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Hikaru no Go  
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A regular school boy, Hikaru Shindo stumbles upon an old GO board while looking through his grandpa's old storage room for something worth money. From inside the board came an old spirit named Sai who once dedicated his life to GO. Together, Sai continues to search for the move people call "The god's hand" while Hikaru slowly began interest in this ancient game and walks down the road of GO.

Won the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2000.


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Associated Names
Hikaru - Kì Thủ Cờ Vây
Hikaru's Go
Vua Cờ
고스트 바둑왕
히카루의 바둑

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1-3 by Viz over 2 years ago
v.17 c.148 by Toriyama World over 12 years ago
v.17 c.147 by Toriyama World over 12 years ago
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in Country of Origin
23 Volumes (Complete)
20 Volumes (Kanzenban, 2009)
12 Volumes (Bunkoban, 2012)
12 Volumes (Combini-ban, 2010)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 21, Chap 166

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Hikaru no Go by Rashid

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1524 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0

Last Updated
November 10th 2019, 1:18pm PST



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Viz (23 Volumes - Complete)

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Great Manga, until...  
by Acradnxy
September 13th, 2019, 8:29am
Rating: N/A
I was rearranging my "small library" full of old mangas the other day, it brought back so much fine memories. Especially when I re-read this one. I still remember how my classmates and me trying figure out how to play Go from this manga and anime. I still remember the hype when the anime launched the very first episode and from that on, we bought the manga, some of my classmates rented the manga and they only read hype mangas, such as Bleach, Naruto, etc. It was so good, really good. I can feel young Hikaru who was a little brat growing up to be more passionate for his dream. Of course, all of this thanks to Sai. I also can feel the rivalry between him and Akira and together they grow to become stronger not only as rivals, but also friends. That was soooooo good, until
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Sai disappeared because of Hikaru himself
yet I don't blame Hikaru. He was a noisy brat after all. I mean it's what we will do as a brat but what makes me dislike him even more is he doesn't grow to become a better person and still hanging to his bratty selfish personality even though he had been through so much. For example:
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The Go club he and his friends created after many many many many many many obstacles around them. Hikaru was like F this, I don't care anymore except for my own dream A.K.A I'm a selfish brat who never grow up and never learn anything that's why Sai got fed up and left me

Honestly, the real favorite character in this manga is Sai. I love him, my classmates love him, everyone loves him, who doesn't? He's not only the teacher for Hikaru, Akira and other characters on that manga's universe, he's our teacher too in this real world. He makes Go well known for other people from all around the world.Yet, the author decided to make him
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just like that without giving any conclusion. I don't know about others, but it left me dissatisfy. Sure by making him
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Hikaru learn how to grow, yes he did FOR A WHILE. Then he reverted to his old selfish personality. I felt so disappointed that I dropped the manga, but after years I dropped it, I heard it has already ended. So I decided to re-read it, I skipped so many chapters because it became so boring then just jumped into the last volume of the manga... Ho, boy.... I shouldn't have to put my hope high. The ending is so terrible and it feels so rushed. Hikaru still a miserable brat who can't learn anything despite so many thing that he has been through And what about his friends? Those poor poor side characters... they don't get any development. They just in there to make me hate Hikaru even more. Look at how he did to Akari Fujisaki and Sai. What makes me bitter is how the author treated Sai. Yes, yes, I love Sai because he's so cute and funny, but I just want to know if Sai could rest in peace or he go back to the Goban again? Seriously, poor him. He just want to play Go until he achieved Hand of God. It seemed impossible to achieve, but that selfish brat is just too selfish. Oh, how I wish the author kept making it so I can see the REAL conclusion of this series. Instead I get that terrible ending...

... Last updated on September 13th, 2019, 8:31am
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The greatest manga  
by k3ltfalcon
March 26th, 2019, 6:33pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I really love this manga. I don't know about Go. But I still enjoy the story. Hotta yumi is a great story teller. He know how to make people excited.
The ending maybe little bit of track. But I really love that ending. I make me little uncomfortable but that's really worth it.
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by eyma
May 28th, 2018, 7:44pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I agree that the ending is not to die for, and this manga does have other things that can be handled in a better way..
But, nevertheless, it was also a great story for me. Yes, ending is important but its not all there is in a story. I will just continue this with my imagination....
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great start, terrible end  
by nanner
November 21st, 2015, 1:02am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
this is a shounen "classic" that starts out strong and sucks the reader in with its comedy and supernatural twist...but then fails to deliver much of anything in the end.
they either should have ended it with the dream and the symbolic passing of the torch (or fan in this case) or given us an actual ending. instead, once it loses the comedy+supernatural it loses the very thing that made it special, not to mention the plot that drove the story to begin with. it's good to see akira and hikaru's growth as people and go players, but the series starts a slow spiral downhill after the dream.
the non-ending we get makes wading through the last tedious quarter of the series very unrewarding. i understand life goes on and all that, but seriously, what was the point?
nothing was resolved.
if it was suspended that explains some of the problems with the ending, but not with the existing problems and increasing plot holes and the mess between the dream and the end of the series.
and there was a bunch of pointless chapters about side characters i hardly cared about that don't do much but fill in space.
i also had issues early on with the fact that hikaru, who was practicing so hard for the tournament so he could win with the club members, suddenly changes his mind and dumps the club and his friends. seriously, he couldn't have waited a few months, done the tournament like he promised, and then taken the insei test? the test was given every 4 months they said. no wonder some of the club members (who helped teach him to play well in the first place) were angry and felt betrayed. i was pissed at him myself.
that's not how your supposed to treat the people you call friends. and after that they become less than side characters, dissapeared aside from one or two appearances in odd chapters later on.
i rate the first several volumes at 10 and then they go downhill from there. the ending/ last volume i would rate at about a 5.
i'm not really sure if i would recommend this to others or not. its starts off as sai's search for the hand of god and continues (without resolving the first plotline) with hikaru's growth as a professional go player (which also has no ending). i feel that the flow between the first part and the second was choppy and the second was messy and not well thought out, as though the writer was unsure what to do once the dream had occurred.
if your reading this strictly for Obata Takeshi then you might enjoy seeing some of his early artwork and the beginning of the story is really well done.
if you want to read something solid of his with a satisfying ending, let me point you to bakumen instead.

