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.
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
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.>
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.
In any case, I’ve enjoyed the Saki route and thus, I’ve decided to play another one. And since the very first fork on the visual novel is Toki, I’ve decided to pursue that… (that and its helping mitigate the regular break/waiting time that occurs when the main manga reaches the captain match)
To be honest, I’m also quite curious how the maker of the VN would manage to realistically portray TokixTeru, considering TokixRyuuka is probably one of the most iron clad OTP in the show.
Enclosed in the plus signs are the videos of my playthrough. But, to avoid boring myself and those who would like to watch the videos to death, I only put the scenes in which the Toki route is different from the Saki route. So yey?
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….
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. ^^ )
Having some writer’s block on next Eisui post, and while I was talking with my friend about it, we discussed their power ranking.
Mine goes like this: 1. Jindai (?) 2. Kasumi 3. Hatsumi 4. Haru 5. Tomoe
Jindai truthfully hasn’t impressed me yet, but she’s supposedly something like Koromo so I’ll hold my judgement until the individuals and give her the tentative number 1 ranking. The stickler on this list though is the Kasumi and Hatsumi rank.