Hikaru no Go

Eternal Rivals

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 10/10/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Sixth grader Hikaru Shindo stumbles upon a mysterious Go board with a bloodstain on it. Before he knows it, he starts hearing a voice - the voice of an ancient Go instructor, Sai of the Fujiwara to be exact. Sai occupies a space in Hikaru’s mind. Hikaru is the only one who can see, hear, and talk to Sai. Sai’s one and only desire is to play Go. But, he can only do that via Hikaru’s body and Hikaru has no interest in playing Go! Will Hikaru allow Sai to play?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tetsuya Endo

  • Jun Kamiya

  • Shin Nishizawa

  • Toshishiro Obata

  • Yumi Hotta

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Good first episode!

    By ZaleIsBackAgain, May 11, 2009

  • Hikaru finds an very old game.

    By yuki_megami, Sep 19, 2006

  • First Episode of English Dub. After 100+ years of Being Trapped in a Go Board, an Ancient Teacher of Go helps Hikaru in Go, and Histroy.

    By bud0011, Jul 21, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • 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.

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    Notes (7)

    • 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.

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    Allusions (1)

    • 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.

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