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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
히카루의 바둑
Hikaru - Kì Thủ Cờ Vây
Hikaru's Go

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Latest Release(s)
v.17 c.148 by Toriyama World (3463d ago)
v.17 c.147 by Toriyama World (3463d ago)
v.17 c.146 by Toriyama World (3463d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Complete)
20 Volumes (Kanzenban)
12 Volumes (Bunkoban)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 21, Chap 166

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Hikaru no Go by Rashid

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1444 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 30th 2016, 6:12am PST



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Viz (23 Volumes - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #958 decreased(-41)
3 Month Pos #1042 decreased(-16)
6 Month Pos #1013 increased(+73)

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On 750 wish lists
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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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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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Love it!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by kri91
December 23rd, 2012, 3:03am
Its awesome! I was completely immersed in reading this & There's not a single chapter where I was bored. The ending could have been made better(by that I mean all "happy happy") but its still a good ending
Read it & U'l love it smile
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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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Great, but....   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Papaya1124
July 27th, 2012, 8:11pm
I loved it, loved, loved loved it. But, I hated the ending. It was the most tragic ending I have ever read and this manga isn't even a tragedy (although there is the issue with Sai). It was so disappointing. And I get you know "open-ended" and "amibiguous", but this is just ridiculous. No questions have been anwsered.

(I heard she was sued because she based one of the Korean (I think) guys faces after some guy.
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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bamba4life
June 7th, 2012, 6:57pm
I love this manga. It made me laugh at so many moments and the end made me cry so much-- I loved all the characters and thought it was an amazing manga and everyone should read it--
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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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Perhaps better enjoyed as a kid   
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
by MatrixM
March 20th, 2012, 3:25pm
Slightly weak ending but great overall [at least for a ten year old]. kind of like a chihayafuru for a younger demographic.
I'm not sure whether someone my age would like this series as much as i did back then, though.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sophie0
February 3rd, 2012, 2:26pm
This was the first manga I read, and it made me fall utterly in love. I started it on a whim, because I was vaguely interested in reading about Go, but I never would have expected to get hooked on it so quickly. I reread it for the first time yesterday, and even though I read it before I found myself almost tearing through my books. The plot it really gripping, even though at first I kept thing, hey, it's a boardgame, not the end of the world! But in a way that's what makes it so special. The passion the characters have for the game is infectious, and all of the characters are wonderful.
It isn't flawless, but I have yet to find another series as engrossing as this one. (For me, even though it's very different, Silver Diamond comes close.)
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