Hikaru no Go (ヒカルの碁)


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“Go”… This is kind of prejudice but I had a strong image that Go is an amusement for elderly people. However, “Hikaru no Go” has shattered my image of Go and captures the heart of young people. Original manga was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, and even it was a weekly manga, its illustrations were fair. So I was surprised very much. At the time when it started, “Hikaru no Go” was said “the world’s first Go manga” and the Nihon Ki-in (Japanese Go Association) supported it 100%, so this manga was unique in boy’s comic. But, basically this manga is about a coming-of-age story, so it grabbed Jump readers’ mind and became popular. After original manga became popular, it has been adopted into anime, video games, and so on. These got more fans. The Nihon Ki-in held some events about “Hikaru no Go”, and there are many professional Go players (Tatsuya Seki, first dan level) who has started Go influenced by the manga. The Go wave spread around more than expected.

The protagonist of this story is Hikaru Shindo, a 6th grade boy. When Hikaru was exploring his grandfather’s storehouse, he found a Go board with blood marks. That blood marks were of Fujiwara-no-Sai, a genius Go player in Heian era, and Hikaru is haunted by Sai. Hikaru doesn’t know about rules of Go and Sai’s talent, but he has to help and support Sai to achieve his great desire “Kami no Itte (Devine Move)” and play Go. Others can’t see and hear Sai. Sai instructs Hikaru how to play Go, but Hikaru feels chagrined gradually because he can’t do anything without Sai. So Hikaru decides to learn Go not to turn on Sai.

I think “Hikaru no Go” has some strong power to bring people, who don’t know about Go at all, into the world of it. In fact, the rules of Go or technical details are not explained a lot in the story. However, the writer gives us some information to understand how the game goes on, such as who is ahead of the game at present, and previous moves make the situation, and something like that by its story and character’s monologue. Sometimes there are technical words and it gives readers images “Sounds like…cool!!” I want to say “the upper right corner” etc. for once… Of course the games in this story were studied and supervised, so if you know the rules of Go, you can enjoy the story in other way also. Sai is like a fantasy part of this manga, but he gives the story a very good snap. And my favorite is Sai. He stuck around to play Go through Hikaru at first, but he shows his comical side when he’s surprised at modern civilization. And later, Sai takes a role as Hikaru’s guardian and I felt Sai looks forward to see Hikaru’s growing. Because of it, the story line of disappearing Sai made me break my heart even I knew the story… And expression on Sai’s face at that time was so calm, so I thought, “Okay, it’s enough… Then what is gonna be my fun for Hikaru no Go from next episode?”

The story goes on even Sai’s gone. Hikaru strengthens his ability to play games against professional Go players from abroad with Akira Touya, he is the same age as Hikaru and gets an education to be a professional Go player from a young age. And with friends from insei period (I liked Isumi, by the way.) Akira and Hikaru, they have known each other since there was Sai yet, and crush each other at first but playing games many times, then admit each other and become good rivals. As an aside, I thought Akira is a girl because of his name and hair style… Sorry. lol A Japanese fan on Hikaru side which Sai gave him in Hikaru’s dream (actually, Hikaru bought it after the dream)…! Yes, Sai is always with you! At the beginning, Hikaru is a Sai’s straw man but he strengthens his ability and win games. This is typical storyline of boy’s manga, however it matches unique theme “Go” very much.

