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Big Trouble with Little Waya 
Humour
Words: 876
Summary: Isumi brings Le Ping over to Waya's family home. Shenanigans ensue.

Link to A03
Link to FF.net

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The Games of Autumn 
Words: 2,139
Characters: Waya, Shindou, Iksumi
Summary: Waya moves out of his crappy apartment. Shindou and Isumi help. The weather doesn't. (Written for [personal profile] tuulentupa's unofficial round of blind-go!) 
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The Big Slump (8010 words) 
Chapters: 8/8
Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Ochi, Ochi's Grandfather, Waya, Yashiro, Kurata 
Summary: "Your go is made of money." Ochi is in a slump and wants to figure out why.

...It's quite possible that I've written more Ochi fics than anyone in the world.   
 
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Happy belated Hikago day! I wanted to post something on May 5th but I didn't have anything ready -_- 

But! You can check out the 5 fics at tuulentupa's unofficial blind-go post, one of which is mine!

And below the cut is a snippet of an unfinished Ochi fic. I like writing Ochi. He's always grouchy. 

The Big Slump )
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 I'ma gonna rec this fic! 

Summary: A year after Sai's disappearance, Hikaru returns to Innoshima. And gets possessed once more by a Go-playing ghost – this time, Honinbou Shuusaku.Except Shuusaku doesn't want to play Go, and frankly, Hikaru doesn't know what to do with that.



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Title: Five People Hikaru Kind of Told About Sai (And One He Actually Told)
 
Fandom: Hikaru no Go
 
Genre: Gen
 
Characters: Hikaru, Hikaru's dad, Waya, Akari, Tsutsui, Kaga, Hikaru's grandpa, Touya
 
Wordcount: 5000 words 
 
Summary: What it says on the tin. Everyone has to write one of these eventually, right? 
 
Link to story at Archiveofourown.org
Link to story at Fanfiction.net



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Title: Hair Despair

Fandom: Hikaru no Go

Genre: Humour 

Characters: Shindou Hikaru, Touya Akira

Wordcount: 861 words 

Summary: Touya's hair is getting way too stupidly long. 
 

Clicky clicky )


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I've been having a lot of meta thoughts about sports anime lately, thanks to Haikyuu!! and Yuri!!! On Ice (what is it with exclamation points in anime titles nowadays). Also Chihayafuru, which feels like a really underappreciated series grumble grumble.

Anyway, today I want to talk about the idea of "Real Life" in sports anime and manga. Ha ha. I'm going to identify some series that are so focused on sports that they are almost escapist, and then sports series that have a lot of Life in them, and then I'm going to talk about how some sports series let you escape for a while and then inject a dose of Life in them through what I call "Life Intrusion Moments." And then I'm going to relate this to other genres, and to writing in general. 

Note: I haven't done enough research to write a real essay here, and I'm going to only cut out the worst spoilers, so yeah, this bit of meta will mainly be for me me me me me. Also, I've never seen some of the really important sports series out there (like most of Eyeshield 21, Hajime no Ippo, and pretty much all of the baseball and soccer ones, yikes), and I haven't seen any series with female stars, so this is going to necessarily be a limited analysis of whatever I feel like and know. Wah. 
 
 
 

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Happy Halloween (in some time zones)! Here's a silly zombie apocalypse fic to celebrate.

Title: The Best Zombie Apocalypse Ever 
Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Genre: Humour 
Characters: Ochi, Shindou, Ogata, Waya, Touya,
Wordcount: 4661 words 
Summary: In the middle of the zombie apocalypse, Ochi learns that Sai was...undead? Time to go Sai-hunting! Contains some gore and a lot of silliness.
 
Fic )



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Title: The Games of Spring
Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Genre: Drama, Romance
Characters: Waya, Isumi
Wordcount: 1845
Summary: Waya and Isumi spend May 5 like old farts: drinking beer (even though Waya is technically underage), playing the slowest game of go in the world, and not paying any attention to the Hokuto Cup that Waya failed to qualify for, no sirree. Submitted to Blind Go Round 18. Comes after "The Games of Summer" and "The Games of Winter." 

