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Physical abilities decrease with age. This is an unfortunate fact Dr. Harata understands all too well. But passion? That is something that never dies.
Chihaya and Taichi train alongside the Fujisaki karuta club over the summer break and discover the hard way that Coach Sakurazawa’s training methods are rather… intense.
Although the Mizusawa karuta club improves by leaps and bounds, its members are about to get some bad news.
The competition includes Haruka, a former Queen who seeks to reclaim her throne. Meanwhile, Taichi becomes distracted after speaking with Arata.
The quarterfinals are no joke as players endure a trial that pushes their skills to the limits. As for Chihaya? She faces someone who could be her most talented opponent yet.
The quarterfinals end after a series of hard-fought matches. The semifinals begin with a surprising development.
No doubts remain; The two finalists are skilled karuta players who both deserve to win. However, there can only be one champion.
Which is more important to Chihaya’s dreams: the class trip or the qualifiers? She makes her choice, but did she make the right one?
Others take notice of Taichi’s newfound dedication to karuta. The current Meijin makes a surprising announcement that has a profound impact on the karuta world.
Michiru’s patience with Chihaya hits a breaking point as Arata finds himself rattled by Hisashi’s earlier comment. And Taichi? He faces a… peculiar opponent.
Significant mental and physical disadvantages plague Arata during his match. Can he win or has he fallen too far behind?
Dr. Harata vows to win. To help him, Taichi must become Arata and Chihaya must become Meijin. Meanwhile, Haruka worries she’s choosing karuta over her family.
Who will earn the right to challenge the reigning champions? Arata and Megumu may be young and talented, but Dr. Harata and Haruka have the experience that comes with age.
New determination fuels both Haruka and Megumu’s desire to win. As for the other match, Dr. Harata is a fearsome opponent, and Arata must become someone else to beat him.
Finals are coming up, but Chihaya’s thoughts lie elsewhere. As Kana and Sumire deal with a delicate situation, an unexpected phone call has profound implications.
Although Suo’s blunt words shakes Chihaya to her core, she has discovered his weakness. Christmas is just around the corner and thoughts drift towards the future.
There’s a reason why all four participants of the Meijin and Queen matches represent the height of karuta play.
Haruka has the support of friends and family, as well as a reason to win. But Shinobu? She finds herself more isolated than ever, and that could cost her everything.
A determined Dr. Harada vows to become the next Meijin since he cannot accept someone like Sou with the title. However, Sou has a reason for playing the way he does.
One thing is clear: a Meijin will emerge once the dust settles. But who will it be? As the match draws to a close, Shinobu makes an important realization.
The matches may be over, but Taichi has his eye set on the future. It’s almost time for everyone to go their separate ways. Nothing stays the same forever.
Chihaya wants to be the queen of karuta, and she’s becoming a force to be reckoned with. But when it comes to Valentine’s Day? Sumire is the reigning queen (of chocolates).
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Sometimes, it’s important to reflect upon the events that brought everything up to this point. Along with a healthy dose of self-awareness, of course.
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