I really don’t care what happens in the Class A final between Arata and Shinobu. Does that make me a bad person? Fact is, I’m forced to consider putting my coverage of Chihayafuru on hold – or at least making it selective based on content – because I’m running out of things to say about it. It just feels like one tournament blending into another, and the results are more predictable than ever.
If indeed something interesting is going on in the other classes – like Tsutomu and Hiro going at it (who would I root for, I wonder?) for the Class B title – Suetsugu-sensei didn’t show it to us here. Indeed, the most interesting thing I saw from her was the end card for Arslan Senki. The way she portrayed Nishida this week felt, honestly, like a writer who had in mind to try and do something interesting and gave up halfway. There was a bit of song and dance about poor Nishida breaking up his usual losing routine against Arata, then two panels later the match was over (and so was the Queen’s).
I can make no promises about the future, but if something worth writing about happens, I’ll blog it. But for the moment, Chihayafuru is the first-ever manga that’s been on the bubble.