Depressed by her loss, Chihaya hides inside a locker. Harada takes up the defense of Chihaya's hair against Sudō. When Taichi says she needs to come out to cheer for Harada, she comes out but says Taichi needs to watch them because they will be his rivals when he makes Class A. Harada defeats Sudō, but loses in the semi-finals. Tsuboguchi and Yumi become the eastern finalists. Arata loses in the fourth round of the western qualifier. Arata tries to convince Murao to come back to karuta to help him train to become master. Murao says the point of karuta isn't to become master, but he'll play sometime if Arata wants to have fun. Tsuboguchi loses the master challenger match. Yumi wins the queen challenger match. On Christmas Eve, the club members attend parties held by their respective classes. Taichi has given Arata's cell number to Chihaya, so following her party, she calls Arata.