After starting to bring it out in September, Viz Media through Neon Alley and Hulu has now brought out the final back of episodes for the English language version of their Hikaru no Go anime series. Originally released on DVD years ago, the show now has the full seventy-five episodes done up on the service for free viewing. Based on the 23 volume manga series from Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata, the 75 episode anime adaptation was produced by Studio Pierrot back in 2001 to 2003.
Plot Concept: Hikaru Shindo is like any sixth-grader in Japan: a pretty normal schoolboy with a two-tone head of hair and a penchant for antics. One day, he finds an old bloodstained Go board in his grandfather’s attic – and that’s when things get really interesting.
Trapped inside the Go board is Fujiwara-no-Sai, the ghost of an ancient Go master who taught the strategically complex board game to the Emperor of Japan many centuries ago. In one fateful moment, Sai becomes a part of Hikaru’s consciousness and together, through thick and thin, they make an unstoppable Go-playing team. Will they be able to defeat Go players who have dedicated their lives to the game? Will Sai achieve the “Divine Move” so he’ll finally be able to rest in peace?