Picking up Go/Baduk/Weiqi and Eventually, ヒカルの碁 [Hikaru no Go]

Several months ago, I was thinking of some board game apps to pass the time just to get them gears running in all cylinders again. I downloaded some common and not-so common ones to try them out – Reversi, Mastermind, and finally, Go. I am already acquainted with Mastermind beforehand so I enjoyed playing it again. Then, I initially wanted to practice Reversi (otherwise known as Othello) and although there are some strategies required, I didn’t quite enjoy the game as much as I had expected it to be.

Then comes Go, also known as Weiqi in China and Baduk in Korea. As a quick background, this game originated in China some 2,500 years ago and the rules have basically remained ever since. What got me to playing are the descriptions I have read online, such as “The game is noted for being rich in strategy despite its relatively simple rules”, “Its simple rules and deep strategies have intrigued everyone from emperors to peasants for hundreds of generations”, and especially this one as well, “Go is a hugely engrossing game of great elegance and astonishing depth and richness. It will handsomely reward your efforts in learning the game.”

As I read along some basics, I remembered there was one anime/manga that tackled this game and that is Hikaru no Go. So I watched the anime while I try to learn the game in parallel and it was indeed very rewarding. So let me try to put up here just a very quick review on the anime/manga and the game as well.

Needless to say, Hikaru no Go is about a young boy named Hikaru who stumbled upon a Go board from his grandfather’s dojo. This is the event that changed Hikaru from being a boy who had zero interest in the board game to a professional. The manga and anime actually contains a sizable content of Go games and problems which made it all the more interesting.

Even though Hikaru no Go first aired on 2001, the animation itself wasn’t bad at all, though they did leave out some small details like lip movement, environment, etc. The background music though are top-notch! It matches up really well during the critical moments of the series to the point that I can hear them even though I’m just reading the manga! 🙂

The series also did well to touch on the development of the not only the main protagonist, but the other supporting characters as well. It makes following the series that much more fun! 🙂

On the other side, the game of Go has an extremely easy set of rules to understand but mastering it is another thing altogether. I’ve been reading and learning in for about two weeks now and I’m still probably considered an absolute newb to this. However, studying it is very enjoyable for me as I want to understand and fully grasp the commentaries of some games I’ve replayed.

All in all, this game and anime package is definitely a treat! Hopefully, more people would learn Go so we can all learn together and play this beautiful game. 🙂

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Unmatched

Pacquiao's left to the body of De La Hoya

Pacquiao's left to the body of De La Hoya

The title says it all. Obviously though, age helped Manny a lot to win this “Dream Fight”, but nevertheless, a win is a win. The odds of Manny winning this bout is 2-1. But Manny proved that agility is the key to success in this matchup. With all due respect to the legacy of Oscar de la Hoya, the signs of aging are evident in this one – and that cost him the battle.

Manny is the early aggressor in the match while Oscar can’t do anything about it. Oscar keeps on receiving punch after punch while he saw some of his fierce strikes miss and bow down before Manny’s speed. Roach’ strategy frustrated Oscar and worn him down for good.

Eventually, Oscar quit after 8 rounds – TKO. In the end, Manny emerged victorious as he cried and prayed in his corner.

Congratulations Manny “The Pacman” Pacquiao! We, the Filipinos, are very proud of you! You truly are a Filipino legend.

Mabuhay! ^^

Announcement + Lyrics

Okay, here’s the announcement first:

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Yes. Happy birthday to ~Hanamuke no Merodii. This marks the 365th day of its existence. I’m proud of you, haha! Finally, this blog has reached one year, and well, I learned a lot. A ton actually. Thanks to all that viewed and commented on this site, although this is a little random. I originally made this blog just to share my thoughts. But later on, I realized that a community of bloggers is a cool sphere of environment. You can ask for help and you will help as well. I didn’t expect the number of views as well, but I don’t really mind that. As long as I can be of help to anyone and that I share my everyday experiences, I’m more than happy with that.

