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: 7.511 (scored by 1098110,981 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #17742
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3820
Members: 31,909
Favorites: 91

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Defying the odds, middle school student Shion Yasuoka is becoming a rising star of the professional shogi world. Despite losing her family at a young age and being unable to speak due to the trauma, in her loving adoptive family and at the shogi association, she has found the necessary emotional support to move on with her life and very demanding career.

Her talent attracts the attention of Satoru Hani, a successful businessman and brother of the current "Meijin"—the title given to the defending champion of Japan's most prestigious shogi tournament. He decides to organize a tournament open to both men and women, including professional and amateur players, and urges Shion to participate in the competition. However, Satoru seems to know a lot about Shion's troubled past, and his actions bring suspicion from Shion's friend Ayumi Saitou and the police—who are still investigating the death of Shion's loved ones.

As the end of Satoru's tournament approaches, Shion starts remembering events related to the night when she lost everything and will have to show her mental fortitude to defeat her opponents and foil the plans of the culprits who ruined her life.

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Mar 10, 2022
Well in few words an really worthy anime to actually spend your time watching it, i gonna to deepen into it a little more to present you what i consider their charms and also the ones that werent really good.

What i gonna let you in clear before to beging with, its the even the following negatives points that i gonna to metion below, i should aclare that its an really good anime that we actually dont use to get anymore in more recents days, so you are informed of it even throught at the end of the review i gonna metion it again, ...
Apr 13, 2020
It is often assumed that there are genres dont go too well with each other. A sport series opening with a murder is definitely one of those prime examples. Shion no Ou is once again proving this tedious fact.

So why do I give this anime such a high score? While it did failed as a sport series, what Shion no Ou managed to achieve is a compelling and intense story about obsessive love, overcoming the odds and most important of all, growing up.

To me, Shogi is such a boring game. It's not something I want to play even with my friends let alone someone who ...
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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