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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 (93d ago)
v.17 c.148 by Toriyama World (3824d ago)
v.17 c.147 by Toriyama World (3824d 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 (1470 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 #578 increased(+121)
Monthly Pos #1044 (No change)
3 Month Pos #1121 increased(+24)
6 Month Pos #1194 decreased(-65)

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On 640 reading lists
On 774 wish lists
On 3727 completed lists
On 117 unfinished lists
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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   
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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!!   
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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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Utterly Amazing   
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by Aristocrat
November 24th, 2008, 4:43pm
I love the Hikaru no Go manga, the anime isn't too shabby itself. I wasn't quite hooked by the storyline either but since it was so highly recommended I had to try it myself.

The thing that makes this different from other Shounen manga is definitely the progress Hikaru makes as the manga continues on. It's easy to relate to him because of his stubbornness, his fear of losing, his cowardice and then seeing him overcome all of it.

I really love Hikaru and Akira's rivalry though. It's intense where you're not sure who exactly is going to win, which is what makes it a rivalry. In the Shounen I've read, the main characters with rivals aren't usually rivalries in the first place. (i.e Naruto where Sasuke pretty much shows him up all the time).

What made the manga great to utterly amazing is definitely Sai. He made the manga funny, interesting, intense and absolutely heartbreaking (in that good way).

I recommend this manga for everyone.
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by canucks
August 26th, 2008, 9:59pm
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I have to agree with the "supposed minority" that liked the way the author ended this fantastic series. Sai's departure was depressing, but ultimately necessary. A "Coward's Ending?" the extension beyond Akira VS Hikaru is internationalization, and passing the love of the game beyond nationalities. Call it fancy marketing or foreign-fan service, I would prefer to call it a pure reflection of the author's hopes for the game.
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The ending is perfect...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Yuenchi
July 26th, 2008, 11:00am
...Just like everything else in this manga. It's all faithful to the nuance and the soul of this manga, which is full of love for Go and the strong hope and belief that this traditional game will survive, progress, and be passed along to the next generation. With this in mind I really think it has the most perfect ending and turns of events. Many times when something ultimate is reached then it's done, can only decline or disappear instead of progressing. Everyone including Sai had their own roles to play for the sake of Go, for their love for it. Not that I didn't shed sad tears when you-know-what happened, bah. Ooops you don't know? Then nothing happened, really. Just go ahead and read this manga.

I love this manga for its characters' strong passion for Go, especially Sai's and Akira's, and how they both triggered the same passion in Hikaru. Also for its powerful story telling and wonderful, wonderful art. This manga is not overrated just like it was not overdone. It's really a fine manga, so very well done. It's easy to read and understand, it doesn't require much brainpower or knowledge to enjoy, and the fact that it's very very easy to follow shows the complexity and the effort given in its process of creation.

It's a beautiful, entertaining read. If you miss any of the 23 (yes, all 23) volumes then you're definitely missing something important. Point is, if you want to read then read them all. I assure you that you won't be disappointed and will appreciate this title deeply. ...Unless, of course, you have a taste that's very different from mine.
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