For the past year, I have tackled about football, basketball, anime, manga, gaming, random rants, random announcements, and my life. I hope you enjoyed reading them as I enjoyed sharing them. ^^

Random Facts I’ve Put in my Blog:

  • Favorite Review/Favorite Anime(s) – Byousoku 5 cm, CLANNAD, Spice and Wolf, Fate Stay/Night, ef ~A Tale of Memories~, Myself; Yourself; Busou Renkin; Spiral Suiri no Kizuna
  • Favorite Characters – Narumi Ayumu (Spiral ~Suiri no Kizuna~); Tomoyo Sakagami (Clannad); Kei Shindou (ef ~A Tale of Memories~); Mokona (xxxHolic, Tsubasa Chronicles); Nanaka Yatsushiro (Myself; Yourself); Rider (Fate Stay/Night)
  • Favorite Songs – One More Time, One More Chance (Yamazaki Masayoshi); Shintouka (Jyukai)
  • Favorite Music Artist – Jyukai (Manami Watanabe, Dewa Yoshiaki)
  • Top Visited Posts – Pokemon Trainer Card (what the heck?); Resident Evil Poster; Toki wo Kizamu Uta/TORCH Release
  • Favorite Manga – Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles
  • Most Visited/Related/Linked Sites – Google, Keiri’s Byakuya ~White Night~, Amaya Lee’s Irreprehensible, Galanime, Chibi-Osts, Soccernet, Youtube, Jyukai’s Ameblo, Aimmy’s Ameblo, Mithfalath’s Lonely Road The Novel
  • Favorite Quote – “How much more do I have to lose, before my heart is forgiven? How many more pains to suffer, to meet you once again?” (One More Time One More Chance)
  • Favorite Football Teams – Aston Villa FC, SV Werder Bremen, Sevilla FC, AC Fiorentina, Juventus
  • Favorite Basketball Teams – Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Hornets
  • Favorite Events – Sembreak (“-_-) ; Christmas 2007; Novel Writing Month

Again, Otanjou-bi Omedetou Gozaimasu, ~Hanamuke no Merodii! ^^ Ü

Aside from that, I’m here to share some lyrics I’ve researched a while ago about the latest 2 videos I’ve posted here (Zenbu Kimidatta and Hachigatsu no Christmas; both sung by Yamazaki Masayoshi)

Zenbu Kimidatta
Yamazaki Masayoshi

Itsunomanika furidashita ame no oto
Isogiashi de iku kisetsu no
Owari o tsugeteiru
Fuini mado o tojikaketa te ga tomaru
Shibarakuwa kimi no koto
Omoidasazu ni itanoni
Sasaina koto kara no isakai wa
Itsumo futari no asu o kumoraseta
Imanara ano yoru o koerareu kana
Kimi no namida ni kotaerareru kana
Mune mo kurushikute harisakeru hodo
Zenbu kimi datta

Tagai no nuguikirenai sabishisa o
Sameta asa no hikari no naka de
Uyamuyani shitekita
Kokoro nimo nai uraharana kotoba de
Wazato futari wa kizutsukeattane
Ima nara joozuni tsutaerareu kana
Itsumo hohoemi ni kotaetakatta
Mune mo setsunakute kakimushiru hodo
Subete kimi datta

Toki wa shizukani kakegae no naimono o
Toozakatteiku hodo azayakani utsushidasu
Donnani yarusenai kimochi demo
Donna ni ashita ga mienakutemo
Nukumori dake o tayori ni shiteita

Yagate amaoto wa togire hajimete
Machi ga niwakani ugoki hajimeru
Kumo wa yukkuri suberi hajimete
Heya wa akarusa o torimodoshiteku
Kaze ga yasashiku hoho o nadeteyuku
Zenbu kimi datta
Zenbu kimi datta

Hachigatsu no Christmas
Yamazaki Masayoshi

Arifureta dekigoto ga
Konna ni mo aishiku natteru

Wazukana jikan demo
Tada kimi no soba ni ita katta

Ano natsu wo shinobu you ni
Konayuki ga mai oriru
Nari yamanu kane no you ni
Kimi to sugoshita hibi wo
Yasashiku tsutsunde hoshii

Boku no kioku mo itsuka
Tooi sora ni kaette yuku no darou ka

Kako kara no tayori no you ni
Konayuki wa mai orite
Garasu goshi fuyu no asa
Kokoro ni himeta omoi
Kimi ni todokete hoshii

Dore kurai no namida ga nokotteru darou
Ima wa shizuka ni me wo tojiru dakede…

Omoide wo kataru you ni
Konayuki ga mai oriru
Kanashimi ni kurenu you ni
Hohoemi wo tayasanu you ni
Hi wa meguri furikaereba

Tashikani kimi ga ita ano natsu no hi ni
Tashikani boku ga ita hachi-gatsu no sora no shita