Ranked #303

Hikaru no Go

Alternative Titles

English: Hikaru's Go
Japanese: ヒカルの碁


Type: TV
Episodes: 75
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 10, 2001 to Mar 26, 2003
Premiered: Fall 2001
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Tokyo, Dentsu, Dream Force
Licensors: Viz Media
Studios: Studio Pierrot
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.201 (scored by 29,925 users)
Ranked: #3032
Popularity: #760
Members: 59,697
Favorites: 1,389
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12-year-old Shindou Hikaru is just your average 6th grader. One day, while searching through his grandfather's attic, he comes across an old Go board. Upon touching the Go board, Hikaru is possessed by the spirit of Fujiwara no Sai, and continues to be haunted by him soon after. Sai was once a great Go player, who committed suicide and continued to stay in the world as a spirit desiring only to play Go once again. Finally bending to Sai's pleas, Hikaru allows Sai to play Go through himself, unknowingly attempting the first game with the young prodigy Touya Akira. Time has finally started moving, as Sai's quest for the perfect game, "The Hand of God", is set underway. Based on the manga by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Fujiwara no, Sai
Fujiwara no, Sai
Chiba, Susumu
Chiba, Susumu
Shindou, Hikaru
Shindou, Hikaru
Kawakami, Tomoko
Kawakami, Tomoko
Touya, Akira
Touya, Akira
Kobayashi, Sanae
Kobayashi, Sanae
Waya, Yoshitaka
Waya, Yoshitaka
Takagi, Reiko
Takagi, Reiko


Nishizawa, Susumu
Nishizawa, Susumu
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kamiya, Jun
Kamiya, Jun
Takahashi, Hideo
Takahashi, Hideo
Sound Director
Tonokatsu, Hideki
Tonokatsu, Hideki
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(75/75)

Episode Title Aired
1 Eternal Rivals
Eternal Rival (永遠のライバル)
Oct 10, 2001
2 The Key Point
Discovered Weakness!! (見ぬかれた急所!!)
Oct 17, 2001
3 Akira Bares His Fangs
Kiba wo Muku Akira (牙をむくアキラ)
Oct 24, 2001
4 Kaga of the Shogi Club
Shougibu no Kaga (将棋部の加賀)
Oct 31, 2001
5 An Inkling of an Awakening
Kakusei no Yokan (覚醒の予感)
Nov 7, 2001

Opening Theme

#1: "Get Over" by dream (eps 1-30)
#2: "I'll Be the One" by HAL (eps 31-60)
#3: "Fantasy" by Nana Katase (eps 61-75)

Ending Theme

#1: "Bokura no Bouken" by Kids Alive (eps 1-12)
#2: "Hitomi no Chikara" by Mizuki Arisa (eps 13-30)
#3: "Sincerely ~ever dream~" by dream (eps 31-46)
#4: "Days" by shela (eps 47-63)
#5: "Music is My Thing" by Dream (eps 64-74)
#6: "Get Over ~Special Mix~" by dream (ep 75)

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Jun 19, 2007
How on earth could anyone make a 75 episode anime about a school kid playing a 3000 year old board game? Surely there must be a lot of filler episodes. Those were my initial thoughts but Hikaru No Go had a great rating on Animenfo and I decided to start watching it.

The first thing to do is to collect the entire series of 75 episodes, the special and the Journey to Hokuta Cup before you start. One of the most amazing things about Hikaru No Go is it's ability to capture the viewer from the get go, once you start watching, it's like you don't read more
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Aug 22, 2009
Hikaru no Go is, in essence, an anime about the world of Go; about the game, the friendships and rivalries that arise in this world, the challenges, obstacles and feelings. This is a lot to actually live up to, and Hikaru no Go most certainly fills its role well.

It starts out very simle, in a way you've probably seen before. The main character, Shindou Hikaru, encounters a paranormal apparition by coincidence while stumbling around in his shed, and only he can see it. Said apparition is, in fact, the ghost of a skilled Go player from the past, Fujiwara no Sai. He really wants to read more
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Oct 6, 2014
This is somewhat of an anomaly. If you had told me that one of my favorite series was going to be a show about people playing go, I would've laughed and told you that you clearly don't know me. Yet, here it is.

Admittedly it's been a few years since I watched Hikaru. Working in the time to rewatch a 75 episode series isn't feasible when there's other anime to watch out there. However, that doesn't matter much as I will explain below.

Let's talk about the story first:

I rated Hikaru no Go an 8 on story because I felt like while it's exceptional, the story is read more
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Dec 24, 2006
An anime about a grade school boy playing a board game. Sounds intense, huh? *cough*

That's what I thought when I first heard about Hikaru no Go. But how about something like this: A young boy is introduced to a board game unchanged through nearly three millenia by the spirit of a top player still yearning to complete what is called the "Hand of God." But then again, everything sounds good when you throw in big words.

Hikaru no Go is essencially the story of Shindou Hikaru as he is inhabited by Fujiwara no Sai - a genius go player from the Heian Period. As Hikaru is read more
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Anime: Chihayafuru
Both series centre around a protagonist who becomes aware of and learns to love a classic Japanese game that's faded to 'niche interest' status, aspiring to become the very best and accumulating similarly-minded friends along the way. Although Chihayafuru lacks the mild supernatural element found in Hikaru no Go, Chihaya's motivation of improving to Arata's level of skill function similiarly to Hikaru playing go at Sai's urging and wanting to catch up with Touya. 
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hikaru no go is about a boy named hikaru who plays a game called go, in saki it is about a girl named saki who plays a game called mahjong, if u liked hikaru no go, this should be interesting also. 
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Anime: Shion no Ou
Roughly the same theme. Where Hikaru no Go is about go and, after awhile, the professional world of go, Shion no Ou is about shogi and the pro world of shogi. They also have very young protagonists, though Hikaru is just starting out, while Shion is already an accomplished player when the series starts, so Shion no Ou has less of an underdog theme.  
reportRecommended by Shinigamixz
Anime: Hajime no Ippo
Each series follows a story where the main character is struggling to be the best. Ippo and Hikaru both go through rough times in their conquest to get better. With great character development and comedy thrown in at just the right spots, you don't want to miss this! 
reportRecommended by Xinil
Anime: Glass no Kamen (2005)
If you like shows about people who strive to succeed, this is the way to go. While the main characters are male in this anime, they are very similar to the girls in Glass Mask. There are even similaries in the supporting characters. Only this show is about the game Go instead of acting and there's really no main love interest despite an obvious crush or two. If you haven't watched Hikago yet, you really should! 
reportRecommended by ChibiChula
Anime: Death Note
Both series start with an average boy encountering the sole fantasy element in an otherwise true-to-life setting and being irresistibly drawn into a world in which is allowed to demonstrate his true abilities and judgment. And of course they both have a flair for the dramatic: board games and notebooks have never been so thrilling! 
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