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Ranking of Hikaru no Go

  • [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Shindou Hikaru x Touya Akira (久/遠/行 再/臨/光) / BAKE2.
    26.29
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Shindou Hikaru x Touya Akira (久/遠/行 再/臨/光) / BAKE2.
    new arrival
    BL:R18
  • Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira & Shindou Hikaru (初恋は実らない!?) / でばぼうちょう。
    21.15
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira & Shindou Hikaru (初恋は実らない!?) / でばぼうちょう。
    new arrival
  • [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (花の中でキミに堕ちる) / アップライト
    27.22
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (花の中でキミに堕ちる) / アップライト
    new arrival
    BL:R18
  • [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Yang Hai x Isumi Shin'ichirō (たまにはしっぽり) / 腰掛け所
    19.58
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Yang Hai x Isumi Shin'ichirō (たまにはしっぽり) / 腰掛け所
    new arrival
    BL:R18
  • Acrylic stand - Hikaru no Go / Shindou Hikaru & Fujiwara no Sai
    32.86
    Acrylic stand - Hikaru no Go / Shindou Hikaru & Fujiwara no Sai
  • Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (空想学園 more) / 100BOX/100万会
    24.00
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (空想学園 more) / 100BOX/100万会
    used
  • Key Chain - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira & Shindou Hikaru
    27.86
    Key Chain - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira & Shindou Hikaru
  • Key Chain - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira & Shindou Hikaru
    27.86
    Key Chain - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira & Shindou Hikaru
  • Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / All Characters (対局対局 其ノ二) / 瀬戸屋文楽軒
    20.58
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / All Characters (対局対局 其ノ二) / 瀬戸屋文楽軒
    used
  • Doujinshi - Omnibus - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (アキヒカWEBまとめ) / aoiroiro
    23.43
    Doujinshi - Omnibus - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (アキヒカWEBまとめ) / aoiroiro
    used
  • [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Waya Yoshitaka x Isumi Shin'ichirō & Satou Shigeki x Mizuno Tatsuya (聖限解除 vol.3) / 少年激空間
    30.58
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Waya Yoshitaka x Isumi Shin'ichirō & Satou Shigeki x Mizuno Tatsuya (聖限解除 vol.3) / 少年激空間
    used
    BL:R18
  • [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Kaga Tetsuo x Shindou Hikaru (Fade Out) / RIN RIN HOUSE
    19.15
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Kaga Tetsuo x Shindou Hikaru (Fade Out) / RIN RIN HOUSE
    used
    BL:R18
  • 25.86
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Yang Hai x Isumi Shin'ichirō (やんすみのはじめて) / 腰掛け所
    new arrival
    BL:R18
  • 21.15
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira & Shindou Hikaru (初恋は実らない!?) / でばぼうちょう。
    new arrival
  • 22.72
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Yang Hai x Isumi Shin'ichirō (永不分梨) / 腰掛け所
    new arrival
  • 19.58
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Yang Hai x Isumi Shin'ichirō (たまにはしっぽり) / 腰掛け所
    new arrival
    BL:R18
  • 19.15
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (夏の王様) / Kantoh Kids
    used
  • 19.15
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Isumi Shin'ichirō x Waya Yoshitaka (Library 2001-2002) / ミツバチ鉛筆
    used
  • 26.29
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Shindou Hikaru x Touya Akira (久/遠/行 再/臨/光) / BAKE2.
    new arrival
    BL:R18
  • 21.03
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (微熱) / アップライト
    new arrival
  • 27.22
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (花の中でキミに堕ちる) / アップライト
    new arrival
    BL:R18
  • 23.43
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (キミと、いっしょに) / アップライト
    used
  • 23.43
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (不適切な対局) / アップライト
    used
    BL:R18
  • 23.43
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (キミと、ふたりで) / アップライト
    used
    BL:R18
  • 26.10
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Waya Yoshitaka x Isumi Shin'ichirō (この佳き日々に) / yellow*deco.
    new arrival
  • 41.29
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (TIME SLIP ESCAPE) / HBR+GEM
    used
    BL:R18
  • 30.29
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (Be with) / GEM
    used
    BL:R18
  • 64.86
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (なんちゃって!つきあってください 後) / GEM
    used
  • 64.86
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (なんちゃって!つきあってください 前) / GEM
    used
  • 26.29
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Kaga Tetsuo x Mitani Yuuki (問2を甘くとかしたら) / Momi no Ki
    used
