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I know it’s been a while, sorry about that, but you should all be rested up and ready to answer new questions! Let’s do this!



This week’s spotlight character is Ichikawa Harumi!



Ichikawa is the clerk at the Touya Go Salon and seems quite fond of Akira. What do you make of that? Any theories about her?


More Rambling Recaps )


Discussion! )

Chat is ongoing, so feel free to stop by anytime - your best bet to find us is after five or so PST, the later the better, heh. Enter chat here! Mostly we write and babble, and occasionally still have rewatches, though I need to catch up with the posts - the last episode we watched was the 25-26 double episode. When we do rewatch, it's always on Saturdays at around 7:30 PST - the standard time - if enough people are there and want to watch. But you'll find us playing and writing and inspiring each other pretty much every night of the week! In fact, on some non-rewatch nights, we've hit nine chatters at one time! Clearly this means the rewatch chat is a total success, even if I dropped the ball a bit. :D

So, without further ado, let's discuss Hikago!
hostilecrayon: (BG Brain Broken)
[personal profile] hostilecrayon
Who's up for a rewatch chat? Same time, same place, tonight! 7:30PM PST, guys. Let's rock this!

(And really, I'll catch up with the posts as soon as possible - life has just thrown me one bolder after another - and now somehow, I have a little kid disease. But my little kid doesn't have it. WTF. XDD)
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[personal profile] hostilecrayon
You may have noticed the lack of a rewatch post and chat. There are two reasons for this - one, I lost internet for a large chunk of the weekend, and two, everyone was busy with Easter. So instead, we will have a double live chat this weekend to make up for it! I'll also be posting a discussion post with all four episodes covered. We'll be holding the chat at the same time as we were going to last week, so put on your rewatch boots and get ready for the weekend!
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The Epic Hikago Rewatch: Episodes 15 and 16

Gah! Sorry this is so late. I had a paper to write and then I had other things to do, and I got distracted and ugh. But here it is!



This week’s character spotlight is Morishita Shigeo!



Waya’s teacher and a 9-dan, Morishita seems to take issue with the Touyas and those who study with them! Some might say the Touyas are his eternal rivals – only they don’t seem to know it.

What do you think of Morishita and his crew? (Feel free to answer this one with ROT13!)


Get ready for some Net Go!

Massive Recaps )


Discussion Questions )



The chat is still going strong, churning out ideas and fics and pictures and just tons of good fun! The next official chat (AKA when we actually watch episodes XD) with be on April 7th at 7:30PM PST! What time is that in the rest of the world? Chat is here!
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[personal profile] hostilecrayon
You guys are seriously amazing. The rewatch chat that officially started at 7:30PM PST on SATURDAY (and several hours earlier unofficially) went for over 30 hours straight, and since then, every single day for SEVERAL hours there have been people using the chat, talking about Hikago, making fic, icons, screencaps with hilarious captions, prompts, encouraging squee, betaing for each other... the list goes on and on. It is truly amazing to see, and I am so absolutely honored to be a part of it - I'm so happy that my wish to encourage people with a community rewatch has actually happened, so happy that so many people have been participating both in the chat and in the discussion posts.

It's been awesome, and it just keeps getting better.

If you haven't had a chance to drop by the rewatch chat, the next chat will be on Saturday, March 31st at 4PM PST. What time is that in the rest of the world? Chat is here!

Many thanks to everyone for making this happen, and for the usual amazing enthusiasm! It's hard to believe this excitable fandom is for a canon that ended nearly ten years ago - I think it's clear that in our hearts, Hikago will never end!
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[personal profile] hostilecrayon


This week’s spotlight character is Kishimoto Kaoru!



Kishimoto, the strongest in the Kaio Go club outside of Touya who still thinks he was right to give up on being a pro. Is this the tremendous wall that separates excellent novice players and professionals? What do you think of Kishimoto? Tell us in the comments!


