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(ended 2003)

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Episode Guide

    • Forever Inside You
      Forever Inside You
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      3/19/03
      10
      The game between Hikaru and Akira wages on. They are both into the game and excited about it. Meanwhile, Amano tells news of a junior Japan, China, and Korea Go Tournament. It’s for experienced Go players under the age of 18. Everyone is worried because they have no one who could stand a chance against Korea, or even China, except for Akira. Amano says that they have Hikaru and the new wave that’s coming…moreless
    • The First Comeback Match
      The First Comeback Match
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      2/26/03
      10
      Hikaru has finally started to play Go again. He has found Sai within his moves, within his Go. But can Hikaru win his first comeback match against 2-dan Murakami? Everyone is watching. Meanwhile, what will become of the Haze Jr. High School Go club? After the year is over, only one boy will be left. Everyone else will graduate and move on.moreless
    • And so they began to run
      And so they began to run
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      3/5/03
      10
      The Go world is moving. Everything is changing. Hikaru has won his first comeback match and dives into his next one. Isumi is taking the Pro Exam and is on his way to becoming a pro like Waya, Hikaru, and Ochi before him. Akira is beating high level dans. Ogata has taken yet another title. The Go world is shifting; a new wave is coming with Akira in the lead. But Kuwabara will not allow them to surpass him just yet...moreless
    • Sai vs. Toya Koyo
      Season 2 - Episode 25
      10/30/02
      10
      The wait is over! Sai and Toya Meijin face off in a match that has the entire world glued to their computer screens. Who will triumph and discover the Divine Move?
    • 2004 New Year Special
      2004 New Year Special
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      1/3/04
      9.9
      Hikaru gets a phone call asking him to enter the preliminaries to try to earn one of the three seats for Japan in the Japan, China, and Korea Junior Tournament. While discussing this with Akira, he finds out that Akira has already been chosen for the tournament and will not be taking place in the preliminaries. Now Hikaru must compete for one of the two remaining seats. Hikaru decides not to visit Akira's Go Salon until he takes his place on the team with Akira. But can Hikaru overcome his friends and new challengers including a strong player from the Kansai Go Institute. Two seats remain, and only two players in Japan will join Akira...moreless
    • The Thousand Year Answer
      Season 2 - Episode 26
      11/6/02
      9.9
      When the match comes to a close, Sai is left the victor. However, when Hikaru discovers a flaw in the game that not even Sai was aware of, Sai finally realizes why he was allowed to return to the world of the living.
    • The Insei Examination
      The Insei Examination
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      3/13/02
      9.9
      Hikaru is losing the game in his anxiousness to win it. He freaks out when he realized that he didn't necessarily have won the game to pass as the purpose is for the examiner to gain an idea of his strength/potential. In reading the kifu, the examiner is amazed that Hikaru played the way he did during the 3-way match (with Mitani, Tsutsui & Kaga) and passed him. Hikaru unwittingly blurted out that Akira pursues him as a rival and received a cold reception from the Inseis who then see him as a threat. Waya and Isumi questioned Hikaru's validity when observing Hikaru's matches. Hikaru is shell-shocked to find out that Kishimoto didn't even make it up to the upper half of the Insei class when he was an Insei and had quitted trying.moreless
    • Each of Their Decision
      Each of Their Decision
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      1/9/02
      9.7
      Hikaru, Tsutsui, and Yuuki all manage to defeat their first round opponents. But, the next next round won't be so easy as they face of against Kaio. Hikaru is excited about facing Akira, but wishes he had more time to get stronger. However, Hikaru soon learns during the break that Akira was treated very harshly in Kaio's Go Club, but he never quit because he was chasing after Sai. Touched by the story, Hikaru informs Sai that he will play Akira instead of him.moreless
    • Akira vs. Sai
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      2/13/02
      9.7
      Akira skipped his first match of the Pro exams in order to play the match against Sai on the net. Akira is perplexed over the identification of Sai which he thinks might be Hikaru while Ogata has his own thinking. Players all over the world are observing the match. Though Akira lost the match, he feels as though he had finally caught up with 'Hikaru'/Sai. When Akira heard from a Go cafe customer that Hikaru was sighted at an internet cafe, he races to the site thinking that he might be Sai. Hikaru denies he's Sai but gets ruffled when Akira seems to disregard him as an opponent. The episode ended with Hikaru saying 'If you keep chasing after an illusion of me, I'll pass by you eventually'.moreless
    • Sai was here...
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      2/19/03
      9.6
      After much convincing, Hikaru agrees to play Isumi. However, he will play him for Isumi’s sake, not his own. He will not enjoy the game or get into it. He can’t betray Sai. But when the game of Go becomes intense, is there anything that Hikaru can do? Hikaru ties hard not to betray Sai. He promised him that he would never play again. But can it be helped? Will Sai ever return to him?moreless
    • Forfeits
      Forfeits
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      9.6
      Hikaru is still forfeiting his Go matches, and everyone round his is worried and confused. Can the young player's friends and familyconvince him to get his game back?
