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ヒカルの碁 16、中国棋院 (Hikaru no Go #16)

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Paperback, 191 pages
Published March 4th 2002 by 集英社
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So I was kind of skeptical when most of this volume turns out to be about Isumi, who was a minor character until now. Isumi was one of Hikaru's fellow Insei, but he failed the pro test, and decided to go to China to study go there for a while. Now that Fujiwara no Sai has disappeared and Hikaru has quit playing go, Hotta apparently decided to focus on another character for a bit. Although I had never cared much about Isumi before, he turns into just as engaging a character as Hikaru, and being o ...more
Robert Beveridge
Yumi Hotta, Hikaru no Go, vol. 16: The Chinese Go Association (ViZ, 2010)

With Hikaru vowing to retire until Sai comes back, Hotta spends much of this volume focusing on Shinichiro Isumi, who took the pro test with Hikaru and friends last year, but got flustered and lost three in a row, resulting in his elimination. On a trip to China, Isumi visits the Go Association, where he gets into a pickup match with a pre-teen named Zhao and is beaten badly. He vows to stay on in China and improve his game
I had fears that with Sai's departure, the series would continue on a path of inevitable decline. That fear seemed to have been justified in this volume with a tangent to the story with a side plot involving Izumi's training in China. However, all my fears were set aside once the story seemed to make use of Sai's absence with some strong drama over the aftereffects and Hikaru's reaction to this new change in his life. With Hikaru alone, this volume brings up the important question of "What is Hi ...more
With Hikaru not playing Go, the focus in this volume is on Isumi, who is studying Go in China. I love Isumi, so that was wonderful to read. It was great to see him grow - I pretty much expected him to fail the pro exam back then, but I am glad he is back in the game and the story. Some bits were also really funny. The ending of this volume is a very touching game between Isumi and Hikaru. I love Hikaru's realization in the end, and I am glad that it was him playing Isumi that made him realize th ...more
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Anime-manga match-up:
ep 65 = vol 16 up to pg 59 (第131~133.5局)
ep 67 = vol 16 pgs 60-110 (第133.5~135局)
ep 68 = vol 16 pgs 111-149 (第136~137.9局)
ep 69 = vol 16 pgs 150-175 (第137.9~139.1局)
1st half of ep 70 = vol 16 pgs 175-end (第139.1局~)
Cara Marie
Not as engaging as other volumes, as we're in a bit of a lull in the story. Still, I enjoyed seeing Isumi's progress, and gosh, that last scene, between him and Hikaru? Heartbreak on a page, and probably hit me more emotionally than the entire last volume.
Chris Aylott
With Hikaru in a funk from the disappearance of Sai, the story turns to Isumi and his journey to the Chinese Go Association. The plot is mostly an excuse to share Yumi Hotta's observations of Chinese go, but that's interesting enough.
I've read and reread this series 4 times already. It always touches my heart. I cried at the end of this volume. I love this series both as an anime and manga! If you never tried sports manga you should!!!
Can Shindo get his groove back?
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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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Other Books in the Series

Hikaru no Go (1 - 10 of 23 books)
  • Hikaru no Go, Vol. 01: Descent of the Go Master
  • Hikaru no Go, Vol. 02: First Battle (Hikaru no Go, #2)
  • Hikaru no Go, Vol. 03: Preliminary Scrimmage (Hikaru no Go, #3)
  • Hikaru no Go, Vol. 04: Divine Illusions (Hikaru no Go, #4)
  • Hikaru no Go, Vol. 05: Start (Hikaru no Go, #5)
  • Hikaru no Go, Vol. 06: The Insei Exam (Hikaru no Go, #6)
  • Hikaru no Go, Vol. 07: The Young Lions Tournament (Hikaru no Go, #7)
  • Hikaru no Go, Vol. 08: The Pro Test Preliminaries: Day Four (Hikaru no Go, #8)
  • Hikaru no Go, Vol. 09: The Pro Test Begins (Hikaru no Go, #9)
  • Hikaru no Go, Vol. 10: Lifeline (Hikaru no Go, #10)
Hikaru no Go, Vol. 01: Descent of the Go Master Hikaru no Go, Vol. 02: First Battle (Hikaru no Go, #2) Hikaru no Go, Vol. 04: Divine Illusions (Hikaru no Go, #4) Hikaru no Go, Vol. 05: Start (Hikaru no Go, #5) Hikaru no Go, Vol. 03: Preliminary Scrimmage (Hikaru no Go, #3)

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