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Hikaru no Go  
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A regular school boy, Hikaru Shindo stumbles upon an old GO board while looking through his grandpa's old storage room for something worth money. From inside the board came an old spirit named Sai who once dedicated his life to GO. Together, Sai continues to search for the move people call "The god's hand" while Hikaru slowly began interest in this ancient game and walks down the road of GO.

Note: Won the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2000 and the Tezuka Osamu Creative Award in 2003.


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Associated Names
Hikaru - Kì Thủ Cờ Vây
Hikaru's Go

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Latest Release(s)
v.17 c.148 by Toriyama World (2772d ago)
v.17 c.147 by Toriyama World (2772d ago)
v.17 c.146 by Toriyama World (2772d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Complete)
20 Volumes (Kanzenban)
12 Volumes

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Chap 148

User Reviews
Hikaru no Go by Rashid

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1337 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.75 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 1st 2015, 10:18am PST

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Viz (23 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #674 increased(+129)
Monthly Pos #921 increased(+3)
3 Month Pos #953 decreased(-80)
6 Month Pos #904 increased(+98)

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On 570 reading lists
On 690 wish lists
On 3388 completed lists
On 107 unfinished lists
On 332 custom lists

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The ending! 305 days, 22 hours, 22 minutes ago
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Yeah yeah...   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by qiqi92sg
June 27th, 2008, 7:52am
As every sane person on this earth who has read this manga agrees, the ending is s**t. But everything else rocks, so just read until the second last volume and then STOP unless you want to have that horrible aftertaste in your mouth forever.

... Last updated on June 27th, 2008, 7:52am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by g0i5y
February 18th, 2013, 5:54pm
I've watched/read this several times.
It was my friend and I's inspiration for playing Go. We have each won junior tournaments in the UK!
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Full throttle to the finish!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dannyboy95
August 15th, 2012, 5:05am
Hikaru no Go is INTERESTING. It simply keeps the reader entertained and unable to stop reading. From the first chapter, the intensity is set at full throttle and is continued throughout the whole series. Everything about Hikaru no Go is animated, and so it is perfect for anyone who is looking for a good read.

Hiraku no Go is manga that makes readers finish the whole series in less than a week. The chapters do not drag out and every frame is done with a purpose. When keeping this aspect in mind, you will not be let down by reading Hikaru no Go.

... Last updated on August 19th, 2012, 3:45am
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really good   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by kirabook
May 15th, 2008, 6:25pm
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I loved this manga. But I was deeply dissapointed that sai never came back and the ending was terrible. I also didnt like that you see sai less and less as the manga progresses. Overall though, I loved it. I may not know how to play, but the intensity, seriousness, and comedy fit really well together. A really good read!
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A Few Comments   
Rating: N/A
by OppKnox
May 30th, 2009, 3:22pm
For better or worse, Hikaru no Go is thematically driven, and I tend to think fans miss the point when criticizing the ending, which suits Hotta's proverbial assertion that the pleasure of the game stems from worthy opposition and struggle rather than the loneliness and boredom of unrivaled mastery. Competition between equals is a source of personal growth and companionship throughout, or so we observe in the rivalry between high schools, veteran and newly initiated pros, and prodigies vying for a position among the best. Kawabara constantly provokes Ogata, Akira seeks a worthy rival in Hikaru, and everyone wants to play either Touya Sensei or Sai, for whom matchless genius is a source of pride and self-pity. For Sai, Hikaru, and the rest, Go must be shared with others for the game to bridge the intergenerational/international divide. By leaving part of the story to our imaginations, while acknowledging Go's insignificance to the general public, Hotta offers a surprisingly realistic glimpse of a game that promises everything and nothing to those still seeking the elusive brilliance Sai personifies.

... Last updated on June 1st, 2009, 3:36pm
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Transcends above standard shounen barriers. Must read.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bgx
June 24th, 2012, 2:33pm
10, have it.
One of few manga's ive read that i consider to read again in future.

