Shinichi Murao-san remembers how the matches against Arata have been even as a child. Also his attachment to his grandfather, the former Karuta Meijin gets recalled. Shinichi Murao-san still ponders on why Arata has returned to the competition.
Shinobu is getting disturbed by the people in the room and frustrated with her losing position. After many tense moments, Arata finally triumphs over the Queen of Karuta. He also notices that she is ill, which has not been clear to anyone else in the competition.
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