Hikaru No Go/Archive

Sub-page of HikaruNoGo

This page may be removed.
This page is considered superfluous or obsolete and will be removed. If you object against removing this page, kindly remove the removal template from the page content, give an explanatory note in the summary and possibly improve the page or linkage to it, so that its purpose becomes clearer.
Reason: obsolete - please dare deleting stuff. it was a WME after all.

Technical problems with specific episodes moved to HikaruNoGoArchiveProblems.

Created by
Yumi Hotta
Takeshi Obata
Supervised by:
Umezawa Yukari
Keisuke Iwata
Takashi Harada
Yuji Nunokawa
Shin Nakazawa
Series composer:
Yukiyoshi Ohashi
Animation character design:
Hideyuki Motohashi
Art Director:
Sawako Takagi
Character Color Coordination:
Mika Iwami
Director of Cinematography:
Masahide Okino
Masahiro Matsumura
Music Producer:
Taka Nagasawa
Megumi Wakasuka
Music Director:
Hideo Takahashi
Program Manager:
Tetsuya Watanabe
Kanahide Sai
Taihei Yamanishi
Koichi Mikami
TV Tokyo
Studio Pierrot

On naming

Many Asian countries, Japan included, place the person's family name before their given name, for example Go Seigen. Sensei's Library uses the Asian ordering exclusively.

However, this page and other Hikaru no Go pages use given name first, family name last ordering for most of the characters to be consistent with Hikaru no Go manga published in the United States, Canada, France, Italy and Germany. It is hoped that this choice will facilitate the use of Sensei's Library by individuals for whom reading the manga is their first exposure to Go.

The manga uses Western order naming with modern-day individuals and Japanese naming with historical figures. Perhaps the most prominent example of the historical figure naming is Murasaki Shikibu (Asian order) in place of Shikibu Murasaki (Western order). Murasaki Shikibu is the author of the famous Japanese novel The Tale of Genji. Chinese individuals (such as Lee Rinshin) have their names rendered in Asian order in the English-language version of Hikaru no Go. Korean individuals (such as Suyong Hong) have their names in the Western order.

In one scene in the English-language Volume 7, several characters are introduced at a Go ceremony in Japanese order - VIZ Media added the note that professional Japanese Go players are known in family name first order, even outside of Japan.

Names of seiyu (voice actors) and all staff members involved (except for Umezawa Yukari) are also in the Western order.

Publication information of original Japanese version

The anime was produced by [ext] Studio Pierrot and it was aired on [ext] TV Tokyo from 2001 to 2003. New Years' specials were aired in January 2003 and January 2004.

Opening themes

Opening theme one: Get Over Music performance: Dream Lyrics: MAI MATSUMOTO Composition: Bounceback Music arrangement: Shunsuke Yazaki, Masafumi Nakao - Avex Trax Music Cooperation: TV Tokyo Music

Voice actors (Seiyu), Japanese version

  • Hikaru Shindo - Tomoko Kawakami
  • Fujiwara-no-Sai - Susumu Chiba
  • Akira Toya - Sanae Kobayashi
  • Akari Fujisaki - Yumi Kakazu
  • Kimihiro Tsutsui - Makoto Tsumura
  • Tetsuo Kaga - Kentaro Ito
  • Yuki Mitani - Yuu Asakawa
  • Yoshitaka Waya - Reiko Takagi
  • Shinichiro Isumi - Kenichi Suzumura
  • Toya Meijin (Koyo Toya) - Eizo Tsuda
  • Kaoru Kishimoto and Toshinori Honda - Takahiro Sakurai
  • Kuwabara Hon'inbo - Rokuro Naya
  • Seiji Ogata - Keiji Fujiwara
  • Asumi Nase - Atsuko Enomoto
  • Mitsura Mashiba - Hiroyuki Hoshino
  • Kosuke Ochi - Yoko Matsuoka
  • Yuri Hidaka - Takako Honda
  • Dake - Takashi Nagasako
  • Chieko Sakurano - Atsuko Yuya
  • Harumi Ichikawa - Satsuki Yukino
  • Atsushi Kurata - Mitsuo Iwata
  • Kumiko Tsuda - Akeno Watanabe
  • Hiroyuki Ashiwara - Katsuyuki Konishi
  • Ryu Iijima - Takayuki Yamaguchi
  • Heihachi Shindo (Hikaru's Grandfather) - Hiroshi Naka
  • Masao Shindo (Hikaru's Father) - Susumu Chiba
  • Mitsuko Shindo (Hikaru's Mother) - Yurika Hino
  • Akiko Toya (Akira's Mother) - Rei Sakuma
  • Masako Kaneko - Yukiji
  • Tamako - Rie Ishizuka
  • Kawai - Kenichi Ono
  • Shigeo Morishita - Katsuhiro Kitagawa
  • Michio Shirakawa - Kouji Yusa
  • Akota - Akimitsu Takase
  • Ito - Daisuke Kishio
  • Okumura - Mayumi Asano
  • Tatsuhiko Kadowaki - Akimitsu Takase
  • Toshiro Tsubaki - Tomomichi Nishimura
  • Kaga's Father - Ryuji Mizuno
  • Mitani's Sister - Eriko Kawasaki

The anime has been licensed in the United States

The anime has been licensed by [ext] VIZ Media.

