There's been a good lead-up overall to Akiar and Hikaru having their first match together after passing the pro exams since Hikaru has been working so hard to catch up to him since discovering Go and meeting Akira. When they're within reach of the game itself, it does feel a bit cheap to go this route and defer the game to the future by having Akira's father end up hospitalized. Naturally, Hikaru is worried about him since he respects Meijin but Akira is completely distant from everyone about what's going on, leaving the match to be dealt with later. Unlike Akira though, we see that Ogata has no problem going to a match after he makes sure that Meijin is settled.
Hikaru's time visiting Meijin is a good bit of fun though, especially as it nets us a flashback to when Hikaru first went into a Go salon and met Akira and we can see visibly how much younger the two of them looked back then. What changes things in the present though is that we learn that Meijin has actually learned to play Go online, and that obviously gives Hikaru a great idea in how he can formally play against him. Or rather, how Sai can play against him without any repercussions. Getting that match organized may be difficult though but it would let Sai play without any restrictions on his style or method so there's a lot of advantages to it. Meijin continues to be an interesting character to watch and his bedrest aspect here only adds to that since he's not so much focused on playing the game itself and can just converse, such as he does with Hikaru as he talks about Akira a bit in a rather fatherly tone we don't often her from him.
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