Childhood memories continues where the school tournament Taichi had declared a match against Arata who he quickly realizes is a tough opponent. He ends up taking Arata’s glasses when he isn’t looking which makes it almost impossible for him to compete in the match since he can’t see them. Arata memorizes them, but Taichi quickly switches them around causing him to pick up the wrong cards and gain points. That’s when Chihaya comes in and requests to take Arata’s place since he can’t see and comes to love Karuta more than ever and win.
OH MAN THIS EPISODE WAS AWESOME!
I have read the manga ( only up to chapter 8 ) because I heard the manga is very good. So seeing how the anime adapted to it, I would say they did a pretty good job. There were some obvious differences but in the end, they still didn’t go off track, they just took a shortcut. If the anime decides to continue at this pace, expect the next episode to continue being flashbacks of their childhood, but trust me. It’s totally worth it and significant to the plot.
Today’s episode showed us some conflicts that both Chihaya and Taichi have with their parents. Chihaya’s are too caught up and focused on her sister’s modeling career and aren’t very supportive, and Taichi’s parents only care about winning and being the best of everything to the point, if he’s not going to win competition, he can’t take part of it.
It was also good to see a development of acceptance between Taichi and Arata. I was proud of Daichi for being honest that he had stolen his glasses and wasn’t playing fair.
Last but not least, Arata continues to amaze me with his passion for the game. Seeing him Image training was really neat, and definitely had sparked Taichi’s attention to the game. He also made me squeal both times (manga and anime) when he said Chihaya can become the Queen.