Thursday, October 18, 2007

October 2007 New Anime: Shion no Ou

Genres: Drama / Mystery / Shougi
I've watched:
Art style: Common

Recommended to: People like murder mystery and don't mind some shougi
Recommendation level: Recommended, for now

Summary: Shion's parents were murdered right in front of her when she was really young, but for some reason, the murderer spared here life. Because of the emotional trauma, she couldn't talk anymore. The neighbor, who is a 8 Dan professional shougi player, adopted her and trained her to become a skilled shougi player as well. Her parents' murder case was never solved. Seven years later, that murder seem to start to haunting her again.

Richard's rating - first impression (of 5): 4.25 - Very good

Personal comments: When I heard about this anime, I thought it's going to be another one just like Hikaru no Go, which everything evolves around learning go. Surprisingly, that's not the case here. Shougi, for the most part, is only the "glue" that holds everything together. The anime itself, seems to be more about solving the mysteries behind her parent's murder than playing shougi. While it does have some amont of shougi play in the anime, it is nowhere near what Hikaru no Go is. Becaue shougi is not the main theme, the anime makes no attempt to try to get audiance to be interested in shougi like Hikura no Go does.

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