Fan Fic / The Neverending Road

"The world of the pros was like a road that never seemed to end, a race that each player ran at their own pace...
...Soon, Akira knew, he would find Hikaru running side by side with him, even on the never-ending road, and in that moment the two would turn their heads and see one another, eyes meeting."

The Neverending Road is a Hikaru no Go Continuation Fic written by Leitbur that follows much of the primary cast following the events of Hokuto Cup at the end of the manga series. On FF.net it's indexed under "Angst", but seems to mostly follow the same level of "Action" the main series does, with a "Romance" B-plot. There are also three side stories following supporting characters.

The story mostly focuses on the continued rivalry between Hikaru Shindo and Akira Toya, as well as the many pros both above them and the ones following them from their insei days.

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This fic contains examples of the following:

  • Anguished Declaration of Love - Nase accidentally does this on Akari's behalf right after making her own feelings known. It really messes them both up for awhile, and they take a bit to make up as Akari is understandably pissed, but eventually they work through it.
  • Author Avatar / Take That Me - Chapter 70 has the author cameo-insert himself as a Type 2 Eaglelander
  • Ascended Extra - Akari and Nase in particular.
  • Betty and Veronica - Hikaru's Unlucky Childhood Friend Akari giving the option for a more traditional relationship and future versus the older and professional Nase who is a talented Go player in her own right.
  • Child Prodigy / Teen Genius - The sensationalist news reports Hikaru and Akira as geniuses, calling them 'princes of go'. Some of their peers, teachers and colleagues constantly admit that they are geniuses.
  • Coming-of-Age Story - Similar to the original, it continues with Hikaru's maturity.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life - Akira advises Nase that she needs to find a purpose beyond passing the exam or she will fail it. Hikaru also tells Honda this, to an extent. He notes that the insei and some of the lower dans are aimless and don't seem to know what their goal is beyond achieving their goal of passing the Pro exam.
  • Disney Acid Sequence - The Chapter 46 dream and musical number. It doesn't qualify as a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment as it is referenced later, and the dream match between Sai and Ogata snaps Ogata out of his slump.
  • Fiery Redhead - The insei OC Sakamoto is one.
  • Friendly Rivalry - Most of the rivalries. Nase and Akari in particular get along quite well despite their mutual romantic interests in Hikaru.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D. - After Hikaru's grandfather dies. He bounces back much faster than in the main series.
    • Nase also has a short one after the events of Chapter 32, afraid that Akari and Hikaru will never forgive her.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation - While Hikaru is confident in his abilities as a Go pro, he doesn't consider himself a genius or a prodigy, much preferring to call Sai this instead.
  • Identical Stranger- Waya and Le Ping, just like in the main series, but they actually get to meet in a side-story when Waya and Isumi go on a trip to China. Amusingly, after a moment sizing each other up, the two of them end up caring less about the resemblance than everyone else.
  • Love Triangle - Akari vs Nase for Hikaru
    • If the author's notes are anything to go by, also cause for something of a Broken Base with the fans who ship a different pair
  • Oh, Crap! - Chapter 32 is one long one for Hikaru, Akari, and especially Nase.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome - Sometimes Ochi comes across as this. He's an exceptional player and wins all of his shown matches against normal pros, but has the misfortune of having to compete with geniuses like Hikaru and Akira, and to a lesser extent Waya. He never wins a game against another important character. Both he and Waya are well aware of their status as this compared to the two "princes of Go" and feel some insecurity about it. To a lesser extent, anyone who are not regarded as prodigies (like Yashiro) or have a slower progression to achieving a higher level of playing (everyone below the two princes' level) also suffer from this.
    • Not even the Princes of Go are exempted from this. Akira experiences this due to the fact in the media he has always been his father's son and so is not judged solely by his own hard work. Meanwhile Hikaru, in his own way, lives in the shadow of his mentor, Sai, whom everyone praised; while people are suspicious of his relations with Sai, only two know Sai was Hikaru's teacher.
  • Rank Up - Increasing ranks becomes harder after the Otaei system is rescinded (mirroring real life Go ranking changes), however the new system also automatically promotes both Akira and Hikaru to 7-Dan as a result of getting into a League and the rules being retroactive.
  • Red Baron - Hikaru is dubbed the Judan Slayer to his displeasure. Recently another name has popped up, courtesy of Zama Oza: Wizard of Go.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend - So many times...
  • Shout-Out - The Disney Acid Sequence dream of Hikaru's after his grandfather's death has two: an extended parody of Modern Major General sung by all of the New Wave to Hikaru, and then another one later when Sasuke and Sakura are recording Ogata and Sai's game.
    • A bit earlier Hikaru unsuccessfully tries to explain the concept of Super Saiyans to Isumi. He also references One Piece in his dream prior his match with Ogata.
  • Shown Their Work - While not a pro himself, the author is at least a mid-level amateur and writes the matches using existing kifu from pro games around the world.
  • Stepford Smiler - Downplayed. Hikaru is still grieving Sai and his grandpa. While outwardly he has bounced back to his normal self, he still hasn't moved on.
  • Tactful Translation - The translator Yokotachi attempts to do this when dealing with the obnoxious Author Avatar's conversation with Hikaru, but eventually it's subverted when Hikaru loses patience and just tells him to give him a full translation
  • Took a Level in Badass - While Hikaru and Akira have improved the most, Waya and Ochi are also doing this on their own terms. Waya chose to go to China with Isumi and came back, beating Ochi in a match and later Yashiro in the Hokuto Cup qualifier for the third person. Akira and Hikaru notice this as well, noting that while he's nowhere near their level yet, he is improving.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon - Technically it's Lion Versus Dragon, but the symbolism is functionally the same. Hikaru and Akira are destined to be eternal rivals, pushing each other to levels they couldn't have reached on their own.
  • Underestimating Badassery - Before his Rank Up Hikaru whined about how players were underestimating him due to his low rank. Waya also tried to prove to Hikaru that he should not underestimate the lower-ranking dans but failed to do so. Despite all this there are people who are aware that potential is developing at the lower Dans, and there is increasing talk about how the two Princes of Go are just the beginning of a "new wave".
  • Unknown Rival- Subverted. It turns out that Toya's study group is actually aware of how Morishita feels about them, and Koyo encourages his students to take part in the rivalry as well to keep their skills sharp.
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