Chihaya is overjoyed that Taichi has won his match and advanced to A-level, but Taichi is more concerned with going to see Arata and Shinobu compete.
Kanade continues to be the only one to notice Taichi's feelings for Chihaya. Sumire finds herself drawn to Tsukuba's enthusiasm as he battles in the D-level final.
Taichi and Chihaya go to watch Arata and Shinobu's match, and Chihaya is drawn in by the concentration and skill of the two competitors. Nishida, in another part of the room wants to tell them about the match so far but is unable to.
Shinobu is getting pushed by Arata, and her style is suffering because of it. Arata remains cool and collected, to Chihaya's admiration.
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