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ヒカルの碁 19、最高初段 (Hikaru no Go #19)

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コミック, 193 pages
Published October 2002 by 集英社
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Although this was really only an average installment, I'm being generous and giving volume 19 four stars because it's nice to see the story move forward again.

So apparently Hotta has decided to set up a big international tournament as the storyline that will occupy the rest of the series. Namely, the "Japan-China-Korea Junior Team Tournament," open to pros 18 years old and younger from all three countries. In other words, an excuse to bring back the Chinese and Korean players Hotta introduced in
Serge Pierro
Having enjoyed the excellent Anime series, I decided to start reading the books at the point where the Anime series ended. There is a minor overlap from the Anime's conclusion to the continuation of the Manga series, yet the story flows according to what has been previously introduced. Nothing major in terms of storyline development, however, the accuracy of the games and the Go culture is excellent! Takeshi Obata's artwork fits the series and is excellent throughout.
Chris Aylott
Hotta's storyline regains its forward momentum as Hikaru and his friends learn of and begin preparing for the Japan-China-Korea Junior Team Tournament. There's a theme of Japanese pride and ability to compete developing that is especially interesting, considering that this was written and published in the middle of Japan's Lost Decade.
Mar 12, 2011 Timothy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Although I don't really care much about the 'Japan-China-Korea Junior Team Tournament', since it just feels like an artificial plot filler, I still find the characters themselves interesting enough to enjoy this volume.
Ben Nash
This story is comfort food for me. I can't quite put my finger on what keeps me rereading/rewatching this and the anime, but my interest in Go certainly helps. I also like that it's a generally positive story about getting good at something.
Oct 08, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
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Maybe the story break in volume 18 made this volume even more exciting. Back to ヒカル moving forward, showing his strength, etc. -- good stuff.
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Yumi Hotta (堀田 由美 Hotta Yumi, most often written as ほった ゆみ) is a Japanese mangaka, best known as the author of the best-selling manga and anime series Hikaru no Go, about the game of go that is widely credited for the recent boom of the game in Japan. The idea behind Hikaru no Go began when Yumi Hotta played a pick-up game of go with her father-in-law. She thought that it might be fun to create a ...more
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