The 17th compiled volume of the Chihayafuru
manga is coming out in Japan next week, on June 13, all nicely wrapped in an "obi" strip announcing
that a second TV anime series is in the making. Studio Madhouse will presumably continue to work on it, as it did with the first season that aired between October 2011 and March 2012. The wraparound jacket band doesn't give out any timeframe for Chihayafuru 2
's release, though.
The original manga is authored by Yuki Suetsugu, and it follows a girl competing in the traditional Japanese card game of karuta. In the story, a schoolgirl named Chihaya Ayase once only dreamed about her sister making it big as a fashion model, until she decides to forge her own path in life. After seeing a quiet transfer student named Arata Wataya play the game, Chihaya enters the competitive world of karuta. The story begins when Arata joins Chihaya's sixth-grade class, but most of the story takes place during Chihaya's high school years.
To compensate for the lack of details attached to this announcement, you will at least find a new batch of artworks in the local Chihayafuru gallery
. And if you missed the first season, you can watch all 25 episodes streaming