But from the crystal white snow of Yoshino is the 53rd episode of Chihayafuru.
Haruka Inokuma, a competitor and four-time Queen before taking a maternity leave, begins gaining attention. Chihaya wins her first two matches and takes a break for lunch and a nap. Arata asks Taichi for advice on starting a karuta club at his school, but Arata doesn't engage.
In the fourth round of competition, Chihaya is matched against Keiichi Takemura, the Master runner-up, while Rion plays against Akihito Sudo. While Chihaya initially struggles against Takemura's aggressive playstyle, she soon recovers and her graceful playstyle lets her make a comeback.
Exhausted, Rion loses to Sudo and Arata beats the former Queen runner-up. Chihaya and Takashi win their matches and advance to the final eight, with Chihaya set to play Inokuma next.
Poems of the Episode
In order of appearance: