Shion no Ou

The Flowers of Hard Blood

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Synonyms: Shion no Oh
Japanese: しおんの王 - The Flowers of Hard Blood
English: The Flowers of Hard Blood
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Type: TV
Episodes: 22
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 14, 2007 to Mar 23, 2008
Premiered: Fall 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, MysteryMystery, SuspenseSuspense
Theme: Strategy GameStrategy Game
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.521 (scored by 1063710,637 users)
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Ranked: #16372
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Popularity: #3505
Members: 30,579
Favorites: 86

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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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Characters & Voice Actors


Andou, Masaomi
Episode Director
Yamaguchi, Yuuji
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

"My dear friend" by Teruma Aoyama

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 )

Dec 22, 2008
Shion no Ou is the story of a young girl with a past full of tragedy and a present full of love.
This anime made me redesign my entire scoring process...

Story: Unique, genius, suspenseful, and even funny at times. I barely knew what Shougi was before I watched this, and while I was watching it, but I still enjoyed it. There are several twists and turns, but they all follow the main story line, and are extremely well thought out. It is easy to keep up with this show, but at the same time you have to think a lot.

Art: Near the end it got ...
Apr 4, 2012
Mixed Feelings

One has to wonder what the makers of Shion no Ou were thinking in mixing aspects of mystery and board game developments into a title that quite often goes overboard with its plot and characters. The series covers Shion's rise in the game of shogi and slowly unveiling facts that reveal the killer of her parents from years earlier. The series does do fairly good at setting up reasonable character depth with a number of its major characters and they have enough personality where they don't feel tacked on with a random character archetype, with Ayumi's character having the best development of the characters ...

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