Setsuna Hayami still has a 5-card lead, but is losing confidence. In a flashback, Chihaya is shown practicing the backswing relentessly with Sudo. Chihaya now uses the backswing to gain on Hayami. Their match ends with Hayami committing a fault, giving Chihaya the victory. Hayami gets consoled from Yumi, who coaches her and recruits her into Suihoku Society.
Chihaya's next round is against Sakurazawa-sensei. Taichi goes against Sudo, making a life impacting bet with him: "Whoever loses, leaves karuta permanently. Hoever wins, has to stay with karuta for the rest of their life."
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