Starting on July 17, 2006, Cartoon Network, a United States cable and sattelite television channel, will add Hikaru no Go to its Toonami Jetstream lineup on its website (www.toonami.com)

ImaginasianTV also airs Hikaru no Go [ext] http://www.iatv.tv/anime/4902/.

The anime is now available (February 2009) also to see on [ext] http://www.hulu.com/hikaru-no-go unfortunately only from within the United States.

Voice actors, English version

  • Hikaru Shindo - Samuel Vincent
  • Fujiwara-no-Sai - Brad Swaile
  • Akira Toya - Scott Perrie
  • Akari Fujisaki - Chantal Strand
  • Kimihiro Tsutsui - Keith Miller
  • Tetsuo Kaga - Andrew Toth
  • Yuki Mitani - Cathy Weseluck
  • Seiji Ogata - Michael Adamthwaite
  • Asumi Nase - Alexandra Carter
  • Dake - Alec Willows
  • Kaoru Kishimoto - Brent Miller
  • Mr. Hirose - Brian Dobson
  • Sensei Kakimoto - Don Brown
  • Kuwabara Hon'inbo - French Tickner
  • Ito - Kirby Morrow
  • Kojima - Matt Smith
  • Mr. Shu - Michael Dobson
  • Tetsuo's Father - Peter New
  • Yuri Hidaka - Rebecca Shoichet
  • Kumara - Reece Thompson
  • Michio Shirakawa - Ted Cole
  • Aoki - Tony Sampson
  • Mr. Akota - Ward Perry

The anime has been licensed in France

[ext] Declic Image has licenced the anime in France. You can find some infos in French [ext] here.


By accessing the sites below, you might be breaching copyright, an offence which under different jurisdictions carries different penalties, a fact which you should be aware of. The issue of copyright on the Internet is a complex one. Please remember that SL depends on goodwill from all other contributors in the Go world, irrespective of the actual legality involved (see SLCopyright). Depending on circumstances (with our host) we may have to remove this page.

--Arno, --Morten

Note: As far as fansubbing goes, I am not sure if it is legally copyright infringement or not, but if it is, while no company holds a licence for an English translation, people will look the other way. Fansubbers are really good about ceasing to distribute after someone licences an English translation. Because anime is a fairly niche market, these fansubtitled releases help distibution companies get a good feel as to which series would sell were they to buy the rights to an English translation, and it helps the companies who sell the rights because it encourages companies to buy the license. If Hikaru No Go becomes licenced, this page should be taken down. -- BlueWyvern

Just to let everyone know, the Hikaru no Go series has been officially licenced by Viz. Both the anime and the manga. The anime series has ended (episode 74/75, the last two episodes are already out from real-fansubs.) The manga picks up at issue 149 in volume 19 where the anime series left off. Anyways, since it has been licenced, BY ACCESSING THE SITES BELOW YOU ARE VIOLATING COPYRIGHT, no questions asked (at least in the United States). Everyone that downloaded the fansubs, please follow the spirit of fansubs and buy the DVDs as soon as they are available in your own country. --weev

Edit by Erik: Actually, Viz has only licensed the manga, which is being distributed through [ext] ShonenJump! magazine. There is currently no license in the U.S. on Hikaru no Go anime.

This is current as of: 2005-01-05 20:18 (timezone missing ;-) ) Edit by Galvin: In the july issue of "Shonenjump" there is a two page color artical about the Hikaru no Go anime coming to North America. This is current as of 2005-6-7.

Andrew Tei, an AnimeOnDVD reporter, claims he spoke to Toshifumi Yoshida, producer for Viz, directly, who denied holding the license for the anime. It seems they only have the rights for the manga. Here is a link:

[ext] http://forums.animeondvd.com/showthreaded.php?...

The confusion may have arose because the American Go Association stated that the anime was licensed, but if Viz's official word is to be trusted, then it seems the AGA is mistaken. Here is a link to the AGA's release about the matter:

[ext] http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/article.php?id=3835


As of 2003-05-23, the following episodes are available:

 Language Subbers Episodes
 English  E-F     1-12
 English  E-F     New Year Special
 English  E-F     13-39
 English  R-F     40-75
 German   GFTP    1-16
 German   ABU     17-50
 German   GFTP    47-75
 French   FSA     1-34
 Spanish  GF      1
 Italian  HnG-ITP 1-4

E-F is Elite-Fansubs, R-F is Real-Fansubbers (they parted from E-F). GFTP is a german group which worked together with R-F. ABU is Abunai-Funsubs.

HnG-ITP is Hikaru no Go - Italian Translation Project

New Year Special is a clip show, to recap the entire first half-season for those who entered late. This is fairly common practice in anime. (restating lavalyn).

kaiou "azna" subbed one of the special episodes, the match against the frog-face man, from the 6th part of Volume 18. I download it from IRC.

[ext] http://www.envirosphere.com/ lists the English episodes and seems to be up-to-date. [ext] http://www.animenfo.com/ lists English and other language episodes and is up-to-date, too.

