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Hikaru no Go (English Dubbed) 5 Seasons 2006

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (22) IMDb 8.5/10

Twelve-year-old Hikaru Shindo discovers an old Go board with a surprising secret: trapped inside the board is Fujiwara-no-Sai, the ghost of an ancient Go master. Soon Sai has attached himself to Hikaru's consciousness, awakening in the boy an untapped genius for the complex and exciting game of Go.

Starring:
Tomoko Kawakami, Susumu Chiba

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1. Eternal Rivals

Twelve-year old Hikaru Shindo finds a old Go board with an hidden surprise. Trapped inside is Fujiwara-no-Sai, the ghost of a ancient Go master...

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: July 14, 2006
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2. The Key Point

After defeating Go prodigy Akira Toya with the help of Sai, Hikaru starts to get a better understanding of the game through classes with a local Go tutor...

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: July 24, 2006
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3. Akira Bares His Fangs

Going on instinct, Akira finds Hikaru at Children's Go Tournament and demands to know about more about this Go-playing upstart...

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: July 31, 2006
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4. Kaga of the Shogi Club

Initially rebuffing Akari's invitation to the Haze Junior High festival, Hikaru decides to attend only to be stood up. As he walks through the festival grounds, he spots a Go demonstration, much to the delight of Sai.

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: August 7, 2006
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5. An Inkling of an Awakening

In a game of Go that could go either way, Kaga defeats Hikaru. But instead of making him jump into a freezing cold pool, Kaga recruits Hikaru to join he and Kimihiro to play in an upcoming Go tournament at rival Kaio Middle...

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: August 14, 2006
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6. A Game of Beauty

As if the pressure of getting caught for playing in the Go tournament, Akira Toya is touring the grounds of Kaio Middle, a school with a powerful Go team...

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: August 21, 2006
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7. I'm Not Going to Play You

With the Go Tournament behind them, Hikaru is now an official student at Haze Middle school and is eager to start a Go team with Kimihiro. It's just too bad that Kaga has quit to rejoin the Shogi Club...

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: September 5, 2006
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8. Rainy Day Strategy

Akira Toya's presence on the Kaio Go Club has made him the most hated member of the team. Not only is he a Go master in the making, but he beats everyone who dares to face him...

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: September 19, 2006
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9. Eyesore

As the newest member of the Kaio Go Club, Akira must clean an old classroom to be used by the Girls' Go Team. But as soon as he starts to clean and look through old books of Go Strategy, Kojima and Ito, two Kaio teammates, trick him into playing Go without looking at the board. ..

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 2, 2006
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10. The Third Player

Still looking for that elusive third player, Akari tells Hikaru and Kimihiro about Yuki Mitani, a fellow classmate who can play a mean game of go. The only problem is that he wants nothing to do with amateur tournaments...

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 16, 2006
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11. A Very Despicable Act

Hikaru discovers Yuki secret to winning at Go...Cheating! When Hikaru returns to the Go Salon, it appears that the Shu, the Go Salon keeper, has brought in a ringer to stop Yuki and his hustling...

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 30, 2006
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12. No Cheating Allowed

In a token of thanks for defeating the ringer at the Go Salon, Yuki joins the Go Club and gives his word not to cheat. Over at Kaio Middle, Akira plots his next move in trying to face Hikaru once again...

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: November 13, 2006
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13. A Personal Resolve

Now that Haze Middle can "officially" enter school tournaments, Hikaru, Yuki and Kimihiro are ready to win it all...

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: November 27, 2006
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14. The Third Match

It's Kaio Middle School versus Haze Middle School. Yuki faces off against Kaio's captain, the arrogant Kishimoto while Hikaru takes on Akira for the third time...

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: December 11, 2006
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15. The Ghost in the Net

With summertime around the corner, Hikaru and Akira find themselves traveling new paths on their journeys. Akira gives up the Kaio Go Club and decides to take the Pro Exam while Hikaru introduced to the world of Internet Go...

