So after nearly two years, we finally get the conclusion of the fifth stage match. And as you all know, I made two posts regarding how the fights would be like. 1 2
Let’s see how much did I get right? ^^
<ANIME WATCHERS AND THOSE WHO DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED STAY AWAY FROM THIS POST>
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
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 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 has a connection to the main plot.
Anyway, here are my two cents regarding the match-ups. Think of it as an estimated power level 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
Sorry for my long absence but unfortunately work is quite soul sucking in the past few months that I barely have any time for myself.
In any case, I’m back and now going to start working on the Zenkoku OST series that I should have finished ages ago. And since the Saki main manga is currently focusing on Himematsu. Might as well get this one out of the way.
This is the third in probably six or seven post series exploring the Saki Quarterfinal teams and the Zenkoku anime. And probably my last post regarding Eisui in a while.
But, before we begin.
I would like to ask a question, who thought that Eisui won’t make it to the semi-finals? Because it is certainly not me. ^^
I find myself still a bit grinning at that still. There is just something about having my expectation overturned by a new variable that is sitting there for the whole time ….. which is probably why I love Side B Captain Quarterfinals to bits.
And as I analyze the quarterfinal teams more, I began to have a very big appreciation for the care that Ritz-sensei took even for the losing teams. Even though, Eisui lost you could see that they didn’t lose by being idiots. In this post, we will be exploring Eisui’s strategy. ( which technically meant their roster positioning since Saki Nationals doesn’t allow for position switching, most of the strategy is already decided before the prefecture tournament. ^^ )