Chihaya Ayase, a tomboy at heart, has lived her life under the shadow of her older sister and has no real aspirations. Her life takes a drastic turn when she befriends the aloof transfer student Arata Wataya, who exposes her to the competitive world of kurata. Along with her friend, Taichi Nashima, the three spend their time together playing karuta until they’re separated. In her first year of high school, Chihaya is determined to establish the Municipal Mizusawa High Competitive Karuta Club.
Chihaya tries to start a karuta club, but no one is taking her seriously. She remembers the first time she played the game.
Chihaya remembers the annual elementary school karuta tournament. In the tournament, Taichi steals Arata’s glasses and ends up going against Chihaya.
The gang ends up going to see a Shiranami Kurata Society practice session where they end up doing a tournament.
Her elementary memories still in her heart, Chihaya makes a bet with Taichi: if she wins, he has to join her Karuta team.
Chihaya calls Arata to tell him she made Class A. Meanwhile, Arata has changed and wants nothing to do with karuta.
Chihaya is able to convince the school to give her a room for her karuta club. Meanwhile, Kanade helps Chihaya understand karuta a little bit better.
Set on growing the karuta club’s membership, Chihaya sets out to scout the second-ranked first year student, Tsutomu Komano.
One member away from official school recognition, Chihaya sets her eyes on Nishida. Reluctant to join, Taichi tells him to challenge Chihaya.
The karuta club is finally official! Chihaya organizes a camp at Taichi’s house and sets a rigorous training schedule.
The team enters their first competition, but they run into trouble. Taichi tries to solve the conflict within the team.
The Mizusawa karuta club advances to the finals. The teams find it hard to stay on the offensive and Chihaya is distracted by her opponent’s taunts.
The nationals are up next, and Chihaya feels a little left out as her parents dote on her sister’s accomplishments. Meanwhile, Miyauchi learns more about karuta.
Chihaya ends up sick and passes out. Meanwhile, Arata arrives to support Chihaya and remembers his grandfather’s illness.
The individual tournament is up next, and Chihaya must go up against the youngest karuta queen, Shinobu Wakamiya.
Chihaya ends up being no match for the queen. Meanwhile, Taichi continue on to the Class B final. Will he obtain victory?
A recap on past events with short omake scenes representing different storylines from the point of view of the show’s side characters.
The team works hard to achieve their individual goals. Taichi tries to move up to Class A and learns many of his rivals are thinking the same thing.
Each member competes in an individual tournament. Chihaya goes back to her reliance on speed and ends up losing. What will she do now?
Komano and Kana are in fierce competition, and Chihaya learns more about her style play. Taichi and Nishida try to make it to Class A.
Taichi enters a tournament, which marks his last chance to make Class A. Meanwhile, Komano tutors Chihaya and Nishida for exams.
Eastern qualifiers are underway, and Chihaya has her first round. She uses all her learned experience to better strategize her matches.
The second round is here! Chihaya must face the former queen, Yumi. As the round continues, Chihaya notices Yumi unenthusiastic behavior.
Depressed by her loss, Chihaya decides to hide. Meanwhile, the matches continue, and the team watches to see who will come out victorious.
The club members watch the queen and master matches on TV. Shinobu seems to be having difficulty but just might be able to get it together in the end.
With their defeat in mind, each of the team members realize different things about karuta, but the school puts a damper on their kurata dreams.