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Hikaru No Go: New Year Special

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Alternative title:
Hikaru no Go Special: Journey to the North Star Cup
Hikaru No Go: Hokuto Hai Eno Michi (Japanese)
ヒカルの碁 スペシャル 北斗杯への道 (Japanese)
棋靈王特別篇 邁向北斗盃之路 (Chinese (Taiwan))
Genres: comedy, drama, tournament
Themes: games, sports
Objectionable content: None
Plot Summary: Hikaru is given a phone call asking him to appear in the Japan/China/Korea Junior's Tournament but he finds out he will have to take part in a preliminary tournament to choose Japan's three contestants. Upon discussing this with Akira, he discovers that Akira has already been chosen for the tournament and will not be taking place in the preliminaries. Hikaru then decides not to visit Akira's Go Salon until he takes his place on the team with Akira. That may be tougher than originally planned, as not only does Hikaru have to battle with old friends for one of two coveted spots, but he may have a new challenger, in a promising player from the Kansai Go Institute.
User Ratings: 522 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 90 votes (sub:87, ?:1, dub:1, others:1
1 Tagalog dubbed
 Excellent: 163 votes (sub:147, dub:3, raw:1, others:12
6 Spanish subtitled
4 Russian subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 French subtitled
 Very good: 127 votes (sub:118, raw:5, edit.dub:1, dub:1, others:2
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 French subtitled
 Good: 89 votes (sub:80, raw:4, dub:3, others:2
2 Russian subtitled
 Decent: 27 votes (sub:26, dub:1)
 So-so: 12 votes (sub:12)
 Not really good: 4 votes (sub:4)
 Weak: 2 votes (sub:2)
 Bad: 2 votes (raw:2)
 Awful: 1 vote (raw:1)
 Worst ever: 5 votes (sub:5)
Seen in part or in whole by 1043 users, rank: #1175 (of 9555)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 8.151 (Very good), std. dev.: 1.6207, rank: #428 (of 9693)
Weighted mean: 8.125 (Very good), rank: #408 (of 9693) (seen all: 8.12 / seen some: 8.00)
Bayesian estimate: 8.108 (Very good), rank: #274 (of 7284)
Running time: 77 minutes
Vintage: 2004-01-03 (broadcast)
Release dates: We have 1
Opening Theme:
"Get Over" by dream
Ending Theme:
#1: "Everlasting Snow" by Dream
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Tetsuya Endō
Music: Kei Wakakusa
Original Manga:
Takeshi Obata
Yumi Hotta
Character Design: Minako Shiba
Art Director: Sawako Takagi
Sound Director: Hideo Takahashi
Director of Photography: Masahide Okino

Animation producer: Shigehiro Suzuki
Background Art: Rieko Ohiwa (Studio Wyeth)
Color design: Mika Iwami
In-Between Animation:
Masayuki Kouda (Pierrot Animation Room)
Mifumi Tomita (Studio Pierrot Fukuoka)
Miho Inoue (Studio Pierrot Fukuoka)
Mika Ookubo (Studio Pierrot Fukuoka)
Music producer: Takayuki Nagasawa
Theme Song Composition: BOUNCEBACK (OP,ED)
Theme Song Lyrics:
dream (ED)
Mai Matsumuro (OP)
Theme Song Performance: dream (OP,ED)
Tomoko Kawakami as Hikaru Shindou

Katashi Ishizuka as Kiyoharu Yashiro
Keiji Fujiwara as Seiji Ogata
Kenichi Suzumura as Shinichirou Isumi
Mitsuo Iwata as Atsushi Kurata
Rokurō Naya as Honinbou Kuwabara
Sanae Kobayashi as Akira Touya
Yumi Kakazu as Akari Fujisaki

Akeno Watanabe as
Kumiko Tsuda
Akimitsu Takase as Tatsuhiko Kadowaki
Hiroshi Naka as
Go Salon Customer
Heihachi Shindou
Katashi Ishizuka as Photographer
Katsuhiro Kitagawa as Shigeo Morishita
Keiji Fujiwara as
Go Salon Customer
Shibata 2-dan
Kenichi Ono as
Yi Hu
Mitsuaki Hoshino as Hirose
Mizuki Saitō as
Akiyama 1-dan
Go Player
Go Salon Customer
Reiko Takagi as Yoshitaka Waya
Satsuki Yukino as Ichikawa-san
Shouto Kashii as
Go Salon Customer
Kouji Saeki
Tsusaka 3-dan
Susumu Chiba as Hikaru's father
Takahiro Sakurai as Toshinori Honda
Takuo Kawamura as Kosemura
Tomoya Kawai as
Go Player
Inagaki 3-dan
Yōko Matsuoka as Kousuke Ochi
Yoshito Ishinami as
Watanabe 8-dan
Yukiji as Masako Kanako
Yumi Kakazu as Female Go Player
Yurika Hino as Hikaru's mother
Japanese companies
Animation Production: Pierrot
Broadcaster: TV Tokyo
Tagalog staff
Tagalog cast
Christian Alvear as Akira Touya
Steven Bontogon as Hikaru Shindou

Angelo Crisolo as
Atsushi Kurata
Honinbou Kuwabara
Don Sanmaniego as
Kiyoharu Yashiro
Seiji Ogata
Shinichirou Isumi
Gerald Narciso as Waya Yoshitaka (Zelda)
Roxanne Manato as Akari Fujisaki

Charvie Abeletes as Harumi Ichikawa
Christian Alvear as Kousuke Ochi
Ely Martin as Toshinori Honda
Erika Cardeño as Kumiko Tsuda
Tagalog companies
Broadcaster: QTV Channel 11
Dubbing: ALTA Productions
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
Licensed by: Mighty Media Co., Ltd.
Chinese (Taiwan) cast

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