Suō reflects that other players may not appreciate how Kyoko Yamashiro, the reader for the match, loves the Japanese language. Watching on TV, Murao thinks about how he has left Arata alone. Arata, also watching on TV, visualizes playing Suō, but knows that he needs to play strong opponents. Suō wins and retains his title. Ise, the Myojo director, invites Shinobu to visit the society, but she politely declines. Komano amazes Chihaya by using his statistics to figure out that she has 20 one-syllable cards. Discouraged that he doesn't have talent like Chihaya and Suō, Taichi calls Arata, who tells him that his grandfather once said that there are plenty of ways to take cards that don't rely on talent. Murao helps Arata train. Kana decides her dream is to become a certified reader, but is daunted when she learns she must first be Class A. Taichi begins training with practice swings. As the new school year begins, the faculty decides to turn over the clubroom to the concert band if the karuta club cannot recruit at least five new members.