    • Who Is Sai?
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      1/30/02
      9.6
      Everyone is anxious to find out just who this mysterious user named "Sai" is. How long can Hikaru keep playing before he gets caught?
    • 8/28/02
      9.5
      With all of the other matches finished, the final decision of the Pro Exams rests upon Hikaru and Ochi's match. Can Hikaru defeat Ochi, or will he be forced to play Isumi again for a chance at going pro?
    • Shindou vs Touya
      Shindou vs Touya
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      3/12/03
      9.5
      The long awaited day has finally arrived. Hikaru Shindou V. Akira Touya! The two reminisce about the past and the last time they played. It was a little over two years ago. They have both grown stronger since then. They sit down. Hikaru places one black stone and Akira places five white ones. Hikaru is black and will go first. Akira is white and will go second. Hikaru places his first stone down on komoku. Both of them are excited and the match they have both been waiting for has finally arrived…moreless
    • The Third Member
      The Third Member
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      12/12/01
      9.4
      A boy named Yuuki Mitani solves a challenging problem on the Haze Go club's posters. Hikaru knows they need a third member really badly, and tries to convince Yuuki to join. However, he soon discovers Yuuki's true strength.
    • Let Me Play Sai!
      Season 2 - Episode 27
      11/13/02
      9.4
      Ogata walks in on Hikaru and Koyo's conversation and overhears Hikaru mentioning Sai. Convinced that Hikaru knows Sai, Ogata confronts Hikaru and begs him to let him play Sai. Just when Hikaru thinks things can't get any worse, Akira shows up as well. With all of the accusations going on, will Hikaru be able to keep Sai's identity a secret?moreless
    • Hikaru's Strength
      Hikaru's Strength
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      2/20/02
      9.4
      Hikaru is slowly, but surely, getting better as evidenced when he beats Mitani in a game though with a handicap as well as Tsutsui. To play go with Sai, now that they decided not to play internet go anymore, Hikaru tries to get his gramps to buy him a go board/stones. When Hikaru beats a strong opponent at the go school, even to the atonement of the teacher, he finally understands that one can only judge how strong others are when he's strong himself. He bumps into Kaio's first board when he's browsing a bookstore and the latter pulls him away to a match.moreless
    • The Haze Jr. High Go Club
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      3/6/02
      9.4
      Hikaru is torn by the decision he has to make. An unlikely savior came in the form of Kaga who proposed that Shindou quit the club after showing them how strong he is - by playing three of them at once (Mitani, Tsutsui and Kaga). Hikaru prepares to take the Insei exam. Having bumped into Hikaru at the institute, Waya's interest is piqued by Hikaru who declared to surpass Akira and remarked to Isumi that Hikaru will most probably pass the exam.moreless
    • That Same Old Smile
      That Same Old Smile
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      3/26/03
      9.4
      The match between Hikaru and Akira comes to an end. Hikaru tells Akira that one day, he will tell him everything. At night Hikaru has a dream, with a surprise visitor! At the end, the song “Get Over” is played as we see everyone throughout the series. The Go world is changing and a younger generation has arrived!moreless
    • The Third Match
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      1/19/02
      9.4
      Akira is quite tense at the fact that he is finally facing Hikaru, or rather Sai. All is going well, until Hikaru notices a point that he thinks should be played and Sai doesn't play it. Determined to find out why, Hikaru takes over and plays it. Sai reveals that the move might have worked, if Hikaru was good enough to back that move up. How will Akira handle the situation when he sees Hikaru really play?moreless
    • Sai vs Meijin
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      9/11/02
      9.4
      Hikaru got a call that the Meijin is to play him in the first new dan series. Hikaru denies Sai's request to play instead. Both Master Kuwabara and Mr Ogata were surprised by each other's interest in Hikaru. Orchi, Waya and Akira also came by the Institute to watch the match. Hikaru decides to let Sai play with a 15 moku handicap instead of the 5.5 moku handicap given to new pros. Hikaru/Sai took a unprecedented half hour to decide on his first move while Sai contemplates on how to play the game.moreless
    • Eternal Rivals
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      10/10/01
      9.3
      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
    • Sai's Sword Unsheathed (1)
      Sai's Sword Unsheathed (1)
      Season 1 - Episode 25
      4/10/02
      9.3
      HIkaru can't seem to get any better at Go, despite the fact that he plays with Sai every day. If he wants any chance to get into a tournament and face Akira, he needs to get stronger. Sai reveals the ultimate weakness of Hikaru, he's afraid of Sai, and every other opponent he faces.moreless
    • Isumi no Go
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      1/5/03
      9.3
      Isumi and other semi-pro's from japan go to a good will competition against pros in china. although he starts off confident an early loss puts isumi into a tail spin of doubt and confusion over his skills. he is presented with a unique opportunity to learn with chinnese pros for a short while. in an overcrowded and extremly talented enviornment can isumi regain his confidence? will isumi get over his doubt of whether or not he should play at all? Meanwhile waya confronts shindo over his absences in games and study sessions. Waya doesn't realize that shino is depressed over the loss of sai and lacks caring over GO. waya calls shindo out for squandering his talent and unique position. can waya snap shindo out of his funk?moreless
    • Team Formed!
