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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

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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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Very Good.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by peopleboreme
January 29th, 2012, 4:16pm
I just finished the series and I must say it was very good. I still have a bitter feeling because of the ending, but I think it was a logical conclusion. The characters grew throughout the story and by the time you reach the end you can see exactly where they all stand, and where they want to go with their lives. Some people complain that all the loos-ends were not tied up, which is true, however, I feel like most of them didn't need to be. The relationship between Hikaru and Akira is clear and the situation between Sai and Akira's dad ended in a logical way.

Overall, this manga was surprisingly good. I never expected to be so captivated by a story revolving around a board game. The characters really do make the story, and once you finish they will continue to hold a place in your heart.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jellymarshmallow
December 27th, 2011, 1:39am
I think I've reread this manga at least 10 times.. and I've never gotten bored of it.
The plot is absolutely AMAZING and gripping. I don't know what makes it so good, but I can't stop reading it! It makes you become so involved with everyone and everything!
The artwork is also beautiful. At first, it seems simple, but then I realized that as the manga progressed, the characters slowly changed and began to look more mature. I didn't even notice until I looked back on the first few chapters, but the change is pretty big but really really well done.
The characters are INCREDIBLY likeable to me smile I get extremely attached to some characters... such as touya akira :3 Also, the passion is really inspiring and amazing to read about/sense actually. It even inspired me to try to play go, but I stopped immediately after realizing I absolutely suck LOL
Overall, my favorite manga of all time possibly... and I've read a LOT XD WOWW can I give this manga a 100000/10? haha
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a very great read   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by whitespade
November 11th, 2011, 11:53am
this manga pull you in and never let go until the end. you cant put it down however much you want because you must, you need to know what happens next. for a manga that relies on a board game, this is a very incredible feat.

the characters are excellent, well rounded individuals that you can symphatised on. the plot, though using a touch of the supernatural is very logical and believable in its way. the pacing is superb and the arts are perfect for the atmosphere of this manga.

some people are dissatisfied with the ending. for me however, this is appropriate - for a manga with this much gravitas, it only need to rely on realism as wish fulfillment plot will only ruin it.
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Once in a life time Must read   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by cecixiao78
October 27th, 2011, 3:06pm
the ending was disappointing but it is great the anime is awesome too. It captivated you to keep reading and watching, you feel motivated to play with them. Nothing is your typical manga, it's unique. This was my favorite manga, but the ending was disappointing it was rushed, I wish their was another season. rumor states that Hotta yumi based the story off a real player but got sued so they had to rush it...
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Egg Tart
July 23rd, 2011, 12:53am
This isn't the type of action-y fast paced manga, but it is really entertaining. The plot was well developed and the characters were easy to fall in love with. The only down side is that the ending was sort of blah. And though I don't really like it, I understand why the author ended it that way since it sort of marked a new beginning for Hikaru.
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nice manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ferreroman
October 7th, 2010, 9:31am
Excellent manga ,it could be childish but it's not ,I some times hated the main character but i also understand him some other times, its really like seeing a life in front of you and you wish that it would never ends, but Warning,the ending is fucking horrible, it fucking sucks for that, the manga is like not the best thing in the world but that makes it better , not sure how to explain but for not being incredible its very good and its realistic and the plot its far from being childish and far from being stupid, in fact the plot is one of the best ones i've seen next to Historie,I haven't watch the anime but i guess that is not as good as the manga it self, sorry if i sound stupid but my English is far from being perfect but u got the idea which is the one thing that is important here
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Unsatisfying conclusion   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Neofit
August 4th, 2010, 8:17am
The series manages to pull you in an excite you even if you never even heard of Go before and that is largely due to great characters that are realistically portrayed and well developed over the course of the story; however that is strictly tied to the game of Go and their struggles with the competitive scene. Though that's reasonable, after all the series is about the sport, but it also has the effect of making them harder to relate with since they don't seem to have a life outside of it. There are however some great moments of characters interacting with uninvolved people that do not actually know that much or even care about Go and that has the effect of outlining even more the dedication with which the main characters pursue their passion (the world of Go is indeed small and unnoticed but its conflicts are very passionate).

For all the development, however, the series' end leads to nowhere in particular and is actually rather dull and lacks any catharsis. It promised a lot more on the way and there was a lot to look forward to, but none of the great confrontations ever happen. It feels like the series was cut abruptly on short notice.

Nonetheless, it's a great series which I'd recommend for anyone with an interest in the sports genre.

... Last updated on August 7th, 2010, 3:56am
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Grows on You   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Dragonfiremule
May 4th, 2010, 10:06am
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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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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