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  • Published: San Francisco, CA : Viz, 2004.
  • Year Published: 2004
  • Description: 183, [4] p. : chiefly ill. ; 18 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Graphic Novel

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  • 159116222X :
  • 9781591162223

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Hikaru no go. vol. 1, Descent of the Go master

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Call number: Teen Graphic Novel / Hikaru

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Reads manga style, back to front.

"This graphic novel contains material that was originally published in English from Shonen jump #13 to #16"--P [ii].

Descent of the Go Master -- From a level beyond -- Matters of life and death -- Inexcusable -- Akira bares his fangs -- Decisive blow -- Three problems of life and death.

Hiraku Shindo is like any sixth-grader in Japan: a pretty normal school boy with a two-tone head of hair and a penchant for antics. One day, he finds an old bloodstained Go board in his grandfather's attic-- and that's when things get really interesting. Trapped inside the Go board is Fujiwara-no-Sai, the ghost of an ancient Go master who taught the strategically complex board game to the Emperor of Japan many centuries ago.

Community Reviews


Great and face paced underdog story! It makes me want to buy a go game set haha


i love Go, this is a good adaptaiton, 3/5

Great manga

This manga is really good. It was really exciting!

Anyone would enjoy this.

Hikaru, your average middle schooler, becomes possessed by the ghost of Sai, a Go player. Hikaru gets roped into playing a few games for Sai, and then he becomes hooked. He doesn't want to be just the ghost's vessel- he wants to play for himself. And thus the story begins.

I do not like sports manga. I do not like strategy games. When I read these, I had never even heard of Go. And yet I fell head over heels in love with the story. Hikaru no Go is just pure brilliant storytelling.

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