Watch Hikaru No Go
- 5 Seasons
Hikaru No Go is a 75 episode Japanese animated series revolving around the ancient Japanese game of Go, as well as the coming of age exploits of its protagonist Hikaru. Hikaru is a young boy who one day, while exploring the shed of his paternal grandfather, comes across an ancient Go board. This Go board happens to be haunted by the ghost of Fujiwara-no-Sai, a Go player from Japan's Heian period. Sai longs to play Go once more, having been dormant since the Edo period, when Sai's ghost appeared to Honinbo Shusaku, a supreme tier Go player of the time. Sai's desire is to reach the Kami-no-Itte, known as the "Divine Move" and proof of a perfectly played game. As Hikaru is the only person capable of seeing him, Sai nests within a portion of Hikaru's mind as a different personality, cohabitating, albeit not always well, with Hikaru. Sai begs Hikaru to try playing Go, despite having no interest in the game. At first, Hikaru only moves as Sai tells him to, however Sai explains that Hikaru should try to understand the logic and reasoning behind each move. Within a Go parlor, Hikaru defeats Akira Toya twice by following Sai's dictation. Akira is a boy the same age as Hikaru but plays Go on a professional level. Akira's defeat at such a newcomer burns at him, dominating his life with the urge to learn how Hikaru is such a good player. Hikaru, inspired by how deeply Go inspires both Akira and Sai, decides to play Go entirely on his own. Although his skills are initially no better than a complete beginner, he soon develops a basic understanding of the game and can rebuild a game play-by-play from memory. Through further exposure and practice within Go clubs, study sessions, and practice matches with Sai, Hikaru becomes an "insei," or Go apprentice, and even later, a pro. This experience is helped by the variety of ages and styles of his Go opponents. While Hikaru isn't quite up to Akira's level, he has plenty of natural talent for Go and remains dedicated to proving his own skills to Akira, Sai and himself. Hikaru no Go is produced by Studio Pierrot with American distribution by Toonami Jetstream and ImaginAsia.