Okay so this recap is ridiculously long because everything is so important! I feel like I should just hand out a transcript. >.>;

Recap )


Discussion Questions )


A general question – is anyone actually using the recaps? Not that I’ll stop making recaps, but right now, I’m trying, for the most part, to be as pairing neutral and ‘professional’ about them as possible. Which, if that helps you guys, awesome, I’ll stick with that. I’m asking because for me, this is an incredibly boring way for me to write these posts. It basically goes like this: Play five seconds, pause, write something down, repeat. For two episodes. I never learned how to take notes (they tried to force me to in a class in high school, and instead of learning how, I just got a D in the class because WTF, if it’s there, IT MUST BE IMPORTANT, OTHERWISE, WHY THE HELL IS IT THERE AT ALL? And yes, I pass tests because I can just memorize what’s been said or what I’ve read, ahaha) so basically, my recaps are literally just 95% of exactly what happened in the episode and it takes me on average two hours just to do two episodes. If no one objects (and please speak up if you do), I’d like to be a little more full of squee and excitement, because if it’s boring for me to write, I’m sure it’s boring as hell for you all to read. If you have suggestions for a better way to do the recaps, let me know!


Last week in the live chat we had chat doodles and drabbles after the episodes, so you never know what you might be missing if you don’t come! :D For instance, [personal profile] degrees wrote Taking Your Work Home for us right in the chat box! So you should definitely come out, as you never know what might happen! The live chat for these episodes is tonight at 7:30 PST! What time is that in the rest of the world? Chat is here!
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[personal profile] hostilecrayon


This week’s character spotlight is Yun!



Yun, the teacher who oversees the Kaio Go club. He has a sharp mind and is firm, but can be swayed by the children he oversees and has a surprising gentle side to him. What do you think of Yun? Why do you think he let Touya be the third board after expressly telling him no?


Recap )


Discussion Questions )


The live chat for these episodes is tonight at 7:30 PST! What time is that in the rest of the world? Chat is here!
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[personal profile] hostilecrayon


This week’s Character Spotlight is Mitani Yuuki!



Mitani’s official title is “the Stray Cat.”

Why do you think Mitani cheats? Is there a deeper reasoning?


Recap )



Discussion Questions )


The live chat for these episodes is tonight at 7:30PM PST! What time is that in the rest of the world? Chat is here! I hope to see you there!
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[personal profile] hostilecrayon
Cracktastic March: It’s like March Madness, only with crack.

This month, we’re celebrating all the crack in our epic little fandom! Crack fic/drabbles, crack theories, crack pairings – if it’s cracktastic, we want to celebrate it!

Let’s kick this off with some crack drabbles, so we have all month to write them! Plus, since we’re trying to get into the top ten anime/manga fandoms on AO3, this is the PERFECT way to boost the fic count! :D

So have at it – post as many cracky prompts as you want, and be sure to answer some, because this month is all about the crack! Want to write some crack, but no one prompted it yet? Don’t be shy! Post it anyway! Don’t want to write, but have the itch to draw or make a video? Do that instead! The sky’s the limit (as long as you aren’t breaking any laws or anything, heh).

Let’s get cracking! And look forward to more crack posts to come in the following weeks!


Also, the next rewatch chat has been decided – Saturday at 7:30PM PST. What time is that in the rest of the world? We hope to see you there!
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[personal profile] hostilecrayon


This week’s character spotlight is Fujisaki Akari!



Akari’s official title is “the Neighbor”. What do you think of this title? Even though she is present for much of the series and is a friend of Hikaru’s (and quite possibly romantically interested in him as well), she still only gets the designation of neighbor. Does this have a deeper meaning?

How do you feel about Akari? What kind of person is she? How do you feel about her relationship with Hikaru and the changes we can already see in it?


I know these are supposed to be brief recaps… but… I sort of fail at that. Whoops?

Recap )


Discussion Questions )

Please remember, use ROT13 for spoilers!

Based on the time people asked for, the chat for this discussion post will be at 6PM PST tonight! What time is that in the rest of the world? We’ll be doing episodes 7 and 8, and you’re welcome to show up early or stay late – Aja has given us permission to use it whenever we need to. Chat is here! Remember, you don't need an account, so everyone is welcome! Afterwards, I will decide on the next official chat and make an announcement about it later.

If you have any questions/comments/suggestions/etc, let me know!

Let's discuss!
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[personal profile] hostilecrayon
This post is for members to arrange their own live chats outside of the official chat times. Please track this post if you'd like to attend live chats organized by other members, or if you'd like to organize them yourself. Chances are, a lot of people won't be able to attend every official chat, so this is a way to organize with other members to have chats at times more convenient times for people in different time zones. Please organize your chats here, and if you organize a chat (AKA two or more people agree to a time), you may make a post on the comm to announce it to everyone. (Please, only post one announcement per chat to keep the comm clean and prevent flooding.) Also, someone should act as the 'host' of each chat - meaning someone who synchronizes play times and makes sure the chat follows basic chat etiquette and that everyone is having fun.

