The staff at studio Madhouse involved with creating the TV anime Chihayafuru, which ran 50 episodes in 2012 and 2013, admitted earlier this week that nobody involved with the show knew anything about karuta.
“We just threw the cards around and trusted none of the viewers were perceptive enough to notice”, series director Morio Asaka admitted.
“None of the staff knows anything about karuta. I don’t even think the person who made the manga knows anything about it.”
The series was able to get away with the presentation as reportedly no one actually plays karuta in real life.