I have been wondering why I was able to go through the Chihayafuru raws in a matter of days, whereas I had always been struggling to finish a volume of my beloved Maria-sama ga miteru series. Actually, the Marimite manga is more friendly to those who are challenged in Kanji. Chihayafuru, on the other hand (basing on the first volume), had at first not been so beginner-friendly. In my observation it only manages to add more furigana in the later volumes. Was it because the audience has widened?
Lately I have been trying to read more Japanese text, and my experience with Chihayafuru raws just goes to show that motivation really plays a big part in learning a language. I had downloaded a lot of stories from Aozora Bunko into my Kindle, and not one of them was finished. I read the first few pages and then after a while I give up. Maybe the fact that manga has pictures helps. Of course the raws are now also in my Kindle.
But the number one reason has got to be the engrossing story in Chihayafuru. Who’s gonna win? What’s gonna happen next? When will we get to see Chihaya as queen? That’s the kind of curiousity that drove me to read the raws (and will continue to drive me in the future).
I guess we’ll still have a few more volumes of exciting karuta action in the future to look forward to! And in the process the manga will also be a good exercise in Nihongo reading comprehension skills. 😀