The Yoshino Society tournament progresses. Sakurazawa-sensei meets an old acquaintance: Haruka Inokuma, a former 4-time Queen. Arata also meets up with Taichi, but when he talks to Taichi about starting a karuta club in school, Taichi cuts him off and leaves.
Miyauchi-sensei arrives and asks Sakurazawa-sensei about Chihaya's chances for becoming Queen, and relates her fears for Chihaya's future outside the game.
As the fourth round of matches begins, Chihaya faces Vice-Meijin Takemura and shows changes in her technique.
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