Go Filmography - Anime
S01) 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). S02) 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. 16A) 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! 15A) 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. 14A) 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 desk. 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. 12A) 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. 11A) 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. 11B) 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. 09A) 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. 07A) 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. 05A) 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. 05B) 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. 05C) 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. 04A) 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. 03A) 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. 02A) 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. 99A) 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. 97A) 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. 96A) 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. 89A) 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 panties. 88A) Top wo Nerae! (Gunbuster) Year: 1988 Directed by: Hideaki Anno Source: IMDB Comment: In a scene, in episode 4 of this sci-fi series, the female character speaks with her instructor who is seated at a low chair in a tatami room on a spaceship. His sword at his side, he is placing stones on what looks like a traditional Goban. However there is a dial on the side of the ban and one shot is looking up through the ban at him, so perhaps it is a Go computer. 87A) The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) Year: 1987 Directed by: Gisaburo Sugii Source: IMDB Comment: There is supposed to be a Go scene in this animated adaptation. 86A) 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. 73A) 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.
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