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.

The story mostly focuses on the continued rivalry between Hikaru Shindo and Akira Toya, as well as many of 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 - 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.
  • Character Development - In large amounts for many.
  • Child Prodigy / Teen Genius - The sensationalist news reported Hikaru and Akira as geniuses, calling them 'princes of go'. Some of their peers, teachers and colleagues constantly admitted they are geniuses.
  • Coming-of-Age Story - Similar to the original, it continued with Hikaru's maturity.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life - An advice Akira gives to Nase to find a purpose beyond passing the exam unless you would fail the exam and to an extent, Hikaru to Honda. Hikaru noted that the insei and some of the lower dans are aimless and didn't seem to know what their goal is beyond achieving their goal of passing the Pro exam.
  • Disney Acid Sequence - 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 are doing fine despite their romantic intentions for 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 rather calling Sai this.
  • 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
  • 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 (Ochi, Yashiro) or have a slower progression to achieving a higher level of playing (everyone below the two princes' level).
    • Not even the Princes of Go are exempted from this either, from the pressure and expectations as well as personal reasons. Akira experienced this due to the fact in the media, he was always his father's son and not his own hard work. Hikaru, in his own way, lived in the shadow of his mentor, Sai, whom everyone praised; while people were suspicious of his relations with Sai, only two knew Sai is Hikaru's teacher.
  • Rank Up - Due to the Otaei system rescinded, ranking upward became harder to make. Both Akira and Hikaru were officially 7-Dan as a result of getting into a League and the rules being retroactive.
  • Red Baron - Hikaru was dubbed the Judan Slayer to his displeasure. Another recently popped up coined by 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 referenced 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. Sure he bounced back to his normal self; he just still haven'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 improved, Waya and Ochi are doing it 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 noticed this as well, noting that while he was 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 - Hikaru whined about how players are underestimating him due to his rank. Waya wanted to prove to Hikaru that he should not underestimate the lower-ranking dans but failed. Additionally, there were people who are aware that potential is developing at the lower Dans and that the two Princes of Go are merely just the beginning.
  • 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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