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Shion no Ou

Shion no Ou

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Shion no Oh, The Flowers of Hard Blood
Japanese: しおんの王 - The Flowers of Hard Blood


Type: TV
Episodes: 22
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 14, 2007 to Mar 23, 2008
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.711 (scored by 6185 users)
Ranked: #9432
Popularity: #1581
Members: 15,757
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Shion no Ou follows the story of Yasuoka Shion, a 13-year-old Shougi player with a past of tragedy. Shion's parents were brutally murdered in front of her when she was 5 years old. The murderer sat down with her and challenged her to a game of Shougi, after telling her that if she wanted to stay alive she should forget how to speak, and forget what happened that night.

Now Shion has entered the realm of female pro Kishi, mute but strong. As her playing gathers more and more attention, so do the questions about her past and the brutal murder she witnessed. Shion's memories slowly come back, and the mystery begins to unravel, thread by thread.

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Adaptation: Shion no Ou

Characters & Voice Actors

Nikaidou, Saori
Nikaidou, Saori
Mizuno, Risa
Mizuno, Risa
Saitou, Ayumi
Saitou, Ayumi
Park, Romi
Park, Romi
Yasuoka, Shion
Yasuoka, Shion
Kawasumi, Ayako
Kawasumi, Ayako
Hani, Makoto
Hani, Makoto
Gouda, Hozumi
Gouda, Hozumi


Yamamoto, Kouji
Kawase, Toshifumi
Ando, Masaomi
Episode Director
Yamaguchi, Yuuji
Episode Director

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Mar 14, 2008
A show about shougi (Japanese chess), but still it's so much more! I recommend it!
This show is a pretty cool one. Now, it may not seem interesting to many people - Japanese chess a.k.a. shougi is the foundation of this show. However, it's also pretty interesting in the fact that it's a murder/mystery-solving show as well. The main person's parents were murdered, causing her to go mute. That's the first thing you get to know. That's pretty interesting; a mute main character.

Talking about characters, this show has an array of great, well-built characters, all of which have some depth to them. It's not like the read more
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Jul 30, 2008

Story: 9 (Shougi connected to a crime mystery is impressive)
Art: 7 (Good quality for today's standards)
Sound: 9 (The way Shion moves Shougi pieces is sexy)
Character: 8 (If you find a way to hate Shion, you're going to hell)
Enjoyment: 8 (Very good from beginning to end)
Overall: 41/50 = 8.2 (Serious sports anime are a rare find )

Shion no Ou was a fairly fun take on the game of Shougi. It could easily have taken the tired and true route by just making this a shounen sports title with an emphasis on comedy. But instead, they manage to make this quite an involving story read more
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shion no ou = shougi
saki = mahjong
both complicated games(to me atleast) and fun to watch and maybe learn.
Roughly the same theme. Where Hikaru no Go is about go and, after awhile, the professional world of go, Shion no Ou is about shogi and the pro world of shogi. They also have very young protagonists, though Hikaru is just starting out, while Shion is already an accomplished player when the series starts, so Shion no Ou has less of an underdog theme.

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Ending Theme

"My dear friend" by Teruma Aoyama

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