      Team Formed!
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      5/29/02
      9.3
      This is a very fun episode where Waya, Isumi and Hikaru form a team to go around challenging the patrons of the various Go salons. The bet being that they won't have to pay the admission fees in event of a win and Waya raises the stakes even higher by allowing a few moku handicap in subsequent games, much to the protests of Isumi/Hikaru (since they have to wash all the stones if they lose). Hikaru becomes friendly with a particular go salon named 'Heart of Stone' and its patrons. Through this exercise, Hikaru manages to overcome his weakness in playing go with adults.moreless
    • The Confession of Sai
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      10/16/02
      9.3
      Toya Meijin has a heart attack and is rushed to the hospital. Hikaru visits him and discovers that he has been playing internet Go. Hikaru begs Meijin to play Sai online. He agrees on one condition.
    • To the World of the Pros
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      9/4/02
      9.3
      Having defeated Ochi, Hikaru has gained Akira's respect, and Akira is now awaiting their next match. As Hikaru wonders how his life will change now that he's become a Pro, Hikaru's mother confronts Waya's parents for advice on what to do. Also Sai begins to feel that he is no longer needed by Hikaru.moreless
    • I Won't Play Anymore
      I Won't Play Anymore
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      12/25/02
      9.3
      Unable to locate Sai, Hikaru makes a vow to never play Go again without him.
    • Hikaru vs Akira
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      10/9/02
      9.3
      Hikaru learns his first official Pro match will be against Akira. He's excited that he can finally see how close he is to Akira, but circumstances are about to change their fate with one another.
    • A Painful Match
      A Painful Match
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      9/18/02
      9.3
      Hikaru/Sai spends half hour to decide on the first move while the others are having a field day discussing Hikaru. With a 15 moku handicap Hikaru set for Sai, Sai decides to attack early by baiting a trap for Meijin (Touya Kouyou) but which the latter is too careful to fall into. However, the Meijin sense a formidable presence around Hikaru, similar to the pressure he feels when playing against a seasoned Pro. Though Hikaru lost the game, the Meijin indicates that he would like to play Hikaru again without any handicap. Hikaru and Sai had a mini-debate about when Hikaru' going to let him play again. Akira further wonders about whom Hikaru really is when his father confirms he would like to play Hikaru again.moreless
    • The Dead Moment
      The Dead Moment
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      7/10/02
      9.3
      Isumi has gone on undefeated, while Hikaru has lost only one game so far. The time finally comes for them to play each other, and only one of them can win. However, Isumi seems to be afraid of Hikaru, and it shows in his game. When Isumi accidentally cheats by moving an already placed stone, will Hikaru force his friend to be disqualified?moreless
    • Akira Bares His Fangs
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      10/24/01
      9.3
      After confronting Hikaru, Akira challenges him to a rematch. As they sit down to play, Sai notices Akira’s fangs bearing down on him. Will Sai go easy on Akira, or will he crush him? And, what will happen when the Meijin challenges Hikaru to a game?
    • Ouza vs. Akira
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      3/27/02
      9.2
      Although Ouza initially contemplated letting Akira win the match as a form of encouragement, he is angered by Akira's nonchalant attitude and decided to crush him completely. Akira forgot the safer strategy which could have won him the match, in order to show Hikaru his play. While the first snowflakes that mark the arrival of winter fell, Sai muses on the symbolic link between Hikaru and Akira and likened the presence of Akira as being placed there by God to help Hikaru on his path.moreless
    • 10/23/02
      9.2
      Now that Toya Meiji is playing Internet Go, the world is abuzz with excitement. But little do they know that a challenger of exceptional strength waits in the shadows.
    • Discovered Weakness!!
      Discovered Weakness!!
