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Posted 12/13/16
I learned shogi several years back so I could play with my father-in-law when we went to visit. I wasn't very good and I never won a match but it was fun.

I kinda forgot the rules but the last few "Cat Shogi" episodes have been a nice little refresher.
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/18/16
Episode 10

Christmas is usually a happy time, but for Rei it's really painful. He just totally loses it there in the end after defeating Yasui in his most recent match, and getting on his bad side for insisting he take those gifts. That was quite painful to watch Rei cursing the world and feeling nothing but despair over everything that has transpired up to this point.
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That section with the shogi match was brilliant. One of the best scenes of the season in any show. In fact, I'm not really sure why they felt they had to basically recap it in a more standard style afterwards. Still loving what Kyouko brings to the show though I'm getting a little worried she may just be used to essentially introduce the figurative "Big Bad" of the week. All told, though, another great episode in a show that has essentially been appointment viewing for me all season.
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It's almost scary how calm Kyouko can be when trying to play mind games with Rei. And apparently she even knows his whole schedule...
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/18/16
That long match scene was awesome. Totally opposite to the lively old man last week, you could just see that compared even to Rei, Yasui's eyes are dead, his posture sucks, he's looking at the board but not at the situation. All of the characters in this show are all very human.

She has so much presence, so much ill intent, so much intelligence, and sooo sexy
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I like Kyouko
It wasn't quite a head tilt, but she was looking over her shoulder which is good enough for me. The music during the shogi match really got me immersed into the game even though I have no idea which pieces are which. I also liked how you could just tell it was checkmate (is that what they call it in shogi?) before Yasui even conceded; director is doing good work.
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/17/16
This is one most emotional and deep Sports anime for me.

I really feel bad for Rei emotionally and that foster sister is acting that way because she envies him , knows how to mess him up in his head, very manipulative, a person who is unhappy and wants others to be unhappy too. It really gets into my nerves because I hate people who does that.

In a way I can see some of Rei weakness in me but now a days I refuse to listen to those kind of talk and avoid people or dismiss them. When I cant hold it and out of anger I do explode, in a safe manner.

I was really waiting for him to turn around and sayShut up, I have enough of this , I don't need you to mess me up in my head, Go away


I know its difficult, when its family and when you are young

Excelent adaptation

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Posted 12/17/16
That ending, wonder how many times Rei has his emotions bottled up and he wants to explode? Yea I'm starting to think he has many of his emotions bottled up and rarely explodes.
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/18/16

Finally, the lion has roared.


Once again, I say that Kyouko's such an effective character in this series. Her venomous words had been eating at Rei from inside out. Indeed, she's got her own issues that she can't let go, but I do hope that Rei would get over his, and shouldn't be taking her statements to heart so easily (if anything, the previous episode's ending had proven that point quite nicely).


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Posted 12/17/16

zr1bt3 wrote:

I like Kyouko
It wasn't quite a head tilt, but she was looking over her shoulder which is good enough for me. The music during the shogi match really got me immersed into the game even though I have no idea which pieces are which. I also liked how you could just tell it was checkmate (is that what they call it in shogi?) before Yasui even conceded; director is doing good work.


Wow. That was a really brilliant, gripping episode. Best episode of any show I'm watching this season I think.

I can't say I like Kyouko, but as a character she's certainly effective. The way she's drawn, animated, and voiced... very intense.

I also really liked that quiet shogi game with just the music creating the effect. Very powerful; very compelling.

This episode may have secured this entire show the spot of "Best Anime of Fall 2016" for me.
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Great episode. The sister has never grown on me or made me like her from when I read all of the translated chapters. But, I think she's a necessary piece in the story.
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im loving this anime so much, its just so great and enjoyable. a good pace, and great characters. im glad itll have more than 12 episodes
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Posted 12/19/16 , edited 12/19/16
That was an incredible episode. I was surprised to learn that Rei covets Kyouko's poisonous words. Undoubtedly, Rei feels uncomfortable around her. Though he's indicating that her words provided a twisted form of pleasure. Kyouko continues to dominate the screen. Her obsessive attention to detail is disturbing. In addition to knowledge of Rei, but she also researches his opponents. Kyouko's framing of Rei's role is rather vile. In her narrated perspective, Rei is portrayed as the villain.

When I saw the Christmas tree, I thought it would be warm scene with Akari and her sisters. Then, it shows Rei's past. My heart skipped a beat when Rei opened his Shogi present. Very messed up that the dad didn't consider how this would affect the other children. The match kept the dreary atmosphere. There was a lot to take in during and after the match. Particularly, Rei noted a slight scent of alcohol from Yusai. Was Yusai anticipating defeat before the match's commencement? The cinematography and music (sometimes total lack of music) were masterful. I'm not sure how to describe it, but they really accentuated the impact of various scenes.

Christmas, or Christmas-related, episodes are usually cheerful. This one was depressing. Much like Rei and his siblings, Yusai's family might start associating Christmas with misery.
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Posted 12/24/16
Episode 11

It's time to ring in the new year, and just like with Christmas, it's not a happy time, though for a different reason as he's sick. So off to the doctor he goes with the sisters helping him out, then to their house to ring in the new year as Akari is letting him know that he has plenty of supporters. In comes the new year, and in come the postcards as aunt Misaki comes on over to see her nieces and Rei having a great time. And then the Kawamotos reveal that they now have a bathtub attached to the living room. So after last week's despair-ridden episode, this one does a 180 with Rei in a happy environment and it's great to see everybody bonding like that to remember the happy times Rei had with his family.
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I cannot blame Rei for how he's felt in this episode. Unlike the coldness of his flat (and the household he previously lived in), there is warm comfort and a sense of belongingness, whenever he stays over at the Kawamoto home.


And here's where I'll once again give credit to the series. Not only for the poetic and philosophic style of narrative, but also for its fine attention to detail. I'm sure I ain't alone in saying this, but when you visit someone's home, and the family that resides within is a happy and tightly-knit one, that feeling carries over towards the small things that you'd see scattered round their place.


In this instance, even a crocheted seat cover (presumably done by Akari), or those child stickers on a cabinet drawer, brings enough nostalgia to Rei's childhood past. Back when his own family was still alive. A trigger of the good memories that almost were forgotten.


Very good episode.
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