It’s almost May, which means it’s once again time to revisit one of my favorite manga/anime series of all time, Hikaru no Go! It’s something of an old hidden gem with not much of a fandom these days, so I’d love to introduce new fans!
Hikaru no Go is a coming-of-age story centered around the game of go (known as weiqi in China and baduk in Korea), a real life east Asian strategy game dating back thousands of years, which is still played today with very little changed from its original form.
The story focuses on three people: Shindou Hikaru, a rambunctious and hot-tempered young boy who seeks the attention of Touya Akira, the son of one of Japan’s top go players; Touya Akira, a boy widely hailed as the hope for the next generation of go players, whose life is overturned by the appearance of Hikaru; And Hikaru’s mentor, Fujiwara no Sai, the sweet-natured but overly emotional, go-obssesed ghost of a go master from 1000 years ago.
So basically, it’s a sports manga but about board games, and one of the main characters is a thousand-year-old ghost. Pretty sweet if you ask me. It’s very well written, with character development I’d almost put on the level of Fullmetal Alchemist. It’s also notable in that it’s a manga published in Shonen Jump that was written by a woman, something you don’t see in the most famous Jump manga.
Also, it’s full of go puns, which is the entire reason it’s associated with May 5th (5 = 五 = go).
Throughout the first week of May, I’ll be streaming choice episodes of the anime every night starting at 9 PM EST. I’ll be showing the first episode on Monday, May 1st. I hope to see a lot of people there!
Mr. Sulu: “Attention: John Harrison. This is Captain Hikaru Sulu of he USS
Enterprise. A shuttle of highly trained officers is on its way to your
location. If you do not surrender to them immediately, I will unleash
the entire payload of advanced long-range torpedoes currently locked on
to your location. You have two minutes to confirm your compliance.
Refusal to do so will result in your obliteration.