Aja: that is the first thing i thought of too.
Aja: after, of course, deciding "touyaismyasianprincess" was too long.
Aja: "LET'S FIVE" asdkjf;lasdfjdk;ls I LOVE THAT
sam: SKAF;LSDF SAME. sam: i'm like sitting here trying to think of something that looks dirty. "bemyhoninbou"...
Aja: ASDJKLFASDJ dying. immeijinurbase...
sam: AL;'ASDKASDGSDS;'EPORKG'OKAERAOGKG i'm atari-ing in ur go, moving to yose~
Aja: safjs;dkljsd;klfa tengenital sex.
sam: netgo. go netgo. gogoigo...
Aja: gonetgo kl;jasd;fkl... gogoigo... igoyougoweallgoforigo
Aja: gogohikago. gogoigo!
Aja: gogonetgo! this is so much fun. gogostick
sam: I KNOW KSALF
sam: now i keep hearing AREYOUSAI in that voice that's like ARE YOU A CYLON?
Aja: LAKSDFLAKSDJDS GOGOCYLON!
Aja: gogoigo, gogonetgo askldfj;sd
Aja: gogo....honinbou! GOGOOGATA
Aja: sdfasdfjklfdsjlk beijingmeijin
sam: KL;ASDJSDG tinychinesetwin
sam: LK;AJDF NOW I WANT A NEW YM NAME. CRYING
Aja: JSDKFL SAME. NEW GO-RELATED LJS
sam: JLDJFLJSALFJSLF YES
sam: AKLSJ;F GOD YES
Aja: *____* TOUYA *________* hetsukedmyatarisoitsukedhiminbed
sam: lk;safLFNLDSNLKNSDLAKKLFNKLNLKNSDF touyasuglyclothesdontmatteroncehikarusgo
sam: L;MASLDGDLKSMFKNFMDSKF I ENJOY THAT ONE...
sam: DEAD DEAD YES YES ALKSDGJ;KSLDJGKLDSJGAFKDSLFDSJF. i still like netgo though.
Aja: aklsdjf;as I KNOW. SO CONFLICTED. fujiwaranoPSYCHE!
Aja: god. how to explain this conversation to anyone.
sam: jLK;AG I LOVE HOW CONFUSING IT KEEPS GETTING. i keep laughing at gogohoninbou.
Aja: i feel like...honinbou...there has to be something there. like it sounds like it should be some sort of dance. DO THE HONINBOU!
sam: dead. i know.
sam: btw I'll upload the soundtrack for you when i go home. to your server or whatever
Aja: that's right. to my hikago directory, netgogogoigo.
WHICH IS TO SAY:
I am now uploading one of my rarely beloved most favorite animes, Hikaru no Go, to a directory near you.
1) General Love:
I have never pimped Hikago before in a way that has done it justice. I love this show. LOVE. I suspect most people on my friends list will too. It's not like any other anime I've ever seen. It's Shounen Jump, so there is the sports/competitive element, but mostly it's just completely elegant and supernatural and sweet. The best word I have for it is "special." You start out thinking it's about a board game, but then quickly realise that it's really about the characters. And about how Touya and Hikaru are spiritual partners and lifemates forever. and how Touya is gorgeous and amazing amazing amazing and how hikaru needs to wrap him up and take him home and cure him of his deep love for lavender and argyle and asfkjl;ads
2) The OTP: No, really. I heard over and over before watching this show that it was really, um, very OTP and slashy, but there's no way to describe just HOW OTP and slashy it is. You know how Snape tells Remus and Sirius that they argue like an old married couple? Well. Touya and Hikaru are that old married couple. there are no similes here. And they are that old married couple at age 15. *_* FOR LIFE. There are very, very few things I've ever found in fandom as satisfying as Akira/Hikaru.
Fandomwise, there really are no competing ships, nothing that gets in the way of the overwhelming and canonical love of this pairing. svz_insanity has posted a very lovely overview of Akira/Hikaru, which is probably the best place to go for a brief rundown of why Hikago, the series, is beautiful, sweet, and full of love. Note: contains SPOILERS so if you don't want to be hideously spoiled for major plot occurrences, don't read past her warning point. There are also some excellent fic recs there! :D
3) SAI. Sai is the heart of Hikaru no Go, and he is a beautiful, vibrant, and unforgettable character. You will be glad you met him. When the creator of HnG, Yumi Hotta, went to Korean and Chinese Go tournaments, she discovered that the adult tournament officials had been leaving a seat open for Sai in their official tournament matches - as a way to honor the character and the series. It is worth reading/watching to find out what a lovely, lovely gesture that was. I usually tear up just thinking about it.
4) PRETTINESS. The mangaka, Takeshi Obata, is the same artist who drew Death Note. I think that the manga and the anime are equally beautiful, though I know some people like the manga art better - but this series is beautifully drawn and there are absolutely gorgeous moments in both that I think everyone will love. There are also amazing amazing hikago fanartists and doujinshi artists, but that's a rec for a different time. Just. Overall? This show is beautiful. It is one of my favorite things, and I am proud to recommend it to everyone I know.
The entire series has now been uploaded!!! Just in time for Christmas.