This episode takes place in January of 2000.
This episode was adapted using material from the manga chapters Game 48, Game 49, and Game 50.
Episode Description (Viz)
As the Shinshodan Series starts up, the Oza is taken aback by Akira's seemingly easy rise to the pros. Instead of playing a simple exhibition match against the young prodigy, he's going to challenge Akira with everything he's got. Since he's never seen Akira play anyone other than himself, Hikaru can't wait to see this match, if only he can finish up his own match first!
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