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.