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Hikaru no Go, Vol. 01 by Yumi Hotta
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Mar 29, 09

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Read in March, 2009

Yumi Hotta, Hikaru no Go: Descent of the Go Master (ViZ, 1998)

It's kind of hard to imagine a manga about one of the world's oldest games being as absorbing as Hikaru no Go actually is. This first volume of the series gets things off to a fast start, with the ghost of a master Edo-period go player awakening and attaching himself to Hikaru, a sixth-grade class clown who knows nothing, and cares less, about go. As the volume goes on, however, he finds he has something of an affinity for the game, even without the ghost's help. We meet the first batch of characters, get the general story arc outline, and (if you don't know it already) learn quite a bit about go. I've been meaning to start learning the game, so I may be biased, but I thought this was the bees' knees. ****
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