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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.