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Saki – Zenkoku – hen 3

The finals finally begin!

It turns out purple girl is essentially a fearow with Mirror move; she can copy anyone’s signature move/ability once per four or five hands (Kinda scary to think what would happen if she ever managed to copy Teru’s mirror). She captures and demonstrates this ability by recycling Saki’s Rinshan Kaihou from the dead wall. Hisa sits there with a “Keikoku doori” face as the rest, save Nadoka, are surprised. After the match she gets thoroughly spanked in point and Nadoka chides her for copying others abilities before improving her own. Whatevs man, she’s still cute.

We also see a nice flashback in the beginning of the episode showing how Nadoka and Yuuki met; of course, poor Nadoka got teased about her chest size. It was nice seeing the old lady ask about Shizu and Ako though. Hey guys, please don’t forget about them, ok?

Hisa also reveals that part of the reason for the combined training camp was to strengthen Mako’s skills and expose her to more playing styles. I still feel as though Mako is better than Yuuki as a player. That said, I don’t doubt that Hisa has a plan; she must have felt as though Mako had some weak spot that was easy to expose or take advantage of.

Did I also mention that we got wind that Hisa shut down whoever they faced prior to this match so badly that they never even got to their fourth player (Nadoka)? Jesus, she is frightening.

In any event, the first match is ready to begin as Yuuki dons her famous cape (that she apparently just bought?) and steps into the always permanently purple room. Shit is about to go down.

Saki – Zenkoku-hen 2

Saki returns with another combined training camp, which I totally love because we get to see all of the characters we know and love again. While I still think I prefer the achiga cast, I love Ryuumunbuchi, wahaha, and etc. It’s nice to have an excuse to get to see them.

Highlights of this episode include Kyoutaro being Mexican, Hisa and the gang getting a message from their school back home, Touka apparently being better than she lets on, and purple haired girl from middle school who appears to be a buffed Yuuki (Strong during the first half of the game). That’s quite a bit to take in!

Touka losing conscienceness was extremely off-putting as something supernatural rarely happens in Saki outside of the mahjong games. In the games themselves, of course supernatural shit is happening all over the place, but we love it that way. Ok, I love it that way. Touka really surprised everyone by sitting at the intimidating-as-shit table which was seating Saki, Koromo, and pro-Fujita. Touka is good but these three are way outside her league; I’d rank Hisa, Nadoka, Toki, Mihoko, and the demon level mahjong players as stronger than her. Honestly, Momo might be stronger (As well as the purple haired girl from Wahaha’s school, who I believe is a stronger player). That said, Touka can certainly hold her own and is, in my opinion, Ryuumunbuchi’s second strongest player. The other players called her possessed state “Cold Eyed Touka”, where she appears to be insanely strong. She collapsed in the beginning of the fourth hand and apparently was completely unaware of what happened the previous day.

Hisa also called this random purple haired loli to outperform the Kiyosumi girls in their training camp (Doesn’t Hisa always call someone who will kick their asses?) Who knows what she holds in store for them, but the similarities in playstyle to Yuuki have been noted by the show itself. I’d imagine she’ll surprise them but in the end she’ll have the effectiveness of a buffed Yuuki. We’ll see.

Saki – Zenkoku-hen 1

Yeah, that’s right. The time has finally come.

Kiyosumi is finally going to the nationals. And this time, they play for keeps.

Saki is convinced to find her sister, Nadoka is convinced to see things through in the nationals with Saki, Hisa has her dream of winning the nationals with her friends in arms reach, Mako has helped Hisa achieve that goal, and Yuuki is just, er, Yuuki. Henceforth she will be referred to as Tacos.

Episode 1 convinced me we’re in for quite the ride. Rather than focusing on the mahjong battles of dragonball z proportions that we are familiar with, zenkoku-hen gently sowed the seeds for further conflict, showing us our new cast (and having us reconcile with some old ones. I miss you Toki!)

Particularly unsettling was the characterization of the Achiga girl’s school who we have become intimately familiar with thanks to Saki’s previous installment. Usually portrayed as the adrenaline-happy-go-lucky undisciplined girl’s school, we are given a stark contrast where they are seen as both intimidating and in the case of our friend Shizuno, oppressively intimidating. You may recall this scene occurred in Achiga-hen right as the girls arrived at Nationals, where the situation was reversed portraying Saki as the monster. In truth, she was just looking for the bathroom. Absolutely hilarious.

I’d also like to point out how it’s nice the better characters from the first season won’t be going away just because they’re defeated. Mihoko has especially grown on me. Hope she takes individuals! Oh wait, Teru plays individuals. Rip Mihoko.

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