Author Shirow Shiratori Expresses Thoughts on Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done!) Anime and Manga Adaptation

Shirow Shiratori, the author of popular light novel series Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (The Ryuo’s Work is Done!), provided a slightly different comment than usual for the seventh volume of its manga adaptation, in which he talks about his thoughts on the recently airing anime and the manga’s latest volume.


The anime has finally started airing at last!

Are you watching it? It’s shaping up to be a really fun, cute, and wonderful anime. Ai-chan’s moving and talking for real, you know? That alone is already priceless.

Be that as it may, every anime has a limitation in the form of its airing time.

In order to accommodate that, there were a lot of episodes from the original work which had to be trimmed; while I understand that the anime has been able to be accepted by a lot of people because it was fairly toned down and simplified as a result, it still made me a bit disappointed after doing my best writing the story.

The one who healed these feelings of mine is this manga adaptation!

In this seventh volume, in order to portray the psychological state of Ai who faced Keika in the training group, it even explored the parts that I couldn’t manage to write and successfully expressed them.

The previous volumes up until now also had their fair shares of original interpretations. In regard to the matches, the manga has been doing trial-and-error attempts to express the shogi battles visually for making them easier to understand.

However, it had never delved into the inner nature of the characters before. Rather, it simply converted the texts into pictures.

Starting from this seventh volume, I personally think that the manga adaptation has undergone a dramatic change. It has finally managed to breathe life into the characters in its truest sense.

It’s been two years since the first volume. I am genuinely surprised by their growth.

Along with the story which is going to get more and more intense, I sincerely hope you will continue watching over the growth of Kogeta-sensei and Kazuki-sensei.


Ryuuou no Oshigoto! is a Japanese light novel series written by Shirow Shiratori and illustrated by Shirabi. SB Creative have released eight volumes since 2015 under their GA Bunko label. A manga adaptation with art by Kogetaokoge has been serialized in Square Enix’s seinen manga magazine Young Gangan since 2015, and has been collected in seven tankoubon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Project No.9 premiered on January 8, 2018.

Synopsis of the series:

“Yaichi Kuzuryuu is the youngest shogi champion in history—the ‘Ryuuou’.

And this is Ai Hinatsuru—a girl who asked him to become his disciple.Being too young for his title, Yaichi is going to revive his shogi through a passionate disciple…Wait, Ai-chan is 9 years old? She is an elementary school girl! And… is she going to live with Yaichi? All night until the morning? What? Officer, can we have you here, please! A comedy about shogi-holic live-in disciple.”

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