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      10/17/01
      9.2
      With the recent defeat of the Meijin’s son, Hikaru goes about his day normally. However, Akira is obsessing over the game he lost. He won’t do anything but stare at the Go board and replay the loosing game. When he gets word that Hikaru is at a Children’s Go Tournament, he rushes there hoping to confront Hikaru and ask for a rematch...moreless
    • The Room of Yuugen
      The Room of Yuugen
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      3/20/02
      9.2
      Hikaru aims to progress to the first class of the Insei program where Waya and Isumi take the top spots. Both of them wanted to pass the Pro exams quickly this year, due to various personal reasons. Ogata feels that Akira doesn't seem to have much of a fighting spirit recently and bring him to the institute to show him that Hikaru had gotten into the Insei program. It succeeded in provoking Akira to rev up his pace. Hikaru learns of the new Dan series that is to take place in The Room of Yuugen and witnessed for himself, the imposing presence/aura of the room. Meanwhile, the end of the episode marks the start of Akira's first Dan match with Zama-sensei.moreless
    • Kuwabara Honinbou
      Kuwabara Honinbou
      Season 1 - Episode 29
      5/1/02
      9.2
      Ogata and Kuwabara are anticipating their matches for the Honinbou title, both anxious to greet the upcoming wave of pros in the Go world. Meanwhile, a guy who has won many college titles for Go and is well-known among the Insei is planning on taking the Go test.
    • Isumi tested
      Isumi tested
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      9.1
      Still in China improving his game, Isumi challenges Le Ping to a rematch. Meanwhile, Asumi encounters Hikaru and demands to know why he has stopped playing Go.
    • There Is Only One Winner
      There Is Only One Winner
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      6/12/02
      9.1
      Isumi, Waya and Hikaru decide to go to a recommended Go Salon and Hikaru bumps into a rude young boy at the convenience store. Sai advises Hikaru not to pursue the incident as he senses that the young boy had some issues with himself. Upon entering the salon, the trio realized that it's a Korean Go salon (Koreans are known for their strength/domination in the Go world) and that the rude young boy is the owner's nephew called Su Young - a Korean insei-equivalent. Back at the institute, the editorial team was discussing Japan's poor performance in the world stage and Korea/China's domination. When Hikaru challenges Su-Young to a match, it turns into a Korean Vs Japan fight-out. The owner recounts Su-Young's history to Isumi. Su-young has been a very promising young talent who rose quickly through the ranks but a losing streak demoralizes him to the extent of almost quitting Go and his parents sent him on a holiday to Japan. As the game starts, Hikaru vows to win and let Su-Young remember the name 'Shindou Hikaru'.moreless
    • Farewell Hikaru
      Season 2 - Episode 30
      12/4/02
      9.1
      Hikaru continuously ignores Sai's worries of his leaving and ends up allowing Sai to engage a drunk Ogata in a Go match. The next day, Sai begs Hikaru for a game, but something happens during the game that will change Hikaru's life forever!
    • The Most Inconsiderate Act
      The Most Inconsiderate Act
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      12/19/01
      9.1
      The Go Salon Yuuki Mitani goes to doesn't mind giving him money for winning games, but they are tired of him cheating to get it. They hire a skilled player who pretends not to know anything about Go to teach Yuuki Mitani a lesson. Unfortunately, Yuuki Mitani falls for the trick and ends up betting 10,000 yen (about $90). Can Yuuki Mitani manage to defeat this skilled player?moreless
    • The Greatest Wall for Hikaru (2)
      The Greatest Wall for Hikaru (2)
      Season 1 - Episode 26
      4/10/02
      9.1
      With help from Sai, Hikaru overcomes his weakness and finally makes it into the A league. Back at school, Kaga and Kimihiro have already graduated to HIgh School. Now that Hikaru's in the A league, he's slowly reaching his goal of 16th. He's even able to defeat Fuku, someone who not even Waya can defeat. Waya is Hikaru's next opponent, and Waya's confident that Hikaru will lose. That is, until HIkaru accidentally blurts out what the online user Sai said to him. Can Hikaru defeat Waya and prove to Waya that he isn't Sai at the same time?moreless
    • Kurata 6-dan
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      10/2/02
      9.0
      Hikaru and Sai thwart the efforts of some con-artists trying to take advantage of unsuspecting amateur Go players, but one of con-artists is a Pro Go player.
    • Hikaru vs Ochi
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      8/21/02
      9.0
      Hikaru and Ochi finally face-off. Determined to prove his worth to Akira, Ochi goes all out against Hikaru, while Hikaru does the same. As the game continues on, Hikaru realizes that Ochi has the advantage and strives to a opening before it's too late.
    • The Determined Visitor
      The Determined Visitor
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      9.0
      Isumi return from China, now a stronger and more focused player. When he hears Hikaru is losing his games by default he vows to investigate the situation.
    • Toya Koyo Retires!
      Season 2 - Episode 29
      11/27/02
      8.9
      The Go World goes into a state of shock after Toya Meijin announces that he is retiring as Professional Go player. As everyone tries to find out why Koyo has given up his titles and his status, Akira begins to worry about Hikaru's progress.
