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Shion no Ou (aka Shion's King) is an anime adaptation of the manga Shion no Ou.  The show was produced by Studio Deen and there are 22 episodes.  The show ran from October 2007 to March 2008.
 

Show Info


Genres: drama, mystery, tournament
Themes: games, shougi, sports
 
 
 Plot Summary via Anime News Network
 

As a child, Shion Ishiwatari's parents were murdered in their own home. Shion escaped unharmed, yet the trauma caused her to lose her voice. The only evidence police found was a shougi board and one piece "the King". Neighbours and close friends of the family, Shinji and Sachiko Yasuoka, adopted Shion and taught Shion how to play shougi. As the years passed, she became known as a genius and quite a famous player. Now, as her fame rises, her past resurfaces and she discovers that being a professional shogi player may just lead to finding her parents' killer.

 

Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • A solid cast.
  • Enjoyed the mix of mystery and shougi.
  • Learning some things about shougi while the show goes one was fun.
  • For a show based on an on-going manga at the time, I thought the ending was solid.
  • You can feel the tension when it's present.
 

Final Thoughts

An excellent murder mystery with a splash of shougi.
 

Who is this for?

If you enjoy shows about board games or similar type things and you don't minde some murder mystery thrown on there, you will get a kick out of it.  Shows similar to Saki come to mind for the board game part.
 

Sources *SPOILERS ABOUND*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shion_no_%C5%8C
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8138

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