Saki Episode #24 (of 25) (

By:G.B. Smith
Review Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009
Release Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009

Apparently lust can overcome a fear of thunder.

What They Say

Everyone decides to go to the summer festival to have fun, however Yuki must remain behind because she failed her final exam. Saki and Nodoka agree to stay back and help Yuki, however she is having a bit of trouble concentrating. During the same time, the Ryumonbuchi, Kazekoshi and Tsuruga clubs, each received a letter from Hisa…

The Review!
(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

Touka likes to read picture books. Wait, scratch that. Touka has to read picture books, since Koromo needs to have stories read to her to get to sleep. Such a child.

Anyhow, it appears that Hisa has invited the members of the other finalists from the Prefectural Qualifiers to join Kiyosumi for a combined training camp. Smart thinking, as the best way to prepare for the Nationals is to go up against the best players they can practice against. Ryuumonbuchi is quick to accept, since Koromo is excited by the prospect of playing against Saki and Nodoka, while Touka, of course, just wants to prove who the No.1 Idol in all the land is. Tsuruga agrees quickly as well. The hold up apparently is Kazekoshi, where the Captain, Mihoko, is taking some time to think it over. To the other members of her team, even though they are not headed to the Nationals this time, it is a simple decision: they want Mihoko to have the best practice possible, and therefore are all for going to the training camp. So, Mihoko goes to see Hisa in person to accept.

In other news, Yuuki is stupid. No, really. She failed her math midterm exam, and therefore has to do a make up. Nodoka and Saki take it upon themselves to make Yuuki study, for if she fails the make up exam, she will be forced to attend extra classes—classes that would be held during the time Hisa has scheduled the training camp. So, Yuuki studies hard, after her fashion (meaning a large amount of tacos and a little amount of progress).

With all of that out of the way, what better way to end the episode than with a Summer Festival? And so, we get an excuse to see the girls in yukatas again, and a little more.

Next week looks to be the training camp.  

In Summary:

With the heavy drama of the tournaments over, it was nice to be able to kick back and see the characters interact. Yuuki's lack of academic ability provides some tension, as Nodoka and Saki take it upon themselves to force Yuuki to prepare for a make up exam she needs to pass, or else risk not being able to do any mahjong training before the Nationals. For that training camp, Hisa has decided to invite the members of the other teams that were in the finals of the Prefectural Qualifiers, as she wants to put her team up against the best competition available in the area in order to be better prepared for the National Tournament. A sound strategy, as to be expected from Hisa. In all, this was a pleasant and relaxing episode, without any of the tension of the tournament episodes. It looks like they are preparing to wind down the season with some pleasant character interaction, which would probably be a good way to provide a convenient stopping pboint, with hopes for a second season to come.


Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment:

Apple Mac Mini with 1GB RAM, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard.

Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Crunchyroll
Running time: 25
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Saki