You could thank the existence of this post to Aaron who managed to spark my inspiration for Saki once again.
At this point, every one of the nuclear Miyanaga family has been named, which is a great time to look for symbolism and patterns again. ^^
I also know that you guys were probably tired of etymology post that amounts to “Saki” meaning “bloom” and Teru meaning “shine”. And if you didn’t know that, the manga and the anime or my blog have probably beaten the fact in your head by now. Thus, instead of rehashing those we are going to talk about themes and irony. How in some ways the names of the Miyanaga family may also display their personal challenges.
Chapter 171 is up as well as the leaks for the next chapter. I think that I’ll be covering that in my next post since the two are interconnected. For now, since I’m already covering the first episode of Saki, I might as well continue it? This time with some actual mahjong analysis!
I would also like to give special thanks to Katreus for his mahjong expertise. Without him this post would have come out sometime next year?
….Or not at all.
…..Probably. The writing muse is a fickle mistress.
To most of the fans’ joy, Teru’s flashback is continuing in the manga. The current chapter 170 is great at clarifying some new information and adding a few question marks.
Still, I think, I’m going to wait for a few more chapters before I comment on it again. Instead, I would like to go back to the beginning tackling the first episode and looking for parallels there.
To those not up to date with the manga. Note that this is not a mere rewatch post. It has a few spoiler up to Chapter 170.
To my eternal joy, the main manga is continuing the Teru flashback!
And it’s a compelling thing, how Teru is characterized in the past two chapter – as someone who is similar to Saki while retaining subtle and distinct difference. It got me curious enough that I went back at the beginning and reread the first chapters.
And the parallels are interesting.
Late Merry Christmas to you all.
Finally, the holidays are over and I have finished my socialization quota for the year. Its time to imitate a reticent cavemen and go enjoy my introverted tendencies. Meaning time to catch up on my reading. And of course Saki is in the list since I know that’s its updating this December.
…. On one hand, its freaking nine pages. On the other hand, I could probably cheerfully forgive anything since its about the Saki-Teru plotline.
MANGA SPOILERS BELOW HERE
Since the main manga is on a hiatus until December, I’m having a bit of a Saki withdrawal. I wish Ritz stopped at Chapter 159, then I can pretend that I barely care for the match.
Stopping at Chapter 160 is just cruel. Having a long break when my interest is newly rekindled… Beyond more exposition on the Miyanaga family, we get more possible future plot threads such as the World Cup. (Just don’t think about how long THAT will take).
So to alleviate my Saki pangs, we are going to talk about the Toshi’s pick for the World Tournament.
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*
The “Fifth Match” is ongoing in the manga. I’ve already made some match-up breakdown here.
If there is one good thing about being this deep in the tournament, its the fact that I can try to guess who is going to win without feeling like I’m throwing my bets blindly. While having unknown teams is fun and all, there is something to be said about knowing all of the teams deeply and watching them clash.
Its a feeling that all sports fans know so well.
And of course, as any sports fan, there is the “bets” to add spice to the matches is a must. That said:
TO ANY ANIME ONLY WATCHERS PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THIS POST UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE SPOILED ROTTEN.
The latest chapter of the main manga is up, with the Fifth Place match officially starting… Which I guess answers our previous question if we will see it in the upcoming Toki spin-off or not. I expect the finals to be delayed by at least a year. Sigh…
On the positive side, Ritz appears to be setting plot hooks (Nishida is investigating the Miyanaga connection, Awai practicing with Teru in the dark; it looks like my last post have some merit after all ^^). So long as the Fifth Match follows in this vein, I’m finding myself not despising the latest chapter. After all, if we are going to have this match, it better be good and have a connection to the main plot.
Anyway, here are my two cents regarding the match-ups. Think of it as an estimated powerlevel thing. Mahjong is a four way battle, even if a player is clearly stronger than the other three – ganging up, making a temporary alliance, or even a stronger one helping a weaker player to eliminate a troublesome team may shake the results. Like what is happening in the latest chapter. ^^
One of the things I like about this series is the fact that I could go away for a quarter of a year and still be able to catch up to the series in under an hour. The fact that Saki moves at the pace of a particularly lazy snail is something to be expected by now. Still I do admit , its freaking useful especially when I went MIA for a good chunk of the year.
Anyway, if the title of this post didn’t clue you in. I’m going to be talking about the incoming “Battle for the Fifth Place”
So spoilers galore for anime only viewers.
Continue only if you want to be spoiled. Continue reading