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In a landslide victory this month, the title of AotM goes to Hikaru no Go. The complete series is available now on DVD and online from Viz Media.
Here is a brief synopsis, brought to this month by VizAnime.com:
You may now discuss the series, keeping in mind that any and all potential spoilers should be placed in spoiler tags like this:Hikaru Shindo is like any sixth-grader in Japan: a pretty normal kid with a two-tone head of hair and a penchant for antics. His life completely changes when he finds an old bloodstained go board in his grandfather's attic. The ghost of an ancient go master named Fujiwara-no-Sai was trapped in the board and soon becomes a part of Hikaru's consciousness. Together Hikaru and Sai make an unstoppable go-playing team!
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Not.The complete series is available now on DVD
Anyway, I loved when the Hikaru no Go manga ran in Shonen Jump, and I bought all the DVDs that were actually released, but in its time off, I lost interest enough that I haven't bought any of the graphic novels or watched any of the streaming episodes yet. Maybe one of these days.
The anime is only any good because it's source material is brilliantly written and beautifully drawn. (It's Takeshi Obata, what do you expect?) The anime is pretty much just panels from the manga digitally traced, color-filled, and animated, although not very much. Definitely not the Death Note treatment. Still, it's worth checking out, and it's definitely one of the most entertaining shows about a board game you'll find.
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I really love this series, I have most of the DVDs, I'm still looking for vol 2, 3, 6, and 8 at inexpensive prices. I'm watching the subbed version on Viz's streaming site. I really wish they would stream the dub version, I was five episodes away from finishing before Toonami Jestream shut down. What I really want is a boxset with the series (although don't know the chances of that happening). This anime did get me interested in go enough that I'd want to learn it. Shame that the Hokuto Cup arc never got animated, I would have liked seeing it in anime form.
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Of the few shows I call "masterpiece" this is one of them. The characters, the story, the emotion...it's all here and wonderfully done. It seems deceiving at first because people who know nothing of Go might not enjoy it, but the truth is you don't have to understand what's going on to be drawn in. That's the best part about it. I've seen the series about twice now and I'm trying to collect the manga (since I'm losing hope about ever getting a DVD collection). Definitely a series that deserves a spot in the list of anime of the month.
To be honest, I never finished the anime, but I read all of the manga and loved it from start to finish. Incidentally, it got me interested in playing Go, and a friend actually tought me how to play it. The rules are actually very simple to learn, but the game itself can get so insanely complex on a full board, but its still tons of fun to play against an opponent of and equal level (admittedly, though, both my friend and I were absolutely terrible at it).
Anyways, sure, the series is highly formulaic, but it uses its formula in a way that makes the series fun and addicting, and I do personally think it deserves to have gotten a win for AotM.
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I remember watching this show on Toonami Jetstream. It was really fun and enjoyable. The characters were interesting and likable for the most part, the story was pretty engaging and the music could be really emotional too. It's a shame that they didn't finish uploading the rest of the series before closing down Jetstream. It also would have been nice to have the whole series out on DVD, but at least it is available on Viz's website. I'll have to check that out later to see if they have it.
Just going from memory, I'm probably off on a few things but that's the gist of the final arc of the manga.
^ Oh I see! At least it ends with those two having a another rematch but it's a shame we don't get some *20 years into the future* type of thing to know how Hikaru is doing then. Ah Hikaru no Go, the show that made me realize that GO isn't as boring as it seems.
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To be honest the manga ending disappointed me, I sort of wanted an epilogue or at least a final scene with Sai somewhere. The way it ended wasn't bad but it didn't sit right with me, which is a shame since everything before that was just incredible. As for the anime, I'm surprised it never got the full story from the manga...the series was fairly popular in Japan especially considering the # of kids it got involved in Go. I know in Japan OVAs are not very profitable, but it would be nice if someday they could wrap it up properly. And maybe someday Viz will be nice enough to finish their DVD releases too. >_<
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