Chika is in sniper training with Natsume, Tōma, and Ema. Natsume is pleased with her progress in training. They are greeted by Oki, whom Tōma berates for being indecisive in the recent Rank Battle. Oki justifies his lack of action, stating that Chika's puerility prevented him from shooting her. Ema receives a call from Kageura to join him at his family's restaurant. He and Tōma leave, while Chika and the others continue training.
At the restaurant, Ema and Tōma are greeted by Kageura, Murakami, Hiro, and Yūma. The group members point out Kageura's apparent liking of Yūma, so much so that he actually brought him to the restaurant. Kageura is flustered by the accusations, reasoning that Yūma's lack of emotion appealed to him the most. Kageura brings up Ema's infatuation with Chika, revealing that Ema is considering losing the upcoming Rank Battle to allow Chika to enter the Expedition Force. Yūma divulges that Kido already mandated Chika's presence on the expedition as a fuel source. Ema elaborates, saying that Chika will feel alone without the rest of her team. Arafune and Hokari arrive at the restaurant. Arafune encourages Ema to aim for the Expedition Force independently in order to be with Chika, and even suggests that he should protect Chika in the next match. Yūma asserts that it does not matter what they do; Tamakoma Second will emerge victorious.