The final round begins, pitting Saki against Yumi, Kana, and Komoro. The war has only begun…
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Episode 15 - Demon
Finally, it's the last match of the prefectural team competition. It all depends on these four players. Kiyosumi's Saki Miyanaga; Kazekoshi's, Kana Ikeda; Tsuruga's, Yumi Kajiki; and last year's MVP Ryumonbuchi's, Koromo Amae. The game is on!
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New opening animation and theme song.
And right off the bat, Momo tries to use her stealth powers against Nodoka this time. Except…Nodoka is immune to them. That's because Nodoka does not play the people at the table. She plays against their hands and discards. In such a situation, Momo's Stealth Mode is a non-factor. So, Nodoka takes a significant point victory against Momo, putting Kiyosumi back into the lead. The round ends with Kiyosumi holding onto a tenuous lead.
And now it's Saki's turn. We see a little bit of backstage banter, but then it's time for the final round to start.
Saki gets off to a good with two wins on tsumos (drawing a winning tile yourself) after a kong (four of a kind), but before she gets a third chance at it, Yumi of Tsuruga, who figured out Saki's strategy after those two wins, breaks up the third attempt and steals the victory in that hand. This unnerves Saki slightly, and brings us to the end of this episode…
…except for the epilogue after the new ending animation (swimsuits galore) and theme song . Yumi gets an extended internal monologue where she notes how extraordinary her win happened to be, and that if Saki, sitting to her left, is a "monster," she might be able to feed off of her for a little bit during this round.
Sadly for Yumi's plans, there is a demon sitting across the table from her.
We get to see just how good Nodoka is, especially how her pure online style of play can even trump Momo's Stealth Mode powers. As we enter the final round of the finals, Saki gets off to a good start with two quick easy victories, but her roll is quickly ended by Yumi Kajiki of Tsuruga Academy, who may not have the extraordinary luck of Saki, but has a very good tactical mind, and adapts to the situation well. It's too bad for her that we know something that she doesn't know, and it's sitting across the table from her. We are now into it, the most intense, sports drama-like part of show, with the tension and constant changes in momentum and perceived advantage that are the staples of such shows. If you like high stakes competition, this part of the show will be your thing. And it has cute girls too.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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