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 A) Hikaru no Go
    Year: 2001
    Produced by: TV Tokyo
    Writer: Hotta Yumi
    Artist: Obata Takeshi
    Source: About Hikaru no Go
    Comment: This animated series began on TV Tokyo on October 10, 2001 
      and ran for several years. The Go consultant was Umezawa Yukari, the Pro
      from the Nihon Kiin. Hikaru no Go won the Excellent Work Award at the
      Tokyo International Animation Fair 2001. Now dubbed in English (area-1).

 B) Weiqi Shaonian (Go Youngsters or I-Go Youngster)
    Year: 2006
    Source: Chinese TV web site
    Produced by: Central China TV Children's Channel
    Comment: Historical anime set in Chinese featuring children, lots of fighting and
      of course a lot of Go scenes in every episode. We see Go games, close ups of 
      boards and a lot of Go tension between the fighting as we follow the career of
      young Liuer Jiang. The second series aired in 2009 (both have 26 episodes) and
      it has, in 2018, become available, on Showcase TV, with English translation.

    C) Summer Wars 
    Year: 2009
    Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda
    Source: IMDB
    Comment: In this movie, Kenji meets his girlfriend's Grandma (aged 90) when she 
      is kneeling next to a tradition goban, with bowls, having just been reviewing 
      a game from a book (9.5 minutes in). Later on they play cards using the goban 
      as a table.
 D) Top wo Nerae! (Gunbuster)
    Year: 1988
    Directed by: Hideaki Anno
    Source: IMDB
    Comment: In a scene one of this sci-fi series the female character speaks 
      with her instructor who is playing alone on what seems to be a traditional 
      goban. But on the side there is an electronic device, so perhaps the goban
      is a computer and he is playing against it?

 E) Dragon Ball
    Year: 1986
    Writer: Akira Toriyama
    Source: Wikipedia
    Comment: This anime series, based on "Journey to the West" ("Monkey"), 
      has some scenes with Go in. 

 F) Dr. Slump 
    Year: 1997
    Writer: Akira Toriyama
    Source: Wikipedia
    Comment: There have been various series and movies of this anime, 
     featuring an inventor and a robot girl called Arale, and sometimes 
     there are scenes with Go in.
G) Ranma 1/2 - "Big Trouble in Nekonron, China"
    Year: 1989
    Directed by: Shuji Iuchi
    Source: IMDB
    Comment: At the start of this movie, a giant panda and a man are sitting
       playing at a goban. We see the board close up, from the side and above.
       The are undisturbed by a fight in the garden over trying to steal some

 H) The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari)
    Year: 1987
    Directed by: Gisaburo Sugii 
    Source: IMDB
    Comment: There is at supposed to be a Go scene in this animated adaptation.

I) Gunparade March
    Year: 2003
    Directed by: J. C. Staff
    Source: IMDB
    Comment: In episode three for a brief moment you see a white stone 
      being played on a board, just as the students are called away from
      their leisure.

 J) Ruroni Kenshin (Samurai X)
    Year: 1999
    Directed by: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
    Source: IMDB
    Comment: This historical anime OVA series (as opposed to the TV series or 
      the movie of the same name) shows traditional boards in the background. 
      In the first episode, one of the main characters plotting the downfall 
      of the shogunate is seen playing Go on a Go ban against a woman, when 
      a man comes in to the room and informs him some loyalists have 
      discovered a plot meeting and are assassinating revolutionaries. 

 K) Otogi Zoshi 
    Year: 2004
    Directed by: Mizuho Nishikubo
    Source: IMDB
    Comment: In this violent period drama, a very brief scene (2-3 seconds)
      at the beginning of Episode 3 you see an ancient painting, presumably
      from the Tales of Genji, to signify the Heian period. At the left end 
      of it two people are shown playing Go.

 L) Case Closed (Meitantei Conan)  
    Year: 1996
    Directed by: Mike McFarland
    Source: Wikipedia
    Comment: In one episode the solution to an enigma is found "written" in braille
      on a Go ban.

 M) Code Lyoko 
    Year: 2005
    Directed by: Jerome Mouscadet
    Source: IMDB
    Comment: In Episode 29 "Exploration" of this sci-fi series, where the 
      young characters leave reality to fight in a virtual world, Yumi and her
      father play Go at home on a board on a low table. They both pass and the 
      father claims to have won by 5. However Yumi reminds him that as she is 
      white she wins by .5 after komi. However, from the board close-ups, they 
      have stopped before the game is properly over.


 N) Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple 
    Year: 2007
    Writer: Shun Matsuera
    Source: Wikipedia
    Comment: One episode of this martial arts anime mentions Go as an example of a territory game.

 O) Bleach 
    Year: 2005
    Source: Wikipedia
    Comment: In episode 318, Ukitake and Shunsui are seen in period costume sitting on a raised floor
      with a Goban between them. One kneels and the other sits with his legs over the side of the platform.
      No stones are seen, but there is the familiar click when one of the players places a stone.
      The episode is called "Conclusion of the Death Match! White Pride and Black Desire".
      Also Go is seen in episode 258 "Stray Snake, Tortured Monkey"; Kurosaki Ichigo comes home
      and finds the occupants have fallen asleep watching television which is now showing Go.

