I seem to do quite a few meta posts that focus on specific aspects of the human psyche and behavior in the animanga context, so from here on, I will be prefixing such posts with the term “Analysing”. Yay for my supreme creativity.
Now, on to the main topic.
If you are watching Saki: Achiga-hen, have seen the original Saki series, Akagi, Mudadzumo Naki Kaikaku, or that other mahjong anime that I forgot the name of, then you would probably know how to play Riichi (Japanese) Mahjong or have an interest in learning how.
The Saki franchise is pretty much driven by two things: bone-chilling mahjong plays and adorable yuri moments (or moe for those of you who haven’t seen the light yet). For the purposes of this post, I will focus on the matter of mahjong and exaggeration.
Since I don’t really have much to say about the technicalities in Saki: Achiga-hen that I haven’t already talked about in the past two episodes, let’s talk about pacing and dramatic tension.
Since the aniblogosphere is saturated with story movement-oriented episodic blog posts, I’ll try to cover the other aspects of Saki: Achiga-hen.
Back when we did the season preview for Spring 2012, my interest towards this anime called Saki was ignited. I was hesitant to watch it because I didn’t know a single thing about Reach Mahjong, and I feared that I would be alienated by all those Tsumos, Rons, and Rinshan Kaihous. But then I saw people praising Saki a lot and I just thought, “What the heck, I’m gonna watch it anyway.”