It is just different enough to be unique and exciting! :lol:
Episode 14 –
The group is separated into their individual class matches and Chihaya sees the Queen for the first time. I think it’s distracting her because it looks like she’s having trouble again in the Class A match. She forces herself to concentrate and she wins the match only to be paired with the Queen in the next round.
It doesn’t look good for Chihaya. The Queen is incredibly fast and that would shake anyone’s confidence. Chihaya can’t find the right strategy and it looks like she may lose. But it was funny when they both lost focus for a few seconds over each other’s t-shirts!
Chihaya doesn’t believe that she can win against the Queen and the Queen has every confidence that she will win against Chihaya. But then Chihaya remembers playing against Arata and that helps her regain her confidence. That combined with the teachings of her coach gets Chihaya back in the game and she manages to take her first card. However, she gives it to the Queen!
Chihaya takes a deep breath and finally takes a card - from the Queen’s side! When Chihaya takes her second card, the Queen starts to look annoyed, but perhaps she has finally met her match in Chihaya! This is beginning to be a very exciting match – especially now that Chihaya wants a shot at being Queen herself!
Episode 15 –
The observers speculate on just who may win the match. Everyone can see Chihaya’s determination plainly, but is it enough to win against the Queen? The Queen is determined too – and a bit scary!
Chihaya does lose the match, but learns much about the Queen. Meanwhile, the Queen finds out who her opponent was and she angrily vows that Chihaya will never take any cards from her again! But I think Chihaya would like to be her friend. And for the first time, Chihaya did not fall asleep after a match. Instead, Taichi finds her practicing her technique with tears running down her face, vowing to beat the Queen someday.
Now, it’s Taichi’s turn and he has made it to the final round. He would just love to catch up to Arata in his technique and one day beat him. By the way – where is Arata? I thought he was there. It’s a very tense match and Taichi is feeling fatigued and stressed. His teammates are there to support him, but in the end, he loses. He did well and gets second place, but he still berates himself, especially when he sees the disappointment of his teammates.
The defeated group returns home to work on their problem areas, but the biggest of these is stamina. It was funny to see one teacher’s reaction when he saw the karuta club out for a morning jog. Chihaya has been dreaming a lot about the Queen and her Snowmaru t-shirt. Appropriate by the way – the Queen is a very cold hearted individual. But she still wants to see Arata. And speak of the devil – he is joining a society! Everyone is practicing now and the next contest will be even better!