The Plum Blossoms Still Smell the Same is the 18th episode of Chihayafuru.
Chihaya finally gets to play her first Class A match, while the other members are looking to advance their rank through a strong tournament showing. Chihaya's opponent Kanai Sakura, who has 35 years of karuta experience. Chihaya is faster, but she has trouble taking cards. Her opponent constantly moves cards into positions that are difficult for her, and Chihaya soon realizes how tough Class A is.
Poems of the Episode
The Plum Blossoms Still Smell the Same
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