One of the competitors, Inokuma Haruka, is drawing massive attention. She held the title of queen for four consecutive years (defeating Sakurazawa four consecutive times) until giving it up on maternity leave and has just returned. Ayase wins her first two matches, stopping for lunch and sleep. Nishimura notices she isn't as bold in taking cards as she was before. During the break, Arata asks Taichi for advice in starting a karuta club, but Taichi is bothered, as teams are something he has in common with Chihaya Arata does not, and walks away coldly. In the 4th round, Chihaya is paired against the Master runner-up, Takemura, while Rion has to deal with Sudo. Takemura's especially aggressive swings give Chihaya trouble until she finally gets her balance with her right hand back, using grace instead of strength to take cards. When the Chihayafuru card is read, Chihaya and Inokuma's cards collide in mid-air, meaning they were taken at the same time. Rion presses Sudo hard despite her exhaustion and nearly defeats him before losing. Arata defeats Yumin, the Queen runner-up. Chihaya and Takashi also win their matches. They make it to the final eight, but Chihaya's next match is against Inokuma.