(To Takara Shinobu) "...Shinobu-chan, we're the same as you. Since long ago, prodigies have gone ahead, leaving us behind. We've cried countless times, "What more can we do than this?" There have also been days where we've wanted to abandon everything and disappear. Even so, we stand here, bloodied, because...we believe that "there is no such thing as unrewarded effort". ...So it's okay if it's not shōgi, we are comrades."