Hikaru no Go

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Name: Hikaru no Go
Abbreviation(s): HnG, Hikago
Creator: Yumi Hotta, Takeshi Obata
Date(s): manga: 1998 - September 2003 anime: 10 October 2001 - 26 March 2003
Medium: manga, anime
Country of Origin: Japan
External Links: Studio Pierrot's Hikaru no Go homepage, TVTokyo's Hikaru no Go homepage, Wikipedia
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Hikaru no Go (Japanese: ヒカルの碁) is a manga series by Obata Takeshi (artist) and Hotta Yumi (writer) that was serialized in Weekly Jump from 1998 to 2003. It was also adapted into an anime by Studio Pierrot, which aired in Japan from 2001 to 2003.

Canon Overview

The series revolves around an elementary school student named Shindou Hikaru, who discovers a haunted Go board and meets the ghost of Fujiwara no Sai, a fictional go player from the Heian era. Initially, Sai plays go through Hikaru by telling him what moves to make, but after playing and defeating a young go prodigy by the name of Touya Akira, Hikaru becomes motivated to learn the game for himself. The series traces the story of Hikaru's relationship with the game, as he goes from a beginner to a professional go player, and the rivalry he develops with Akira along the way.


Hikaru no Go has a reasonably active fandom, especially on Livejournal and Fanfiction.net and recent immigrations to Dreamwidth and Archive of Our Own. In Japan, both the anime and manga came to a conclusion in 2003, meaning that unlike many anime/manga series, Hikaru no Go is a closed canon. The official English translation of the manga is complete as of May 2011, but English scanlations of the entire manga have been available for English-speaking fans for several years.

In English-language Hikaru no Go fandom, fic writing is the main activity, with occasional fanart, doujinshi, podfic and meta thrown into the mix. The fandom is very slash-friendly, perhaps because there are relatively few canonical female characters. One of the earliest English-language fan communities for the fandom was at the now-defunct Go-Luv site, which hosted doujinshi, fanart and fanfiction, as well as an extensive fan forum. Akira/Hikaru is by far the most popular ship. Popular ships also include Waya/Isumi, Kaga/Tsutsui and Ogata/Ashiwara, though there are even more pairings that are regularly written.



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