... Last updated on November 21st, 2015, 1:03am
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Great Story; Disappointing End  
by Naonyang
October 27th, 2015, 1:14pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
I had a lot of fun reading this and learn a ton which was great. The story is really good and the rivalry is great. The thing with Sai made me sad and I'd hoped to see more of him in the end, but alas; the ending felt rushed and chopped and so much more could have been done. This could have been a truly fantastic and epic shounen manga but due to the lack-luster fade out ending akin to a firework that malfunctions and fizzles out; it lost it's spark.
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A captivating classic, too bad the ending doesn't follow...  
by Jasminthe
July 27th, 2015, 4:34am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
It's been years since I first read this manga and it still captivates me each time I reread it.

The only thing that really disappointed me is the ending that doesn't feel like it at all. I feel quite dissatisfied with how things stayed between all the characters. After all the tension and competitivity built between Akira, Hikaru, but also their Insei classmates and the "old" titles holders, I feel a bit let down. I would have liked to see the new wave of players in action, taking down some of their elders. And what about reaching the hand of god? What about a real great match between Hikaru and Akira?

Oh well, the manga's still pretty amazing despite all of that...
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I wish I could rate this higher.  
by [A]classfashionbunny
December 14th, 2014, 12:23am
Rating: 7.7 / 10.0
If I would rate only the first 125-ish chapters, I'd give this manga a rating above 9. What happens to one of them main characters is necessary, a brilliant move from the author, but the fact is that afterwards the manga turns into a train wreck. Plot either becomes a complete mess or is thrown out of the window, story focuses on pointless side characters and the last big conflict introduced feels overall forced. I didn't even realize that the ending was an "ending", nor did it really matter after 70, give or take a few, chapters of horrendous mess.

I loved the early parts though. It's been a while since a series has made me want to keep reading on without stopping.
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Could have gone a bit longer.  
by wansmor
November 21st, 2014, 4:22pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
This manga is good, it has successfully told the story of a board game (which involve highlly complex strategy) in a way that people don't have to understand the game to enjoy it. Reading the manga will make you feel like you want to play go. The only downside is the ending. I think the story could have gone for a bit longer. Anyway, it's a good manga. The art is good (Obata Takeshi is also one who's responsible for Deathnote's Art), you can really feel his style in HnG too.

... Last updated on October 2nd, 2015, 10:55pm
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Great manga but...  
by DorkyyAsian
September 25th, 2014, 11:30pm
Rating: N/A
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Like some other have comments said I loved the story but the ending was just lacking an actual ending in my opinion. I mean, many conflicts are not resolved such as the Ogata vs Kuwabara match and the I have to say that I really dislike that Hikaru had lost because he was showing so much skill and yet he lost to Yongha. As for its good points, I'd say that the characters were very well developed and that almost all of them were likable except for a certain few, *coughkurataandmashibacough*(and the ones who were meant to be disliked.) Well, I could go on writing about Hikaru no Go's good and bad points forever but I'll end it here.
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Beautiful for a Shounen  
by khanaami
August 29th, 2014, 6:50pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
The fact a manga has been made for a beloved board game, is something very unique. The series sucks you into the world of Go, and you cannot help getting interested. The manga is a wonderful journey, and the relationships between characters and their passion for Go is very touching. You will not be disappointed reading this, except for the fact it ends way to soon. I heard the reason was a lawsuit, but despite that, this manga is revolutionary. It really is a shame that it had to end. The character development is astounding, and the fact that the mangaka and author were able to make Go appealing and very entertaining makes this series successful. Definitely a must read. Everyone, should also watch the anime, it follows the manga, but it the animated series is much more entertaining.

... Last updated on August 29th, 2014, 6:51pm
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