Posted on 15 March 2008 with categories: Shion no Ou


This episode was… beyond incredible. Oh my god… I can still hardly believe how this turned out to be by far the best episode of this series yet. And with Shion no Ou, this has to say something! Every single part about this episode was just outstanding, and this episode turned out better than I could have ever imagined. It’s episodes like this one that only appear once every half a year. These episodes really are the true masterpieces, and showcase the best of the best for anime.

Okay, so it was sortof to be expected that this was the episode where Shion would find out that Hani-meijin was the one who killed her parents, but the real strength of this episode was the fact that the series had built her character into a truly memorable one. In the end, what happened was that Hani-meijin and Shion played a game of Shougi, after the murder. Shion just was too young to immediately realize what happened to her parents, so she just went along with the game, in an attempt to protect them. Because of this, she tried everything, to prevent Hani-meijin from taking her king. Hani-meijin then took the king from her, and placed it on her father’s forehead, explaining why it was so drenched in blood, after which he left, leaving Shion to finally realize what that total bastard had done to her parents!!!

As it turns out, Hani-meijin left his mother’s necklace with Shion on purpose. He wanted her to have something to constantly remind her of her parent’s murder, so that she wouldn’t just forget it, and a necklace is the perfect thing for that. And you just have to love Shion when she finally realizes that. Instead of cowering in fear, she quickly pushes them aside, rips off the necklace and puts Ayumi’s necklace on instead. That was so AWESOME.

And really, the animators were on FIRE for this episode. It’s not like the episode was extremely smooth or anything, but there were so many different angles, so many different poses. I really love the sense of style that this series has. Most series try to use some extra budget for flashy CG, or extra smooth frame-rates. But this series is different, and instead it’s more interested in different poses and viewpoints. Heck, it has this even more than Hakaba Kitarou. This is really what anime should be: an art-form.

It’s such a shame that there’s just one episode left. This series is really too awesome to end, but on the other hand, it also needs a conclusion. The next episode should be perfect for that, because all that’s left is for Shion to bust up Hani-meijin, Hani-meijin to reveal his reasons and the reason why he ended up killing Kazumi as well.

8 Responses

  1. Windspirit says:

    You convinced me to watch this series, you friggin bastard. Your blog just tempts me too much. I ain’t complaining cuz this is how I discovered Baccano, Dennou Coil, Toward the Terra, Bokurano, etc., but still, it’s just so tempting… And I have 71,856 animes on my to-watch-list…
    Just… damn…~

  2. Denizen says:

    Would this be worth watching in itself, or is it only truely able to be appreciated if you know the series?

  3. apexantapex says:

    I am wondering what Shion’s relationship to Kazumi is/was. She said — well, thought to herself — that she was an important person to her when she realized that she was dead after Satoru told her… I think that they look somewhat alike, with the eyes and hair color, but perhaps that is coincidental.

    This could really stand to be a full 26 episode series, but I guess we won’t be so lucky. There’s a lot of ground to cover in just one remaining episode, and I’m sad that there won’t be much time for wrapup or consequences after the big revelations. Still, it’s been wonderful in spite of the time shortchange.

    I’m going to attempt to stay away from here in order to not spoil the ending for myself (it’s going to be difficult ^^;) so I’ll echo the thanks above in pointing us toward such an epic series.

    (English subs are currently two episodes behind — the suspense is *killing* me…)

  4. psgels says:

    Denizen, well, I think you need to have seen the rest of the series, to truly understand what Shion and Satoru have been through.

    Apexantapex: the big question is indeed: what was Kazumi doing at Shion’s christmas party. How did she know Shion’s parents? I do agree that it’s a bit sad that there won’t be a proper aftermath.

  5. Theres no doubt, i must see this.

  6. jesse says:

    where did you watch the last 2 episodes? I can’t find where to watch them.

  7. BlueYoshi says:

    All the different poses and camera angles! And wow, the end of this episode was just too awesome. I’m finally going to finish this masterpiece of a show in less than an hour, and I can’t think of a review either that will do it justice.

  8. lila says:

    does anyone have a link to watch the episode online for free?

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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 03:27 PM)
    Ghibi’s up would certainly be a different beast altogether.
  • K-Off
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 03:08 PM)
    @Ken no, the ghibli one.
  • Kenjeran
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 01:55 PM)
    @Juno: Up? That Disney-Pixar one?
  • Noel
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 01:39 PM)
    Hi there. I’m currently interning for a small company in London, and they tasked me with creating a video tribute to Howl’s Moving Castle. I came up with this, and I thought you might like it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS-zTTQzgjI Noel
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:23 PM)
    The only time they ever get along seems to be during non-canon alternate universes made for fanservice, official or not.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:21 PM)
    Erm, no. They didn’t “get along” so much as Sayaka at least sympathized nicely with her. At least, until the end, when she basically swore never to sympathize with her again. XDDD
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:20 PM)
    Another interesting point is that the character relations are pretty fluid, too. Characters can act differently toward each other in different timelines/potential futures. Rebellion actually solidifies Homura’s consistent feelings toward Mami and also that Sayaka just cannot seem to be on good terms with Homura… but even then, for a while, they got along pretty well until the end. XD
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 12:17 PM)
    Madoka’s characterization seems pretty non-linear and only show up when necessary, so it’s definitely easy to see that they’re “dependent on the plot,” but there’s a ton of stuff there to piece the characters together into something coherent and solid.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:55 AM)
    Madoka’s characters act pretty confusingly? I never got that. I always felt there actions were pretty logical in the first viewing.
    Though a second viewing of anything can help. Mostly because you know the main story so you can focus on the little details.
  • Juno
    (Thursday, Apr 24. 2014 11:27 AM)
    If anyone wants me to ask any specific questions, let me know. Funny enough, people are saying the same thing I’ve been saying for a long time–that multiple viewings help us understand the characters better. Because a lot of characters DO act pretty confusing at first, but upon a second viewing, after we know more about them, those actions make complete sense. Meaning that Madoka’s characterization is not linear.

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