Hikaru no Go is in that sort of listless phase at this point after dealing with the issue surrounding Sai's disappearance. Having him gone for several episodes and having Hikaru chase after him is definitely a nice angle to play and it fits in with the overall narrative, though it may go on just a touch too long depending on what you really want out of the series. Spending the previous episode with a flashback tale to the time when Sai and Hikaru were still new to each other was decent but it was definitely full of filler material since it was reminiscent of a recent story as well. For this episode, a good bit of time is spent on focusing on a player who left the Go scene almost a year ago after not making pro.
The insei days are a popular topic here with the launching off point talking about what Isumi is doing. Waya's frustrated by what Hikaru has done in quitting Go for reasons that haven't been explained so he does his best to confront him. It's actually nice to get a bit of an update on the other insei who didn't make it pro and to hear that they're still training hard at everything so they can pass the test the next time around. Hikaru's definitely acting younger than his actual age during the confrontation though since he's still very out of sorts when it comes to Sai's disappearance as all that's on his mind is finding him.
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