    • Three Weeks Isn't Enough!
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      7/24/02
      8.9
      Realizing that Hikaru is getting stronger, Ochi swallows his pride and decides to ask Akira for help. When Akira tells Ochi about the game Hikaru played against Su-Young, Ochi realizes that Hikaru is a serious threat and that three weeks might not give him enough practice. However, Ochi still doesn't understand why Akira is obsessed with Hikaru, forcing him to show Ochi the match at the Go Salon from two years ago, the game where Hikaru destroyed him!moreless
    • A Game Of Beauty
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      11/14/01
      8.9
      The finals of the Third Annual Junior High Go Tournament - Kaiou Junior High V. Haze Junior High. With a score of 1-1 it is up to Hikaru to win it for Haze. Can he do it? And what will happen when Akira spots Hikaru playing?
    • Whereabouts of the Win
      Whereabouts of the Win
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      7/17/02
      8.9
      After losing to Hikaru, Isumi begins to break down and begins losing his matches. Hikaru is also having trouble concentrating, upset about pointing out Isumi's illegal move. As Sai helps Hikaru regain his concentration, Isumi faces off against Ochi. Perhaps this game will be enough to return Isumi to his old self.moreless
    • Fujiwara no Sai
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      9/25/02
      8.9
      This episode is basically a recap of Sai's past journeys, from playing Go in the palace and his eventual suicide, playing Go through Shuusaku and then Hikaru. The second half kind of traces Hikaru's Go journey till the present - the first game btw Hikaru/Akira, set-up of Haze Jr's Go Club, Hikaru letting Sai practice through Internet Go and Hikaru's determination to catch up with Akira. Sai laments to God on why he let him came back through Hikaru and wonders if Hikaru will ever let him play again.moreless
    • The Pro Exam Begins
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      6/26/02
      8.9
      The Pro Exam has finally begun, and the intensity reaches new heights after the pairings are chosen. Everyone seems so tense, except for Hikaru, who is unusually calm. Thanks to Waya and Isumi, Hikaru has learned how to handle the pressure. However, could their actions have turned Hikaru into a real threat?moreless
    • The Last Day of the Preliminaries
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      5/22/02
      8.9
      Hikaru is overwhelmed in playing go with adults and his second loss placed him at a precarious position (third loss means an ousting). As desperation climbs, he becomes more determined than ever by drawing his inspiration from Akira. Fortunately, his third match with Fuku started him on a winning roll. While Waya/Isumi was practicing at a Go salon, a customer gave them the address of another Go salon where there're supposedly many experts. Waya/Isumi decided to drop by the Institute to check on the gang and is dismayed to find out about Hikaru's performance. Hikaru won his last match by default and gained entry to the pros exams. Waya decided to bring Hikaru along on their Go salon visits after hearing about his encounter with Tsubaki.moreless
    • An Irritating Presence
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      12/5/01
      8.8
      Akira is still loathed in the Go club, but he doesn't care. Even the club's sensei has bad feelings about him being there. How long will Akira stay in the club?
    • Kaga of the Shogi Club
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      10/31/01
      8.8
      Akari invites Hikaru to the Haze Junior High festival. Hikaru reluctantly goes, but cannot find Akari anywhere. So, while walking around he stumbles upon a group of kids around a Go board. Tsutsui, the head of the Haze Junior High Go Club, is holding a competition. The prize is a book entitled Assorted Tsumego from Touya Meijin's Matches. After seeing this Sai is eager to win it. But, can he with the sudden appearance of the Shougi captain, Kaga?moreless
    • You Are The Third Board
      You Are The Third Board
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      12/26/01
      8.8
      After Hikaru gets back Yuuki's money, Yuuki decides to join the club, but refuses to play in the tournament. Tsutsui explains how strong Kaio is and Yuuki changes his mind. But will he play without cheating? Meanwhile, Akira discovers that Hikaru is the third board in the tournament and begs the club sensei to put him there. Is Akira willing to give up all his pride and his reputation, just for this one spot?moreless
    • The Match of Revelation
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      2/6/02
      8.8
      Players who have been following Sai's net matches attended the 20th International Amateur Go Tournament in Japan. A commotion occurs at the mention of Sai's name as everyone is trying to who out whom he is. The commotion caught the attention of Ogata and Akira. When Akira and Sai engaged in a match over the net, the former is reminded of his first match with Hikaru. Akira discontinues the match so as not to disrupt the ongoing tournament but fixes a date for a match with Sai which happens to be on the first day of Akira's Pro exams.moreless
    • The Road to Becoming a Pro
      The Road to Becoming a Pro
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      2/27/02
      8.8
      Kishimoto (Kaio's first board) played a match with Hikaru to find out his real strength and expressed his puzzlement as to why Akira sees Hikaru as an opponent when he's not as strong. Through Kishimoto, Hikaru realizes the widening gap between Akira and him self and that it would be impossible to catch up with Akira with Hikaru's current pace. All fired up, Hikaru decides to start off with enrolling in the Insei program with becoming a Pro and defeating Akira as his goal. However, he failed to realize that Inseis can't participate in Amateur tournaments. Thus, he's being forced to make a choice between being an Insei and quitting Haze Jr's Go Club.moreless
    • I'm Not Going to Play You!
