Fanfic Recs / Hikaru no Go

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    Time Travel 

The World Between Awake And Asleep by hostilecrayon
  • Recommended by: serenata
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: Hikaru wakes to find being a Go Pro was little more than a dream. But everything is so clear to him... Can he find Akira and his other friends? And what then? Is something bigger than all of them behind this mysterious dream?
  • Pairing(s): none

Catalyst by esama
  • Recommended by: serinata, icsifil
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Hikaru's wish to be brought back in time comes true but not in the way he expects it to...
  • Pairing(s): none yet

Watch and Learn by esama
  • Recommended by: serinata, icsifil
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When God grants Hikaru his wish, he begins his journey again with a new goal in life: to prevent Sai from fading. Prequel to Trial and Error.
  • Pairing(s): none
  • Tags: Artist!Hikaru, Understanding!Ogata, complete
  • Notes: It has an abandoned sequel to it. :3

    Alternate Universes 
(includes AUs, What if?, and For Want of a Nail.)

The Boy at the Beach by Sakon76
  • Recommended by: serinata, Y.S. Jennis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Five times Akira met a boy at the beach.
  • Pairing(s): slight Hikaru and Akira
  • Tags: one-shot, SFW, complete

Hikaru no Ramen by Sakiku
  • Recommended by: serinata
  • Tags: complete
  • Synopsis: What if Hikaru had a computer at home? What if he had never played Touya? What if he had never become pro? What if he had become a ramen chef instead? This is what Hikaru's life might have been like...
  • Pairing(s): none

Go? But I'm a Soccer Player by Shiho Yuki
  • Recommended by: serinata
  • Tags: incomplete, dead fic (Last updated 03-10-09)
  • Synopsis: Hikaru was an MVP regional soccer player when he met Sai. He took up go on the net to appease the hopeful ghost. Three years later, Sai left and Hikaru got an offer to the B-leagues. Now, a year a half later, Hikaru encounters the go world again by chance.
  • Pairing(s): none

My Unnamed Phobia by Aozora094
  • Recommended by: serinata
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Shindou Heihachi is a retired Go pro, his nephew Fujiwara Sai is a 9-dan, but his grandson Hikaru is a delinquent with a fear of winning in Go. The funny thing is, there's no name for it. So how could he be afraid of something that hasn't been categorized?
  • Pairing(s): none

The Go Within by Esa MaRie
  • Recommended by: serinata
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Shindo Hikaru was brought up by his grandfather in a remote countryside where he met Fujiwara no Sai, a former go player under reclusion. After his grandfather and Sai's death, he went back to Tokyo, carrying with him a knowledge of go that was far beyond his imagination.
  • Pairing(s): none

Blind Man's Go by ykilel
  • Recommended by: serinata
  • Status: incomplete, dead-fic (Last updated 06-19-10)
  • Synopsis: "No more excuses. No more self pity," insisted his grandfather, not unkindly, but sternly. "It's just a 19x19 board. A miniature world. If you can conquer your fears here, the real world is nothing. Just focus."
  • Pairing(s): none
  • Tags: blind!Hikaru,

Lost Memories by Esa MaRie
  • Recommended by: serinata
  • Status: incomplete, dead-fic (Last updated 06-09-08)
  • Synopsis: What if Sai was not just a ghost but a part of Hikaru Shindo's memories of his previous life? Will he still walk into the life of a go player?
  • Pairing(s): none
  • Tags: evil cliffie

Brightly Burning by Aishuu
  • Recommended by: serinata
  • Tags: incomplete, dead-fic (Last updated 1-3-09)
  • Synopsis: In a different world, Hikaru never steps into Touya Kouyo's salon. When he is fifteen, the Go world starts to take notice of a terrifying new insei with amazing strength...
  • Pairing(s): none

Caught in a Thousand Strings by Thai Tea Addict
  • Recommended by: Peony
  • Status: In progress, active.
  • Synopsis: Sai wakes up to find everything he'd gone through to be a dream. He is a professional Go player that has already conquered the top players - but he finds himself missing what he had in his dreams. It may not have been what Sai had expected, but Hikaru was bound to him by fate - and Sai will have that connection again, even if he has to forge it himself.
  • Pairing(s): Some Akira/Hikaru, but that's not the focus of the fic
  • Warnings: This a dark fic dealing with extremely disturbing things like child prostitution and mentions of rape.

