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The Insei Exam (1998): Hikaru’s First Major Test

Yumi Hotta, Hikaru no Go vol. 6: The Insei Exam (ViZ, 1998)

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[note: review originally published 4Jun2009]

Hikaru takes the Insei exam, which changes his life forever; as an Insei, he is no longer allowed to compete in his school’s Go club, where most of his friends are. At his first Insei gathering, he finds that he is not nearly as strong as he thought, given that he’s already beaten Toya. Meanwhile, Toya is about to fight his first pro match, and that takes up three chapters here. Even if you don’t know the first thing about Go, it’s gripping, Series stays at top level in this one. ****

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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