Hikaru no Go

The WORST episodes of Hikaru no Go

Every episode of Hikaru no Go ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Hikaru no Go!

Shindou Hikaru, a 6th grader, finds an old go table in the attic of his grandfather's house. He sees some blood stains on the go table, and tries to wipe it off... when a ghost dressed in Heian period clothes pops out, and takes over his body. The ghost happens to be Fujiwara no Sai, a member of the court during the Heian period. Sai was one of the two men who was assigned as the go tutor to the emperor. The other tutor was envious of Sai, and challenged him to a go match - whoever wins gets to stay as the court's go master. Sai's opponent cheats during the match, and before Sai could say anything about it, the opponent accused Sai of cheating. Sai was banished from the court, and because of regret and anger, he committed suicide. But as with all unrepented souls, Sai was unable to leave the material world... until he is able to master go, and get one step closer to kami no itte, or god's hand.

Last Updated: 8/3/2022Network: TV Tokyo
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The Fated Encounter
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5.17
35 votes

#1 - The Fated Encounter

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/22/2003

In this flashback before Akira Toya met Hikaru Shindo, a young children's Go champion challenges Akira to a game at the Go Salon.

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Sai's Sword Unsheathed (1)
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7.08
37 votes

#2 - Sai's Sword Unsheathed (1)

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired 4/10/2002

HIkaru can't seem to get any better at Go, despite the fact that he plays with Sai every day. If he wants any chance to get into a tournament and face Akira, he needs to get stronger. Sai reveals the ultimate weakness of Hikaru, he's afraid of Sai, and every other opponent he faces.

Keichou Flowerpots
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7.42
67 votes

#3 - Keichou Flowerpots

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/8/2003

This episode shows us a young Hikaru, back from 7th grade before the Insei exam. When Sai is disturbed by the owner of a pottery shop, with a face like a toad, Hikaru/Sai must beat the owner who turns out to be a 5dan to prove to everyone what a cheat the owner is. But can he turn around his own play, and win a game someone else has already resigned to help a young girl?

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I Won't Play Anymore
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7.48
67 votes

#4 - I Won't Play Anymore

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/25/2002

Unable to locate Sai, Hikaru makes a vow to never play Go again without him.

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Isumi no Go
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7.48
67 votes

#5 - Isumi no Go

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/5/2003

Isumi and other semi-pro's from japan go to a good will competition against pros in china. although he starts off confident an early loss puts isumi into a tail spin of doubt and confusion over his skills. he is presented with a unique opportunity to learn with chinnese pros for a short while. in an overcrowded and extremly talented enviornment can isumi regain his confidence?

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Sai is Gone?
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7.59
68 votes

#6 - Sai is Gone?

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 12/11/2002

Hikaru discovers that Sai is missing and searches all over him. Unable to locate him, he travels to Inno Island to visit Shusaku's grave in an effort to find him. Is it true? Is Sai really gone?

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A Place To Go Back To
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7.90
67 votes

#7 - A Place To Go Back To

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired 4/17/2002

Yuuki Mitani decides to go back to the Go Club.

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The Haze Jr. High Go Club
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7.91
69 votes

#8 - The Haze Jr. High Go Club

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/6/2002

Hikaru is torn by the decision he has to make. An unlikely saviour came in the form of Kaga who proposed that Shindou quit the club after showing them how strong he is - by playing three of them at once (Mitani, Tsutsui and Kaga). Hikaru prepares to take the Insei exam. Having bumped into Hikaru at the institute, Waya's interest is piqued by Hikaru who declared to surpass Akira and remarked to Isumi that Hikaru will most probably pass the exam.

The Determined Visitor
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7.94
67 votes

#9 - The Determined Visitor

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/12/2003

Isumi return from China, now a stronger and more focused player. When he hears Hikaru is losing his games by default he vows to investigate the situation.

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Isumi Tested
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7.94
68 votes

#10 - Isumi Tested

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/29/2003

Still in China improving his game, Isumi challenges Le Ping to a rematch. Meanwhile, Asumi encounters Hikaru and demands to know why he has stopped playing Go.

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Ouza vs. Akira
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7.95
37 votes

#11 - Ouza vs. Akira

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/27/2002

Although Ouza initally contemplated letting Akira win the match as a form of encouragement, he is angered by Akira's nonchalent attitude and decided to crush him completely. Akira forgot the safer strategy which could have won him the match, in order to show Hikaru his play. While the first snowflakes that mark the arrival of winter fell, Sai muses on the symbolic link between Hikaru and Akira and likened the presence of Akira as being placed there by God to help Hikaru on his path.

Forfeits
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7.96
68 votes

#12 - Forfeits

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/5/2003

Hikaru is still forfeiting his Go matches, and everyone round his is worried and confused. Can the young player's friends and familyconvince him to get his game back?

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Sai Was Here...
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8.01
68 votes

#13 - Sai Was Here...

