This episode takes place in January of 2000.
This episode was adapted using material from the manga chapters Game 46, Game 47, and Game 48.
Episode Description (Viz)
Now that he's an insei, Hikaru's finding that winning is hard to come by. Starting off with six straight losses, Hikaru's at the bottom of the B-league with little hope in sight. Meanwhile, Akira has just become a pro and is gearing up for the Shinshodan Series, where newly-turned pros take on established veterans of the game.
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