Saki is…

… moe moe yuri mahjong. Okay well, that IS to be expected, ahaha.

First episode follows the manga pretty well, not much difference here. Seeing them animated is fun though, with the seiyuus doing a nice job of their characters. With such an all-star cast (Kana Ueda, Ami Koshimizu, Itou Shizuka, Jun Fukuyama, Rie Kugimiya, Miyuki Sawashiro Ryoko Shiraishi) it’s kinda hard to go wrong so fast there.

The mahjong parts are as dramatic as expected, especially in the last part with the 70 minipoint 2 fan hand by Saki there. In fact it makes a bigger impact than in Akagi mainly because they aren’t taking mahjong as SRSBSNS, since no one’s drawing blood or betting fingers.

I’m still having reservations about Gonzo doing this anime, and you can kinda see the QUALITY of the animation pretty clearly. It’s probably the most terrible looking show I’ve seen so far of Spring 09, especially with the failure of the animation for Nodoka’s boobs at times.

And speaking of them….


Those boobs those boobs those boobs those boobs those boobs those boobs those boobs those boobs those boobs those boobs


  1. moritheil Said,

    April 6, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

    So, in other words, Saki preempts the classic 4chan cry, “Tits or get out?”

    How important was the actual mahjong? It’s supposedly the basis of the show, but I can’t really tell from your comments above. I mean, is Saki something people who know nothing about mahjong can appreciate for reasons other than the fanservice, or does it presume knowledge?

  2. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 6, 2009 @ 7:15 pm

    @morithell: You need to be familiar with mahjong to understand the show. Mahjong IS the main part of the story so yeah, it’ll be pretty important later on when they go for the inter-high tournaments.

    For the first episode, the mahjong part dwells with the fact that Saki can get +-0 points for her game, which is effectively almost impossible unless you have crazy luck + crazy skill. Think of it this way, it’s like going to a casino with $10k, betting on the slots and leaving with $10k exactly, EVERY TIME. It’s even harder than simply trying to win.

  3. linaverse Said,

    April 6, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

    That’s not Miyuki Sawashiro but Ryoko Shiraishi as Mako.

  4. TheBigN Said,

    April 6, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

    On linaverse’s comment, I thought you were joking around there Kuro. I see I was wrong. :P

  5. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 6, 2009 @ 8:49 pm

    @TheBigN: Meh, I make mistakes like every other person on earth.

  6. Peanutbutter003 Said,

    April 6, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

    Or, using HnG way, +-0 is equivalent to playing Go, giving the opponent a handicap and force a draw game.

  7. Shin Said,

    April 6, 2009 @ 10:50 pm

    Pig disgusting oppai.

  8. kadian1364 Said,

    April 7, 2009 @ 12:36 am

    Mahjong now scares me.

  9. K_S_ Said,

    April 7, 2009 @ 6:52 am

    OMG, I watched Saki ep01 twice today. This morning (or now it’s already past midnight ;P), when I watched it, I didn’t knew anything about mahjong, thus I didn’t know the in-game terms like tsumo and such; also I didn’t get how the points were calculated. Nevertheless, I think you will understand the main plot even without knowing mahjong, for example you WILL notice that it is a hard task to maintain your points, that what Saki is doing is of unbelievable great skill(+luck) and so on.

    BUT!! Knowing the rules of mahjong will DEFINITELY make watching Saki far more interesting than not knowing. After watching it in the morning, I looked up all I could find about Japanese Mahjong and after half a day of studying the rules, I fully understood what was going on the second time I watched it (though I needed to halt the video several times to look up this or that xD).

    But nevertheless, I would recommend you all to learn the basics of mahjong if you want to FULLY enjoy watching Saki^^ (Also it doesn’t hurt to know Mahjong xD)

  10. icie Said,

    April 7, 2009 @ 7:40 am

    I must admit that I really don’t like having to do research to watch an anime. It’s not supposed to be work, ffs.

    So I’m just gonna sit back and watch Nodoka, while doing what many Hikaru no Go anime fans do: pretend to be bloody amazed at the feats of the characters, while knowing nothing about the game.

  11. Bill Said,

    April 7, 2009 @ 8:23 am

    No bra?

  12. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 7, 2009 @ 11:14 am

    Well I have no problems understanding the mahjong in the game. I grew up playing mahjong with my extended family. But it’s good to see that this show is making people more interested in the game. Mahjong is really a great game that combines both elements of luck and skill in a much more interesting way than popular card games.

  13. Cho_Hakkai Said,

    April 7, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

    I had watch the show. I still clueless at how they get the points. Play the game at computer before and it is totally different from playing with family during the Chinese New Year. The way I play can win in the family game but not for computer game.

    I understand how they play but don’t understand how they win.

  14. Giga Drill Breaker Said,

    April 7, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

    Moejong is moe.

    Also if you want to play online, use this lobby in Tenhou: . Shit is addictive

  15. lord_jagganath Said,

    April 7, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

    Its like Aussie rules and rugby union…. its totally screwed up… Mahjong ( with the usual rules – Kuro should know) is awesome… but i found myself hitting brick walls when understanding certain terms… mebbe because i learnt my mahjong the wrong way? ( vodka and Sochu don’t go well with mahjong… XD)

  16. Cho_Hakkai Said,

    April 7, 2009 @ 5:12 pm

    I had been wondering, where can we play mahjong game online for free?

  17. Ipsod Said,

    April 7, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

    Most online places give you the crappy solitaire version of Mahjong. But I managed to find an actual mahjong flash game.

    Have at it. I learned the barebones of mahjong a while back, and it’s kicking my ass. It should give intermediate players a good challenge.

  18. SinSnakeZ Said,

    April 7, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

    @Ipsod: That website kicked my ass 8 ways to Sunday…. I can never win them, even if I have a good hand… You need a great hand to win…

  19. xy Said,

    April 8, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

    its like a YUMI-KANAKO requiem spin-off.

  20. Cho_Hakkai Said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 5:04 am

    Saki is caught for cheating in the game.

  21. numbvir Said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

    mahjong is profound.
    you can’t handle on all kinds of it

  22. Chimayou Said,

    April 9, 2009 @ 11:06 pm

    Actually watching Saki the first time was the same for me as for K_S_Said. After watching it a couple of times i started looking for a computergame to try it out on myself. I found the software xalled Four Winds but i didnt want to pay for something i cant even play. Finally i found a forum where an free online mahjong game was discussed. I think its a really good way to learn mahjong.

    But i still dont really understand to count the points if you play HongKong Mahjong you never geht points like 7000 or 11000 like in the anime. But when changing to the Richii rules thats possible. I still dont know the exact rules used in the anime but i like playing it with others on the internet there and would love to meet more saki-viewers there :D

    See you soon and tell me the “Saki-Rules” if you find them out!

  23. K_S_ Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 4:00 am

    It’s the Japanese Rules or, in “Mahjong Time” terms, the Riichi-Rules.

  24. Saki expectation management session one | hontou ni sou omou? Said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

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  25. Raven Said,

    April 11, 2009 @ 7:29 am

    Saki’s Mahjong game rules

  26. Raven Said,

    April 11, 2009 @ 8:48 am

    Play mahjong

  27. Derek Said,

    May 5, 2009 @ 9:35 am

    I beat it!

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