I don’t have much to say on this episode, beside my title upfront. I would like to complete the title but someone will nag me for being too … vocal. Anyway, this is an important match to Chihaya, she really wanted to win this and will accept any challenge . Luckily, she gets the queen whom strikes nothing but complete accuracy. It’s like a female moe version of swiper the fox. Chihaya is in panic but manage to get into momentum half-way through.
The stiffness of the competition is there. I can see that Karuta is a serious business for these guys. There is tension, rivalry. Your typical stuff in any competition. But the battle between the Queen and Chihaya would had been put a bit more later than it is. Right now, it came to a surprise, but the value of the queen dropped for revealing herself. Unless Chihaya loses and it can at least break even in value. It would be interesting if this Queen goes with Arata, that could be awesome.
All in all, it was a fair episode. Not ground breaking, not terrible. They’re establishing a ground work here and it’s normal to have a flat episode from time to time.