Hikaru no Go

Hikaru no Go (ヒカルの碁, lit. “Hikaru’s Go”;) is a Japanese manga series based on the board game Go, written by Yumi Hotta and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. It was adapted into an anime television series by Studio Pierrot, that ran for 75 episodes from 2001 to 2003 on TV Tokyo, with a New Year’s Special aired in January 2004. Hikaru no Go was well-received, with over 25 million copies in circulation and winning the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2000 and the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2003.

The story centers around Shindou Hikaru, a 12 year old school boy. He’s just had his allowance cut and was in the midst of rummaging through his grandfather’s garage looking for something to sell for money when he picks up a “Go” board inhabited by the ghost of Fujiwara No Sai, a genius Go player from the Heian dynasty. Sai has unfinished business in this world, he wants to achieve “The Divine Hand or Hand of God” in go. He possesses then haunts Hikaru ~ all he wants to do is play Go. Initially Hikaru lets Sai play by moving the stones for him but he starts to fall in love with the game and starts playing himself. The series is a coming-of-age, maturing of new talent, exposure to the competitive world of Go and the beauty of the game. There’s a nice large cast of supporting characters, all of which are fascinating in their own right. The soundtrack is wonderful and fits the scenes well. The animation does have some frame reuse but it’s done by the same artist who did Death Note and is good.

Opening Theme
#1: “Get Over” by dream
#2: “I’ll Be the One” by HAL
#3: “Fantasy” by Nana Katase
Ending Theme
#1: “Bokura no Bouken” by Kids Alive
#2: “Hitomi no Chikara” by Mizuki Arisa
#3: “Sincerely ~ever dream~” by dream
#4: “Days” by shela
#5: “Music is My Thing” by dream
#6: “Get Over ~Special Mix~” by dream
Theme Song Complete Works: Best of Hikaru no Go [Download]
Hikaru no Go Character Song Album [Download]
Hikaru no Go Character Song: Kira
Hikaru no Go Character Song: Sora
Blu-Ray Box Bonus CD:
Hikaru no Go Deai Hen
Hikaru no Go Haze Chu Kessen Hen
Hikaru no Go Kishi Hen 1
Hikaru no Go Kishi Hen 2
Hikaru no Go Insei Hen
Original Soundtrack:
OST 1: Hikaru no Go Ongakusen Haruka naru takami e
OST 2: Hikaru no Go Ongakusen Ni: Takaburu Omoi

 

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