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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.1 c.1-3 by Viz 4 months ago
v.17 c.148 by Toriyama World over 10 years ago
v.17 c.147 by Toriyama World over 10 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Complete)
20 Volumes (Kanzenban, 2009)
12 Volumes (Bunkoban, 2012)
12 Volumes (Combini-ban, 2010)

Completely Scanlated?

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

User Reviews
Hikaru no Go by Rashid

2 topics, 31 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1473 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 12th 2017, 12:18pm PST



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English Publisher
Viz (23 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #548 increased(+59)
Monthly Pos #840 increased(+183)
3 Month Pos #1149 increased(+42)
6 Month Pos #1207 decreased(-78)
Year Pos #1196 decreased(-131)

List Stats
On 644 reading lists
On 779 wish lists
On 3741 completed lists
On 118 unfinished lists
On 389 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Silly little question about 1 year ago
The ending! over 3 years 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
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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Beautiful for a Shounen   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by khanaami
August 29th, 2014, 6:50pm
The fact a manga has been made for a beloved board game, is something very unique. The series sucks you into the world of Go, and you cannot help getting interested. The manga is a wonderful journey, and the relationships between characters and their passion for Go is very touching. You will not be disappointed reading this, except for the fact it ends way to soon. I heard the reason was a lawsuit, but despite that, this manga is revolutionary. It really is a shame that it had to end. The character development is astounding, and the fact that the mangaka and author were able to make Go appealing and very entertaining makes this series successful. Definitely a must read. Everyone, should also watch the anime, it follows the manga, but it the animated series is much more entertaining.

... Last updated on August 29th, 2014, 6:51pm
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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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My favourite shounen manga of all time   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Nirachu
March 22nd, 2014, 8:50pm
I think Hikaru no Go is quite unique in that it seems to be an addictive, entertaining shounen manga about competitions, rivalry and ambition on surface level but is actually also surprisingly deep and symbolic underneath. The character development of Hikaru, his rival Akira and the mythical spirit Sai are all done really well. They aren't unchanging, static one dimensional characters but change and mature greatly throughout the course of the manga, which was really interesting to read about. I think it was amazing to see how Hikaru's childish naivete and ambition towards the beginning matured into something else. And the depth and development of Sai, who originally seemed to be no different than any other extremely skilled mythical type spirit trope. I think this is some of the best character development I've seen in any manga regardless of genre.

I actually think this is a manga that older readers would enjoy more; it captures the essence of shounen extremely well. It's extremely addictive and entertaining to read, especially during Go matches. I'm not even a fan of board games or things like chess regardless but the battles are nerve wracking and the development of Hikaru's skills and character as he learns things is almost unparalleled.

If it seems like I'm making Hikaru no Go out to be a masterpiece though, that's not what I'm trying to say. It's just a really addicting, lighthearted, humorous story that is surprisingly complex and dark at times.

(Hikaru no Go is very similar to the recent martial arts manga 'Kurogane', except it's more complex, dark and well developed. It also doesn't have as happy of an ending though, so if you're after something way more lighthearted, then go with Kurogane instead.)

Be warned though, although I do highly recommend this, the ending is quite unsatisfying. I had to read fan fiction for 2-3 days straight to relieve the bad feeling the true ending had. (Well not necessarily 'bad' actually, just super, super open ended with an unfinished, inconclusive sort of feeling.)

... Last updated on June 16th, 2014, 5:24am
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