Posted by psgels on 24 February 2008 with categories: Shion no Ou

Well, it’s four episodes left, and we finally get a question that has been asked through the entire series confirmed. It wasn’t the most exciting episode that this series had to offer, but it was a perfect build-up to the grand finale of this anime. The next line is going to be a spoiler, so this line is there to prevent it to appear on the blog-aggregators like animeblogger antenna.

So, yes: Satoru was just one big red herring; he never killed Shion’s parents in the first place. The real killer also has to be Hani-meijin, all signs point to him:
– He will be playing against Shion for the finale
– He recruited Ayumi to be his student.
– He entered a world so dangerous that he had to abandon his brother.

In the end, all Satoru was, was another one of the guy’s victims. Satoru looked up to his brother, and he was deserted because of Shougi. In addition to that, Satoru lost his mother, father and lover, and it turns out that he was just clinging to get back to the only one of his loved ones who is still alive. His sadistic actions were just mere pranks, in order to get noticed. I think that the reason why he revealed Ayumi’s identity to Saori just was a subtle cry for attention. I must say that now that I love his character, and the depth of it, and it makes me hate Hani-meijin even more.

Throughout the first two thirds of the series, we were all made to hate Satoru, while the real bastard is actually Hani-meijin. I remember how I didn’t like the guy, but this hatred disappeared when the even worse Satoru appeared. Still, it now turns out that the guy loves to play with other people as if they were toys. Saori, another person that’s been dying for his attention just got shamelessly put aside during this episode, in favour of the “stronger” Ayumi, just because she didn’t make it to the finals because she had the bad luck to face an old shougi-master!

And really, what’s he planning with Shion? I think it’s clear now that he’s after strong players and has no need for the weak ones. Was the reason he committed the murder a twisted experiment to get Shion entirely devoted to Shougi, so that he could harvest her once her talents developed? Is the fact that Kaminozo accepted him really the only reason why he took on Ayumi as his new student? Or was this yet another part of his plans with Shion. The guy definitely had a bad history with Shion’s parents, but what exactly is it?

It’s really been a while since I watched such an episode, but this is one of the rare ones that gets better and better after you finish watching it. It wasn’t the most exciting of the shougi-matches, but it’s been ages since one episode made me think so much as this one. It’s series like this one that remind me why I fell in love with anime in the first place.

7 Responses

  1. apexantapex says:

    I KNEW IT. Man.

    Here’s what tipped me off.

    In the net café, the guy playing Suo had the same hair color — and really the same hairstyle — as Hani-Meijin. Also, the murderer’s car outside Shion’s window had a hood with the same molding as Hani’s. You could catch glimpses of it in the scenes when he drove Shion to the hospital after her collapse. I think the murderer’s portrayal directly after Hani-Meijin in the OP is a hint though meaningless by itself.

    What I want to know is who Hani-Meijin’s master was after he was rejected by Kamizono. Unless the English subs got it totally wrong, Saori said that she and Hani-Meijin were fellow apprentices but this person has never once been mentioned by name and very barely mentioned at all. I wonder if this person will figure onto his motive, which itself is going to be interesting. I have no idea what happens beyond this….

    I’m turning into Neuro, trying to eat riddles. ^_^

  2. lmd_84 says:

    Oh, goodness.
    I’d feared it was a possibility after I started to question Satarou’s position.

    But I had originally thought that Hani was merely a over-determined, rather harsh shougi player, the kind the girls hopefully wouldn’t end up like.

    Can’t wait to watch it. Thanks for continuing to blog this fantastic series.

  3. T.K. says:

    The scene between Ayumi and Shion was just too cute…. XD

  4. Fla says:

    I have never written to a blog before but your blog is really well done. Shion is a great show and after watching so far I’ve come to a few conclusions. Firstly Satoru has investigated the case of the murders that took place and made the connection that during the night of the murders due to the time delays Shion must have spent time with the murderer( this is true because she remembered during their match). Shion was to young and traumatized at that time to remember anything, but now he arrange this whole tournament not to play against his brother but to trigger Shion’s memories. Hani-meijin’s cold and calculating attitude makes him the prime suspect I believe the reason why Hani-meijin did it may be because of his father accident. Hani-meijin and Satoru life changed because of the accident it would be interesting if one of Shion’s parent were the cause of the accident that triggered the events. Satoru has always comment on how Shion would behave if she was hated and the result is her memories would unlock.

  5. Kurik says:

    seems i get my episodes much later than the rest of you…. :-)

    just watched ep 18 and WOW….the slow build up and the likkle bite size reveals and tension creates a wonderful atmosphere for this series…still loving it…..hope the end doesn’t disappoint….

  6. BlueYoshi says:

    Yeah, Kurik and I have to wait for subs. xD

    So Satoru was the red herring after all. I’m glad that this is the case.

    Neuro couldn’t eat this riddle, it’s too hard for him.

  7. Moonhawk says:

    So, this time everything points towards Hani-meijin…
    Yet, I’m still not completely sure if he really is the culprit. A lot of things are hinting at him but on the other hand that was also the case with the very first stalker and Satoru.
    Hm… guess I have to watch the next episodes to find out XD

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  • Masky
    (Friday, Nov 27. 2015 08:03 AM)
    @Bam: Yeah, but simulating reality applies to certain types of games. Judging EVERY game by how realistic it is is silly xD
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 27. 2015 02:36 AM)
    @Masky: lots of game designers aspire for realism. Now this can be done for cosmetic purposes like face textures and lighting, practical with physic engines and movement, or contextual like believable character reactions and dialogue. Now some games thrive in being ridiculous and fantastic, but some want to create a realistic setting to further the emotional impact. Nothing wrong with that.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 27. 2015 02:32 AM)
    @ratsgnoF: and happy Thanksgiving to you as well.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:43 PM)
    Anyway seriously though, I’d say it does actually make sense in context xD Since none of monsters are actually that threatening.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:42 PM)
    .-. I have no words, mainly because whenever anyone uses word “Realism” in context of video game, I want to say rude words xD
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:40 PM)
    I think he gave it a passing glance and felt it wasn’t his thing, I remember he also felt that he thought the idea of sparing the monsters wasn’t believable or realistic given that he felt if you were realistically placed in that situation yourself, the real thing to do would be to fight back out of fear.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:37 PM)
    Did he actually play the game though? I mean, did he actually discover it himself or did he just heard the spoilers?
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:35 PM)
    I had a talk with a friend about undertale and he wasn’t a fan, he prefers other types of rpgs, the choice element also made him uncomfortable and that he felt the game was too punishing.
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:34 PM)
    @Kaiser: Puzzle elements, outside of sparing everyone, seem to be mainly just parodying video game puzzles. Like, only place where you actually have to solve actual puzzles is in Hotland, before that pretty much every puzzle is automatically solved, really easy or has some silly twist to it. Like the puzzle you can skip by pressing a switch in tree trunk. Can’t say I’m too fond of puzzles either, but I liked how game was making fun of them
  • Masky
    (Thursday, Nov 26. 2015 07:32 PM)
    Speaking of awful sense of humor and things that dorks like, just wanted to say that turns out I was right about Jitsu wa watashi wa in that main couple does get together before chapter 100(forgot what exactly, some where in 80-90 range I think). But they are such huge dorks that they do everything ridiculously slowly because they are that embarrassed, so they have had like just one date(in chapter 100). Not that I expect anyone to remember what the heck I’m talking about xD

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