Hikaru No Go

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  • TV-G
  • 2001
  • 5 Seasons
  • 8.2  (1,386)

Hikaru No Go is an anime series produced by VIZ Media which aired from 2001 to 2003. The show is an adaptation of a manga written by Yumi Hotta and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The series is centered around the game of Go and the journey of a young boy named Hikaru Shindo who discovers a ghost living in his grandfather's attic named Sai.

The anime features a talented voice cast with Sanae Kobayashi starring as the protagonist Hikaru Shindo, Reiko Takagi playing the role of Akari Fujisaki, Makoto Tsumura as the mischievous character, Mitani Yuta, and Ken'ichi Suzumura portraying the Go prodigy, Akira Toya. Keiji Fujiwara and Yu Asakawa voice the roles of Hikaru's father and mother respectively.

The story follows Hikaru's journey as he becomes increasingly interested in the game of Go after discovering the ghost of Sai living in his grandfather's attic. Sai, who was a Go player in the past, helps Hikaru develop his skills and navigate the world of Go. With the help of his friends, Akari and Mitani, Hikaru begins to compete in Go tournaments and faces stronger opponents, including Akira Toya, a prodigy who is determined to become the best Go player in Japan.

Hikaru No Go is not just about the game of Go, but also about the relationships and personal growth of its characters. The series successfully integrates comedy, drama, and sports elements into its story, guaranteeing a satisfying viewing experience for viewers.

One of the strengths of the show is the expert use of flashbacks and storytelling to develop each character's unique storylines. Sai's backstory and his relationship with Hikaru are explored in depth, adding an emotional depth to the story that resonates with viewers. The show also explores the pressure that comes with the game of Go, particularly for Akira Toya, who is burdened by the expectations of his family and peers.

Another aspect of Hikaru No Go that sets it apart from other sports anime is its ability to bring a game that is traditionally believed to be complex and difficult to understand to a wider audience. The show provides detailed explanations of the game's rules and strategies in a manner that is easy to understand, making it accessible to viewers who may not have prior knowledge of Go.

The animation in Hikaru No Go is also noteworthy, with the use of crisp and fluid animation during the games and detailed character designs. The use of color is particularly striking in the series, with a varied color palette used in the different scenes and settings.

Music also plays a significant role in the anime, with a variety of tracks that complement the mood and tone of each scene. The opening and closing themes, performed by Dream and W, respectively, are catchy and fitting for the show.

Overall, Hikaru No Go is an excellent anime that not only showcases the game of Go but also the growth and relationships of its characters. With its expert storytelling, animation, and soundtrack, the series is a must-watch for sports anime fans and those looking for a heartfelt and emotional journey.

Hikaru No Go is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (125 episodes). The series first aired on October 10, 2001.

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A Determined Visitor
9. A Determined Visitor
February 12, 2003
Isumi returns to Japan a stronger and more focused player. He soons discovers what everyone else already knows: Hikaru Shindo is losing his games by default. In an attempt to solve this mystery, Isumi starts to investigate and figure out what is going on with Hikaru.
Isumi's Test
7. Isumi's Test
January 29, 2003
Still in China, Isumi decides to stay and to improve his game and boost his confidence. With the help of his new friend Yang Hai, he challenges the bratty Le Ping to a rematch. Meanwhile, Asumi runs into Hikaru, asking the questions that on everyone's mind "Why isn't he playing?"
I Won't Ever Play Again!
3. I Won't Ever Play Again!
December 25, 2002
Hikaru goes through old game records to find past matches with the great Hon'inbo Shusaku. While going through them, he becomes engulfed in guilt over not playing enough games with Sai and his subsequent disappearance.
Hiroshima's Strongest Player
2. Hiroshima's Strongest Player
December 18, 2002
While in Innoshima, Mr. Kawai stumbles into a Go Salon where, as a result of a misunderstanding, he finds himself owing a lot of money to Shuhei, a formidable Go player who is enormous both in size and talent. But when this top amateur recognizes Hikaru from Go Weekly, he decides to take on this reluctant neophyte pro.
Where to Watch Hikaru No Go
Hikaru No Go is available for streaming on the VIZ Media website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hikaru No Go on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 10, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (1,386)