Half a year had passed and there are ten chapters of Saki I haven’t read!
Reading the chapters in one go, the Vanguard Final is really starting with a bang. They dropped two rare yakuman in one hanchan! It helped my mood that Ritz finally revealed the mysterious cousin’s name as well.
So for the first post of the year (yeah I know its March now, my 2019 writing is hideously unproductive), have some bunch of trivia to help you appreciate the Vanguard match.
I’m quite pumped for the finals but it is moving slowly for my taste so I’ve decided to slowly start analyzing the semifinals. Unlike the quarterfinals which can stand on its own, I believe the semifinals and the finals should be taken as one whole, instead of piecemeal. The latest vanguard match just increased my opinion.
Thus, while we wait for the finals to end, let’s begin the analysis. (Though, there isn’t much analysis on this post and more setting exploration)
East 1 and you already can see some shenanigans going on…
So, the finals are starting and we received some interesting information regarding Yuuki’s ability.
As always, TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO AVOID BEING SPOILED ROTTEN AVOID THIS POST!
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>
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.