taichi or not. In the midst of all this, Chihaya gets a phone call from Sudo, who says someone in his college karuta club wants to play a match with her.

Sweets Rhapsody
26 votes

#8 - Sweets Rhapsody

The Aquatope on White Sand - Season 1 - Episode 6

Kukuru and the crew brainstorm for ways to attract more visitors to Gama Gama Aquarium. They decide to try selling some sweets.

Leaving a Hovering Mist Above the Trees and Grass
24 votes

#9 - Leaving a Hovering Mist Above the Trees and Grass

Chihayafuru - Season 3 - Episode 11

Arata wonders why he feels so relieved to learn that Taichi lost his match, even as dark memories of a similar feeling at the Yoshino Tournament come back to him, leaving him unable to concentrate fully on his match in the finals. His opponent, Murao, realizes that Arata isn't himself and sees an opportunity, but then..

As Friends and Strangers
27 votes

#10 - As Friends and Strangers

Chihayafuru - Season 3 - Episode 8

Omi Jingu. Sudo intends to withdraw from the Master tournament due to the bet he made earlier with Taichi. Taichi tells him to play and withdraw only if he matches against him, which Sudo agrees to. Arata is suffering from food poisoning but sees Taichi's name on the list, shocking him. Suō gives Shinobu a ride to the tournament on his motorcycle, and everyone is surprised to see the Queen and Master at the West qualifiers.

The Great Sea Slug Debate
17 votes

#11 - The Great Sea Slug Debate

The Aquatope on White Sand - Season 1 - Episode 15

Kukuru is tasked with coming up with ideas for an event, but her proposal comes with some serious challenges.

The Storm Blasts
27 votes

#12 - The Storm Blasts

Chihayafuru - Season 3 - Episode 7

Taichi has nothing but Chihaya on his mind as he constantly updates his strategy during their match. Chihaya has a bit of trouble since Taichi isn't playing like he usually does, but this just might be the best match they've ever played against each other. As the final round nears its end, Chihaya's desire to be the Queen battles against her dreams for the future as she's forced to choose between the Queen tournament qualifiers and her class trip.

Hangout Spot Kuragefuu
18 votes

#13 - Hangout Spot Kuragefuu

The Aquatope on White Sand - Season 1 - Episode 17

It’s been a while since Kukuru and Fuuka had the same day off, so they host a get-together with their coworkers.

Ready to Return
17 votes

#14 - Ready to Return

The Aquatope on White Sand - Season 1 - Episode 22

Having watched the sea turtle hatchlings, Kukuru returns to Tingarla with a renewed sense of purpose, and resumes work on the wedding venue project.