Akari Fujisaki (藤崎 あかり Fujisaki Akari) - Hikaru's childhood friend. She learns a little bit about Go, when Hikaru becomes interested, and she later joins the Haze Middle School Go club, serving as vice captain of the girls' team, despite her being a weak player. She also seems to have feelings for Hikaru, as noted by her two friends in the carnival and various other characters. Hikaru shows interest in her only little by little, though. The two remain friends throughout the course of the series. Her birthday is May 17.