Rei Kiriyama is a young student who excels at the game of shogi. Having lost his entire family at a young age, Rei now lives with his kind neighbor Akagi and her two young sisters, Hina and Momo. The four enjoy a quiet life from day to day, dealing with first loves and other challenges, while Rei continues to compete in shogi games and learn new skills. While they each have sadness in their pasts, this new family will get through any challenge together and with love.
Both stories are about kids who enter the world of professional shogi playing. Both main characters need shogi to be able to deal with their lives. They also share topics such as friendship, complicated/tragic family situations and a general coming of age theme. If you like one of the two you would probably enjoy the other too.
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?
Both of these series focus on a young girl who is exceedingly skilled at a tile game, especially for her tender age. In both cases, the skill is due at least in part to trauma from her childhood. Due to their skills, the girl in each series gets pulled into high level competitions.