During the selection match, Stella, Shizuku, and Alice easily defeat their opponents. Meanwhile, Ikki begins studying Kirihara's Noble Art, which renders him invisible and makes it difficult to even detect him using the other senses. Ikki meets up with Alice and confides in him about him about his match against Kirihara: during the previous school year, when the Kurogane family still had influence over the Academy's superiors, Kirihara had been harassing him with his Device and Ikki refused to fight back, believing it would be used as an excuse to expel him. In the next day's match, Kirihara starts off by activating his Noble Art, which covers the battlefield in an illusory forest. At first, Ikki is able to deduce Kirihara's location by observing the visible arrows he fires, but Kirihara employs a new, improved technique he developed which also allows his arrows to become invisible. He uses this technique to severely wound Ikki and then reveals to the audience that Ikki is required to...