When Shion was a young girl, her parents were brutally murdered; and the sight of their dead bodies in a pool of blood caused her to lose her voice. Years later, Shion is now a young woman who was raised by Shinji Yasuoko, a professional Shogi player, and his wife. Shion has become a Shogi player just like her adopted father, and is working her way towards becoming a female Meijin – a master of the sport. With powerful opponents and sinister strangers around every turn, and her parents’ killer still on the loose, Shion’s path to glory has never seemed more challenging!
While examining an old Go board in his grandfather's basement, twelve-year-old Shindo Hikaru is possessed by the restless spirit of Sai, an ancient Go master who has waited for over one thousand years to play the Hand of God: the perfect move. Sai convinces Hikaru to act as a vessel for making his moves, but it is soon clear that Hikaru also enjoys Go and wants to play his own games. Moreover, the rules of Go have changed since Sai's time, and Go players from all over the world are now much stronger, having had the benefit of hundreds of years of evolution and experimentation by the masters before them. Can this unlikely pair form a successful partnership and rise to the top of Japan's Go community, and can Sai finally play the Hand of God and find some peace?
I would call Shion no Ou a shorter and more condensed version of Hikaru no Go, but it is based on the game of shougi with what seems to be a sinister plot lurking behind it. Hikaru no Go is a shonen anime about the game of Go and the competitions and trials the main characters face as they journey into the worlds of professionals.
If you enjoy anime which show the competitiveness of these different kinds of sports and competitions, both of these anime would definitely be for you. Maybe after watching them you would try and learn how to play Go or shougi too.
I immediately thought of Hikaru no Go when I read about Shion no Ou being released - and it's not an entirely rash move. The style, camera angles, and lovely tone; these are in both Shion no Ou and Hikaru no Go. Much focus goes to the competitive feel of the anime, and there are many close ups of the boards and the characters moving the pieces on the boards. There's also considerable depth to the main characters and the supporting ones (who are also mysterious).
Seems like there's always something exciting about these classic Japanese games. In Hikaru no Go, the mysterious ghost Sai; in Shion no Oh, an unresolved murder case revolving around Shion, who fights and "speaks" through her Shogi (Japanese Chess).
Both of these center around Japanese professional gaming: Go and Shougi. Hikaru no Go is better about making the games themselves suspenseful and exciting even though the the audience might not understand what is going on. Shion no Oh, has a murder mystery involved so you still get excitment and suspence it is just incorporated differently. They are both wonderful anime and if you like one you will enjoy the other.
Both of these anime\'s have to do with board games, and one individual that wants to become better in the board game. In Shion no Oh there is also a creepy twist that hooks you to it. In Hikaru no Go they have a spirit guide the main character, so each one has something different, so it is worth watching the other if you like the one of them.
Both protagonists both meet stronger opponents and achieve higher goals as move higher up. Both aim to become the strongest. In hikaru no go, it's playing Go. In Shion no Oh, it's shougi. Although, i think Shion no Go is a bit more dark and intense, but i think if you like one of em, you'll surely like the other!
Winning a game of Mahjong is hard; getting the same score every time is practically impossible. So imagine the surprise of the school Mahjong club when Saki Miyanaga walks in and does just that. Despite her dislike for the game, her talent is obvious and it's up to the club members - the top-heavy Nodoka, the energetic Yuuki, the cunning Mako and the permanently in control club president Hisa - to persuade her to join the club and help them reach the Nationals. But even then, will their combined skills be enough to overturn some of the toughest high school players the country has to offer?
When i saw Saki, it immeadiately brought to mind Shion no oh. Both feature female protagonists playing board games (Shion has shougi and Saki has mahjong) with a skill thats unreal. These shows parallel each other in afew ways. Each show the heroines using friends, family and rivals to help push them to greater heights. Another way there similar is that in some way their family is in some way responsible for why they play the game (Shion has a much darker undertone than Saki though) Also, each one showcases a mildly romantic undertone that seems to go hand-in-hand with the game (Although Saki has a definite ecchi feel and focuses more on female relationshiops).
Even if you dont have an understanding of either game, both shows can have you glued to your computer until the last move is finished
Shion and Saki are strangely alike... And at the same time, they're not. If you liked one because of the family drama, you should check out the other. If you're just into board games, you should check the other out as well.
Kojirou-sensei, the rather indifferent teacher and coach of the school kendo club, is in financial dire straits. As a result, he makes a bet with his fellow kendo coach and former upperclassman to see who can assemble and train the better female kendo team, with the prize for Kojirou being a year's supply of food if he wins. Motivated by the idea of free food for a year, he begins to teach the club seriously; however, most of its members have already graduated, and so he is tasked with assembling members in addition to training them for the competition with his rival. While dealing with his eccentric students, he slowly rediscovers why he loves kendo and what it truly means to be a teacher.
Both shows follows a group of characters and their joys and miseries in the game they play. The characters try their best to improve in their game and, though they may get in some tough times, they'll pull through to the end.
But the main difference is that Shion no Ou has a dark story behind it all whereas Bamboo Blade is not dark at all.