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Final impression of this series noted in the end. =)

Episode 22: “Towards Tomorrow” (series finale)

Summary: The police is busy extracting fingerprints, analyzing and stringing up the recent developments of the Ishiwatri’s murder case from 8 years ago. The final shougi match between Shion and Hani-meijin continues. Kamizono and Satoru arrive at the Association to watch the match. Everyone in the watch room who is keeping track of the match notes that Shion is putting up a really good fight, using new tactics as she plays against the Meijin.

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Episode 21: “The True Criminal”

Summary: Continuing from last episode, Shion notes to herself that only she and the murderer knows those words that Hani-meijin had just uttered. She realizes that Hani-meijin could be the culprit but then hesitates about it. She tells herself to not think of the murder incident but to focus on the game instead.

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Episode 20: “Demon Killer”

Summary: After questioning Sasakado, Detective Yokoyama has now added Hani-meijin in his list of suspects. He believes that Satoru holds the key to this case, so he orders Detective Tachikawa to keep track of Satoru while he re-traces Hani-meijin’s steps before and after the murder. It’s finally the day of Shion’s match against the Meijin. Ayumi drops by Shion’s house and meets with her outside. He gives her a little present and wishes her good luck, encouraging Shion to play her own kind of shougi, even if it’s against the meijin. Meanwhile, Satoru gets a call from Sasakado, informing him that the police have been asking him questions so he won’t be doing any more snooping around the murder case, adding that he thinks the detectives are now suspicious of the Meijin as well.

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Episode 19: “The Move of Recollection

Summary: At Hani-meijin’s place, he and Ayumi are analyzing the game Shion and Satoru played earlier, but is interrupted when Sasakada gives meijin call. It appears that he doesn’t want Ayumi to hear his conversation so he tells him that he can go home now. It seems that Sasakada is also working for the meijin as he warns him that after Satoru and Shion’s game, Satoru told Shion that he may be able to help her find her parents’ murderer. Meijin thanks him for this information.

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Episode 18: “Stopped Time”

Summary: Picking up from last episode, Shion realizes that shougi has been her bond with the murderer. Meanwhile, Satoru is pissed off at Hani-meijin because he picked Ayumi as his apprentice but never picked him. Satoru adds that Hani-meijin has always been like that, moving ahead alone and leaving him behind, reminding him that it has always been just the 2 of them. Upon hearing this, Hani-meijin’s expression darkens, asking if Satoru has any idea how he’s lived his life since he left. He emphasizes that all he cares about now is true strength.

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Episode 17: “Mind Reading”

Summary: Histani tearfully loses against Hani-meijin. He asks if the meijin has ever cried after losing a game. Hani-meijin remembers that he did, but denies having experienced such a thing. Meanwhile, the detectives brainstorm about the murder case. The younger detective thinks that the culprit’s true goal may not be to kill the Ishiwataris but to leave Shion by herself, alive and alone. She was the target and killing her parents may have just been the means to that goal. They also get a breakthrough information regarding the case. They learn that Satoru’s girlfriend, Kazumi, was working for the Ishiwataris’ company on the day of the murder 8 years ago.

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Episode 16: “Watching from Heaven”

Summary: Ayumi’s mother has passed away. Hani-meijin drops by the funeral, stating that he knew Ayumi was a boy ever since he found out he was Kamizono’s apprentice. We find out that when their mother died, Hani-meijin left Satoru to pursue being a kishi and asked Kamizono to be his mentor, saying he left his brother and desires to be the meijin someday. Kamizono turned him down, probably because of his reason and that look in Hani’s eye. Back to present, Ayumi tells Hani-meijin that he doesn’t have a reason to play shougi anymore now that his mother is gone. “You still need one?” replied Hani-meijin, which obviously had Ayumi doubting his own words.

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