The story is amazingly captivating despite its singleminded focus on Go. The last time a massive series took my sleep away like HnG was Naruto and I’m beginning to see some similarities between the 2 mega series which might shed some light to the secret of success of such long-running animes.
- Have a bratty, noisy kid who likes ramen as the lead. Have yellow hair for better effects. (See Hikaru and Naruto for details.)
- Have the main protaganist a cool rival who seems impossibly ahead of him. Preferably have long hair and is popular with girls. Should have superior blood lineage like being an Uchiha or having Touya Meijin’s blood. (See Akira and Sasuke for details.)
- The lead must have a secret source of power which manifests itself occasionally to scare the daylights out of people. (See Sai and kyuubi for details.)
- Set up lengthy battles in the form of exams and show EVERY battle so that the series can be prolonged. (See Pro and Chuunin exam.)
- Have fantastic scores to make every dramatic, poignant, exciting moment in the series a spellbinding experience. (See HnG and Naruto OSTs.)