The chat room is here.

Remember to track this post so that you will know when people are trying to organize chats! Hopefully this will help the people in different time zones who would like to attend chats but cannot make it to any given week's official live chat.

If you have any questions about organizing chats, you can ask them here or contact me directly at any time. Don't hesitate to ask!

Have fun, guys!
hostilecrayon: (Sai Glomp)
[personal profile] hostilecrayon
Based on feedback I received during out last live chat (which was tons of fun), the next live chat for the rewatch is today at 6PM PST! What time is that in the rest of the world? The link to the chatroom is here, courtesy of Aja. It’s Campfire, so you do not need an account and there is nothing to download. Just type in a user name and go!

We'll be watching episodes 7 and 8 this time, and last time some of us continued to chat long after the episodes were over, so feel free to join us late if you like! If for some reason, you cannot access the chat, please post here and let me know and we'll get it figured out.

For those of you who cannot attend but would like to still participate in a live chat, feel free to set up your own - I will make a post that you guys can track for setting up unofficial live chats shortly. Also, I will try to switch up the live chat times each week so that everyone that wants to come will get a chance to attend a live chat.

I hope to see you there!
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[personal profile] hostilecrayon


This week’s character spotlight is Tsutsui Kimihiro! In addition to discussing episodes 5 and 6, let’s celebrate Tsutsui!



Tsutsui’s official title is “The Founder.”

In episodes 5 and 6, we see Tsutsui with his nose in a Tsumego book during his matches. And yet, we know from his incredible comeback that he is a strong player, especially in Yose. Do you agree with Kaga that Tsutsui’s Tsumego book is holding him back?


Recap )


Discussion Questions )

Alright guys, you know the drill. ROT13 for spoilers, feel free to take the topics and run with them, introduce your own topics, fic, give recs, meta, squee, whatever. As long as it’s Hikago related!

As for the chat, It was FANTASTIC, and if you missed it, never fear, we’ll be doing it again next week on Saturday, March 3rd at 6PM PST. What time is that in the rest of the world? We’ll be doing episodes 7 and 8, and you’re welcome to show up early or stay late – Aja has given us permission to use it whenever we need to. That means if some of you are only available at times that I can’t be here to run the live chat, you can make use of the room to have your own chats at whatever time you’d like! You are also welcome to post announcements about unofficial chats you plan to have with the rewatch tag. (Please only post once per chat – I know during BG sometimes people go crazy and post six times for the same chat – let’s not bury the discussion posts, shall we? XD) If for some reason you expect there to be more than 12 people there, or if you can’t get into an official chat because the chat is full, you have to let me know. Aja has offered to adjust it if we end up with more than twelve people – but I’ll have to ask her, so make sure to contact me.

If you have any questions/comments/suggestions/etc, please do let me know!

Now, let’s discuss!
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I've waited for the rewatch post as long as I could, but it's now 12:37 am here and I'm ready for bed. Consider this as part of the thread when it is posted later tonight.

NN all.


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5-1



5-2



5-3



6-1



6-2



Episodes 5-8 are part of volume 2 of the manga.

hostilecrayon: (AkiHika Kiss)
[personal profile] hostilecrayon
The first live chat for the rewatch is today at 3PM PST! What time is that in the rest of the world? The link to the chatroom is here, courtesy of Aja. It’s Campfire, so you do not need an account and there is nothing to download. Just type in a user name and go!

We'll be watching the first six episodes to catch up, so feel free to join us late if you like! If for some reason, you cannot access the chat, please post here and let me know and we'll get it figured out.

I'm looking forward to it!
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[personal profile] hostilecrayon


This week’s Character Spotlight is: Kaga Tetsuo!



His official title is “The Vagabond.” What do you think of this title? Does it fit him?

The artbook has this to say about him:

In the first character popularity polls, he came in a proud second, after Sai. Although his appearances are few, Kaga is rather popular.

I wrote two stories outside the main storyline where he is the main character. That's right. He's more fitting in main character roles.