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      11/21/01
      8.8
      Hikaru is now in Haze Middle School and joins the Go club. Akira Toya is now in Kaio. He pays a visit to Haze and challenges Hikaru to a match. Will Hikaru accept to play him?
    • 2002 New Year Special
      2002 New Year Special
      Season 1 - Episode 77
      1/2/02
      8.8
      This special is just a recap of everything that has happened up until this point. Episode “Summary” Coming Soon
    • The Fated Encounter
      The Fated Encounter
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      8.7
      In this flashback before Akira Toya met Hikaru Shindo, a young children's Go champion challenges Akira to a game at the Go Salon.
    • The Player On The Net
      The Player On The Net
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      1/26/02
      8.7
      Hikaru let's Sai play Go online, that way nobody will think Hikaru is really good when in reality he's not.
    • Ogata vs Honinbou
      Ogata vs Honinbou
      Season 1 - Episode 30
      5/8/02
      8.7
      Ogata and Kuwabara Honinbou continue their set of matches for the Honinbou title. They are on their final match, both having won the same number of games. When Ogata plays a sealed move for the first time, will he be able to follow up his actions and defeat Kuwabara?
    • Rainy Day Strategy
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      11/28/01
      8.7
      Akira is too good against everyone at Kaio's Go club. The members don't take this sitting down, as three of them plan to take him down.
    • The Wakajishisen
      Season 1 - Episode 28
      4/24/02
      8.7
      The top 16 in the A league all take part in the Young Lions Tournament. If Hikaru can manage to get past the first round, he'll finally get to face Akira again. Meanwhile, Isumi faces an old rival, and everyone wants Isumi to put him in his place. As Sai and Ogata monitor Hikaru's game, they become shocked when Hikaru turns a bad move into a good move. However, when the round ends, only 3 Insei will have made it to the next round.moreless
    • Waya vs Shindou
      Waya vs Shindou
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      8/7/02
      8.6
      Hikaru and Waya finally face each other, and both are desperate to win. However, Waya has other reasons for wanting to win besides just turning pro, but Hikaru needs to win as well! When Waya traps Hikaru in a situation where only one move can save him, can Hikaru figure it off?moreless
    • A Place To Go Back To
      Season 1 - Episode 27
      4/17/02
      8.6
      Yuuki Mitani decides to go back to the Go Club.
    • Keichou Flowerpots
      Keichou Flowerpots
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      1/8/03
      8.6
      This episode shows us a young Hikaru, back from 7th grade before the Insei exam. When Sai is disturbed by the owner of a pottery shop, with a face like a toad, Hikaru/Sai must beat the owner who turns out to be a 5dan to prove to everyone what a cheat the owner is. But can he turn around his own play, and win a game someone else has already resigned to help a young girl?moreless
    • One-Color Go
      Season 2 - Episode 28
      11/20/02
      8.5
      Hikaru encounters Kurata at a restaurant, and, after learning how much Akira is improving, begs him for a match.
    • My Name is...
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      6/19/02
      8.5
      Hikaru plays a Korean Insei-equivilant at a Go Salon. Hikaru wins by 1.5 points. Yun, Kaio's Go club organizer, watches the game. He congratulates Hikaru on his growth.
    • Sai is Gone?
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      12/11/02
      8.5
      Hikaru discovers that Sai is missing and searches all over him. Unable to locate him, he travels to Inno Island to visit Shusaku's grave in an effort to find him. Is it true? Is Sai really gone?
    • The First One to Pass
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      7/31/02
      8.5
      The Pro Exam is nearing its end as the last three matches arrive. Ochi, Waya, and Hikaru are currently the top three, and Ochi is at the point where he'll pass even if he loses all of his matches. Hikaru and Waya must still be careful, as a loss or two could cause them to lose their spots. As the days go by, Waya discovers an imposter calling themself "sai" playing Go online, Hikaru runs into an old acquaintance, and Ochi is busy preparing for his match against Hikaru.moreless
    • The Top Player in Hiroshima
      The Top Player in Hiroshima
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      12/18/02
      8.4
      The #1 Amateur Go Player in Japan, Shuhei, challenges Hikaru to a match while Hikaru is looking for Sai in Hiroshima.
