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The Chinese Go Association (2010): A Change Is As Good As a Rest

Yumi Hotta, Hikaru no Go, vol. 16: The Chinese Go Association (ViZ, 2010)

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With Hikaru vowing to retire until Sai comes back, Hotta spends much of this volume focusing on Shinichiro Isumi, who took the pro test with Hikaru and friends last year, but got flustered and lost three in a row, resulting in his elimination. On a trip to China, Isumi visits the Go Association, where he gets into a pickup match with a pre-teen named Zhao and is beaten badly. He vows to stay on in China and improve his game to the point where he can at least beat the kiddies—and is then told that Zhao is one of the best players in China! If he can beat Zhao, he’s certainly got a chance in this year’s pro test… the series remains as good as always, and it was nice to see the focus on a previously minor character for a bit. Bonus points for Isumi’s Richard Kern T-shirt! *** ½

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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