Hikaru No Go

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  • TV-G
  • 2001
  • 5 Seasons
  • 8.3  (1,173)

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.

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Seasons
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.
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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.

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

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, Hulu, Vudu and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    October 10, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (1,173)