Hikaru no Go

(ended 2003)



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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
Kenichi Suzumura

Kenichi Suzumura

Shinichiro Isumi (Jap.)

Scott Perrie

Scott Perrie

Akira Touya (Eng.)

Keiji Fujiwara

Keiji Fujiwara

Seiji Ogata (Jap.)

Reiko Takagi

Reiko Takagi

Yoshitaka Waya (Jap.)

Sam Vincent

Sam Vincent

Hikaru Shindo (Eng.)

Sanae Kobayashi

Sanae Kobayashi

Akira Touya (Jap.)

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  • Awesome Series!

    The greatest Go player in history, is a ghost named Sai, and he is teaching Hikaru how to play go. But at the start, Sai, played a few games of go with Hikaru's help. Imagine, a 12 year old kid sits down. He says he's never played go before. He's going to play the son of the best go player today, who's as good as a pro, and this kid beats him. Now, how would you react to something like that. Think of it another way though, what if that kids wants to learn how to play, but some people have seen him play incredible games, but now they see him play really badly. The shadow of Sai's games follow Hikaru around. How does he deal with that.

    I have watched this series many, many times, and I just finished watching it again. I don't know how to play go, and I still don't. I've never played the game before. I know the basic idea of how to play, but never tried.

    I love this series. I really get into it. I'm watching characters play awesome games of go, and I don't have a clue of what's going on in the game, but the dialog is so good, and the music with it is great, it just sucks you in. I wish people were as passionate and serious about games here in the US as they are in this series. This series really makes you want to be a part of the atmosphere of these players. I hate that the series ends, it feels like it's just getting started. I keep looking for a second series, with them older, and find out just how good Hikaru becoming, what kind of impact to the world of go does he really do. I would love to talk to the create of this series.

    It's a crime that there is a English Dub of this series, but you can't buy it. It doesn't make any sense how a series that is this good, that has been done in a English Dub, and the Dub is well done, isn't for sale anywhere.

    Anime really is the best story telling device in the world, and should be huge in the US. But I don't think it's been introduced to the US in a way that viewers would understand it best. Usually you watch a anime series for the first time, and if it's the right one, you fall in love with anime, if it's the wrong one, you hate anime. Very odd how that works. There a ocean of anime out there. Everyone knows, not every anime is awesome, but there are tons of awesome anime.

    Hikaru No Go is one of those animes. It is a great story, and you don't need to know anything about the game of go to watch it. It's the story that gets you. For me, I use to play chess growing up, and I was really serious about it. So, I can relate to how serious they are about go.

  • 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?moreless

    Hikaru No Go is the best anime ever. And i hate go. So thats saying something. The story is so amazing. The show goes in depth to countless characters letting us get to know them. Something that most shows do not let you see or do not give enough detail. It is the second closest to a perfect show I have seen next to Lost. It shows so much development in each character, for instance Hikaru starts out a playful ignorant kid but grows into this serious go player. The best part of the show is that it does not just show development for Hikaru it shows it for Waya,Isumi,Mitani,Honda,Touya Akira, and a couple others.moreless
  • 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.commoreless

    Go is a asian board game, it is played by playing with 2 players and whoever gets the most territory on the board wins, to help get territory you can capture stones or prisoners by surrounding the enemy pieces. This show is about a regular boy named hikaru who goes to his attic to find something to sell, he finds an old go board and that is inhabitited by a spirit named fujiwara no sai or just sai. Sai is an old go instructer to an emperor back in time. He was beat at his job by another go instructer that cheated in a game of go to decide the best one. after sai loses he drowns himself in a pond and is sealed into a go board. Now Hikaru must constantly play go to please sai, and actually plays the game after that.moreless
  • A very entertaining anime

    This anime is about a boy who plays Go…

    Hikaru no Go is a great anime, it is realistic, dramatic and funny. The music is great, the sound is fairly average but well done (in my opinion), while sometimes going over the top. Considering that HnG isn't an action packed anime, the animation is well done and the art is good, the animators did what they had to do (this isn't Rurouni Kenshin or Naruto) so there is no need to exceed the animation. The characters are great, it has strong character development, and you see how each one of them develops physically and mentally throughout the series. I personally think that the story is good; I mean is simple, realistic and it has a good purpose.It really impressed me how they can make an anime about Go very interesting, the series teach you how to play the game along with Hikaru and also a little bit of culture.

    This is simply one of the best anime out there, give it a try, it is worth watching, it is an anime that people of all ages can appreciate. If you are an action-oriented anime fan, this is not the anime for you, but if sometime you want a change of pace I recommend this series.

    WARNING: If you are interested in watching this show I highly recommend watching it in the subbed versionmoreless
  • This show is awesome!

    At first, this show is hard to understand, but after an episode or two, you'll be hooked. This show is about Hikaru Shindou, a normal middle school child who one day finds a Go board in his grandfather's store house basement. He recognizes a blood stain on the board. He suddenly hears a voice of a spirit calling out to him, who happens to be Fujiwara-no-sai, a spirit who seeks to play "The Divine Move". Hikaru is the only one who can see Sai. Sai then teaches Hikaru how to play Go, and eventually Hikaru becomes a pro player at Go. Go is a very popular game in east Asia. This game is confusing to figure out. At first, it just seems like putting stones on a board with no clue about what is happening. Do not worry, the characters do the play-by-play. The dialog in this show is great. It is fun to see what happens in the show. The music rocks!! I like the opening theme "I'll be the One" by H/\LNA. Overall, awesome show, cute,memorable characters, excellent music.moreless

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Animation, Fantasy


competitive arts, gossiping teens, back from the dead, grown up kids, fish out of water