Hikaru no Go
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Hikaru no Go

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Japanese: ヒカルの碁
English: Hikaru no Go
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 23
Chapters: 198
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 8, 1998 to Jul 14, 2003
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Strategy Game Strategy Game
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Obata, Takeshi (Art), Hotta, Yumi (Story)


Score: 8.121 (scored by 2084120,841 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #5002
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #333
Members: 41,410
Favorites: 1,858

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When Hikaru Shindou discovers an old go board in his grandfather's attic, he is greeted by the spirit of an ancient go master, Sai Fujiwara no. Sai spent his life teaching the techniques of the board game to an emperor during the Heian era, and now in his ghostly state, he is eager to share his passion with the unsuspecting Hikaru. The only problem is that Hikaru is not all that interested in board games. But Sai is not easily dissuaded. Pressured by Sai's unrelenting desire to pursue something he refers to as the "Divine Move," Hikaru begrudgingly consents to playing the game, executing moves as dictated by Sai. But slowly, intrigued by the dedication of his peers, he begins to learn the basics of the game.

As Hikaru enters into the world of go, guided by his intangible tutor and inspired by his rival, Akira Touya, he cannot help but be drawn into the complex game as he grows determined to prove his own abilities. In a coming-of-age story centering around an ancient board game, Hikaru no Go tells the story of a boy maturing through the pursuit of his newfound passion.

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Hikaru no Go won the 45th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shounen category in 2000.

The series was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint from May 19, 2004 to May 3, 2011 and also digitally from March 19, 2012 to January 8, 2013.

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Nov 15, 2007
daimira (All reviews)
As ancient Oriental board games go (no pun intended) Go, has a reputation for being either extremely boring, extremely difficult, extremely intense, or all of the above. It is not an easy game to play and a game is not easily finished, either. Yet Hikaru no Go, a manga that's all about Go and little else, made it seem exciting and interesting enough to stir some new-found appreciation for one of the oldest games around.

Strange how action-packed manga rarely draw me in, but a manga about a board game (for crying out loud, a BOARD GAME!) can drive me nuts and leave me crying over read more
Dec 14, 2009
-Naami- (All reviews)
Finished being published in 2003, created by Takeshi Obata (art), known for his works on Death Note and Bakuman and Yumi Hotta (story); Hikaru no Go (English: “Hikaru’s Go”) is one rollercoaster of a manga.

Go, the main focus of the story is an ancient tactics game that originated from China approximately 3000 years ago. A complex game, much of the equivalent to Chess and is commonly known to be played amongst the elder generations.

This is where Hikaru no Go comes in. Taking the youth by storm and literally turning the Go world around, it takes a presumptively boring game which only ‘oldies’ are read more
Jun 2, 2015
sneepsnop (All reviews)
This is a 23 volume series that's about people playing a board game. Throughout the course of the series, they play the game, they get better at it, they play against people who are pretty good at it, then they play some more. Why would I give a series that's pretty accurately summarized by that a 9? Because it's amazing.
Really, the plot is not as boring as it sounds. The story isn't really about the game. It's not like sitting and watching a chess match. Really, the actual amount of game playing is brief, and they don't go into too much depth about it that read more
Jun 1, 2008
Raelith (All reviews)
I absolutely loved Hikaru no Go. (A little bit of trivia: For those who didn't know this already, Hikaru no Go was drawn by the same artist who drew Death Note, Obata Takeshi-sensei.)

Actually, I've already heard of Hikago a long time ago. However, I felt no sense of urgency to read it. I knew it was good though since I hadn't come across any bad reviews for it. But being primarily a shoujo fan, I lacked enough interest to actually download/buy the manga. It wasn't until I bought an issue of Shonen Jump which contained some chapters of Hikago that I had a reason to read more

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