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Hikaru Shindo
Hikaru Shindo (9)
Kanji 進藤ヒカル
Rōmaji Shindō Hikaru
Also known as The Strongest Shōdan
Gender Male
Birthday September 20
Age 11 (debut), 15 (end)
Blood Group 0
Sign Virgo
Occupation Go player
Student (former)
Affiliation Haze Middle School (Gratulated)
Insei (former)
Go Level 1 Dan (skipped a lot of games)
Family Mitsuko Shindo (mother)
Heihachi Shindo (grandfather)
Rivals/Friends Akira Toya
Yoshitaka Waya
Shinichiro Isumi
Akari Fujisaki
Yuuki Mitani
Suyong Hong
Yongha Ko
Manga Debut Game 1
Anime Debut Episode 1
Japanese Voice Actor Tomoko Kawakami
English Voice Actor Sam Vincent
Image Gallery

Hikaru Shindō (進藤ヒカル, Shindō Hikaru) is the main protagonist of Hikaru no Go, first a sixth grader uninterested in Go, then an Insei and finally a 1 Dan Professional. His passion in Go was sparked thanks to a chance meeting with the ghost, and mentor Fujiwara no Sai.


In the anime

Hikaru is average-sized young man with green eyes. He has short black hair with blonde bangs. He is often portrayed wearing clothing having the numeral "5"; this is a pun on the Japanese word for five: 五, which is pronounced go. As a child he tended to dress in sportier, casual clothes, but as he got older he began to wear slightly more formal attire.


Hikaru originally starts off as being short-tempered kid who doesn't really care about anything. He tends to blurt out his thoughts (for example, when he told the mistake to one of the children during their game[1]). As he progresses in Go, he seems to become more mature and serious. He is seen to be quite emotional sometimes and has a decent amount of rivalry in him, mostly towards Akira. However, in Akira's case, even being much older, he still acts like a kid, often picking fights with him over trivial things.[2]


As a kid, Hikaru was a normal boy who never cared about his studies nor anything else. It appears that he was friends with Akari Fujisaki since they were small.


Beginning Arc

Hikaru first met Sai after finding a bloodstained goban in his grandfather's shed that caused him to pass out. Upon meeting him Sai explain his past, that he served the Emperor as Go instructor during The Heinan Period state. He was happy for him to play Go everyday there was another Go Instructor who challenge Sai and told the Emperor that he only need one instructor decide who will keep their position during the Sai notice that his opponent slip a white stone place among his prisoner when Sai about to protest The Instructor accuse Sai place a black stone and place among his prisoner but Sai told he was the one who did that but the Emperor tell to silent and state he does want hear anything disgraceful happening at his presences and order to continue the game this resulted Sai to unable to maintain his composure and resulted his lose the game Sai was banish from the capital unable to do anything else for living three day later Sai commit suicide by cast himself into a river Sai wasn't able to find peace and his soul was trap in Go Board one day Sai Heard Child voice met Young Boy name Torajiro who eventually became known Honinbo Shusaku and Torajiro accept Sai request to let him play go however Torajiro pass away result him to be seal in the Go Board one again.After that Sai then asked Hikaru if he wanted to play Go but Hikaru refused as at the time he had no interest in in the game. Hikaru eventually gives in to Sai's request after Sai sadness and scream cause him to vomit and sets out for the nearest Go Salon where he meets Akira Toya and asks him to play, unaware of how strong he is. Akira agrees to play him. Through Hikaru Sai beats Akira leaving the young prodigy devastated. Seemingly unaware of Akira's torment Hikaru then received a flyer about a Youth Go Tournament from the Cashier where many kids will play. Hikaru and Sai race home.

The Next Day Hikaru attend a Go Class learning how to play but however Hikaru had no idea what the Go Teacher was talking but Sai Points out that Hikaru was still a Beginner in the game. The Go Teacher Shirakawa ask if HIkaru ever play and then Show him Ladder a type of Go Strategy Sai wonder how strong Shirakawa is. Hikaru told Sai that he is Professional Go Player and that he can make a living by just playing go when person name Akota bully a player who is weaker then him Sai did not like it and ask Hikaru to swicth with Akota's opponent to teach him a lesson with however Hikaru instead place a bowl of go stone on Akota head and Shake off his wig which resulting Shirakawa telling HIkaru to leave which upsets Sai. 

