Takashi is paired against Sudo. With four of the last eight from the Nagumo Society and the other four from the Shiranami Society, it feels a little like a team match between the societies. Chihaya takes an early lead, leading the audience to think they will be watching the rise of a new star instead of the return of a former Queen, but Inokuma rebounds and takes the lead. Sudo is throwing off Taichi but Harada-sensei shouts "Got there in time!" after he gets a card, which startles the struggling Shiranami players and helps them refocus. Chihaya takes the next card, a multi-syllable, from Inokuma's side and gives her the Chihayafuru card, which she takes from her shortly afterwards. Retro suddenly wins in Class B and Taichi and Sudo declare neither can be bested by him. Chihaya realizes she's having fun despite the stress and warms at the idea that everyone here loves karuta.