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.
It is a feeling that all sports fans know so well.
And of course, as any sports fan, there are 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.
Long time, no post guys!
Sorry for my long absence but work has gotten very busy for me. That and the semifinals kinda lost some of its mystique when I realized that Ritz is setting Kiyosumi for their “darkest hour”. (Metaphorically speaking, of course.)
Not that I’m against that decision. Kiyosumi came out too strong in the quarterfinals that everyone wanted them as the “final boss”. It was made worse by the fact that Side A was too rushed, it made the opposition came out looking like chumps.
Something has to give in order to generate the tension in the tournament back.
And that meant, something has to happen in the semifinal.
Here is just some brief thoughts about what happened to get my feet wet on the new year. Hopefully, a full commentary will on the way somewhere in the future with some mahjong analysis.
<Warning below this are spoilers. Read at your own risk. I highly would recommend to avoid this post until you are completely spoiled about the Side-B semfinals.>
I’ve downloaded this Visual Novel and played it a bit a while ago (which according to my youtube video is December 2014). But, for some reason or another, I never really managed to finish a single route until today.
And now that I’ve finished one, all I can say is, I should have played this Visual Novel ages ago. ^^
For a fanmade VN, this is quite well made. The Saki route (of course! its the first route I’ve tried!) is surprisingly entertaining. It even contained a nice hypothesis about the “Miyanaga family” and of course the ever popular question, “what happened to Goldfish?”. As I read the Saki route, I’m surprised that the hypothesis posed by the Visual Novel is actually plausible.
In any case, I’m getting ahead of myself.
The game puts you in the shoes of Teru at the end of the National Tournament. In this VN, “Shiraitodai lost the team tournament but Teru won the individual one.” Not like this fact affects anything in this setting which is just a damn shame.
Instead the visual novel revolves around a festival that Shiraitodai is hosting. And of course, they asked the teams that are still in Tokyo for help in the preparation.
And thus the plot ball rolls….