One of the competitors, Inokuma Haruka, is drawing massive attention. She held the title of queen for four consecutive years (defeating Sakurazawa four consecutive times) until giving it up on maternity leave and has just returned. Ayase wins her first two matches, stopping for lunch and sleep. Nishimura notices she isn't as bold in taking cards as she was before. During the break, Arata asks Taichi for advice in starting a karuta club, but Taichi is bothered, as teams are something he has in common with Chihaya Arata does not, and walks away coldly.
Arata wonders why he feels so relieved to learn that Taichi lost his match, even as dark memories of a similar feeling at the Yoshino Tournament come back to him, leaving him unable to concentrate fully on his match in the finals. His opponent, Murao, realizes that Arata isn't himself and sees an opportunity, but then..
Raizel and Frankenstein first met in Lukedonia, the country of nobles. Raizel took Frankenstein, who was a noble hunter at the time, into his mansion to work as his butler. Frankenstein protected him for several years, but then some among the nobility who had unfavorable opinions of the duo began to revolt. What decision did Frankenstein and Raizel reach in response to this conflict?