The Hokuto Cup draws to an exciting conclusion and the players are already looking ahead to the next chance to challenge themselves and take the go-world by storm.
The series may be over, but the reader can easily imagine Hikaru continuing to strive forward and catch up to Akira for a lifetime of mutually-fulfilling rivalry. I do wish we could have seen Sai (the go-playing spirit who inspired Hikaru to play in the first place) again in something more than a flashback, but I'll have to settle for hoping he shows himself in a new player whenever the world once again needs its go-fire rekindled. Besides, Akira's dad's waiting to play him (or whoever's channeling him) again, too. Still, I kinda wish there were more volumes, as I'd rather see it than have to imagine it. *sigh* :)