Readers’ Pick: Saki Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A – Episode 3Posted: April 27, 2012
No translation for the title shots anymore because MPC doesn’t like to include subs in them. I used to use VLC for my shots, but for some reason it gave me an error whenever I tried to take JPG pictures. What kind of player can take PNG shots but not JPG ones?
But a far more relevant point of confusion was this damn episode. What the hell, guys? You told me to get ready for practically Yu-Gi-Oh! levels of hacked mahjong playing, and that’s definitely not what was given. I never imagined the show winning the first Readers’ Pick was going to actually make me feel disappointment. I imagined it being more along the lines of either deep loathing or surprised enjoyment.
You know, I actually checked the time it took for their little tournament at match thing at the beginning to finish. One minute and forty-three seconds. And that’s just according to the video timestamps; I didn’t bother to cut out the few irrelevant parts inbetween that didn’t even show any mahjong.
Not only was it disappointing to not get what I was expecting in regards to mahjong, but the whole foreboding atmosphere with Crazy Hairstyle Girl was completely thrown in the trash. What kind of writing is that?
Though something far more frightening I found in the episode was the revelation that this is a world completely dominated by women, where men can only serve as butlers. That’s messed up. What if the genders were switched, so there were nothing but male characters running around while the only female characters were maids?
Oh wait, I think that actually describes a few different anime shows. …Awkward.
No but seriously, that revelation was kind of creepy. Well, only for about a few seconds, because then I just stopped caring. Being apathetic and having a short attention span comes in handy.
Now, I’ve never seen Saki, as I’ve said multiple times before, but I don’t think she’s supposed to look that… demonic? I’m also skeptical, because even though she’s pretty much the character of the series, they did this same dramatic, evil thing with Crazy Hairstyle Girl, and look how awesome that turned out to be.
I’ll be honest, if this wasn’t the Readers’ Pick for this season, I would have dropped it at this point. Being disappointing can be worse than just being bad. But alas, I have to watch it in its entirety, so hopefully it starts delivering in regards to mahjong starting next episode.