Meijin Toya's challenge to Hikaru Shindo in the new one dan competition is certainly going to turn heads, though only if news of him specifically requesting him as an opponent really gets out there. Before that can cause any serious waves though, Hikaru has to deal with Sai who has been longing to play against Meijin since he feels he may be the one to give him the challenge that he's looking for, which in turn may allow him to finally pass on to the next world. But Hikaru has grown significantly himself and wants that challenge with Meijin all to himself and reacts to Sai's request as you would imagine any boy his age would.
All eyes are now turning to Hikaru though as he's gaining a lot of rivals and curiosity seekers. While he has his rivals in school and from the study sessions, such as Waya an Ochi, he's getting some high profile ones. When the news does get out and the competition series is about to start, Akira returns to watch but so does nine dan Ogata as well as Kuwabara. There's something profoundly unnerving in the scenes where Meijin and Hikaru are together before their match, even just the two of them participating in a picture taking moment. The tension doesn't ease even when they get to the match and Sai is doing his best to stake out his position as he truly wants to take on Meijin himself and is almost seemingly willing to damage his relationship with Hikaru over it.
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