Posted by psgels on 10 February 2008 with categories: Shion no Ou


Oh my god. This episode was absolutely amazing, and quite probably the best of the entire series yet. And with Shion no Ou, that has to say something! Obviously with that, there are major spoilers following, because this episode turned so many tables around. You don’t want to read this entry without having seen the episode, and I’m serious about this. This sentence is meant to fill up space on the blog aggregators.

Now, the biggest shock was definitely the very first sentence on the first scene. From out of NOWHERE, we just learn that Ayumi’s mother freaking DIED. I hardly could believe my ears when I heard this, and how it came so incredibly suddenly. The first sentence was the last place I’d ever expect a twist so major as that.

Unfortunately, the only thing that wasn’t freaking awesome about this episode was the animation. Something went terribly wrong with the outsourcing this time, and some shots looked really off, even more than usual for this series. Thankfully though, the rest of the episode MORE than made up for it. Shion’s face when she found out about Ayumi’s mother was heart-wrenching. And yes, I admit that I cried a lot during this episode.

The thing also remains that Ayumi has now lost his main reason to play Shougi. Hani-meijin then comes into the picture, when he basically offers to make Ayumi his successor. With his loss against Satoru this episode, the female Ayumi has also died, and the episode ends with Hani-meijin, actually cutting off Ayumi’s hair!

And on top of that, Satoru also receives a truckload full of development. We see him this time at the apartment of a newly introduced friend of his. We receive the first clue that perhaps he wasn’t the one who killed Shion’s parents. It turns out Kazumi was indeed his lover, whom he met in high-school. She died, however, at the same time that Shion’s parents got killed. In this episode, we see how Satoru has actually asked this friend of his to investigate on the real facts of the death of Shion’s parents. Now why would he do that if he was the murderer?

We also learn why Hani-meijin and Satoru split up. Hani-meijin basically forced Satoru to stop playing Shougi, while he himself would pursue a professional carreer in Shougi. This had a major impact on Satoru, and he secretly kept playing Shougi with himself. It turns out that his ultimate goal is to have a real match with his brother, which is probably why he organized the tournament in the first place. Where Shion fits in this isn’t clear yet. But Hani-meijin is indeed the weak point for Satoru. When he finds out that Hani-meijin was late for his own match, his own game against Ayumi got a lot weaker. When the guy showed up at last, he easily won.

Seriously, this episode was all kinds of awesomeness, and to think that the creators haven’t even begun to reveal all of their trump-cards. Right now, only Shion, Hisatani, Satoru and Hani-meijin are left in the tournament. Quite an interesting line-up, if you ask me. If I understood things correctly, then Hisatani will end up against Hani-meijin if he wins his next match. Shion then has also has a match against an unknown opponent (I suspect that this is going to be the guy who beat Saori), after which she yet again has to play against Satoru, who of course wants to go to the finale where he can play against his brother (who’ll likely beat Hisatani). It turns out that there will be 22 episodes for this series, just as with Ghost Hound, and this should provide enough time to close off this series.

8 Responses

  1. apexantapex says:

    I like this series so much that I don’t even mind the spoilers — English subs are about an episode behind, so I’m counting on picking up 15 on Monday.

    The downside of watching and rewatching this show so obsessively is that I feel pretty certain of who killed Shion’s parents now. There are some very faint clues that require some additional logical speculation… And that’s all I’ll say.

    This story is a real gem.

  2. apexantapex says:

    (But from here onwards I think I will avoid your Shion posts if I can manage to endure the suspense. ^^)

  3. Ally says:

    LOL Random search for animes summary led me here.
    Well I really don’t mind spoilers^__^

    re: Ayumi’s mother
    we did get a hint though when he was talking to Saori on the rooftop remember. I don’t have the eps with me now but essentially he did said his mother was going to be released to spend her last moments at home … So I was kind of expecting that, although the When is not determined yet
    XD can’t wait to see Ayumi’s new look XD

  4. GiGi says:

    You’re right. The animation of this episode is quiet frightening but the plot makes up for it.

  5. BlueYoshi says:

    IT WAS TORTURE.

    You know why. I had to resist the urge to read this blog entry until I watched the episode myself with subs. And you are 100% correct. Best episode yet, so many twists…and I’m glad that my resistance to believe that Satoru might not be the killer paid off. I’m down to 3 suspects now. None of them being Hani-Meijin by the way.

  6. Eonir says:

    PSgels, the only irritating thing about Your blog is that speed of yours.

