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.

[Nov 14, 2001] ED1: Kids Alive – Bokura no Bouken
[Nov 28, 2001] OP1: dream – Get Over
[Jan 23, 2002] Hikaru no Go Soundtrack: Harukanaru Takami e
[Feb 6, 2002] ED2: Mizuki Arisa – Hitomi no Chikara
[June 10, 2002] ED3: dream – Sincerely ~Ever Dream~
[June 19, 2002] OP2: HAL – I’ll Be The One
[Sept 19, 2002] ED4: shela – Days
[Dec 04, 2002] OP3: Nana Katase – Fantasy
[Feb 13, 2003] ED5: dream – Music is My Thing
[Feb 19, 2003] Hikaru no Go Soundtrack II: Takaburu Omoi
[Mar 05, 2003] Theme Song Complete Works: Best of Hikaru no Go
[Mar 12, 2003] Hikaru no Go Character Song – Hikaru Shindo
[Mar 12, 2003] Hikaru no Go Character Song – Sai Fujiwara
[Mar 12, 2003] Hikaru no Go Character Song – Akira Toya
[Sept 25, 2003] Hikaru no Go Character Song – Tetsuo Kaga
[Sept 25, 2003] Hikaru no Go Character Song – Yoshitaka Waya
[Sept 25, 2003] Hikaru no Go Character Song – Akari Fujisaki
[Dec 10, 2003] dream – Everlasting Snow
[Feb 25, 2004] Hikaru no Go Character Song Album : Hikaru Mirai e
[Mar 22, 2013] Hikaru no Go Drama Album 1 “Sorezore no Toki”
[Mar 22, 2013] Hikaru no Go Drama Album 2 “Nagareyuku Omoide”

Last Modified: Nov 13, 2017


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