Manga: Game 003

死活の急所 Matters of Life and Death
Title (Romaji)
Shikatsu no Kyuusho
Title (Viz)
Matters of Life and Death
Title (Tonkam)
Le point vital
Page Count
23 pages
Weekly Shounen Jump
1999 No. 6
Collected Releases
Tankoubon: 01
Kanzenban: 01
Bunko: 01

This chapter takes place in December of 1998 and on January 3rd of 1999.

Material from this chapter was adapted into the anime episode Game 2.


Hikaru makes a deal with Sai to continue with go if Sai agrees to continue to help him with his homework. Since he finds playing go so draining Hikaru tries to think of what they can do, and remembers the 19th National Children's Go Tournament happening next Sunday.

Hikaru thinks to look for Touya Akira at the tournament, but gives up on the idea due to the crowd. While wandering around the tournament, Sai points out to Hikaru the kyuusho of a nearby game. When the player involved makes a different move Hikaru tells him where he should have gone, inciting an incident and attracting the attention of an official from the Nihon Ki-in and Ogata 9-dan, an attending pro.

Hikaru is chastised by a tournament official and bid to leave. On his way out he runs bodily into Touya Meijin, who Sai remembers as the man closest to the Kami no Itte.

Touya Meijin meets with Ogata and the other tournament officials to discuss the incident. Ogata is impressed by the speed with which Hikaru spotted the kyuusho, and annoyed that the officials didn't bother to get his name. Touya Meijin is confident that they will see the boy again.

Detailed Synopsis


Appearing or Referenced

6-1 Homeroom Teacher
Children's Go Tournament Participant (G138)
Children's Go Tournament Participant (G139)
Fujisaki Akari
Fujiwara no Sai
Ogata Seiji
Shindou Hikaru
Touya Kouyou
Tsutsui Kimihiro
Nihon Ki-in
Shindou Hikaru's elementary school