Saki Manga 160 – Miyanaga Family Mystery

Every three years or so, we receive some morsel of information regarding the biggest plot of the series and the driving motivation of its titular character.

And every single time, it leaves me wanting for more as it become increasingly clear that whatever happened in the past  is more complicated than, “Teru is definitely still angry at me– Saki’s stated reason [circa chapter 4]. 

*MANGA SPOILERS BELOW THIS*

Saki, really at times, you are such a freaking unreliable narrator. lol

…Although, I’m not taking the possibility that Saki’s initial statement might be true “in a certain point of view” . I mean even as I accuse Saki of being an unreliable narrator, I know that Saki really doesn’t lie.  Saki just have the most convoluted logic ever and   have a habit of omitting information if she doesn’t like the topic.^^

Still, at least, we would finally have some clue about that statement since Saki and Teru after spending sometime avoiding each other  will finally meet for the first time in-series!

…. In December …. as Ritz take two months hiatus!

Yes. I know.

Sigh…

Still, at least the latest chapter is juicy enough and have dropped several bombshells regarding the situation.

  • Its the Miyanaga family house that caught fire and “no one was hurt”. Grandma Arctander decided to pay a visit the night after the fire. 

There has been some speculation on what exactly burned when Saki’s flashback was shown. Whether it was the hospital or whether it was their house? Whether Goldfish  Mysterious girl seen in Saki dream sequence died in said fire or not?

And now we know the answer.

(Unless, there is mass hypnosis involved and the Grandma didn’t remember the event right which at this point might actually happen ^^ ).

No one was hurt”, meant that the mysterious girl didn’t die in said fire.

I once postulated in this post (though some info on that post is outdated) that its very unlikely that mysterious girl is the cause of the sister’s estrangement since it seems that she left before said estrangement happened.

And while I’m not eliminating the possibility of mysterious girl’s death, with the revelation of foreign blood in their family, I think we’ll more likely to meet her in the incoming World championship (if Ritz ever gets there) since mysterious girl more than likely went/returned abroad to cure whatever sickness she has.

Also, there is an increased chance that the fire is no accident.  Simply because of the timing of the visit of Grandma Arctander.

Grandma visited on the evening before the fire happened which is quite a coincidence. Furthermore, only Kai and Saki moved at the house at the other side of the elementary school which meant that Ai-chan and Teru went somewhere else. (Probably Tokyo?)

Which meant the pseudo-divorce happened exactly after the fire.

Considering that Ai-chan either disguised herself or is currently missing after said incident.

….Something is rotten at the state of Norway.

Speaking of that:

 

  • We finally have the names of the whole family (except the extended family which surprise surprise are also looking to be very important.). 

Saki’s dad is called Kai Miyanaga.  Miyanaga’s maiden name is Ai Arctander. More interestingly for our resident conspiracy theorists, there is once a prominent pro player with similar name called Ai Arctandar.

And the chapter itself confirmed that they are both the same person.

The problem for  our dear intrepid reporter and us readers though: Teru’s current mother’s appearance doesn’t match “Ai Arctander”.  

Which is really really fishy.

Either Ai Arctander is somehow disguising herself which would beg the question of why the need for such disguise or drastic change of appearance. Could Ai-chan be hiding from someone or something? Is that the real reason for the pseudo-divorce?

We know from Shinohayu that there is some bad things connected to mahjong considering what happened with Shino’s mom.

The other possibility is the current Mrs. Miyanaga is a fake and Ai-chan is missing or somewhere else. 

Which also opens a ridiculous can of worms.

Because while Saki might not know that someone is pretending to be Mrs. Miyanaga considering Saki avoids electronics and she seemed to have lost contact with that side of the family, except for that one visit to Teru.

Teru would definitely know about said deception. So for that to work, Teru has to be party to the deception.

Somehow that innocuous information from Ritz blog is now very relevant.

Everyone at Shiraitodai has their own rooms, and are free to return to their homes whenever they like.

Could Teru have chosen to enroll in Shiraitodai because of said policy? To get away from home even?  Is Teru even actually angry at Saki or is she driving Saki away because its for her own “good”? What is up with the Arctander side of the family?

… Seriously, how many skeletons does this family even have?! With the ways things are going an actual reconciliation might actually make the family’s situation worse!

The only Miyanaga Family accounted for?

The only member of the Miyanaga Family we can be sure of?

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14 Responses to Saki Manga 160 – Miyanaga Family Mystery

  1. Alex says:

    Well my previous theory regarding the fire was wrong.
    I had always at some level expected the hospital to have caught on fire and Saki and mysterious (friend???,cousin???) to have jumped out into a nearby body of water, covering both the fire and the unexplained fear of water.
    I guess not.
    That said while unlikely this family just might have enough skeletons to hide the truth about this kind of event.
    On a side note Night do you think it is possible that the fire was somehow or other caused by Saki and Teru leading the other grandmother to take mysterious girl with her and beginning the rift.
    Another possibility is that it had more to do with how they reacted to the pseudo divorce.
    With how Saki and Teru have been shown in the visual novels and parts of flashbacks it is hard to believe it was really a single event that broke them apart.
    Unless of course it was already under strain and then another thing happened.
    After they were away and drifted something that is probably even darker happened
    Why is it that the history in Saki is so dark compared to the events we see?

    • nightsentinel09 says:

      Yeah.I agree, I'm also beginning to think that there is a series of events that broke the family. At least though, we now have a conclusive timeline for something. Even if its just this:

      Grandma Arctander Visit —> Fire —> Pseudo-Divorce with Saki and Kai at Nagano and Teru and Ai at Tokyo

      If we can make some further inference since the old lady haven't mentioned anyone else that got caught up in the fire. Then, the mysterious girl flashback and the girl is long gone even before Grandma Arctander visited. Though, there is a possibility that Grandma Arctander did take goldfish when she visited, I think the person that Nishida is interviewing with would mention it….

