Saki sweats in inappropriate places. Gonzo may want to make a note of that. Oh, yes, what is ahead this episode? Well, we finally get to see some of the strongest play to this point, as Nodoka and Touka go head to head, and we have yet to see what the mysterious girl from Tsuruga Academy has to offer.
What They Say
Episode 13 - Light Fever
Hisa played with such high tension that her health began to suffer. Slowly, her heart was filled with many feelings but she eventually felt better. Toka Ryumonbuchi was happy to finally meet her arch rival.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The biggest match so far has started, with Touka and Nodoka playing head to head in the next to last round of the tournament. But outside of the actual match, we get to see the teams off stage. Koromo is off playing hooky (as she apparently hates being exposed to the media), with Touka's butler trailing. Hearing from him that her opponent in the next round (Saki, as we all already know) will be worthy of her time, Koromo agrees to come back. Things are bright and easy in Kiyosumi's waiting room, while Kazekoshi's captain Mihoko is slightly apprehensive, though the tension there has dropped, since their abusive coach has suddenly left the room. As for Tsuruga, we still don't know much of what is happening there.
The first hands of the round go slowly, with several exhaustive draws and an unimpressive win by Nodoka. But that's just the warm up period. Within a few hands, Nodoka has started to dominate the round. While there are several draws, whenever there is a win, it has been by Nodoka. This drives Touka Ryuumonbuchi beyond distraction, into the realm of delirium, as she has visions of herself as an evil magical girl battling the angelic Nodocchi (Nodoka's online avatar).
As the round comes near the end, Nodoka is overwhelming the field, but it is at this point that Touka begins to gather her power to attempt a response, and the preview hints that we should expect a surprise from another quarter.
In this round, compared to the others, we do get a much higher amount of attention to the play of the girls, though we still have not seen an actual match, with all of the boring motions of go arounds in a hand, fully animated, just the decision points. And perhaps that's just as well. Nodoka proves why she is such a good player, as she is able not only to win, but also defend impeccably, causing exhaustive draws to occur when she draws a bad starting hand. Still, seeds of future unexpected events are planted in this episode. For a mahjong-themed, sports-flavored anime with cute girls, it is unexpectedly entertaining for those who may not be all that interested in mahjong or sports anime. Recommended for those who like their competition narratives balanced with cute girls.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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