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Hikaru No Go, Vol. 1 Paperback – May 19, 2004
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About the Author
Takeshi Obata was born in 1969 in Niigata, Japan, and is the artist of the wildly popular SHONEN JUMP title Hikaru no Go, which won the 2003 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize: Shinsei "New Hope" award and the 2000 Shogakukan Manga award. Obata is also the artist of Arabian Majin Bokentan Lamp Lamp, Ayatsuri Sakon, Cyborg Jichan G., and the smash hit manga Death Note. All You Need Is Kill is his latest work following the hugely successful series Bakuman.
Top Customer Reviews
Hikaru no Go is somewhat of a coming of age tale about young Shindo Hikaru, who unleashes the spirit of a long deceased Go master from the Heien era when he is able to spot a blood stain on a go board that is invisible to everyone else. This ghost, Fujiwara no Sai, occupies a part of Hikaru's mind, playing go through instructions given to Hikaru.
Initially, Hikaru is an average child who likes sports, is failing his classes, and has little interest in playing go, but soon he has a fateful encounter with Touya Akira, another child his own age. Hikaru, playing as Sai completely beats Touya, a prodigy at go and the son of a Master. Hikary earns himself a rival when Touya learns that Hikaru has never played a game before in his life. Sai and Touya's passion for the game eventually begins to change Shindo's mind and he begins to wish to learn to play for himself. In the meantime, Sai's games played through Hikaru have begun to attract the attentions of some of the top professions of the game who suspect Shindo to be some sort of mysterious prodigy.
Despite the prominence of the Character Sai, the subject of this manga is, as the title suggests, about Hikaru (Hikaru no Go means Hikaru's go). Through the course of this story, Hikaru will learn what it means to have meaning in his life, to be focused on something larger than himself, and to deal with both the joys of victory and the sorrows of defeat and loss, both in front of a go board and in his life.Read more ›
This manga revolves around a game called go, an ancient strategy board game that originated in China, thrived in Japan for a time, and is played in Asia and all over the world today. Now before you walk away assuming that you have to be interested in go to enjoy this manga, let me assure you that you don't need to know much about go at all in order to enjoy this manga.
The true strength of this manga lies in its characters. Almost all of them are quite likeable, and even the minor ones are well developed. Yes, most of them are a little obsessed with go, but that's to be expected. The main characters grow and mature as the series develops, but there's not much time for them to grow much in just the first volume.
The other element that makes this manga one of my favorites is the story. As I said earlier, this manga revolves around the game of go. The title translates to Hikaru's Go. Hikaru is the main character, and just as the title suggests, this manga follows his development as a go player. The story begins as Hikaru reluctantly takes up go in order to appease a whiny ghost named Sai with amazing talent for the game and a couple lifetimes of experience. This, of course, leads to problems as Hikaru makes the moves that Sai tells him to make, playing well beyond the level someone who has never touched the game should be able to reach.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son is loving this book! He reads many difficult Manga books and after reading some of this book he was hooked. I book was in excellent shape and arrived quickly.Published 5 days ago by ALDZ
One of the best manga published completely about a board game. The game GO used to be simpply putting down stones on a board, but this manga has drilled into my head, that there... Read morePublished 7 months ago by S.W.
Go is very old strategic board game that, much like chess, was played by those of high intellect with the the ability to plan their maneuvers mere moments in advance. Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by riot_shark
The story is interesting and the drawing is awesome. It is second-hand book, but when I got it I thought it was brand newPublished on March 31, 2014 by Liven
This manga is a great story for all ages. It got my kids interested in go, and made them curious about all of asian culture. Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by GoNovice
I'm an adult, and I read the manga mainly because I like to play Go, and I was curious about this book about a kid who plays Go! It's a good wholesome story for kids. Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by S. Valenti
I first saw the anime first before I got the manga.The story is really good and I really took note how each character are well developed. Read morePublished on October 17, 2010 by ai chan1
I had actually seen the promo for the Hikaru no go anime series on several DVD sets released by Viz Media, so when I found the first volume of the manga while browsing the shelves... Read morePublished on October 16, 2010 by Lesley Aeschliman