Direction: Right to Left
By: Yumi Hotta (Story) / Takeshi Obata (Art)
Publisher: Viz Media
Genre: Shounen, Sports, Slice of Life
Availability: Volume (WW) /Digital (US Only)
Hikaru Shindo is like any sixth-grader in Japan: a pretty normal schoolboy 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. In one fateful moment, Sai becomes a part of Hikaru’s consciousness and together, through thick and thin, they make an unstoppable Go-playing team. Will they be able to defeat Go players who have dedicated their lives to the game? Will Sai achieve the “Divine Move” so he’ll finally be able to rest in peace?
We’re going to be trying out a new layout for our reviews. The first section is spoiler heavy, and discusses our thoughts on the story, plot and characters. The second section will include discussion on art non spoiler story and character discussions, as well as our general thoughts on the series. So if you don’t want to be spoiled please jump straight to the second section.