Manga: Game 006
|一刀両断||A Decisive Blow|
|A Decisive Blow|
|Décapité d'un seul coup|
|Weekly Shounen Jump|
|1999 No. 9|
Material from this chapter was adapted into the anime episode Game 3.
As he is Touya Akira's father, Touya Meijin is interested in finding out more about the child who defeated his son, and requests that he and Hikaru play a game together.
Touya resigns in the middle of his game with Sai (playing through Hikaru). Hikaru is surprised, since they've played not even half as much as their previous game, and asks Sai if he really beat Touya that badly. Hikaru can see from Touya's lowered head and silence that he's upset, and tries to console Touya by telling him that he's amazing and earnest and a little bit scary, more impressive than anyone Hikaru had seen at the National Children's Tournament.
Touya is completely unresponsive, and Hikaru excuses himself and leaves when he realizes that Touya isn't hearing anything he's saying. Touya is lost in thought, remembering the encouragement his father gave him that allowed him to build his own confidence in himself, and now feeling himself for the first time blocked by an invisible wall.
Hikaru is walking home from school with Akari. He isn't listening to her; instead, he's thinking about Touya's intensity and asks Sai why Sai couldn't have just won by 2 moku again, getting angry when Sai doesn't immediately respond. Sai explains that he had no choice, playing against Touya.
Hikaru wanders off on his own, ending up in front of the Touya go salon. Hikaru thinks some more about Touya's intensity and wonders if he's driven by the need to seek the Kami no Itte in the same way as Sai.
Sai excitedly asks if they're going to stop in the salon to play go; Hikaru tells him off. Hikaru starts to leave when Ogata spots him and chases after him, grabbing him by the arm and dragging him up to the Touya go salon to see the Meijin.
Hikaru realizes that Touya Meijin is Touya Akira's father, and remembers him as the man closest to the Kami no Itte. Touya Meijin says he's heard that Hikaru is the boy who won twice against Akira, and tells Hikaru that he wants to know how strong Hikaru is for himself. Hikaru begins to demur but Sai passionately declares that Touya Meijin has the same air about him as those who challenged Hon'inbou Shuusaku, so Hikaru sits down.
Touya Meijin grants Hikaru a 3-stone handicap, as that is the handicap Akira has against him, the Meijin.
Hikaru sees in Touya Meijin the same eyes he saw in Touya Akira, the same he sees in Sai, and realizes that he's the only one who doesn't fit in. Hikaru tentatively begins to desire to play, though he is overwhelmed by Touya Meijin's presence and skill. Hikaru plays as Sai commands, and listens to Touya Meijin as Touya Meijin talks about how he raised Akira playing go from age 2, playing a game every morning, and that he's forbidden Akira from participating in amateur competitions because Akira's extraordinary ability would discourage other children.
Hikaru continues to become more and more impressed with the Meijin and wants to have that style for himself. For the first time Hikaru places properly a stone upon the board, having held the stone between his index and middle fingers instead of between the pads of his index finger and thumb.
- Touya Akira currently has a 3-stone handicap against his father.
- Touya Kouyou has been teaching go to Touya Akira since Akira was 2 years old. They play a game every morning.
|Shindou Hikaru (Fujiwara no Sai)||Touya Akira||B+R|
|Shindou Hikaru (Fujiwara no Sai)||Touya Kouyou||in progress|
Appearing or Referenced
|Fujiwara no Sai|
|Touya Go Salon|
|Shindou Hikaru's elementary school|
|Game 005||Game 007|