Valiant by Thai Tea Addict
  • Recommended by: Layla
  • Status: In-progress, active
  • Synopsis: AU. Sai just wants to play Go. To do so, he needs Shindou Hikaru - a street-smart kid involved in the local crime syndicate who is more concerned with making ends meet than playing games. For both to survive, they may just have to compromise...
  • Tags: Child abuse/neglect

Firesuite by VeltPunch
  • Recommended by: Layla
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Shindou Hikaru's life went soccer, girls, soccer, video games, soccer. After his fateful game with Touya, elusive Korean players and memories that never happened to him begin to overwhelm him and amidst it all, a newfound passion for go is awakened.

Hikaru no Ghost by anad
  • Recommended by: checkrealitye
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: AU. Sai is Japan’s greatest living go player. Hikaru is the Heian ghost haunting him.


Twice the River by Luce Red
  • Recommended by: serinata
  • Crossover with: Spirited Away
  • Synopsis: Chihiro goes to look for Haku. Sai helps.
  • Pairing(s): mild Chihiro and Haku
  • Tags: one-shot, complete

Hikaru's Game by Laziness Incarnate
  • Recommended by: serinata
  • Crossover with: Ender's Game
  • Synopsis: Hikaru and Touya attend a school in a space station for gifted youngsters to train for an alien invasion. Prequel to Life and Death Problems.
  • Pairing(s): none
  • Tags: One-shot, complete

Driven by Murinae
  • Recommended by: Layla
  • Crossover with: Death Note
  • Synopsis: A crossing by chance of two very different universes. Raito eavesdrops on a conversation between reporters and a very interesting young igo player.
  • Tags: one-shot, complete

    Other Recommendations 

My Stranger, My Son by Betula
  • Recommended by: serinata
  • Synopsis: A one-shot based on Hikaru's father finding out he's missed Hikaru growing up.
  • Pairing(s): None
  • Tags: family, one-shot, complete

Finding Seiji by LittleNK
  • Recommended by: serinata
  • Synopsis: A fic about the differences between 'Ogata-sensei' and 'Seiji'.
  • Pairing(s): mild Hikaru and Ogata
  • Tags: slash, SFW, complete
  • Comments: While LittleNK's mastery over the English language isn't perfect, the plot makes the reading more than worth it to gloss over the mild errors scattered here and there.

Depth 100 by capablanca
  • Recommended by: serinata
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A battle between computer and human, CPU and brains, transistors and neurons. The prize is the Hand of God. Who will win?
  • Pairing(s): none

In Love and War by tastewithouttalent [1]
  • Recommended by: checkreality
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Kaga doesn’t even notice Tsutsui, the first time." Kaga and Tsutsui's friendship is a strange thing when it starts and it only gains oddities the longer Kaga tries to keep it inside the lines of platonic.
  • Pairing(s): Kaga Tetsuo/Tsutsui Kimihiro and Tsutsui Kimihiro/OC

    Continuation Fics 

The Neverending Road by Leitbur
  • Recommended by: throwaawy
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Hikaru's journey through the world of the pros continues, facing opponents new and old as well as challenges of the heart. Takes place after the series ends.
  • Pairing(s): Hikaru/Akari/Nase in later chapters

Light of a Beautiful Stranger by Hiasobi
  • Recommended by: Layla
  • Synopsis: There is life before Sai and life after Sai. Now there is life with Sai, and it's as complicated as it had always been. Sai returns, but not for the world of pros and not even for Go.
  • Pairing(s): Sai/Hikaru, but the focus is mainly the emotional aspects of their relationship.
  • Tags: Incomplete, dead fic (last updated Nov. '09)

desynchronization by Ontogenesis
  • Recommended by: Rubyleaf
  • Synopsis: Two years after Sai's disappearance, Sai turns up in Ichigaya, amnesiac, wet, and and very much alive. Ogata finds him.
  • Pairing(s): Ogata/Sai and Akira/Hikaru
  • Tags: Complete

Paper Cranes by spontaneite
  • Recommended by: Selias
  • Trope Page: Here
  • Synopsis: Two years passed before Hikaru admitted, reluctantly, that possession by a spirit seemed to have long-lasting side effects which probably wouldn’t go away on their own.
  • Pairing(s): None
  • Tags: Ongoing