Who know a board game could be this much fun!
When reading Shonen Jump you can expect plenty of action and adventure whether you prefer Dragon Ball Z or Naruto, but you also get something a little unexpected, a game of GO.
Hikaru no GO, created by Yumi Hotta with art by Takeshi Obata (Death Note), follows sixth-grader Hikaru Shindo as he learns to play the board game GO. After coming in contact with a old bloody GO board at his grandfathers, Hikaru now sees and interacts with Fujiwara-no-Sai, an ancient GO master who used to teach the Emperor of Japan in centuries past. These two have an interesting go at it (oooooo, sorry, pad pun :P) as they learn about each other and as Hikaru learns to play and chase his rival.
My initial reaction when I heard about a manga based on GO was luke-warm, I did not know what to expect, especially since I've never played GO. After reading the manga, and watching the anime I must say, GO is a very cool game. I still know nothing about GO, but I've tried my hand at it a few times, it really is tough, and it makes me enjoy the manga even more since I can understand some of the moves and strategy.
You need to do yourself a favor and pick up one (or two) volumes of Hikaru no GO. It's a great read and may have you playing GO in no time.