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/19/2003

After much convincing, Hikaru agrees to play Isumi. However, he will play him for Isumi’s sake, not his own. He will not enjoy the game or get into it. He can’t betray Sai. But when the game of Go becomes intense, is there anything that Hikaru can do? Hikaru ties hard not to betray Sai. He promised him that he would never play again. But can it be helped? Will Sai ever return to him?

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Fujiwara no Sai
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8.25
67 votes

#14 - Fujiwara no Sai

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 9/25/2002

This episode is basically a recap of Sai's past journeys, from playing Go in the palace and his eventual suicide, playing Go through Shuusaku and then Hikaru. The second half kind of traces Hikaru's Go journey till the present - the first game btw Hikaru/Akira, set-up of Haze Jr's Go Club, Hikaru letting Sai practise through Internet Go and Hikaru's determination to catch up with Akira. Sai laments to God on why he let him came back through Hikaru and wonders if Hikaru will ever let him play again.

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You Are The Third Board
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8.35
69 votes

#15 - You Are The Third Board

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/26/2001

After Hikaru gets back Yuki's money, Yuki decides to join the club, but refuses to play in the tournament. Tsutsui explains how strong Kaio is and Yuki changes his mind. But will he play without cheating? Meanwhile, Akira discovers that Hikaru is the third board in the tournament and begs the club sensei to put him there. Is Akira willing to give up all his pride and his reputation, just for this one spot?

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The Scheme in the Rain
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8.39
69 votes

#16 - The Scheme in the Rain

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/28/2001

Akira is too good against everyone at Kaio's Go club. The members don't take this sitting down, as three of them plan to take him down.

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The Third Match
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8.40
67 votes

#17 - The Third Match

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/19/2002

Akira is quite tense at the fact that he is finally facing Hikaru, or rather Sai. All is going well, until Hikaru notices a point that he thinks should be played and Sai doesn't play it. Determined to find out why, Hikaru takes over and plays it. Sai reveals that the move might have worked, if Hikaru was good enough to back that move up. How will Akira handle the situation when he sees Hikaru really play?

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The Last Day of the Preliminaries
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8.40
67 votes

#18 - The Last Day of the Preliminaries

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/22/2002

Hikaru is overwhelmed in playing go with adults and his second loss placed him at a precarious position (third loss means an ousting). As desperation climbs, he becomes more determined than ever by drawing his inspiration from Akira. Fortunately, his third match with Fuku started him on a winning roll. While Waya/Isumi were practicing at a Go salon, a customer gave them the address of another Go salon where there're supposedly many experts. Waya/Isumi decided to drop by the Institute to check on the gang and are dismayed to find out about Hikaru's performance. Hikaru won his last match by default and gained entry to the pros exams. Waya decided to bring Hikaru along on their Go salon visits after hearing about his encounter with Tsubaki.

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I Won't Play Against You
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8.41
69 votes

#19 - I Won't Play Against You

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/21/2001

Hikaru is now in Haze Middle School and joins the Go club. Akira Toya is now in Kaio. He pays a visit to Haze and challenges Hikaru to a match. Will Hikaru accept to play him?

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The Challengers
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8.41
66 votes

#20 - The Challengers

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/3/2002

Hikaru and Tsubaki must face each other in the Pro matches, and Akira begins teaching Ochi in an attempt to learn how strong of a level Hikaru is playing at.

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An Irritating Presence
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8.42
69 votes

#21 - An Irritating Presence

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/5/2001

Akira is still loathed in the Go club, but he doesn't care. Even the club's sensei has bad feelings about him being there. How long will Akira stay in the club?

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Each of Their Decision
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8.43
68 votes

#22 - Each of Their Decision

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/9/2002

Hikaru, Tsutsui, and Yuki all manage to defeat their first round opponents. But, the next next round won't be so easy as they face of against Kaio. Hikaru is excited about facing Akira, but wishes he had more time to get stronger. However, Hikaru soon learns during the break that Akira was treated very harshly in Kaio's Go Club, but he never quit because he was chasing after Sai. Touched by the story, Hikaru informs Sai that he will play Akira instead of him.

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The Third Member
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8.43
69 votes

#23 - The Third Member

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/12/2001

A boy named Yuki Mitani solves a challenging problem on the Haze Go club's posters. Hikaru knows they need a third member really badly, and tries to convince Yuki to join. However, he soon discovers Yuki's true strength.

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The Confession of Sai
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8.44
66 votes

#24 - The Confession of Sai

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired 10/16/2002

Toya Meijin has a heart attack and is rushed to the hospital. Hikaru visits him and discovers that he has been playing internet Go. Hikaru begs Meijin to play Sai online. He agrees on one condition.

The Top Player in Hiroshima
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8.45
67 votes

#25 - The Top Player in Hiroshima

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/18/2002

The #1 Amateur Go Player in Japan, Shuhei, challenges Hikaru to a match while Hikaru is looking for Sai in Hiroshima.

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