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Hikaru SHINDOU


 

Alternative names:

Hikaru
進藤 ヒカル

Tags:

Human, Big Eater, Board Game Player, Middle School Student, Teenager

Information:

Gender: Male
Age: 12
Birthday: 20. September
Eye colour: Green
Hair colour: Multicolour
Hair length: To Ears
Nationality: Japan
Protagonist who is assisted by Sai. At the beginning of the series, Hikaru is a sixth grader in elementary school. An important factor in the development of Hikaru's passion for Go was an encounter early on where Hikaru becomes the rival of Akira Toya. At first, he thinks that Go is just for oldsters and he is annoyed at Sai's demand to play, but little by little his passion for Go increases as he plays more and more. From being a member of a school Go club to being an insei and finally becoming a professional Go player (at 14 years old) a year after Akira, Hikaru matures throughout the course of the series. Throughout the series, Hikaru gradually gets taller because the manga volumes are around when he is getting older and playing Go at the same time. Hikaru is often portrayed wearing clothing having the numeral "5". This is a pun on the Japanese common name for five: go. His birthday is September 20th. Part of his strength is his ability to read far into the game very fast, and to make seemingly stupid moves. These moves in fact lure the opponent to doing stupid moves, which Hikaru then traps them by.
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Related anime:

Hikaru no Go: Special Edition - Match of Justice! The Ancient Flower Blooms! Other
Hikaru no Go TV, 2001
Hikaru no Go: Tokubetsu Hen - Sabaki no Ikkyoku! Inishie no Hana yo Sake!! Other, 2002
Hikaru no Go: Oshougatsu Special TV-Special, 2002
Hikaru no Go: Hokuto Hai e no Michi TV-Special, 2004

Related manga:

Hikaru no Go Manga, 1998

Voice actors:

Tomoko Kawakami, Japanese
Sam Vincent, English
Samuel Vincent, English
Fabien Briche, French
Jeong Hwa Yang, Korean