Hikaru no Go

Season 1 Episode 1

Eternal Rivals

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 10, 2001 on
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Episode Summary

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

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  • Good first episode!

    I've been holding off on this anime because it was based on go but have finally gotten around to it. Although the way that Hikaru no Go has opened up usually isn't a recipe for success--revealing the story before we actually get to even know the main character--it worked. We get to know the two main characters, Hikaru and Sai, pretty well very fast in such a short amount of time. Hearing about Sai's backstory and how his tragic life came to an end was interesting as well. Although I've never played the game before, the match Hikaru and Sai had with Akira had me entertained as well. Though Hikaru strikingly reminds me of Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh because of how unique their hair is compared to the rest of the cast.moreless
  • Hikaru finds an very old game.

    Hikaru while in the attic.He finds an old game.Which was an go board.When he opens it.He gets to meet an ghost name Sal.Who used to play with the game.Now he becomes part of Hikaru.Hikaru enters the tournement and he meets an expert go board player and winner name Akira.At first Hikaru,felt that he wont win.But with Sal's help he begin to win the game.Of course this got everyone surprise and Akira as well.Akira was shocked to see that Hikaru won.Since he was an beginner.

    Yeah this was an great episode.I mean Hikaru No Go its an good animemoreless
  • 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.

    Though Hikaru has not played go Before (aside from small games here and there), he impresses Much more Expreinced players with his skills. I find it Funny how the Ancient Spirit acts in no way in the manner a ancient spirit is depicted (save for his go directions). Aside from Confusing me on wether or not he played before, I belive it is a good dubbing.

Brad Swaile

Brad Swaile

Fujiwara no Sai (Eng.)

Chantal Strand

Chantal Strand

Akari Fujisaki (Eng.)

Sam Vincent

Sam Vincent

Hikaru Shindo (Eng.)

Sanae Kobayashi

Sanae Kobayashi

Akira Touya (Jap.)

Scott Perrie

Scott Perrie

Akira Touya (Eng.)

Susumu Chiba

Susumu Chiba

Fujiwara no Sai (Jap.)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • Sai: The gods before me, I thank you. I...I…I will now once again return to the living world.

    • Sai (to Torajirou): If you can see the tears of grief that I shed, please allow me to inhabit a corner of your heart.

  • 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.

    • 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.


    • 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.