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Apr 16, 2012 6:50 AM
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I honestly didn't expect much of this series, but boy did it get me hooked. Marathoned the whole series since I have free time today, and I'm left with wanting more! I loved the tension, and only realised Hani-meijin was the murderer the last 5 eps more or less. I didn't really like his motive though, kinda farfetched that he'd murder the family just so that Shion would get better, which would in turn make Hani-meijin better. I don't really get why he wanted to kill Satoru's fiance (forgot her name), and why she was scared of him when he appeared at her door, since they were close enough for her to call him onii-san. If he intended for her to die so that Shion would have nobody left, just like him, why didn't he kill the Yasuoka family as well? :/

The thing with Nikkaido didn't really end that well too. Cause it seemed like she really liked Hani-meijin and all, yet her reaction was normal when they arrested him. There was that one episode also that some other players pointed out that Hani-meijin must love/care for her in a special way, so what happened to that?

Either way, 10/10 for me cause it's been awhile since I've really gotten this into an anime. Will probs drop down to 8 or 9 soon though haha. Good series, loveddd it.
Oct 12, 2012 1:43 PM

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Man this is one of the best animes i ever saw in my life. Its definitely a top 10. Im not an animation freak but damn this story was brilliant. Shion is one of the few how to do a strong female character with emotion perfectly.


I wish we can get more female leads in anime that acts like Shion strong, not weak willed, but has emotion.
Dec 23, 2012 2:06 AM

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sports/detective/tranny is an unusual combination of genre and yet it blends well together. did not expect that he was the culprit. the series did a great job on leading us to other characters that was a false culprit. the golden moment when she spoke again was very rewarding. kinda wish there is a 2nd season to her journey of being the (first?) female meijin. I dont know anything about shougi i wish they at least explain some of the things they were doing than just having these "reactions." Its very niche appealed. I could have enjoyed the series more if I knew what was going on.

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Mar 4, 2013 5:48 PM

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Absolutely fantastic!
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Mar 14, 2013 6:54 PM

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Happy Ending! Yay!! :D

It was a nice episode, seeing Shion beat the meijin dude in shougi was great.

And I got teary from hearing Shion speak for herself against hani.

but the scene with Satoru and hani speaking/fighting with each other, the animation was really crappy.

Great series. very great. 9/10
Oct 23, 2013 8:37 PM
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So glad Shion won that match. And yay, she's talking again! Anyways, rating this a 6/10. I was more into the mystery rather than the games itself from this series. Also, seems like the other supporting characters from the beginning began to lose roles as this series progressed :/

Great themes though.
Feb 5, 2014 8:58 PM

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It was a good show. But I honestly don't like the meijin's shallow reason/motive to kill Shion's parents. It was so stupid...but he's not right in the head so I guess that's to be expected.
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Oct 1, 2014 10:56 PM

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Meijin is soooo creepy and pathetic.....shion was amazing though, what a great anime.

I would give it 10/10 but it gets 9/10 because the art is terrible lol
Mar 11, 2015 8:44 PM
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Great show, even though i dont know a thing about Shougi, it was still fun and tense to watch. Script was good so they explained most of the stuff they do so us without any knowledge can enjoy it. Plus good sub group made "notes" explaining stuff. The motive of murder is retarded, but it usualy is so i went past it.
Aug 17, 2015 5:55 PM
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I don't mind Hanii's reason for killing her parents, common. Though expecting a 4 year old child to give you a boost is a bit silly but whatever.

However, I still don't get why he tried to kill Satoru's girlfriend. What did she have to do with any of it?
Nov 18, 2015 12:24 PM

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They could have made Makoto's reason to kill Shion's parents better.
I am glad Shion won against him, he was crazy! And he would kill Satoru's girlfriend because she knew he was the one that killed Shion's parents, because she made the tape for him. 8/10
Apr 22, 2016 7:09 PM
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he killed her family just to make her stronger? WTF!

She spent her whole life mute and suddenly starts talking PERFECTLY as if nothing had happened?
May 14, 2016 10:19 AM

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That animation quality dip.. lmao

Nice series with a great ending, but a lot of stuffs from the beginning and the end of the series were kinda meh. I enjoyed the middle part the most, when it focused more on shogi and the mystery, rather than the romance. I didn't like the motive for killing, even though I understood the reasoning behind it. I wish Hani-meijin was not the culprit to be honest, I liked his character. Oh well.
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May 25, 8:25 PM

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Goodness, the animation quality is easily the worst thing about this show. It just doesn't ever look beautiful after the 1st episode. This anime somehow made Ayumi uglier with each appearance after his haircut. I dunno how they did that, lol.

I did like the mystery; they did a good job with not making it too obvious and slowly ramping it up as the show progress. The most of the characters were good; I never felt uninterested when they were in the spotlight.

Beyond that, I did a few minor issues:

- While they did a good job with the tension of the games, I felt that the lack of explanation of shougi basics is a minus. I should not have to know how to play chess (which I don't) nor do my own research just to understand the basics of the main tool of the plot. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the characters expecting us to understand what everything means. The only thing I got was that you have to get the king (or make it so it is impossible to do so) to win. But, perhaps, it was my fault for expecting this show to be more like Hikaru no Go when I started watching it.

- After all the build up, I was expecting Hani-meijin's motive to be about shougi, but not for such a weak reason. He didn't even play Shion before killing her parents! I get he was crazy, but the craziness needed more foundation other than "this guy said so then died".

- The side characters (mostly Saori, I won't lie) other than Ayumi kinda get dumped halfway through the show. What was the point of Saori when she proved to be weak and mostly useless? She didn't help out with... well, anything.

- Ending felt a bit too rushed like "this, this, and this happened and everyone lived happily ever after. the end."

Yet, overall, I enjoyed it despite all the hiccups and it did make me a bit more interested in shougi. Now if I can find a show that is truly all about shougi...
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