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4.0 out of 5 stars
Thoughtful translation, 17 Aug. 2004
This book is the first English translation of the popular Hikaru No Go series. Viz are to be congratulated on their careful translation. The re-rendering of sound effects has been well executed.
The book retains the right to left binding as the original. I'm not sure as to the benefits of this but I understand the artists insist on it. Never the less, it does not distract from the central story of a young Tokyo kid and a 200 year old ghost that teaches the game of Go.
It's a shame that the book doesn't have more explanation of the game itself but I suppose this wasn't the point. If you want to learn the game, read this alongside to get a feel for the thousands of years of Japanese history and culture.
The characters are strong and instantly likeable. Hikaru, our hero, and Sai the ghost make a fantastic pair capable of playing straight man/funny man or being very deep.