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  • 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

Saki Episode #12

By G.B. Smith     June 22, 2009
Release Date: June 21, 2009

© Ritz Kobayashi/Square Enix, Kiyosumi High School Mahjong Club

Hisa played very well in the first half of her round, bringing Kiyosumi up from the bottom. Can she create a lead that is defensible, or is that too much to achieve? Will Hajime of Ryuumonbuchi overtake her? Will Bundo of Kazekoshi be able to do anything?

What They Say

Episode 12 - Awakening

The main part of the competition has ended. Kazekoshi's Bundo was unable to maintain their lead. Just when she saw their captain Fukuji running toward her, tears began to pour out. Fukuji embraced the grieving Bundo!

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

We finally know why Mihoko, the captain of Kazekoshi, has such strong feelings about Hisa, Ueno-san to her. For back at the Middle School Tournament, Mihoko had forgotten to close her right eye in Hisa's presence, a testament to how strong Hisa's play was. But instead of receiving a hurtful comment, which it would seem Mihoko was expecting, instead Hisa complimented her, saying that her eye was pretty.

And then, looking at how Mihoko deals with the crying Bundo, you have to wonder if the school should be renamed Yuri-koshi.

We finally get the end of the Penguin Saga. Koromo takes the torn Etopen to her team's room, where Touka has her combat butler, sorry, wrong show, she has her butler Hagiyoshi fix then penguin. Koromo then returns the penguin to Nodoka, who thanks her, but doesn't ask the young girl's name.

The round ends with a couple of strategic draws on Hisa's part, which helps her to maintain the slim lead she has built up over the field.

In this episode, they definitely increased the amount of implied sexual subtext to "hitting you on the head with a hammer" levels.

Time for the girl who doesn't need a Wonderbra.

In Summary:

Hisa has done the near impossible, reviving Kiyosumi's chances by engineering a move from worst to first. And yet, that wasn't even the central focus to this episode, which revolved more around the personal relationships between the players on the various teams. The mahjong action was a little less intense, as Hisa played things to a draw to keep the scores the same. So, this one was more for those who are watching for the characters than the mahjong action.


Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment:

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


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