Manga: Game 012

萌芽 Gem
萌芽
Game012.jpg
Title (Romaji)
Houga
Title (Viz)
Gem
Title (Tonkam)
Germination
Page Count
21 pages
Weekly Shounen Jump
1999 No. 15
Collected Releases
Tankoubon: 02
Kanzenban: 02
Bunko: 01
Transcript

This chapter takes place in February of 1999.

Material from this chapter was adapted into the anime episode Game 6.

Summary

Akira is shocked to see Hikaru participating in the tournament, and wonders why he's dressed up in a middle schooler's uniform. He pushes his way through the crowd until he's standing right behind him, and watches the game.

Sai guides Hikaru through the game. Sai advises Hikaru not to simply play like a doll, but to feel the flow of each stone. Sai plays the game to teach Hikaru, and notes that he has awakened.

Kaga resigns his game. He notices that Touya's watching the games, and goes to see what he's so captivated by in Hikaru's game.

Tsutsui's resolve is weakening and he's almost ready to resign when he notices his opponent make an exploitable mistake. Tsutsui immediately takes advantage of the situation and regains his confidence. He recalculates their positions and determines that he will be able to win. His opponent, intimidated by his precision in yose in the previous game, resigns.

Tsutsui, jubilant, goes to celebrate with Kaga, but sees his chair is empty. He sees everyone is watching Hikaru's game. Black resigns, and while he succumbs to tears, he is congratulated on his game by Yun-sensei.

The proctor announces Haze as the winner of the tournament. The crowd is amazed that Kaiou lost.

At that moment, Takada notices Hikaru and recognises him, calling him out as a sixth grader. The proctor questions them, and Tsutsui is quick to take the blame. Regardless, Haze is disqualified, and Kaiou is declared tournament champions.

Hikaru's first concern is about the go club, but then he notices Akira standing off to the side. Akira tells him that Hikaru had played a beautiful game, and laments that he wasn't the one to play Hikaru.

Kaga eases Hikaru's mind by admitting that what he had said earlier to fire Hikaru up was just lies.

Akira tells Hikaru that he truly understands that in order to achieve the Hand of God he has to overcome Hikaru, and that he won't run from Hikaru anymore.

Sai prompts Hikaru to see if he felt a little something from the game they just played. Hikaru agrees, and understands now that Sai really is an amazing person. He reflects that Akira and his serious gaze is looking directly at Sai and that Akira is determined to chase Sai with his full strength, and that he might succeed. Hikaru knows he's far away from both of them, but he's taking his first step.

Games

Black White Result
Kaiou Middle School First Board Kaga Tetsuo B+R
Tsutsui Kimihiro Kaiou Middle School Second Board B+R
Kaiou Middle School Third Board Shindou Hikaru (Fujiwara no Sai) W+R

Appearing or Referenced

Characters
Fujiwara no Sai
Kaga Tetsuo
Shindou Hikaru
Takada
Touya Akira
Tsutsui Kimihiro
Winter Term Tournament Head Judge
Yun
Locations
Kaiou Middle School