Readers’ Pick: Saki Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A – Episode 1Posted: April 14, 2012
In a sudden surge of votes that totally wasn’t a conspiracy, Saki barely pushed past Eureka Seven AO and Sengoku Collection to win the poll for this season.
So now I have to write about it for each episode.
What the hell am I supposed to write? I barely know anything about the Saki series, let alone mahjong. I don’t know if any of these characters were in the main show, or what the timeline is, or any of that. So instead you guys are getting pure, unfiltered thoughts from a guy with absolutely no background for any of this being thrown into it.
HOW CAN SHE STILL PLAY MAHJONG? THOSE THINGS PROBABLY WEIGH MORE THAN HER. TALK ABOUT BACK PROBLEMS.
And honestly, those were probably some of my more sophisticated thoughts throughout the episode. Since I knew nothing about anything going into this episode, I just had to turn my brain off as I mostly watched underage girls play mahjong, occasionally in CG.
I guess I could say I liked the spunky lead,
Victorique Shizu. It’s actually been a while since I’ve seen a “FRIENDSHIP IS POWER” lead, and Iris Shizu seems to be one of those types. Did people win mahjong in the main series through the power of friendship?
I mean I can’t even begin to talk about character relations, motivations or anything fancy like that, because it feels like any of that is just a front so they could make a show about mahjong. It’s the same idea as Yu-Gi-Oh!, or Phi Brain, or whatever. Sacrificing pretty much any depth so everything could be focused on the games themselves. It’s not a bad strategy, because it clearly has been shown to work, but these types of shows aren’t going to get anywhere near the popularity of stuff like Death Note or Baccano.
OH MY SHIT IS THAT A MONOCLE?
ANIME OF THE CENTURY.