Mahjong isn’t exactly my idea of a fun game to watch, much less competetive mahjong (which is Mahjong intensified lol). Unlike Crossgame, which featured baseball a sport I actually knew a bit about. I was mostly in the dark when beginning my marathon of Saki. Sure I knew about the game and little things here and there, but the ruleset and scoring have confused me from time to time (Though I’m sure if someone who actually plays it regularly would explain more of the rules to me, it wouldn’t seem that way).

As you guys may have guessed, Saki is an anime about Mahjong. My first boardgame anime must have been Hikaru no Go, which convinced me that board game animes can be entertaining, so Saki wasn’t an afterthought. The series itself had been sitting on my watch list for a long time coming (as is most series) and I was in one of my meloncholic moods when I decided to watch it, as usual.

Per tradition, the wiki description on the plot for Saki reads:

Saki Miyanaga, a high school first-year student, hates mahjong because her family would always force her to play it and punish her regardless of the outcome of the game. Due to this, she learned how to keep her score at zero, neither winning nor losing, a skill said to be more difficult than actually consistently winning. However, her friend Kyōtarō from middle school, completely unaware of such circumstances, convinces her to visit the school’s small mahjong club upon entering into high school. After the club discovers her ability, they recruit her permanently and convince her to win instead of breaking even. She easily does so with her skill and discovers a new love for mahjong. This leads the team to enter the prefecture’s high school mahjong tournament with the goal of reaching the national high school competition.

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