After the Mizusawa team collects their trophy for winning the team competition, Chihaya is taken to the hospital to get her injured hand checked out. Arata tells Mashima that he plans to go to university in Tokyo if he wins the Karuta competition. Chihaya is told by the doctor that she needs to go to a larger hospital to have the swelling in her hand diagnosed, and that she should not use it in competition. She decides to compete using her left hand.
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