Ancient Board Games. Ancient Ghosts. Modern Teens.
What is Friendship! Effort! Victory!? – It’s a podcast about the manga and inner workings of Weekly Shonen Jump, with an eye towards accessibility and soothing camp tones.
What is this episode about? – It’s about Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata’s Hikaru no Go, the smash hit series about an ancient Chinese board game, with discussion of just about everything I can think of about it, from Sai’s ghostly influence to Isumi’s ridiculous popularity.
Where are the Show Notes? – At the top-right star, Hikaru!
-Want to learn more about Hikaru no Go? The wikipedia page is actually pretty super useful!
-You can buy Hikaru no Go in print from most book-type places, but because it’s what I do here’s a link to it on Amazon (UK) (US)
-And because they’re notable exceptions, if you want the fancy-pants Kanzenban edition or the larger Bunkoban editions in the original language, they’re both obtainable from Amazon Japan (Kanzenban) (Bunkoban)
-You can read Hikaru no Go DIGITALLY, as long as you’re American or Canadian, over at Viz Media’s website.
-You can also watch something called an anime adaptation, whatever that is.
-Want to learn more about the actual game of Go? I recommend wikipedia’s large amount of pages about it, and the XBLA game The Path of Go (that link’s US. This one’s UK). At 400MSP it’s a good deal.
-You can learn more about Weekly Shonen Jump over at the wiki page for it, which is almost slightly reliable.
–Friendship! Effort! Victory!’s on iTunes, where subscriptions and reviews are always most welcome.
-You can find me on Twitter @Maxy_Barnard where I usually just swear and be wrong about stuff
-You can also find me on Tumblr over at The Despondent, where there’s a Schedule of upcoming episodes & an irregular supply of things relevant to my interests
-You can also e-mail me at maxy dot barnard at gmail dot com if you’d like.
-As always the music used in this episode is from Jump Ultimate Stars. The intro is [INTO PLANET] and the outro, appropriately is ‘Loser’