  • 33.43
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (泡はじけて) / NNN
    used
    BL:R18
  • 33.43
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (泡はじけて) / NNN
    used
    BL:R18
  • 20.58
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Kaga Tetsuo x Tsutsui Kimihiro & Waya Yoshitaka x Shindou Hikaru (PUSSY CATS) / 六華帝国
    used
    BL:R18
  • 72.72
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (赤い糸で二人はつながっている *再録) / n.S.k.k.
    used
    BL:R18
  • 24.00
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (More Love) / PRPR
    used
    BL:R18
  • 19.15
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira & Shindou Hikaru (VIVID) / Affection
    used
  • 21.72
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru & Isumi Shin'ichirō x Waya Yoshitaka (あなうめ本) / OYAJINOGO
    used
  • 19.15
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Kaga Tetsuo x Shindou Hikaru (はぁとのしくみ) / 館風館
    used
  • 19.15
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Kaga Tetsuo x Shindou Hikaru (SWeeT DaRLiNG) / Yokohamaya
    used
  • 20.58
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Kaga Tetsuo x Tsutsui Kimihiro (日常茶飯事・壱) / 男魂
    used
  • 19.15
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Kaga Tetsuo x Tsutsui Kimihiro (BLACK CHOCOLATE) / 大黒屋(改)
    used
    BL:R18
  • 27.15
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / All Characters (西部戦線異常アリ) / mixed breed
    used
  • 27.15
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Shindou Hikaru x Touya Akira (Choco&Cream) / Tokkan Kouji! Ojiroh Gumi'
    used
  • 49.15
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Shindou Hikaru x Touya Akira (HARU UTA) / Tokkan Kouji! Ojiroh Gumi'
    used
  • 30.29
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Shindou Hikaru x Touya Akira (DRAGON FRUIT) / Tokkan Kouji! Ojiroh Gumi'
    used
  • 24.00
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (ココロチラリ) / ハーシーズ
    used
  • 26.10
    Doujinshi - Illustration book - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira & Shindou Hikaru & Fujiwara no Sai (Goアツメ) / STUDIO COSMOS
    Comiket 100
  • 19.15
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (キラキラヒカル。10 5 キミに夢CHU) / Kantoh Kids
    used
  • 27.15
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (5回目のSEX事情) / PRPR
    used
    BL:R18
  • 36.29
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Omnibus - Hikaru no Go / Kaga Tetsuo x Mitani Yuuki (問2と誤算をとかしたら) / Momi no Ki
    used
    BL:R18
  • 22.00
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Anthology - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (進藤さん がんばります) / GEM/clunker
    used
    BL:R18
  • 34.86
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (金の鳥哭いた) / BAO協同組合
    used
    BL:R18
  • 37.72
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (ぬくもりよせて) / BAO協同組合
    used
    BL:R18
  • 30.58
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (ヤリモクじゃないって信じてくれっ!!) / いまいゆ市場
    BL:R18
  • 46.29
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (白黒の世界) / irodori茶屋
  • 33.43
    Doujinshi - Omnibus - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (アキヒカ二年生 WEB再録本) / ナカレ
    used
  • 20.29
    Doujinshi - Manga&Novel - Anthology - Compilation - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira x Shindou Hikaru (恋愛日記 総集編) / ブレインキャンディ/DAM★DAM
    used
  • 19.15
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go (SATIE) / noue-rue・天辺堂
    used
  • 29.15
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Tsutsui Kimihiro x Kaga Tetsuo (ツツカガってなに?) / なつやすみ甲子園
    used
  • 20.86
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Saeki Koji x Ashiwara Hiroyuki (芦原完全攻略本) / Othello
    used
  • 20.86
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Kaga Tetsuo x Tsutsui Kimihiro (VS★TWINS) / KIYOMIZU
    used
    BL:R18
  • 20.86
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Saeki Koji x Ashiwara Hiroyuki (芦原完全攻略本) / Othello
    used
  • 20.86
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Kaga Tetsuo x Tsutsui Kimihiro (VS★TWINS) / KIYOMIZU
    used
    BL:R18
  • 20.86
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Shindou Hikaru (Letter) / USO800
    used
  • 27.15
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Kaga Tetsuo x Mitani Yuuki (息もすんじゃねぇよ) / 何処
    used
  • 20.86
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Kaga Tetsuo x Tsutsui Kimihiro (加賀×筒井のススメ2 ギャル版) / 松永堂
    used
  • 20.58
    [Boys Love (Yaoi) : R18] Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Kaga Tetsuo x Tsutsui Kimihiro (an innocent behavior) / E・BLAZE
    used
    BL:R18
  • 20.58
    Doujinshi - Hikaru no Go / Touya Akira & Shindou Hikaru (ORANGE SPEICIES) / RINORIUM
    used