Since he didn't want to continue on forever in only a supporting role for some other person named "Hikaru," he left us pretty quickly.

Isn't he cool?

(Translation by hkfoot, which you can find here.)

Kaga may be a supporting character in Hikaru no Go, but he definitely has the personality of a leading man. What do you think?


Recap )


Discussion Questions )


Chat:

I know, I’ve been seriously lagging. I got a job on top of school and baby, so I’m still juggling it all and figuring out when I have time for things. When I asked for times people were available initially, I didn’t get any responses, but during the last discussions, there were several inquiries about it. Since my only days off are Friday and Saturday, I’m going to set a tentative time which can be changed if need be.

I propose we have the first live chat on Friday, February 24 at 3PM PST. What time is that in the rest of the world? The link to the chatroom is here, courtesy of Aja. It’s Campfire, so you do not need an account and there is nothing to download. Just type in a user name and go!

If this is a bad time for people, now is the time to let me know!

EDIT: I have no idea why the chatroom link isn't working. I'll have to figure it out before Friday. Okay, I actually fixed it this time. Confirmed success! Horray!
hostilecrayon: (Take My Hand)
[personal profile] hostilecrayon
It's time!



Note: I am using a fansubbed version of the anime, so some terms or titles may be different than the official translation.

This week’s Character Spotlight is: Fujiwara no Sai!

Sai’s official title is “The Ghost”, which is pretty self-explanatory.

In addition to this week’s episodes, let’s celebrate Sai!





Sai has many facial expressions - more than anyone in the show, as far as I can tell. Do you have any pictures of Sai making silly faces? Post them in the comments!


Brief Recap )


Discussion Questions )

Let's discuss it! Also, feel free to suggest other discussion questions to add to this list!

Also, check out the fabulous meta post on the first three episodes - Manga vs. Anime by [personal profile] llamabitchyo!

Remember, please use ROT13 for spoilers!

EDIT: For those of you in the US, remember, you can watch Hikago for free at Hulu!
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[personal profile] hostilecrayon
[personal profile] verloren1983 made some rewatch banners - feel free to use them!







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[personal profile] hostilecrayon


It's been a week since the poll went up, and now it's time to consider the results!

I see many of you are quite interested in a rewatch, as long as you aren't overwhelmed by too many episodes. Two episodes per week seems to be the favorite number to watch per week, trailed closely by three episodes. A lot of you would like to see the weekly posts on the weekend, and you overwhelmingly would like to see meta/discussion questions, followed by character spotlights based on that week's episodes. Most of you would also like it to start in one or two weeks. As for the chats, you guys are split - which is fine; they are in no way required to participate in the rewatch, but instead are just a fun perk.

Now that we have the results, it's time to announce the details of the Epic Hikago Rewatch!



The Epic Hikago Rewatch will begin on Saturday, February 11th! We will be watching two episodes per week, and each week on Saturday there will be a rewatch post with discussion questions, a character spotlight and a brief recap for people who haven't had the chance to watch the episodes yet.

That gives you all almost two weeks to track down the episodes and watch the first two. [personal profile] paxpinnae has informed me that if you live in the United States, the entire series is on Hulu for free! That should also give you plenty of time to rally for others to join us and to try and convince first timers to join in the Hikago fun!

Standard rules of etiquette apply to all posts, but in addition, just in case we have first timers, please do not discuss episodes beyond those that we have watched during the rewatch. We don't want to spoil it for anyone who might be new! EDIT: Spoilers will be allowed, provided they are posted after using the ROT13 scrambler.

As for the live chat option, I'd like some feedback as to when people are available, and especially if you are willing to 'host', which essentially is just making sure everyone is having a good time. Aja has provided us with a room on Campfire, so no messenger or account is necessary to participate! (More information on this next week, once I have an idea of when people would be available.)

I ([personal profile] hostilecrayon) am the main organizer, so if you have any questions/comments/concerns that you do not want to post to the community, please feel free to contact me directly via private message or on either AIM (themeancrayon) or Gtalk (hostilecrayon). You can also e-mail me at hostilecrayon@gmail.com. As always, I'd like all of your feedback/comments/questions/concerns/flailing, so don't be shy!

Once again, the first official rewatch post, containing the first two episodes, will be Saturday, February 11th! Look forward to it, and tell everyone you know (and even some people you don't know, why not?)!

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