      So the timeline is perhaps something like this

      Something happened to Goldfish —> Goldfish Saki Flashback at the Pier —> Timeskip —> Grandma Arctander visit for some reason —> Fire —> Pseudo Divorce

      If the drama CD is still canon, since that is apparently when Teru and Mom (Ai Arctander) is leaving for Tokyo. This would mean our final timeline is something like this:

      Something happened to Goldfish —> Goldfish Saki Flashback —>Timeskip —> Grandma Arctander visit —> Fire —> Rinshan Kaihou Talk –> another bad thing happened —-> Pseudo -Divorce Current Relationship

      …. Ouch. If the drama CD is still canon and the Rinshan Kaihou talk happened directly after Teru and Mom Miyanaga went to Tokyo there must be a THIRD BAD THING that directly happen to sour Teru and Saki's relationship. Since if we use this timeline even after the fire and goldfish leaving, they are still on good terms. This also meant that the two Saki flashback are both farewell talks. Double ouch.

      …. Though, that is if the Drama CD is canon. I remember that its one of the few pieces of Saki media around before the anime even. Ritz may have changed a few details here and there from there. Using only the manga/anime as source since Teru doesn't mention leaving for Tokyo, we can put it freaking anywhere.

      • Alex says:

        Well we have been considering the drama CD as canon for discussion purposes for a long time. And if goldfish did not die then from what we know of these events their is nothing bad enough for the current relationship to form.
        As for telling the news reporter about Goldfishes circumstances well one the question was about the relationship between Saki and Teru and if there was something more going on would you really tell all the details to another person.
        Is Teru protecting Saki maybe but i really doubt it. If one of the news reporters in Saki can find out about the past so can anything or anyone that would call for such drastic measure.
        If you are trying to hide your sister from something the worst thing you could possibly do is become famous.

        • nightsentinel09 says:

          Yeah. There is a disconnect between Teru hiding her relationship with Saki and becoming famous. Reporters would easily pounce on that. Like what is happening now.

          On Goldfish and Grandma…
          I'm mostly on the camp that old lady could have easily said and "Arctander-san visited before the fire to collect their cousin".
          That said, until the exact scene is shown or word of God says it is. This is pretty much still speculation fodder.

          • Alex says:

            Honestly I don't think that goldfish was taken either but it is still a possibility. We have so very little to speculate on for this one, that said if goldfish isn't dead then I am really confused to how Awaii's appearance fits in to the puzzle.

            Other strange happenings when Saki and Teru were young it is indicated that Teru as always went on her absurd streaks and Saki plus minus. If the mom was actually a former prominent pro how did the games turn out like this?

          • nightsentinel09 says:

            Awai could remind the Miyanaga sisters' of Goldfish simply because they miss her. Whether she is dead or not is the question though. I've been rereading the manga once again and you could say that Saki herself has a softspot for Blonde monsters. Koromo is glaringly close to Saki. Though we can excuse that because of how the prefecture team tournament ended….

            As for Teru, I think its been mentioned that Teru changed styles which is why Saki cannot comment? Though, that leaves Saki's +/- zero…

          • Alex says:

            Well rather than saying Saki cannot comment it is more of a doesn't want to comment.

            About Koromo, if Saki's past is even half as bad as we think there are similarities on so many different levels that i really cannot attribute it to the blonde hair.

            Seriously has Ritz ever written a backstory without some kind of trauma?

          • nightsentinel09 says:

            Well, Saki stated directly that "Teru's playstyle is completely different to how it was back when we were little" so she can't help in finding any weakness. While I'm fully aware that Saki does have a tendency to mislead and omit (remain silent) if she doesn't like talking about the subject and Teru and her family is definitely a subject that Saki doesn't like talking about . Saki also has not directly lied in the manga as of yet, so I would like to take her word on this.

            While Saki could be using the "Teru's playstyle is completely different" as an excuse not to talk about about Teru. I'm pretty sure that the information itself is accurate.

            As for Ritz and having a backstory that is free from trauma. Ritz does it sometime. But, most of the prominent players have some problem one way or another lol.

          • Alex says:

            Right i completely forgot about "Teru's playstyle is completely different"

            I swear we have been waiting longer for Saki to meet Teru than Saki has

          • nightsentinel09 says:

            If Ritz has her way with her plan on the World Cup, we will literally grow old reading this manga. ^^

            Joking aside, from the tone of Ritz blog post, the Saki series seems to be something that is near to her heart. I think it would not be out of the possibility that this series is going be Ritz life work. One which she pours everything into.

  2. Fragment off says:

    There is something else that is fishy,if no one was hurt, why is there some one being brought away in a stretcher with a drip in Saki's flashback.
    It could be from an other time but then When? And who is on that stretcher ?

    • nightsentinel09 says:

      If we take the old lady on face value that no one is hurt in the fire. Then, there is another unknown incident wherein someone did get hurt. As for who and when? If our final timeline isn't off, it could be BEFORE THE FIRE and its the hypothetical goldfish incident or it could be AFTER THE FIRE and said incident is the direct cause of the bad relationship between Saki and Teru.

  3. Habanero says:

    I thought the reporter lady showed obasan Ai's picture on her phone, and she confirmed it was Ai-chan? So, how can Teru's mother not look like Ai? Other than that, fairly insightful post.

    • nightsentinel09 says:

      Sorry about the late reply. Your message got flagged as spam and didn't notice it. T_T
      But, yeah. You're right that is fairly fishy. So either we have a case of evil twin sister here for the Miyanaga mother (which would frankly not surprise me) or Ai-chan changed her looks naturally or unnaturally.

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