I did some more digging and found a few decent surface level resources. Nobody on ubuu seems to already be into it, but maybe somebody else can get use out these.
Intro to castleshttps://genedavissoftware.com/the-big-three-shogi-castles/
Rudimentary strategy http://gambiter.com/shogi/Shogi_strategy_and_tactics.html
Essential tactics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shogi_tactics
Differences between shogi and chess(for people like me)https://www.gnu.org/software/gnushogi/manual/Differences-between-shogi-and-chess.html
Ai to practice on before embarrassing yourself. Pick traditional tokens and click start new game.https://genedavissoftware.com/shogi2014/
A list of most of the few english books written on Shogi
First Step To Shogi
Better Moves for Better Shogi - Teruichi Aono
Guide to shogi openings - Teruichi Aono
Shogi - How to Play - John Fairburn
Shogi for Beginners - John Fairburn
Now out of print, but still available from George Hodges.
The Art of Shogi - Tony Hosking
Shogi - Japan's Game of Strategy
How to Defend in Shogi - Yasuharu Oyamahttp://www.shogi.net/nexus/ukekata/index.html
At this point I can consistently beat the novice level on the ai. Despite the first part of the game apparently being about defense building, I keep getting floored by people online who all seem to start with an aggressive offense. Those are all ten minutes games. In my house I have chess books that are 600+ pages. Shogi is more complicated, but the websites above might not even take up 50 pages.