Chihayafuru is an anime series adapted from the manga of the same title by Yuki Suetsugu, produced by Madhouse and directed by Morio Asaka. The story follows Chihaya Ayase, a girl who is inspired by a classmate to take up competitive karuta, with the dream of forming a club and reaching the national tournament. The series aired on Nippon Television between October 4, 2011, and March 27, 2012, and was also simulcast by Crunchyroll. The opening theme is "Youthful", performed by 99RadioService, and the ending theme is "Soshite Ima" (そしていま), performed by Asami Seto. The series was released in 9 volumes on DVD and Blu-ray Disc between December 21, 2011, and August 22, 2012, and as a complete set on Blu-ray Disc on July 18, 2013. Animax Asia aired their English adaptation of the first series from February 13 to March 18, 2013. A second season, Chihayafuru 2, aired in Japan between January 11 and June 28, 2013, and was also simulcast by Crunchyroll. The opening theme is "Star" by 99RadioService whilst the ending theme is "Akane Sora" (茜空) by Seto. Episode 26 did not air on television and instead was released as an original animation DVD on September 13, 2013, together with the limited edition of the 22nd volume of the manga.