Hikaru no Go

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 75

    A Nostalgic Smile

    Aired 2/2/09

  • S 3 : Ep 74

    The Power Within

    Aired 1/19/09

  • S 3 : Ep 73

    Shindo Vs. Toya

    Aired 1/5/09

  • S 3 : Ep 72

    The Race Is On

    Aired 12/22/08

  • S 3 : Ep 71

    Making a Comeback

    Aired 12/8/08

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sam Vincent

    Hikaru Shindo (Eng.)

  • Cathy Weseluck

    Yuki Mitani (Eng.)

  • Chantal Strand

    Akari Fujisaki (Eng.)

  • Keiji Fujiwara

    Seiji Ogata (Jap.)

  • Brad Swaile

    Fujiwara no Sai (Eng.)

  • show Description
  • Hikaru Shindo is just a normal twelve year old Japanese boy. But, one day, as he's going through his grandfather's old things to see what he can sell, he comes across an old Go board. A ghost type figure comes out of the board and tells Hikaru his sad story. His name is Fujiwara no Sai (or Sai of the Fujiwara), a man who was the Go Instructor, a thousand years ago, to the Emperor of Japan. However, Sai was falsely accused of cheating, and was exiled from the city. With no reason to live, Sai committed suicide by drowning himself. Now, he haunts a Go board and wants to achieve the perfect Go game, a move called the "Hand of God." He hopes to do this through Hikaru. Thus this story of growth, learning, and excitement begins... General Note on Airdates: Hikaru no Go does not air on general cable TV, thus all the airdates are that of its Japanese airing. Hikaru no Go does, however, air on Toonami Jetstream, an online anime streaming site brought to you by Viz and Cartoon Network. Regardless, Toonami Jetsream is an online broadband service and not cable TV. In addition, CN has stated that it most likely will never air on Toonami. General Note on Titles: To go along with the Japanese airdates Hikaru No Go will retain it’s original Japanese titles. The English title for an episode will be present in the notes for that specific episode. If no mention is made within the notes, then the title is the same!. The only exception is if the dub has yet to reach that particular episode.moreless

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  • Quotes (159)

    • Hikaru (referring to the test that had given by his teacher) : What was its mean again? Ooh! I can’t remember anything.

    • Sai: I lost the game. I was vanished from the capital. My reputation tarnished by allegation of treasury, I have no other skills no way to make a living. Two days later, I cast myself into the river unable to find peace my soul was trapped in the Go board. It is seems like an internity.

    • Hikaru: Sai. What are you? Sai: During the Heian period I being held the position as a Go instructor to the emperor of the capital. It is such a happy time for me to be able to play go everyday. One day the other instructors approach the emperor with a suggestion. He said ser I believe you have only meet the one instructor. Please allow the two of us to play a game to decide who shall keep their position.

    • Hikaru: Who are you? Sai: I am Fujiwara no Sai.

    • Hikaru: Grandpa is that you? Sai: I offer my gratitude once again I can finally returned to this world.

    • Sai: At last I have find the one.

    • Hikaru: A Go board I wonder if my grandpa used to play with this.

    • Akari: Let’s get out of here Hikaru this place is creepy. What are you touching at? Hikaru: Well my parents cut off my allowances after I got only 8 points on my social studies test.

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    Notes (78)

    • Sai lets Hikaru know where to play by saying the letter than a number. The letter placement could be a number, the numbers only go from 1 to 19. The Letters go from A-T but I is not used as a Letter.

    • When Viz released this episode on DVD, including the preview sent out to subscribers, they had a giant logo that advertised Shonen Jump right after the title sequence in the opening. However, when this opening was played on Toonami Jetstream, the logo was removed. This will more than likely be the case with future episodes as well.

    • This episode kicked off Toonami Jetstream, Cartoon Network and Viz’s online broadband service. It premiered unofficially, with five other shows, on July 14, 2006. On July 17, 2006, the service officially launched. A DVD was released prior to the airing.

    • General Note on Airdates: Hikaru no Go does not air on general cable TV, thus all the airdates are that of its Japanese airing. Hikaru no Go does, however, air on Toonami Jetstream, an online anime streaming site brought to you by Viz and Cartoon Network. Regardless, Toonami Jetsream is an online broadband service and not cable TV. In addition, CN has stated that it most likely will never air on Toonami.

    • Hikaru Shindou, Sai no Fujiwara or Sai of the Fujiwara, Akira Touya, and Akari are all introduced in this episode.

    • The first opening song “Get Over" by Dream starts in this episode.

    • The first ending song "Bokura no Bouken" by Kids Alive starts in this episode.

    • Seiji Ogata and Touya Meijin (or Kouyou Touya - Akira's father) are both introduced in this episode.

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    Trivia (2)

    • When Hikaru plays against Waya over the internet, you can clearly see that the board on Waya's screen is completely reversed from Hikaru's.

    • This aired with “Sai's Sword Unsheathed” as part of a one hour special on Japanese TV.

    Allusions (3)

    • Honinbo Shusaku: Honinbo Shusaku (本因坊秀策), sometimes written as Hon'inbō Shūsaku, was born as Kuwabara Torajirō (桑原虎次郎) on June 6, 1829. He was a professional Go player and is considered by many to be one of the greatest Go players of all time. In fact, he was even nicknamed the "Invincible Shusaku" after he earned a perfect score for 19 consecutive wins in the annual castle games. Shusaku is one of two Go players that is hailed with the title of "Go Saint" or "Kisei". He died on August 10, 1862.

    • Takoyaki is a popular Japanese dumpling.

    • Waya plays with the username Zelda. This is the name of a hit game series from Nintendo.

  • Fan Reviews (18)
  • Awesome Series!

    By iceblast, Mar 07, 2014

  • When Shindo Hikaru gets intertwined with a legendary go player from ancient Japan named Sai he is forced to play more and more go. Soon he learns to like it but is he good enough to become a pro?

    By earthquake17, Jul 27, 2008

  • You won't like this show as much if you don't play the game of go. To play you can go to www.gokgs.com. Good show, interesing, I also watch it on www.toonamijetstream.com

    By E-Dawg47, Jun 19, 2008

  • A very entertaining anime

    By Akari-chan, May 15, 2008

  • This show is awesome!

    By ffmotorsports51, May 10, 2008

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