That was… surprisingly emotional for this show. How Evil is Ryuuou No Oshigoto! episode 7?
Turns out I was wrong. This show is not as predictable as I originally thought. Yaichi won his match by the skin of his teeth and he wasn’t even the main character, this episode. Keika Kiyotaki was our protagonist this episode. If you’ve been reading my recaps you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t really mentioned her at all. You see she hasn’t been exactly important before now.
Anyway, Keika is the daughter of Yaichi’s master. Like both Ai’s she is trying to become a professional shogi player, but unlike them, she is approaching the age limit for the training group. If she doesn’t reach a certain rank in two years she’ll never make it. This has put a lot of stress on her. It’s made worse by the fact that in the last episode she received a demotion point from losing. Why am I telling you all of this? Keika becomes Ginko’s disciple for a little bit and seemingly finds her resolve.
She really does need that new resolve too. Her first match in the training group this episode is with Ai2. If you recall, Ai2 is a prodigy just like Ai. Keika only trained with her father and recently with Ginko. So it’s a surprise to see Keika, mop the floor with Ai2.
Oh, before the match even started Keika stated that it would be a good warm-up for when she plays Ai. That may have tipped this match in her favor just a little bit. Ai2 was completely enraged and was making stupid moves because of it. As cocky as what she said sounded it turned out to be the truth.
Ai’s battle with Keika was intense. Ai was out of it due to the victory she had over one of her friends. But her will to win kicked in and it turned into an all-out war. Unfortanly Keika still lost the game but she found that her love of the game was rekindled. She was considering leaving the group and giving up on her dream. The little scene at the end with her dad was great too.
Overall I would say this episode was about as evil as a Killer Robot Army (8). It had exactly what this show needed – heart. Stupid jokes and awkward situations are only as good as their execution. And this show hasn’t really done those well consistently. It was awesome. It took us away from the overused jokes and gave us something this show has been lacking. I can only hope they continue down this path in the future. If you want to see something in a similar boat, check out CVoyage’s reviews for Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko. It’s apparently getting better every episode. Well, that’s all I have for you today. Thanks for letting me waste your time, people.
Keep It Classy,