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Hikaru no Go

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
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.211 (scored by 27395 users)
Ranked: #3072
Popularity: #682
Members: 53,969
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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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Adaptation: Hikaru no Go
Sequel: Hikaru no Go: Journey to the North Star Cup
Summary: Hikaru no Go: New Year Special
Alternative version: Hikaru no Go Special

Characters & Voice Actors

Fujiwara no, Sai
Fujiwara no, Sai
Chiba, Susumu
Chiba, Susumu
Shindou, Hikaru
Shindou, Hikaru
Kawakami, Tomoko
Kawakami, Tomoko
Toya, Akira
Toya, 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
Kosaka, Harume
Kosaka, Harume
Episode Director

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Episodes  0 / 75
Aired  Oct 10, 2001 to Mar 26, 2003
Status  Finished Airing
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Oct 6, 2014 10:36 AM
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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Apr 6, 3:42 AM
Wrote this review (more like a reflection) a while ago. Thought it'd be a waste if I didn't post it. So here you go:

Hikaru no Go is a 75 episode anime series revolving around go, or as they call it in China, weiqi. It follows the journey of an adolescent Japanese boy named Hikaru Shindo, from when he first gets to introduced to the game all the way to the beginnings of his career as a professional player.

First and foremost, I’d like to point out that you do NOT need to know anything about go to enjoy this series. Hikaru no Go has a read more
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Jun 19, 2007 1:00 AM
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 10:50 AM
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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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. 
reportRecommended by lithiumflower
Anime: Saki
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: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
They both are about games, Hikago is about the game of Igo, Yu-Gi-Oh! is about duel monsters with cards, both of them will lend different strategy types to win, and as Yugi Moto there is Hikaru Shindo, as Yami Yugi there is Fujiwara no Sai. 
reportRecommended by Hikusa

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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