    I look at Rour RSS feeds and every time I see the latest episodes. While writing a quick review seems to be a lot easier than subbing, I have to wait a week until I read something :D

    Anyway, yes, this episode was very good. This proves that Shion no Ou is not only about duels, and that there is a world outside shougi. Which is hard to achieve in such series. I can’t wait for the next episodes :D

  7. Moonhawk says:

    Noooo~ Why did he have to cut Ayumi’s hair THATR short?! It looks terrible! *cries*

    *cough*
    Eh… sorry for that outburst but really. This was just too much. They could have at least given him a nice new look and not something like a bad Hisatani clone… (I mean, for Hisatani that hairstyle is fitting and all but I had hoped for Ayumi to get more something along the looks of Hani-mejin himself or Satoru. This look is just too strict for someone of Ayumi’s character. It doesn’t suit him when you take into consideration what the different hairstyles say about characters in anime…)

    But enough of complaining, the rest of this episode really was pure awesomeness! I totally loved it!
    There were somany things that came together, some really heavy new revelations… and now I’m even more sure that Satoru isn’t the badd guy. I suppose that the pendant Shion and Satoru have are some kind of good luck-charm Kazumi and Shion’s mother shared. Shion inherited it from her mother after their murder and Satoru probably got his the same way as a memory of his beloved.

    All in all this series just keeps to blow me away and gets more and more awesome as it goes on!
    Noe I only hope that it will be able to keepit up till the end…

  8. Moonhawk says:

    Noooo! Why did he have to cut Ayumi’s hair THAT short?! It looks terrible! *cries*

    *cough*
    Eh… sorry for that outburst but really. This was just too much. They could have at least given him a nice new look and not something like a bad Hisatani clone… (I mean, for Hisatani that hairstyle is fitting and all but I had hoped for Ayumi to get more something along the looks of Hani-mejin himself or Satoru. This look is just too strict for someone of Ayumi’s character. It doesn’t suit him when you take into consideration what the different hairstyles say about characters in anime…)

    But enough of complaining, the rest of this episode really was pure awesomeness! I totally loved it!
    There were somany things that came together, some really heavy new revelations… and now I’m even more sure that Satoru isn’t the badd guy. I suppose that the pendant Shion and Satoru have are some kind of good luck-charm Kazumi and Shion’s mother shared. Shion inherited it from her mother after their murder and Satoru probably got his the same way as a memory of his beloved.

    All in all this series just keeps to blow me away and gets more and more awesome as it goes on!
    Noe I only hope that it will be able to keepit up till the end…

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  • Emma
    (Monday, Feb 2. 2015 02:08 AM)
    And Aidan, Bam, you two need to read more of Dowman seimens works.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 11:38 PM)
    Spent the day reading that Voynich hotel manga, not as good as his other work, some might call it disjointed, but it delivers as a quirky black comedy and I like the serial killer girl in this as well as those two female assassins and some of the two leads backstories are good enough. Doumen seiman’s offbeat art style is also always enjoyable to look at.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:42 PM)
    @Aidan: I didn’t know that. There was a lot of details that exactly correspond to the Titanic that I left out, and come to think of it they are rather fishy and too specific, but the gist of the original book was probably coincidentally similar to the event; namely an unsinkable ship called Titan sinking on its maiden voyage.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:40 PM)
    If I recall correctly it the titanic was an Irish backed/built/funded ship…I think…
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:37 PM)
    @Bam, that book is questionable. The author wrote the book and after the titanic republished it and edited it to relate it more to the tragedy.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:26 PM)
    I want a yandere magical girl one that is outwardly a kuudere.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:19 PM)
    It was implied that something deluded her, especially the shows themselves.
    She wanders the streets hoping to be killed by someone as insane as herself.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:17 PM)
    I can recall coming up with the idea of a homeless girl who thinks she’s a magical girl and she goes around dismembering people (well decapitation at least) and when she accepts she’s actually crazy and she’s the real monster she tries to impale herself through the face by jumping from a height onto the wand (which isn’t really a wand) but any chance of atonement by her taking her own life is prevented so she’s forced to live on with what she did.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 09:08 PM)
    I don’t know, in my opinion any potential that a magical girl series could possibly have is usually undermined by their repetitive formulatic nature.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Feb 1. 2015 08:53 PM)
    When I first came to this site was on a comedy/magical girl/romcomdrama kick but I’ve gone out of the mood again for a bit now.

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