Yes, it has been months since I did a Hikaru No Go talkback, but with Sai's spirit having faded two weeks ago, and with the final opening and closing having arrived, I figured it was as good as a time as ever to bring back the talkback for Hikaru No Go.
Japanese Title: "Sai Is Gone?"
English Title: "Is Sai Really Gone?"
Hikaru's world has changed. He is being recognized as one of the top young Go players by some of the top Go players, but his life is about to change forever. Sai's spirit has appeared to fade, and Hikaru can't come to terms with it. The quest to find Sai begins by searching at all the places Torajiro once lived at, but can Hikaru accept the truth, or is his Go career about to end forever?
Heihachi Shindo: This elderly gentleman is Hikaru's grandfather, and he is one of the first men who got Hikaru interested in Go. He keeps the Go board that Sai's spirit was from in his attic, and this leads Hikaru to visit frequently.
Hikaru Shindo: This young man began playing Go because the spirit of Sai took a living with him. He has slowly learned the game and is now one of the top young Pros, but the loss of his best friend could change his attitude toward Go forever.
Mitsuko Shindo: This young lady is Hikaru's mother, and she constantly worries about the life Hikaru has chosen. Now she sees her son constantly wandering, and she wonders if he has gone crazy.
Shusaku Torajiro: In his time this young man allowed the spirit of Sai to play Go, and it led him to being the number one player in the world. His kindness led to an early death though as he tried to heal others, and now Hikaru wonders if Sai could be gone to visit him.
Mr. Kawai: This older gentleman knows Hikaru from his days training to be a Pro. When he learns Hikaru is going to visit the places Torajiro is from, he decides to leave behind the taxi cab he drives and see the sights as a late vacation, for he hasn't taken one this year.