The Go-themed manga has printed more than 25 million copies
It is confirmed today that China's biggest streaming service iQIYI will start streaming a live-action web drama adaptation of Yumi Hotta (story) and Takeshi Obata (art)'s shonen manga Hikaru no Go in the summer of 2019, under the title "棋魂" (The Spirit of Go). The company reportedly acquired the right to adapt the internationally popular Go-themed manga back in June 2017. 劉暢/Chang Liu? serves as director, 厚海文化/Houhai Culture (Three Kingdoms) works on production.
The manga was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump from 1999 to 2003 and compiled in 23 tankobon volumes. Its total print in Japan has reached over 25 million copies. It was adapted into a 75-episode TV anime series by Studio Pierrot in 2001-2003. This is the world's first live-action adaptation project based on the manga.
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