TV-G CC Language: English Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: December 26, 2006
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I would like to highly recommend the Hikaru no Go anime. If one can get past preconceived notions concerning the premise of the show (What? Kids playing an ancient board game? That's boring...), one will find that the anime is a very good study of character development, motivation, and a very detailed and accurate insight into a world that most are not privy to in our lifetimes. The music of the series is very well suited, with a very inspirational theme that reflects well on the scenes. This series has all the classic motifs of shonen manga (conflict, friendship, and adventure), and does them well.

I would also recommend that people DO NOT read I. Kim's review, as it contains spoilers for the entire series and should definitely not be read by any who wish to read the manga or watch the anime.
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I watched this because of my own interest in Go, and because I thought it would be fun to watch with my daughter - who is studying the game with me. But it is my wife and I who watch Hikaru No Go so raptly! It's very hard, with so many episodes available, to avoid just burning through them. The story does an excellent job of building anticipation for what happens next. The animation itself is nothing special, although it isn't bad by any means. What really shines in this series is the great story, about friendship, personal growth, determination, and Go, of course! The games of Go are very exciting. For reference, some other animes that we think are good are FMA, El Hazard, A Little Snow Fairy Sugar, and Witch Hunter Robin. (Just in case you thought I was a big Sailor Moon fan spouting off about the next "big thing".) After my wife and I watched these, I was concerned they were too sophisticated for my daughter (age 6). I was wrong. She loves the show.

One irritating thing about these DVDs is the poor dub quality. Do yourself a favor and watch them in Japanese with the subtitles. The English voices are extremely grating. Hikaru doesn't sound like a sixth grader. Akira sounds like he has a stick up his backside, and poor Sai has been given an extremely foppish voice. Come on! Sai in the Japanese is really cool! Again, watch with subtitles! The only other thing that irritates me about these discs is the Naruto preview at the beginning of each disc, which cannot be skipped. You have to fast forward through it.

A special bonus: each episode is accompanied by a live-action Go lesson!

We really look forward to the rest of the series.
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Hikaru no Go centers on the intense rivalry between Hikaru and Akira over the game of Go. Akira has been training since he was two years old, and Hikaru has only gradually come to see the lure of the game after making the acquaintance of a ghost, Sai, who loves Go more than life itself.

This series draws out the humor and drama of modern life on the 19-by-19 grid of the Go board. This series has a universality that is rarely seen. It can be appreciated by people of all ages, a major feat by itself, and is very unlikely to offend.
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I know that Anime often uses adults to do the voices of the kids. However, I feel that in this case, either the wrong choices were made for the English version or the voices were directed/coached improperly. I've been a huge fan of this series for years and until recently could only watch the anime on the web. It was nice to see it on DVD but I found the English voices to be fairly annoying--they sound too forced and somewhat childish. Shindo and friends are young, but not childish. I was initially disappointed but then switched to Japanese voices with English subtitles. There's a lot more emotion, interest and excitement in the original Japanese. Now I really enjoy the DVDs in the original language. I recommend the series because the topic is so unique, the characters are well-developed, and the plot easily retains your interest over the whole series.
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I have seen this entire series at least three times in Japanese, and found myself absolutely obsessed with the series. Each character is individually crafted and each has a unique and fascinating personality and his or her own story to tell. The story totally draws you in, Sai is cute and sad at the same time in his desire to play Go, Hikaru is annoying at first but grows tremendously throughout the story, both emotionally and intellectually. It's a story of love, friendship, the search for excellence, the power of persistance, and the indomitable spirit that fills each one of us. As so many others have stated after seeing this, I wanted to play Go too, I want to meet other people who play Go, and the characters now live in my heart for all time.
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Hikaru no Go is definitely a 5-star anime (and manga, check that out too!). However, the Amazon instant video will only play (as far as I can tell) the English dub, which is pretty horrible. In addition, since only season 1 is available, you'll have to look elsewhere for the rest anyway. I strongly recommend finding a subtitled version of the whole series instead.
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I just finished watching the third DVD of this series and I have to say this is normally not my cup of tea. I was amazed how much this kept my interest and me asking for more at the end of every DVD. It is unique in the best way. It was nice to see a different story line. I can't imagine anyone watching this and not getting wrapped up in it. No matter what your age is I'm sure you will love this anime. Im looking forward to seeing more for every episode gets better and better.
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