This week returns us to the world of Shogi and to Rei’s complicated relationship with Kyouko (and I was really happy to see her this episode as she was the character I most wanted to learn more about this season). Also Nikaido returns and is as annoying and yet sweet as ever.
We see the final title match between Souya and Kurakuma which ends in an incredibly frustrating manner for Kurakuma (leading to the amusing scene at the end after they discover despite his calm exit from the match he later kicked a hole in the wall). But more than the match we learn about Shimada’s current mental state after losing his match in the previous season and we see more about Gouto, who previously has been seen simply as a villain but now becomes a more nuanced character (still a jerk though).
Still, it is definitely Kyouko’s return that really made this episode for me. So far we’ve seen her almost exclusively through Rei’s lens and this episode allows us to see her interacting with Gouto free of any Rei filter and what we see is still questionable but less ominous than previous perceptions might have led us to believe.
I hope we continue to learn more about these characters as well follow along with Rei’s journey. The more I know them, the more I want to know, and I’m just going to have to admit I’m still completely in love with this show.
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