However Hikaru recalls the flyer he receive from the Go Salon Cashier and went there Hikaru then saw kids playing Go were even younger then him and was amaze by the intensity and Sai was awe point out that his devotion to Go is 1000 years but see that all of the kids had the same passion.

While Hikaru was wondering around Sai notice that shape that would leave the opponent dead there and point that best move is 1 2 Hikaru then blurt out what Sai point out and a go professional notice him and take him away for Kibitzing. 

Later Hikaru was scolded for his action and later let go after that while then Hikaru bump into Koyo Toya and told him be careful, Sai felt and intense aura in Koyo and believe he might be closet to the divine move.

Soon after that Hikaru and Sai began to argue- Hikaru blaming Sai for what happen but Sai points out that its his fault as he was the one to blurt it aloud later Akira arrive to find Hikaru. 

Hikaru was surprise to see Akira and ask him what he doing then ask if Akira was playing in tourment Akira then ask if Hikaru was- Hikaru told him that he just went to watch. Akira checks Hikaru hand and notice that Hikaru figurenail weren't worn out from pick up stone showing that Hikaru was beginner and remember Ms Ichikawa statement about Hikaru never play a game before

Akira then ask Hikaru if he had plans to become a pro, Hikaru laugh that him being a pro and never even thought about it and ask Akira if he was planning become a pro and reply he was.

Hikaru ask if that what Akira want to do and  ask how much money does a professional go player make Akira Answer and state that a pro would earn 120 Million Yen if he earn all title Hikaru was antonish how much he can make by playing go and earning a title and ask Sai if was good enough to earn the Meijin title however Sai disapprove playing go for money

Hikaru state it would be bad go pro and win a title or two Akira was enrage Hikaru words and told him that he had insult every Professional out there Akira ask Hikaru doesn't he relize how diffcult it is to become a pro and tell him that a person must persevere and make sacrifice and most people despair and still wasn't good enough and that he met many kind player like that start with his Father

Akira told Hikaru that he work hard perserve and make sacrifice as well since he two year old he spend everyday playing go hour and hour and did his best and kept playing Akira express his frustraion why he had lost to someone like Hikaru who hold his stone as a beginner and conclude that he underestimated him because he thought he was beginner

Akira then challege Hikaru to a game however Hikaru was hesitating as he already spend his time the tournament however Sai enrage stated that they barely spend time at the tournament it was Hikaru fault and tell to accept it

Akira then drag Hikaru to the train station Hikaru wonder why Akira was so angry at him state he was just joking Sai however doubt Hikaru and ask if he was really joking Hikaru express frustration why can't people take a joke

Hikaru Ask Sai that he beat Akira by 2 point and know that it isn't easier to be a pro Sai told Hikaru he wasn't intending to win and it was just a teaching game explain that the teacher guide the player to make correct move and must refrain for overwhelming their opponent and that he never go all out against a child

Hikaru consider not surprising and Sai was better then Akira since he was just kid and is the same age as him but Sai told him that Akira does not posess the behavior a child while Akira need time to grow Sai felt that the move that Akira made was superb and feel that Akira baring his fang at him but agreed that Akira is still a child and was no match for him

Upon Returninig to the Go Salon and Sai and Akira began playing the game became intense but Sai however overwhem him and ended as the Victor

Go Middle School Tournament Arc

Internet Go Arc

Hikaru went Professinal Go Match with Kimihiro but left due to find to boring He later found a Display about playing Go Online and Discover he doesn't need to reveal him identity

During summer vacation, Hikaru lets Sai plays Go over the internet. Unbeknownst to him, Sai becomes a sensational topic among pro Go players who played or seen him in internet Go. Due to the get around talks, Akira had a chance to play Sai on the internet and find him similar to the first time he played Hikaru.

After a confrontation, Hikaru tells Akira that if he keep chasing his illusion, he might one day be the one to surpass him. After he discovers Akira is already a Go pro and he will not be able to reach him in his position right now, Hikaru decides to become an Insei, which is a step to help becoming a professional player.

Insei Arc

Pro Exam Arc

Sai vs Meijin Arc

Sai Disappearance Arc

Hikaru stopped playing Go because he wished Sai would come back. Shindo traveled around to places where Shusaku Torajiro is related, hoping to find Sai but to no avail. Desperate, he then hoped that if he stopped playing Sai might come back to play for him and lost his motivation to play Go.

