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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.

Won the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2000.


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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's World (2799d ago)
v.17 c.147 by Toriyama's World (2799d ago)
v.17 c.146 by Toriyama's World (2799d 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

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Hikaru no Go by Rashid

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1343 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.75 / 10.0
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March 6th 2015, 9:47pm PST

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Viz (23 Volumes - Complete)

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3 Month Pos #994 decreased(-121)
6 Month Pos #953 decreased(-41)

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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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One of the few shounen I like   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Pacific.Mint
January 16th, 2014, 4:41pm
I never knew I wanted a Go master ghost from the Heian period to haunt me until I read Hikaru no Go.

I am not a shounen reader at all, in fact I kind of dislike it overall, but the author's storytelling ability was so great that it pulled me into the story and got me invested into the characters. I usually hate competitions/power-up kind of stories but omg, I totally hyperventilated when Touya Menji faced off with Sai. It was so awesome!

And come on, Sai is just so adorable. I really like his character development because there's actually development in his character. Usually, in mangas that have a supernatural character following the main character, the supernatural character never gets developed and only serves as a plot device. Every time, Sai defends Hikaru even though he knows others cannot hear him or gets hurt over the possibility of not being able to play go anymore, my heart tugs a little; I seriously wanted to give him a hug. I almost cried when he disappeared. The only thing that stopped me was that the way he left was appropriate for his character journey. After Sai disappeared, a clear void can be felt in the manga, but that just means how awesome Sai is and how central he is to the story.

The unusual friendship between Hikaru and Sai, the friendly rivalry between Hikaru and Akira (who totally looks like that one guy in Spirited Away) are also the highlights of the series. I really like Akira's character too; and the rivalry between him and Hikaru are really good. Akira cared for Hikaru's go playing and vice versa. I don't know why but I feel so nostalgic whenever I see both of them in a scene together discussing go. This is friendly rivalry done right, you hear me Naruto?

I do feel a little at the ending. After I read the end, I was like "What? It ended?" I had to double checked to make sure if there's more besides the two special chapters. There were some unresolved issues that it makes it seem like this manga got an ax from the publisher and so the author had to ended it prematurely even though he set the manga up to be more.

Edit: I just looked it up and apparently the series was suspended because Korean fans were upset at how one of the Korean Hokuto cup contestants was portrayed. Apparently, it was supposed to end in Japan's win, resulting in a tie across the board, which totally makes more sense. But the publisher interfered, made Japan lost, and suspended the manga. That's one of the reasons why in the end of chapter 189, the last page says "Hokuto Cup end" not "The End." This explains the feeling I had when I was reading chapter 189. The author is really good. He made chapter 189 worked as both an arc's end and series end upon such misfortune. I think that the *way* it ended was apt (connecting the past and the future, new generation succeeding), but how it got there was totally ruined by some unreasonable protesting.

The last chapter was "I Call Out to You," so maybe it was a call out to us. Like how Sai called out Hikaru in the beginning, someone, whether it's Hikaru or someone else, called out to us.

It's such a shame that the manga had to end suddenly due to some crazy outside work. It literally pains me whenever I think about the lost potential. Imagine the last line "Can you hear? Can you hear my voice?" uttered at the right time, after loose ties were ended, and more tribute was paid to Sai. Man, that would have been epic.

Oh well, I still really like it though. The fact that it made me be able to read 189 chapters shounen in one sitting by staying up for 36 hours and to forget to breath for a second just so I could witness the intensity of a scene is enough for me to give it a 10, abrupt ending or not.

Edit: Wow, I just realized the artist for this manga is also the artist for Death Note, one of the other few shounen I like. Interesting connection.

... Last updated on August 7th, 2014, 1:05pm
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