    • A Desperate Life
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      8/14/02
      8.4
      As the match between Hikaru and Ochi draws near, Ochi becomes more and more annoyed with Akira's obsession of Hikaru. Therefore, Ochi demands that Akira recognize him as his rival and permit him to join Toya Meijin's study group if he beats Hikaru. Akira agrees to the condition, but when Ochi mentions to Hikaru that Akira is teaching him, Hikaru realizes that Akira will officially recognize him as a rival if he beats Ochi.moreless
    • Prediction of an Awakening
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      11/7/01
      8.4
      After loosing the game to Kaga, Hikaru is forced into joining a Junior High School Go Club Tournament. He is to join Kimihiro and Kaga as the third member for the Haze Junior High Go Club team for the tournament. But, when Hikaru insists that he wants to play for himself, will he be victorious?moreless
    • The Challengers
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      7/3/02
      8.4
      Hikaru and Tsubaki must face each other in the Pro matches, and Akira begins teaching Ochi in an attempt to learn how strong of a level Hikaru is playing at.
    • Don't Win
      Don't Win
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      6/5/02
      8.3
      At a Friendly Go festival, Akira was invited to play a 4-way game with a council member and his three assistants. Though originally told to lose the game, Akira decides otherwise when the council member shows disrespect to Go by placing a cup on a Go board. Akira displays his amazing prowress by forcing a draw on all 4 players. Ashiwara feels that Akira should take it easier by just participating in the pro games but Akira just mutters to himself 'But he passed the prelims to the pro exams'. Meanwhile, Hikaru grows his mastery of go at the Heart of Go salon where he learns how to force a draw in 2-way/3-way games.moreless
    • The Preliminary Starts
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      5/15/02
      8.2
      Hikaru takes the prelims to qualify for the Pro exams whereas Waya/Isumi are admitted straight to the finals being among the top 8 of the Insei program. Hikaru is intimidated by Tsubaki, a really loud and brash guy, who turns out to be his first opponent. Tsubaki plays mind games with Hikaru and won the match. For Hikaru, the loss highlighted his inexperience with playing with adults since starting go and it represents a hurdle he has to overcome to reach his goal.moreless
    • Keicho Flower Bowls
      Season 3 - Episode 64
      8/29/08
      0.0
      In this bonus flashback episode, Hikaru and Sai encounter an antiques dealer who sells counterfeit heirlooms he claims are from the distant past...
    • Hiroshimas Strongest Player
      Season 3 - Episode 62
      8/4/08
      0.0
      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.
    • Hikaru Vs. Waya
      Season 2 - Episode 43
      2/20/07
      0.0
      Now that Ochi has passed the Pro Exam, there are only two spots remaining. With only two games left in the exam, Hikaru faces off against Waya…
    • Comeback from the Brink
      Season 2 - Episode 44
      2/13/07
      0.0
      As Hikaru takes on Waya to advance towards the pros, Waya notices that his opponent’s game bears a interesting resemblance to Sai…
    • An Ill-Fated Moment
      Season 2 - Episode 39
      1/24/07
      0.0
      Ready to take on an undefeated Isumi, Hikaru knows he’s in for a tough match…
    • Where Are the Victories?
      Season 2 - Episode 40
      1/24/07
      0.0
      With the pressure mounting, Isumi makes a wrong move forcing him to resign and forfeit the match…
    • I Wont Ever Play Again!
      Season 3 - Episode 63
      8/18/08
      0.0
      Hikaru goes through old game records to find past matches with the great Hon'inbo Shusaku...
    • Fateful Encounter
      Season 3 - Episode 66
      9/29/08
      0.0
      Back before Hikaru Shindo met Akira Toya, a young Children's Go champion pays Akira a visit to the Go Salon in order to challenge him.
    • Losing by Default
      Season 3 - Episode 68
      10/27/08
      0.0
      With Hikaru giving up on Go, everyone is worried, including his mother, who vents her concerns to his teacher.
    • The Power Within
      Season 3 - Episode 74
      1/19/09
      0.0
      The match everyone has been waiting for has finally begun! With every move, the game builds with a fevered intensity.
    • Shindo Vs. Toya
      Season 3 - Episode 73
      1/5/09
      0.0
      The match-ups for the Meijin Qualifiers is out and it's Hikaru vs. Akira in the first round.
    • Making a Comeback
      Season 3 - Episode 71
      12/8/08
      0.0
      Hikaru's back to his old self and ready to move up the rankings of professional Go. First up is Murakami, a pro who previously defeated Hikaru in the Young Lions Tournament.
    • The Race Is On
      Season 3 - Episode 72
      12/22/08
      0.0
      Now that Hikaru's playing again, he's drawn the attention of Go Players throughout Tokyo, as well as the readers and writers of Go Weekly.