Feels generic at first but after you finish it you know that there is nothing else like that.

What makes it better than the other shounens? Plausibility, well of course im not really saying about supernatular aspect but the general main theme, which is competiton in a sport.

Author really grasped this thing while performing sublime process of growing the main characters in this aforementioned competition. Its really amazing when you compare last volume to the first one.
The difference in behavior and look of main characters is noticeable to the shock of reader. Its like, we don't see ourselves growing from day to day but we do when we compare old photos.


PS. This manga DOES NOT require from you to know anything about GO.

... Last updated on June 24th, 2012, 2:35pm
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Recomanded to anyone looking for a manga to put you at the edge of your seat! =D   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by silverloc123
December 25th, 2008, 3:27pm
This manga is way too awesome! It makes go fun for those who may not even know what it is and teaches lots of facts while creating a fun and professional imaging! There is also just the right touch of fiction mixed in with the story and teary scenes seems more natural than any of the mangas i've ever read!

Lots of people may have known that the ending really didn't live up to the whole story and it's kind of true =.=''' Since production ended it suddenly, the ending seemed very sudden even though they did add a summer special... IF only they had more chapters to end it *A*

Especially knowing that the artist also drew death note ect, it's something to really look forward to biggrin

... Last updated on December 25th, 2008, 3:35pm
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Loved It   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Azaza
May 20th, 2008, 1:16pm
I started reading this manga about 4-5 years ago... and I recently watched the anime and re-read the manga... and have been re-reading/watching all the important matches over and over again. I love how the characters grow and how each match has its purpose... A lot of people were disappointed with the ending, and I guess I was too at first, but the second time around it grew on me and I realize that it's satisfying to know that the characters will continue to grow beyond what's been told. I suppose the ending was more of a beginning than anything smile. You can imagine whats to happen for the decades to come~ Also what happened to Sai is an important part of the manga. It's sad, but I think it was necessary for the development of the story and characters.

I'm rating this as a 10 because it's very rare for me to want to re-read something so much and think about what happens after the story ends. I wish there was even more of this manga to read bigrazz.

p.s. the amazing art helps a lot too.
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Rating: N/A
by roboslant
July 3rd, 2009, 12:00am
Everyone that liked the ending have made some really good points regarding the ending of Hikaru no Go. When I read the series the first time (3 or so years ago), I didn't personally enjoy the series, but now that I've reread it a few times (and my tastes have changed), I've been able to really enjoy the ending. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

I've always felt that it was more of a slice-of-life/coming-of-age story, so characters are bound to appear and disappear just like what would naturally happen in real life (even with the more important characters *ahem*). The fact that the ending didn't really resolve anything explains a lot about the world of "Go"... in fact, I love it when series end this way, because it's always really fresh. Sometimes it's better to just not see how everything is played out and to just imagine it yourself.

I guess people are just disappointed because the ending is surprisingly realistic and ambiguous, but that's what's great about hikago.

Aside from that, I've always enjoyed re-reading hikago. I love the development of the characters, and the storyline itself. I love seeing how Hikaru learns to love go, his rivalry with Akira, and all of the people that take an interest in Hikaru's go. All the characters play Go for different reasons, some play for fun, some try to become pros, and few ever become pros.

Well, maybe I'm a little TL;DR but whatevs, hikago deserves it.

... Last updated on July 3rd, 2009, 12:04am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nadl-chan
April 16th, 2012, 11:02am
Woooah, I really love this manga.
It made me laugh and it made me cry...Damn it Sai!!
Even though after the first chapters Go was too complicated for me to undertsand anymore it was great.

BUT..the end! THE END! It´s horrible. I mean there`s soo much that`s not...yeah quite finished.
It was like the story ended half-way.
Well it gets a 9.99999999999 from me.

Read it! or watch

... Last updated on February 24th, 2013, 5:25am
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