Gungi was invented in the Republic of East Gorteau, where almost every citizen knows how to play it. For the last 15 years, there have been international Gungi tournaments, in which East Gorteau has won every year. Komugi is the third champion representing East Gorteau, having won tournaments for five consecutive years.
Gungi is played on a non-checkered gameboard with 81 squares arranged in a 9×9 grid. At the beginning of the game, players can choose how their pieces will be arranged on their side of the board. Additionally, pieces can be stacked on top of each other, adding a third dimension to the game. Up to two additional pieces can be stacked on top of a piece, for up to 3 pieces in a single column. There are 25 pieces for each player, one side black and one white. The objective is to get the "King" () into checkmate.
There are 13 different types of pieces and several stacked constructs:
|King/Marshal (帥, Sui—lit. "Commander/Governor")||1 high|||
|Cavalry/Knight (||1 high|||
|Shinobi/Spy (忍, Shinobi)||2 high|||
|New Shinobi/New Spy (||1 high|||
|Bow/Archer (弓, Yumi)||3 high|||
|New Bow/New Archer (||3 high|||
|Soldier/Pawn (兵, Hyō—lit./possible to read as "Leopard")||1 high|||
|Cannon (砲, Oodzutsu—lit. read as "Large-cylinder")||1 high|||
|Cannon/Musketeer (筒, Tsutsu—lit. "Cylinder")||1 high|||
|Mortar/Musketeer (筒, Tsutsu—lit. "Cylinder")||2 high|||
|Fort/Fortress (砦, Toride)||2 high|||
|Prince/General (||2 high|||
|Captain (||1 high|||
|Captain/Major General (||2 high|||
|Duke/Lieutenant General (||1 and 2 high|||
|New Duke/New Lieutenant General (||1 high|||
|Counsel (謀, Hakarigoto)*|||
|Samurai (侍, Samurai)*|||
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Chimera Ant arc
Meruem plays Gungi as the fourth game to play (after chess, shogi and go) while he waits for the sorting. After being defeated by Komugi, he plays her and attempts to beat her for the rest of the month.
13th Hunter Chairman Election arc
- "Gungi" is written as "軍儀", while "ant" as "蟻". The difference between the second kanji of "gungi" (儀) and the one for "ant" (蟻) is the radical: in the first case it is "亻", meaning "human", while in the latter it is "虫", meaning "insect". Since the game and, consequently, its name were created by the author, it is possible this is not a coincidence, but a subtle representation of how Meruem grew progressively closer to humans through his games with Komugi.
- When the Soldier piece (; that is literally read as ヒョウ, hyō, which can commonly mean "leopard") was first used, in parallel Cheetu, a Chimera Ant cheetah (a feline similar to leopard), was starting to fight Morel. A little bit later, soon after the New Bow piece () was introduced, Cheetu conjures a crossbow—an improvised new Nen ability.
Intertextuality and References
- Gungi was likely modeled after the Korean board game Janggi.
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