Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata’s “Hikaru no Go” will be adapted into a live action TV series in China titled “Qui Hun” (「棋魂」, literally “Chess”). The series is slated for a summer 2019 release, via Chinese streaming site iQiyi, Comic Natalie reports.
Hikaru no Go was written by Yumi Hotta and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, with the portrayal of go games supervised by professional player Yukari Umezawa. It tells the story of a young boy named Hikaru Shindo, who unwittingly summons the spirit of Fujiwara no Sai, an ancient prodigy in the game of Go. Together they go on a journey of learning, and eventually Hikaru learns to love the game and become a professional player.
The popularity of “Hikaru no Go” made a positive impact on the ancient Japanese sport, and attracted a new generation of players not just in Japan but all over the world.