As the Rank Battle preparation begins, Karin Yuitsuka, Inukai, and Arashiyama serve as commentators. Koarai identifies the new addition to Tamakoma Second as the powerful newcomer. Azuma calms his team down, reminding them that dealing with the unexpected is a goal of Rank Battles. Kageura Unit is shocked at their choice, but Ema asserts that Kageura Unit will be victorious. Suzunari First is also surprised at the new addition, though they concur that their map selection is appropriate. They have chosen City D, a map with streets and tall buildings, where most of the space comes from the height of the buildings.
Usami explains that most battles within the arena come within a large mall, and because being on the road makes one open to snipers, the mall is the safe retreat. Yūma notes that Suzunari First has a sniper, but Usami reasons that the benefits of nullifying the powerful snipers of the other teams outweighed any disadvantages. 12 minutes before the match begins, Osamu begins explaining his strategy.