The Games of Spring )


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Title: Yose
Fandoms: Hikaru no Go, Ender's Game 
Genre: Drama, Crossover, Space opera 
Characters: Shindou Hikaru, Nase Asumi, Hong Suyong
Wordcount: 12,360 words
Summary: The last story in my Hikago/Ender's Game crossover series, which started with "Hikaru's Game" in 2006. (Holy crap.) It is the Third Invasion, and Hikaru is the captain of a starship on the way to the war front. But along the way he comes to understand just how much he's been lied to about the nature of this war... 

Yose )

 

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Haikyuu 

levels of investment by skittidyne 
It took me a while, but I finally found a fic with lots of volleyball in it! Tsukishima POV, which means lots of delightful meanness, but basically all of Karasuno is featured here. Very fun short fic about the team goofing off and thinking about what Karasuno will look like next year.  

(BTW did anyone watch the Serbia v.s. USA and Serbia v.s. China women's volleyball matches during the Olympics??? So good!!) 



Hikaru no Go 


Paper Cranes by spontaneite 
"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." Took a while for me to get into this, but great premise and great Hikaru voice. Five chapters so far.   

Caught in a Thousand Strings by Thai_Tea_Addict  
"Sai wakes up to find everything he'd gone through to be a dream." Again, this took me a while to get into, but there's a reason this fic has 380 comments on it. The plot is pretty damn gripping. Read the warnings though--child abuse, child prostitution, etc. 

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I am on a train in Japan, my pocket wi-fi is spotty, and it's actually May the 6th over here, but Happy Hikago Day! Yesterday I went to a park with tons of koi flags and now I have some tiny plastic and paper koi flags in my luggage :)

Check out all dese blind-go fics!



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This fic is probably completely incoherent and full of typoes, but I wanted to get it out today for some reason. Enjoy.

Title: It's the End of the World as We Know It (And It's All Yang Hai's Fault)
Genre: Humour, Parody
Wordcount: 2423
Summary: Waya has this weird dream about a computer beating the fourth best go pro in the world! Ha ha! No way. And all this other crazy stuff with the helicopter and the explosions and the go-playing clones is all a dream too! Ha ha! No sweat.

Staying up late / All these days in a row / Cause of AlphaGo / Yo yo yo )

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(awefaoefiaef;eif had this post all typed up and then I accidentally deleted it -_-)
 
Google's computer AI AlphaGo has beaten the 4th-ranked player in the world, Korea's 33-year-old Lee Sedol! 
 
I have been staying up late to watch the official Google streams for Games 4 and 5, so I am slightly incoherent from sleep deprivation! 
 
I didn't udnerstand much of the go, but I loved watching the streams anyway, partly because one of the commentators, Michael Redmond (the only 9-dan from North America), has beautiful stone-handling and he was totally sassing the other commentator. 
 
I learned a couple of new go terms from the commentary, although they are somewhat non-sensical to me: "Nice Aji (taste)! There's good Moyou (pattern/shape) over here!" And I guess I kind of re-learned some terms that I should have learned form Hikago (Ko, Knight's move, Atari...) and a bunch of other random bits of go strategy. 
 
I felt pretty sad after Lee Sedol lost Game 3, but then he said "Today is Lee Sedol's defeat, not humanity's defeat." True! Now I am mostly just excited and hyper :D This is amazing technology, and all this hubbub over go is amazing too! 
 
I was pretty psyched when I saw Aja Hwang, the guy who was placing moves for Alpha Go, holding his stones in the amateurish way that Hikaru does at the beginning of HnG :) Saaaaaaiii!  
 
Other random observations and facts: 
 
-AlphaGo won 3 games in a row, clinching the best-of-five series, then lost game 4. Some are saying AlphaGo has a subprogram that tells it to purposely lose when it's starting to look too scary so that the humans won't unplug it :D 
 
-In game 4, move 78 by Lee Sedol was apparently brilliant. “Lee Sedol played the Divine Move.” —Gu Li.
 
-Other people are saying "AlphaGo has a weakness! You just have to play the Divine Move!" XD
 
-AlphaGo played some "nonsense moves" (Redmond's comment) after move 78, although I think the jury is out on whether those were actually "bad" moves. AlphaGo doesn't think like a human go pro--it tries to maximize its chances of winning rather than maximizing its point count. It doesn't play greedy and usually wins by small margins. 
 
