Aside from murder, there are a few additional differences between Shion no Ou and Hikaru no Go that I left out of the title:
- They play Shougi instead of Go
- Shion gets stalked by a human instead of an ambiguously gay ghost
- The pimp in a white suit doesn’t wear a tie
I don’t get why some people insist the shows are substantially different. They’re just like the pedophiles who think that Mamiko Noto sounds unusually mature in Mnemosyne. No, becoming a sadistic immortal lesbian hasn’t changed her voice a bit. So what? Uniqueness is overrated. What’s wrong with reusing the same reliable building blocks?
|Well developed minor characters|
|Unforeseeable plot twists|
|Recurring random character(s)|
|Badass mid-episode transitions|
|Soundtrack by Yuki Kajiura|
|Frequently updated intro/ending visuals|
|Fade into intro/ending|
|Catchy dance sequence|
|Themes of Hatred/Suffering/Revenge|
|Hilarious ambiguously gay dude|
|Stylish visual effects|
|A character vaguely resembling myself|
|Amusing facial distortions|
|Pimp in a white suit|
|Soft-spoken girl voiced by Mamiko Noto|
|Guy who never says anything|
|Girl who never says anything|
Mute characters kick ass. Shion lost her ability to speak as a child, leaving her to express herself only through crappy sketches and amusing facial distortions.
Shion tracks down her parents’ murderer by playing Shougi. How, you ask? I have no clue.