Posted by psgels on 24 November 2007 with categories: Shion no Ou


Alongside series such as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Saiunkoku Monogatari and Kaiji, which all have plenty of time to build up, Shion no Ou forms an excellent addition, simply because the time it has to work with is quite limited, so it has to keep up quite a fast pacing to finish in time. Unlike the series above, you just know that every episode will be interesting and push the storyline a considerable amount further. This effect becomes even more apparent when the characters are just so addictive as in this series. I could care less about the Shougi at this point, the characters themselves make this series worthwhile enough to keep watching.

This episode probably forms the end of the small intermezzo, where Satoru gets fleshed out even more, and where we see two matches: one between Saori and Shion, and one between Ayumi and Satoru. All of them were interesting, and quite important for the storyline. After the first one, Saori finally starts to consider Shion as a worthy opponent, instead of a cute girl who happens to be good at shougi, after Shion makes quite a few smart moves in a quick match. Satoru on the other hand, loses to Ayumi on purpose, in order to test the guy/girl out. His motivations are still quite fuzzy at the moment, but I think that we’ll find these out quite soon.

I’m also quite surprised at how often the reporter-guy passes by. The guy gets featured in the OP, but is he something more than just a bystander, or will he too play some kind of more important role in the future? In the later part of the episode, we also see Shion and Ayumi, going to a local fast-food-restaurant, and the two of them were SO cute at the time. I’m really surprised at how the usually stoic Ayumi talked in such a gentle way to Shion.

One thing that I’ve been wondering: how come the police couldn’t find anything through fingerprint analysis? The murderer basically placed the king of shougi on the board after he killed Shion’s parents. He wasn’t wearing gloves, as Shion recognized how the fingers of the guy were pretty… so why hasn’t fingerprint analysis pointed out the victim? Or could this be because the murderer has never been in contact with the police before?

5 Responses

  1. Avatar L.A says:

    Though I don’t want to, I should admit Ayumi is the prettiest one….really, it’s not so fair!

  2. Avatar DAIJIN says:

    Shion no ou is 2 cours anime.
    A total of eight volumes of the DVD are released.
    there is one episode in DVD vol.1,and from DVD vol.2 three episodes in.
    I think there are total 22 episodes.

    I’m sorry if you cannot understand in my poor English.

    P.S.
    Why don’t you play shogi?
    Hamu shogi(following URL) is FLASH shogi game for beginners.
    http://hozo.hp.infoseek.co.jp/shogi/

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Really? I was always under the impression that there would only be twelve episodes for this series, as listed by Moonphase, but indeed, it’s perfectly possible for a second season to air someone later in 2008. Thanks for the info, and that link.

    EDIT: whoa, that is really much harder than it looks. O_o

  4. Avatar DAIJIN says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_WxsDfabYE
    This is the radio program which is publicizing Shion no ou by ponycanyon.
    The person in charge of Shion no ou of Pony Canyon said 2cours and 8 DVDs are released.
    It’s official message.

  5. psgels psgels says:

    I see what you mean. It would be rather weird for the final six dvds to only have one episode on them, so there indeed is a good chance for some kind of second season or something. Either that, or Moonphase is wrong about the number of episodes and the 22 episodes will indeed be showed right after each other.

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