-After game 4, Lee Sedol said that AlphaGo is better at playing white than black, which is perhaps why Lee won that game. It makes sense that AlphaGo, with its conservative style, would not be as strong at playing aggressively to make up for the komi (which was 7.5). 
 
-Lee Sedol has a very high-pitched voice XD 
 
-My brother said that when he watched the Game 5 stream live, there were shots of Lee Sedol looking really sad, but later on when he showed me the stream it seems like those shots were taken out. 
 
-AlphaGo first learned by playing strong amateurs on the internet, but after that it mainly learned from playing itself. Isn't that slightly alarming! Stephen Hawking is probably not happy. 
 
-There are two versions of AlphaGo: the stronger distributed version, comprising 1200 cpus, and the individual version, which is just one cpu. Lee Sedol played the distributed version. 
 
-Running AlphaGo is too expensive to allow it to play very often.
 
-AlphaGo has a system just for time management--to decide things like "is this move important? How much time should I spend thinking about it?" 
 
-The next person to play AlphaGo will be the current top-rated pro, China's 18-year-old Ke Jie. After game 2, Ke Jie blogged, “Even if AlphaGo can defeat Lee Se-dol, it can’t beat me." Later, he said his chances of winning have gone down because AlphaGo learns so fast. 

-AlphaGo should probably be referred to as an "it," but I've heard people referring to it as "she"? (Can anyone confirm?) 
 
 
Mwaaaar why is the world such an interesting place????


[edit] I posted some interesting links related to the lee sedol matches on the hikarunogo dreamwidth community just now. 
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[community profile] blind_go reveals for Round 17 have been...revealed!

Here's my fic: 

Title: An earnest wish, granted (part 1 of ?)
Genre: Drama, angst
Wordcount: 3226 so far
Summary: ...how do I summarize this fic. Hikaru is acting funny. Not funny ha ha but funny strange. And yeah his mother is worried, like always, but more worried than always. It's sad and weird. Someone help me summarize this fic properly.  

Click for fic )


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Some awesome soul remixed my sad little ficlet The Silent Path into a beautiful, perfect full-length story. It is the best Akari story ever. Read it! 
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Happy Hikago Day! Because I am a terrible, no good, horrible person, I have created a collection of (rather low-quality) screenshots of Hikaru going from mildly worried to crying his head off on May 5.

Enjoy! (Because you are terrible too!) )

Dropbox link (in case all those pics turn into broken images

This post was totally inspired by you people and also this totally depressing but wonderful essay

Hikago Day!

May. 4th, 2015 10:38 pm
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A few random things to enjoy on May 5: 

1. Blind_go fics are up! My fic is in there somewhere. It is, er, kind of still in first draft form. 

2. This general resource on the manga and anime is amazing. Seriously in-depth, detailed notes on everything and everyone in and about Hikago. Look at this page on Hikaru's grandmother who is only ever mentioned once, not even pictured, in the series. 

I know everyone but me probably knows about this website already, but WOW. 

3. A haunted goban on eBay. Ooooohh.

4. Hikaru no Girl (on Ao3 and ff.net), crossdressing fanfic, which I haven't finished reading yet but which I am finding awesomely hilarious, and Ao3 has been talking about genderbending lately, so. 

5. Agh, I need a number five so I will just ramble. I have been reading the official Viz manga of the Sai arc and Hokuto arc for the first time, and there are a few bits of commentary by Hotta Yumi that I hadn't seen before. The main thing that made me go OMG was the page where she explained the process of checking go stone accuracy: 

"After the manga pages are completed, Yoshida-san the editor and Obata sensei go over the illustrations panel by panel to make sure they match the game record...After that, the Japan Go Association checks it and we make corrections as needed. 

"Even so, sometimes a mistake will slip through. Once, a misplaced go stone was caught by someone operating the press at Kyodo Printing.

"Hikaru no Go has been a labor intensive manga. 

"To Obata sensei's assistants--thank you for your hard work all this time." 

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