    • A Determined Visitor
      Season 3 - Episode 69
      11/10/08
      0.0
      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...
    • Isumis Test
      Season 3 - Episode 67
      10/13/08
      0.0
      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...
    • Only One Can Win
      Season 2 - Episode 35
      12/26/06
      0.0
      On the recommedation of a fellow Go player, Hikaru, Waya and Isumi try out a new Go Salon that’s different from the rest…
    • We're a Team!
      Season 2 - Episode 33
      12/12/06
      0.0
      In the hopes of helping Hikaru get over his fear of playing adults, Waya and Isumi take him to a Go Salon to take on opponents of a more mature nature…
    • No Winning Allowed!
      Season 2 - Episode 34
      12/19/06
      0.0
      At a local festival Akira is asked to play 4 players simultaneously including Kurimoto, a boorish and rude city councilman. To make matter worse, he’s been asked by the festival organizers to let Kurimoto win…
    • The Ghost in the Net
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      8/8/06
      0.0
      With summertime around the corner, Hikaru and Akira find themselves traveling new paths on their journeys. Akira gives up the Kaio Go Club and decides to take the Pro Exam while Hikaru introduced to the world of Internet Go…
    • Eyesore
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      6/27/06
      0.0
      As the newest member of the Kaio Go Club, Akira must clean an old classroom to be used by the Girls' Go Team. But as soon as he starts to clean and look through old books of Go Strategy, Kojima and Ito, two Kaio teammates, trick him...
    • The Third Player
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      7/4/06
      0.0
      Still looking for that elusive third player, Akari tells Hikaru and Kimihiro about Yuki Mitani, a fellow classmate who can play a mean game of go. The only problem is that he wants nothing to do with amateur tournaments...
    • A Very Despicable Act
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      7/11/06
      0.0
      Hikaru discovers Yuki secret to winning at Go...Cheating! When Hikaru returns to the Go Salon, it appears that the Shu, the Go Salon keeper, has brought in a ringer to stop Yuki and his hustling...
    • A Personal Resolve
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      7/25/06
      0.0
      Now that Haze Middle can "officially" enter school tournaments, Hikaru, Yuki and Kimihiro are ready to win it all...
    • The Key Point
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      5/9/06
      0.0
      After defeating Go prodigy Akira Toya with the help of Sai, Hikaru starts to get a better understanding of the game through classes with a local Go tutor...
    • The Road to Turning Pro
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      9/12/06
      0.0
      After a chance meeting in a bookstore, Kishimoto, the captain of the Kaio Go Club, takes Hikaru to a Go Salon to see what kind of player he truly is...
    • Hikaru's True Strength
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      9/5/06
      0.0
      Summer’s winding down and thanks to all his internet playing with Sai, his game has gotten stronger...
    • The Insei Test
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      9/26/06
      0.0
      Even with his new-found love for the game of Go, Hikaru finds it nearly impossible to sit comfortably, let alone beat his opponent during the test…
    • The Last Day of the Prelims
      Season 2 - Episode 32
      12/1/06
      0.0
      After losing two games in a row, Hikaru's self-confidence is shaken...
    • Kuwabara Hon'inbo
      Season 1 - Episode 29
      11/14/06
      0.0
      As the Young Lions Tournament winds down, Hikaru loses his match to Murakami 2 –Dan. Anxious to know about how the entire match progressed, Akira presses Ogata Sensei, one of the spectators at the tournament, for answers.
    • Ogata vs the Hon'inbo
      Season 1 - Episode 30
      11/21/06
      0.0
      In the lobby of the Go Association building, Kadowaki, a top College player, is looking to brush up on his game before taking the Pro Exam. Enter Hikaru, who with Sai’s help, teaches this amateur how the game of Go is truly played…
    • Fear and Impatience
      Season 1 - Episode 25
      10/17/06
      0.0
      Waya invites Hikaru to a study session with his teacher, Morishita-sensei. Hikaru learns about the Young Lions Tournament, where only the top 16 Insei in the A-league get to compete against newly crowned pros…
    • Welcome to the A-League!
      Season 1 - Episode 26
      10/24/06
      0.0
      It hasn’t been easy, but Hikaru’s moved up the ranks and out of the B-league. Now he’s taking on a tougher group of opponents, including the mistake-prone Fuku, Waya’s toughest opponent.
    • The Championship Room
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      10/3/06
      0.0
      Now that he’s an insei, Hikaru’s finding that winning is hard to come by. Starting off with six straight losses, Hikaru’s at the bottom of the B-league with little hope in sight…
    • A Nostalgic Smile
      Season 3 - Episode 75
      2/2/09
      0.0
      As they break for lunch, Akira confronts Hikaru on the fact that he has discovered that Sai is within him. After the game, Hikaru goes home and goes to sleep...
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