Starting with episode #66, R-F has started using the [ext] Xvid codec.

HNG anime can be accessed by the following methods. It is not possible to offer it directly from SL.


All episodes in different languages can be downloaded from [ext] ftp://hikago.easynet.de [ext] ftp://ftp.hikago.flirble.org.

Anonymous I got into the ftp once and downloaded one of the files in about an hour. now it's taken to hours and I still can't get into the site, and the file dissapeared. Could someone tell me why this happened?

Anonymous Yeah, same happened with me too. The site seems dead, son't bother with it anymore...

Anonymous I have found that sometimes their site is down. It's up at the moment so the link should remain. It's generally very busy too so you'll often have to try a lot of times because only 10 users are allowed on at once.


You can use BitTorrent to download latest HikaruNoGo episodes. BitTorrent is a peer2peer system that is only up for one file. You have to install a program that is like a p2p application but for only a couple of files, and then click on the link. Everyone downloading is also sharing so you can get the file quickly.

More info about BitTorrent and HikaruNoGo download at [ext] http://a.scarywater.net/hng/.


You can find all of the Hikaru No Go anime using IRC, server irc.enterthegame.com, channel [ext] #elite-fansubs or [ext] #soldats or #R-F (Real-Fansubbers - they parted from elite-fansubs). You might have to be patient to download those episodes.

Other channels where you can still find manga and anime after #R-F closed down: #mangareaders and #dream-anime on server irc.mircx.com.

A popular IRC client for Windows is [ext] mIRC.

--whip: I found the [ext] http://www.newircusers.com/ site to be quite helpful when I was getting started with IRC. It has detailed instructions for setting up mIRC as well.


You can find them also on alt.binaries.anime or alt.binaries.multimedia.anime and alt.binaries.multimedia.anime.repost on usenet (newsgroups) if you have acces to alt.binaries.* on your news server (new released episodes are posted there, and sometimes some reposts of old released ones)


Tim Brent: Also, for those who are into Napster-type file sharing, at least 14 videos are on WinMx at various times. Be warned, they are about 175 MB apiece, though due to disc considerations I have yet to download them. To get WinMx, download at [ext] http://www.winmx.com/.

Jan: Yeah, WinMX worked like a charm for me. I got Episodes 1 to 14, one or two at a time (due to hard disk space), burned them on CD, and watched them on my housemate's computer - who is also turning into a Hikaru no Go Junkie and a Go player as well :-). I even downloaded the untranslated episode number 15, but I haven't watched it yet...


It is also possible to use kazaalite [ext] http://www.kazaalite.tk to get the videos. It is the same as kazaa but without all the ads and crap.

anon: I was able to get episodes 1 - 40 (except for 8 and 15) in less than a week. (at the time up to 42 had been subbed). A good thing about it is every video you get you are now sharing, making it easier for everyone else to get videos. Also new to kazaa(lite) 2.0 you now have a participation level which affects your queue so only people who share and upload to others will be able to get files. Since I have upgraded I have checked numerous times and everyone uploading from me was sharing over 100 files. Before it seemed that about 80% of uploaders were not sharing anything. I am currently sharing 1 - 48 and have kazaalite open most of the time.

iopq: I don't recommend this. Kazaa doesn't hash the entire file and some corruption is bound to occur. Then you will distribute the corrupted version to someone else, and now other P2P networks might have corrupted versions of the file.

CD and DVD

Matt Noonan: Is it possible to burn them on to a few CDs and mail them out? I've got a CD burner here so I could help make more, but I've only got episode 1..

Flowers of Disgust: Dude, Matt, yo. How can we help with this project?

halfling: Of course, everybody could also buy the dvd... It's at [ext] http://www.discountanimedvd.com/.

StormCrow: Of course then you'd be buying a bootleg DVD as well (a hint, region 0 DVDs with english and chinese subtitles are almost always bootlegs). (in fact, discountanimedvd seems to be selling nothing but bootleg imports)

Hyppy: I would be thrilled to help with this. I would rather have a small compensation, for the shipping and CD costs, but nothing above that. This would be a great project! Contact me if you would like assistance. I already have 1-62 on disk right now.

kds? I have purchased many DVDs from discountanimedvd.com and have been overall pleased with the quality of their products. I personally don't mind buying a bootleg DVD at all, and if that is the only way I might be able to obtain a series, than you bet I'll buy it.

Zarlan: Never ever 'buy' a bootleg. If you want to obtain the series illegaly, then download it from the internet! Actualy buying a bootleg is ...well, stupid. And why should some lousy botleggers get money for it anyway?

Nikolas73? Can someone tell me more about the anime coming to america?

Phelan:Read HikaruNoGoDVD

This page was wikimasteredited by Joseba on 2003-02-06.

Hikaru No Go/Archive last edited by tapir on November 26, 2018 - 23:40
RecentChanges · StartingPoints · About
Edit page ·Search · Related · Page info · Latest diff
[Welcome to Sensei's Library!]
Search position
Page history
Latest page diff
Partner sites:
Go Teaching Ladder
Login / Prefs
Sensei's Library