 P) Nichijou 
    Year: 2011
    Source: Wikipedia
    Comment: One version of the opening credits a Go board can be seen. The boys belong to the
      "Igo Soccer Club" and can sometimes be seen at their Go boards. One says in one episode
      that they should be studying their Go problems as they are the Igo Soccer Club.
 Q) Tenjou Tenge 
    Year: 2005
    Source: Wikipedia
    Comment: In Episode 26 (the last and one of straight to video episodes) of the anime Tenjou Tenge, about
       a long running martial arts feud in a school, two men are playing at a Go board (at 7:40), presumably
       teachers in the staff room. A white stone is placed to put three stones in atari to create ko for life
       of a big group. The opponent says "That was an impressive move." A this point two girls fighting with 
       katana fly in though the window and the board is upset before they run off. The white player requests
       his opponent to come clean and admit he flipped the board. 

 R) Doraemon
    Year: 1973 on
    Source: Wikipedia
    Comment: The robotic cat that travels back from the 22nd century to aid the boy Nobita, 
       is seen in one episode reading a Go book and placing moves on a small Go ban.

 S) Hunter x Hunter
    Year: 2011 on
    Source: Wikipedia
    Comment: In episode 102 the characters have a Goban and start to learn. "It make take
      more time than Shogi" and "It may look simple, but it is a complex game" are two
      quotes. As they play they discuss the strategy of disrupting your opponent's rhythm.

 T) Area No Kishi  (Knight in the Area)
    Year: 2012
    Source: Wikipedia
    Comment: In episode 24 of this soccer anime, a game of Go is played by two managers,
       one of whom compares Go strategy to soccer. The play in a Go club and we see the
       board position and one of them take a black stone from his bowl. 

 U) Tonari no Seki-Kun  (My Neighbour Seki)
    Year: 2014
    Source: Wikipedia
    Watch: Crunchyroll
    Comment: With a subtitle of "The Master of Killing Time" this series of short (7.39 minute)
      animations is about a school boy called Seki Toshinari who sits at the back of class and
      indulges in complicated distractions without ever being caught by the teacher, such as 
      producing his own animation as seen in the opening credits. His distractions are narrated
      as complicated stories by the girl who sits next to him Yokoi Rumi, who usually gets the
      trouble from teacher for being distracted. In episode 1 Seki makes a long line of standing
      dominos and in episodes 2 and 8 heroic battles are acted out on a Shogi board drawn on his

      Episode 4 is entitled "Igo" and starts with Seki reaching in his bag for his Go bowls. He 
      started to place stones on the board and Yoyoi hopes, as she does not know the rules, she
      will not be distracted, despite the loud clicks. However soon she realises he has drawn 
      a bear and a rabbit on a seemingly multi-lined board. Yokoi imagines this is how pros
      play with a commentry about rabbit and bear moves. After the animals fight they combine
      to form a new black and white character which then fights with its shadow self. The bear
      and rabbit appear again in a flashback during episode 20.

 U) Tenchi Muyo! GXP  
    Year: 2002
    Source: Wikipedia
    Watch: YouTube
    Comment: This science fiction series is about a boy enlisted in the galaxy police. In
      Episode 15, action is set on the space ship "Kamidake" which is controlled by the 
      mental thoughts and emotions of a furry creature called Fuku. The three girl members
      of the crew are recalled for a briefing on the mother ship, which is an oasis of calm
      with trees and water. They have to return to rescue their ship from prates and at        
      17:14 hurry past a couple who are kneeling at a Goban, playing and drinking tea. 
      They are not disturbed in anyway by the commotion.

 U) Bananya  
    Year: 2016
    Watch: Crunchyroll
    Comment: This series of short three minute episodes for children features a cute cat that lives
      inside a banana. At 30 seconds in of episode 3, "Bananya Watches TV", Bananya sees a Go game
      being displayed on the screen for a few seconds as the channel changes from one channel to 
      another. We see a black stone played adjoining another one and then a white large knight's move.
      The narrator says in translation "Oh, that was a good move. Not that I would know." We then see 
      shot of most of the board. It turns out the channel changing is caused by Baby Bananya using the
      remote as a trampoline!

 U) Kubo and the Two Strings  
    Year: 2016
    Director: Travis Knight
    Cast: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, George Takei
    Source: IMDB
    Comment: This animated movie is about a boy who gets magical powers and has to set about
      distoying dragons and the like. Near the start two villagers are seen seated at a Go ban
      and playing. The bowl of white stones and the lid of black ones are placed on the board,
      so maybe they are just reviewing their game?

 U) Wild Kratts  
    Year: 2015
    Cast: Martin Kratts, Chris Kratts
    Source: IMDB
    Watch: YouTube
    Comment: This American cartoon series about saving endangered wildlife features Go in
      Season 4 Episode 4 "Pangolin Resuce". Each episode starts and ends with live action
      of the presenters introducing the animals. In the animated section the brothers fly around
      the planet in a giant green turtle ship, that is also a submarine, and using technology gain
      super powers to rescue the animals. In this episode they get a call to China to save their
      pangolins. Whilst awaiting the ship to arrive, Yi and Duyi sit outside with a Go board on a
      table. We see an aerial view of the board which does not showa real game, the stones
      are in the squares and the player holds the stone with finger and thumb. Luckily the heroes
      rescue the pangolins from the evil Gourmand who wants to make smoothies from them.


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