Chinese Go Association Arc

Isumi later tries to force Shindo hand to play Go with him. Shindo then regained back his passion after realizing Sai exists in his 'Go'.

Return Arc

Shindo makes his comeback wins but gets stuck in beginner 1-dan status because of his previous forfeited/no show games.

He also buys a symbolic hand fan that looks similar to the one Sai holds.

During a lunch break for a match with Akira, Akira tells him that there was another someone in Hikaru like the one he felt when playing him the first time they met. Hikaru felt pleasant that someone 'recognizes' Sai, not 'as' him but as Sai. Before leaving, Hikaru tells Akira that some day he might tell him the whole story. Akira chases him and Hikaru tells him off that its some day in a far future not the present.

Hikaru later visits the Go Salon Akira frequented and they get into arguments a lot, resulting in Hikaru leaving. The people there seems to be used to their behavior.

Hokuto Cup Arc

After Shindo discovers that Akira does not need to participate in the selection match, he decided not to visit the Go Salon they meet frequently until he passes the selection matches.

Shindo insisted to play first board against Korea due to a misunderstanding with Ko YongHa, Korea's first board. Ko YongHa later did not correct the misunderstanding but angered Shindo further. As Sai was possessing Shusaku once, Shindo could not stand him insulting Shusaku. Shindo later played Second board against China and First board against Korea.


Hikaru has two defining traits when it comes to Go.

One, is his ability to read further and faster than most players. Because he was mentored by Sai, Hikaru can sometimes think like one of the best players in history, often surprising people with a well placed move. This is shown when he supposedly makes a "dumb" play only for it to become a brilliant trap for his opponent against Murakami and Suyong.

Another natural talent he seems to have is his ability to remember the steps of the moves of a game exceptionally well. This was first noticed by Sai which lead him to realize Hikaru's potential in learning and playing Go.

He also seems to have some gut instincts when playing, often being able to play very fast and make solid moves. According to many skilled professional Go players and rivals, Hikaru's talent seems to have no limit.

Hikaru shown himself to be able to make good solid even playing fast where he already think about his next move while his opponent does

He also seems to prefer playing fast paced games over slow ones. As seen as when he met opponents that take a long time playing during his insei times, he complained him being slow in his mind and felt comfortable with Fuku's speed in playing.


Fujiwara no Sai

Ever since Sai entered his life, Hikaru has a passion for Go. The two seem to have a caring relationship. For example when Sai disappeared this sent Hikaru on a quest to find his friend. His disappearance almost made Hikaru stop playing Go completely.

Akira Toya

Shindo thinks of Akira as a rival throughout the series, but seem ready to defend each other's abilites to other Go Players. Shindo and Akira have been shown squabbling over Go when playing in a Go salon. They seem to be close friends and rivals.

Akari Fujisaki

The two have a close childhood friendship, although Hikaru often yells or hurts her feelings when he is playing Go and messes up.

Yoshitaka Waya

Hikaru and Waya have a close friendship. This is shown when Waya becomes concerned about Hikaru and vice versa.

Yuki Mitani

The two first met when Yuki was cheating at a Go Salon. After Yuki was dragged (literally) by Hikaru to the Go Club he became apart of it. The two's relationship became strained after Hikaru announced that he would be a pro before they grew close again.

Shinichiro Isumi

Kosuke Ochi

Kiyoharu Yashiro

Hikaru played Yashiro for the selection for the Hokuto Cup. Although Yashiro lost to Hikaru, he showed great skills and was challenged by Ochi afterwards to prove who deserved the last position for participating the Hokuto Cup. Yashiro won and earn his position for the Hokuto cup along side Akira and Hikaru. Hikaru and Yashiro later stayed over at Akira's to train for the Hokuto Cup.

Games Played

Opponent Outcome
Akira Toya Win by 2 Point Play (Play Through by Sai)
Akira Toya Win by Resigned (Play Through by Sai)
Tetsuo Kaga Lose by One Point (Play Through by Sai) due to mistake
Kawahagi Third Member Lost by Resigned
Kaio Third Member Win (Play Through by Sai)
Kimihiro Tsutsui Lose
Dake Win (Play Through by Sai)
Middle School Student Win
Akira Toya Lose
Yuki Mitani Win
Kaoru Kishimoto Lose
Kimihiro Tsutsui Win
Yuki Mitani Win



  • His shoes just happen to be modeled after Takeshi Obata's favorite sneakers.


  1. Game 3
  2. Game 149



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