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Volume 8 Chapter 68 - Day 4 of the Go Pro Exam's Preliminaries

[xxxx] = my comments to the reader

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p. 160-161
First Panel: Sai and Hikaru are sitting across from a young man. Hikaru is playing Go against him.
Sai: Hikaru's opponent, today, is a lower ranking Class I Insei.
Sai: Just this last move, at first it seems to be [luc], but it's really a mistake.
[Luc in Chinese literally means muscle, but here luc is a really good Go move]
Sai: As long as Hikaru can handle the situation...
A big exclamation mark is beside the Class I Insei
Insei: ... I've lost.
Sai: a smooth victory.
Hikaru: Good!
Sai: That's why I said [implied: it's an easy victory]!
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p. 163-163
Sai: If only you played like this on Day One, then it'd be better!
Sai: You were actually scared by that bearded man!
Hikaru: Sai -------- You're really loud ------------
Hikaru: Fuku won too. Fuku and I both lost twice and won twice.
Nase comes over to talk to Hikaru
Nase: Can you stamp it for me?
Hikaru: Yea! Did you win too?
Nase: Yeh! I won halfway into the game.
Hikaru: Nase also won 2 and lost 2...
Nase: Maybe we'll play against each other tomorrow! Because the number of players will decrease again.
Hikaru looks a little stunned
Nase: I'm going to watch the other people's games.
Hikaru: ... Tomorrow is the last day of the preliminaries.
Hikaru: Tomorrow... I have to win!
Hikaru clenches his fist
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p. 164 - 165
Upper right corner: Day 5 of the Preliminaries
Hikaru: ... Today's match will decide my fate. [lit. life and death]
Hikaru: ... Morning.
Nase: Morning.
Fuku: Morning -----
Hikaru: The people here have all won two times and lost two times.
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p. 166 - 167
Administrator: Is everybody here?
Administrator: RIght now we will start the drawings for the pairings.
Administrator: Fuku and Hikaru have already played against each other on Day 3. Does anybody else have any problems?
Administrator: If Fuku and Hikaru is the same group again, you will have to be paired once more.
Administrator: Everybody come to the front.
Fuku: B!
PingLum: I'm B too.
AdministratorB: What's your name?
PingLum: Ping Lum. [Ping means level. Lum means Forest]
Administrator: Ah! Fuku versus PingLum.
Nase: I'm A.
Hikaru: ..............
Hikaru opens the note. It's blank
SomeGuy: I'm A.
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p. 168 - 169
Administrator: Laoli vs. ChunPo
Administrator: Hikaru, you picked a blank sheet. You don't need to play. An automatic win!
Hikaru: Don't need to play...
Hikaru: I won without playing, I'm really lucky!
Sai: It's just the opposite!
Sai: Hikaru, you're not a bit lucky! The more you compete, the more chances you have to practice!
Sai: It's not good at all, if you win without playing!
Hikaru: .............
Sai: Moreover there's a chance you'll meet that bearded man!
Hikaru: There's still a whole month left before the official exam.
Hikaru: I'll start special training!
Sai: What kind of special training?
Hikaru: I'll figure it out when I go home!
Sai: Think about it now!
Hikaru: You're really annoying! [annoying -> nag]
Hikaru: I'll go to Sum Xia 9 Dan's studying group, start the special training!
Hikaru: It's really inconvenient to go home and then come back!
Hhikaru: On one hand we can eat hamburgers, on the other hand we can play go!
Sai: Yay ----- I can play Go. Heart
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p. 170 - 171
Waya: For the people who lost twice, if they won yesterday, then they will join the last day of the preliminaries.
Waya: If you lose three times, everything is over.
Waya: If he really lost, if that kid Hikaru can't do it, then he won't be going to the studying group today.
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p. 172 - 173
Waya: Fuku, Nase, and others are playing right now. Hikaru hasn't lost already has he?
Waya realizes Hikaru is standing behind him
Waya: Two wins two lost. You won without playing at the end?!
Waya: Good, now you can join the real exam. Originally, I thought you'd win three in a row and pass.
Hikaru: It's because I met that bearded gorilla. [lit. xing xing = monkey]
Waya: Bearded gorilla?!
Guy: Is that why you lost twice!?
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p. 174 - 175
Hikaru: That's why I need special training, right now!
Waya: Good! Next time go to the Go Salon with Isumi and me!
Hikaru: Go Salon?
Guy: Hikaru, how did you do in the preliminaries?
Waya: He played with some monkey!
Hikaru: Barely passed.
Guy: Congratulations!
Waya: Let's go see Fuku and Nase!
Someone says "It's me" to the side. Next panel: "Just finished." Nase appears with a cell phone.
Nase: I won.
Waya: Yah!
Hikaru: I need to go.
Hikaru thinks: What about Fuku?
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p. 176 - 177
Fuku: Waya!
Waya: Fuku, what about you?
Fuku: I won!
Waya: Great!
Administrator: I asked him to help me put away the Go boards.
Waya: Nase and Fuku can enter the official exam.
Waya's master: waya! What are you still doing here?
Waya: Coming!
AdminC: Is it over?
Admin: Yes.
AdminC: Let me see the results.
Waya: Goodbye.
AdminC: This kid named Hikaru...
Admin: Hikaru? What about him?
AdminC: His result --- he lost twice won twice and then he advanced without playing? That's was really dangerous...
Admin: I think.. maybe he was nervous, because it was his first test.
AdminC: If he was nervous... that must have been embarassing! How is his Go skill?
Admin: Not bad! On the surface you can't tell, but he is actually playing very well. Too bad he's not very consistent.
AdminC: He should be getting better and better?
Admin: Improvement? There's definitely that possibility.
Admin: But, it's all up to him. He has a lot of talent!
AdminC: ............. hm........ Since TapChiLern [Touya? Who?] joined the Go stage, he has won eight in a row. He hasn't lost one game.
A panel of Akira and his father are playing Go
Admin: Why are you talking about TapChiLern?
AdminC: Ah! No reason...
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p. 178 - 179
AdminC: There is no way he can compete with TapChiLeng... after all...
AdminC: He has finally passed the preliminaries!
Touya Meijin: This is the last match I'm going to give you a 2 moku advantage.
Touya Meijin: You have improved a lot, tomorrow who will make the first move. [
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