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Hikaru no Go  
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Description
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.

Hikaru no GO received the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2000.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
ヒカルの碁
棋灵王
棋魂
HikaGO
Hikaru - Kì Thủ Cờ Vây
Hikaru's Go

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Latest Release(s)
v.17 c.148 by Toriyama World (2557d ago)
v.17 c.147 by Toriyama World (2557d ago)
v.17 c.146 by Toriyama World (2557d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Complete)
20 Volumes (Kanzenban)
12 Volumes

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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

User Reviews
Hikaru no Go by Rashid

Forum
2 topics, 28 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1282 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.75 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 26th 2014, 11:30pm PST

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Year
1998

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (23 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #679 increased(+218)
Monthly Pos #1053 increased(+103)
3 Month Pos #1164 decreased(-139)
6 Month Pos #1089 increased(+34)

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On 550 reading lists
On 664 wish lists
On 3251 completed lists
On 103 unfinished lists
On 303 custom lists

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The ending! 90 days, 16 hours, 45 minutes ago
Silly little question 275 days, 14 hours, 35 minutes ago

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Grows on You   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Dragonfiremule
May 4th, 2010, 10:06am
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When I first read the manga several years ago, of course I loved it, but I absolutely hated the ending. Now that I'm older, I think it was an excellent move by the author. When Sai disappears, you realize (Just like Hikaru) how attached you are to him, even though you never really appreciated him before. It also allows Hikaru to grow not only as a Go player, but also as a person. It was a needed step. It personally reminded me of a step every child must take; the first step of independence. It is most defiantly a coming-of-age story.

Anyway, I can't recommend it enough. This manga will make you laugh; it'll make you cry; and it'll make you feel a sort of passion for the game of Go, just because the mood of the manga is so infectious.


... Last updated on May 4th, 2010, 10:06am
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Hopefully   
Rating: N/A
by veiven
April 11th, 2010, 12:54pm
Hopefully there is a new season for this.But maybe it's already too old so i highly doubt that.Only if a miracle could happen though.Really nice anime/manga for me.I got bored of anime and it surprise me in the first few episodes for a board game which have a very good drama.Hope there is a 2nd season and anime.
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This is absolutely one of the best manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Akatsubaki
July 25th, 2009, 8:11am
It was one of the best manga in its time.
I love it when this series first come out, actually i never imagined that an igo manga will be this great. At that time I was just curious, what is Igo?
This series (until now) is perfect... Unique idea, Good story, VERY Nice artwork, Likeable characters, Never say bad for the ending, it's just that Hikaru's journey still continue... In our imagination..
I've re-read it many times and never get boring! That's quality of best Manga.

... Last updated on September 3rd, 2009, 10:06am
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hngo   
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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A fantastic manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Anza
June 6th, 2009, 9:03am
I mostly agree with what OppKnox said about the manga, it's true that the ending doesn't end like you expect a shounen series to end even if you've never herd of Go before reading this like myself then it's still worth checking out, it's original and it's always more about the story and characters then about Go itself. Hikaru and Akira make a great rivalry honestly one of the best I've ever seen developed I just wish it continued on even longer.
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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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Now I know what the fuss was all about!!   
Rating: N/A
by tumy102
May 23rd, 2009, 5:42am
Having waited till all the fuss about Hikaru no Go to calmed down to actually read it, I have to say, the manga lives up to expectation.
Many people complain about Sai's departure and the end, I however think those were excellent moves made by the the authors. Without Sai's departure, Hikaru's growth will not get started. He needs to learned to walked on his own and having retired so soon, Sai's strength forever stays great. Retiring on your top imo proving effective. Though I was really bumped out losing my most beloved character, and sure there is so many other way for Sai to say goodbye, this way still is my definite choice. Bittersweet.
Also Sai's departure has not effect the flow of the manga, it sure left sadness and wonders, in my opinion, this is why the manga stands out.
I can understand why lots of people dis-satisfied with the ending but didn't the authors explain the needs to co- exist of the two rivalsconfused Again, I am happy, not another cliche ending plot. We get to imagine, we get to wonder, and in a cheesy way to speak get to hope, that's how the manga stays in fan's heart. Or at least in my case.
They could have dragged HNG longer if they wished and I am thankfully and regretfully at the same time that they did not..... On one hand I remember reading Death Note after L's death constantly cursing. I wish Obata sensei had done the same to Deathnote, not dragging out the exhausted horse. Well that's another story. But on the other hand, another few volumes of this greatness who am I to complain ^^.
All in all, this manga deserves a 10. Art, what more could I ask? plot? pfft I feel redundant just to think about bragging more. What I like most is how the characters are portrayed, strength and weekness, everyone has one, that helps them grow.
Hikaru and Touya's relationship developed well, I can see why these two, together with Naruto and Sasuke, friends and rivals at the same time, very popular in YAOI DJ lol. Probably one more reason is because the female characters are not very powerful in Obata sensei's works (Death Note's Misa) but well you can not ask for absolute perfect, that would ruin things somehow.
Ehem, I need to restrain myself from blabling forever like this, last words, S A I ..........>sigh<

Okay I'm out.
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crappy ending!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by whiterat
April 24th, 2009, 1:57pm
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i saw the anime i read the manga loved the story it was fantastic but i hated the end i really hated the end!!!(in the manga wtf did he had to lose +he never won agaist akira!!!!)(poor sai he was forced to disappear)


... Last updated on April 24th, 2009, 2:03pm
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absolutely Fantastic, want MORE!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ljkabookie
March 9th, 2009, 3:06pm
This manga was fantastic, its was entertaining, art was top notch and it was informative about a sport id never played before and actually made it interesting. i really didnt think a manga about 'go' would be interesting but im plesantly surprised.

I have few complaints, I wanted Sai to come back but in a way it seemed necessary for him to go for hikaru to progress, but the artist didnt make it seem like he really did like he lost his last game of the entire manga ... like come on, in reality i think he should of got a title before the manga ended, or the manga should of at least ending on an epic match against akira with hikaru taking the win.

but all and all i loved it, and recommend the read to all.

i would of given it a 10 but the ending made it a 9

... Last updated on March 9th, 2009, 3:07pm
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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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