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  • 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

Saki Episode #22


By G.B. Smith     September 07, 2009
Release Date: September 06, 2009

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

The individual tournament continues. What surprises lurk in store?

What They Say

The second day of the individual competition has begun. Team competition results have demonstrated that these players deserve the top rankings, however the individual competition is a different field…Before long, the morning competition comes to an ending, and upon checking the ranking, Nodoka can't believe what she sees.

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

Well, that was an interesting start to the show. Nodoka and Mihoko in bikinis, and Kyoutaro being the center of their attention. Except that this is not a dream. It's a nightmare, since Kyoutaro gets left behind. But that's just the opening fanservice and comic relief. On to the real action.

The Mystery Girl from before, Kazue Nanpo, the South Wind expert, emerges. She seems to have an unnatural ability to control events during the South Wind round of play, the second half of a normal match. Yuuki has the misfortune of going against her in the first match of the second day. This is especially bad for Yuuki, since she is traditionally weak in the south wind round of play. And there is Saki, who apparently has slipped back into old habits, playing ±0 mahjong. Nodoka, when she sees this on the scoreboard, goes off in a huff to confront her, as Nodoka doesn't appreciate anyone holding back while playing.

The focus then shifts to one particular match: Hisa and Saki wind up in the same match, playing against Ryuumonbuchi's Tomoki Sawamura (the glasses-wearing girl) and Momoko Touyoko of Tsuruga. In the beginning, Hisa hatches a little plot to ward off Saki's ability to make kongs, and the other two players go along with it. Things change however, as time passes and Stealth Momo makes her move to make herself invisible to the other players. She succeeds once against Sawamura, though Hisa and Saki both notice it. But that doesn't mean they are entirely immune from the stealth effect either. And that is where we leave things in this match. Will Saki and Hisa be able to escape the Stealth Zone? Or will Momoko manage to evade her opponents for the rest of the match and walk away with the victory? We'll find out next time.

In Summary:

We get the emergence of a new "monster" player, Kazue Nanpo, who did not take part in the team tournament since she attends a small school with no reputation in the game. She appears to have the ability to dominate the South Wind round of a match, the polar opposite to Yuuki's ability to dominate the East Wind rounds. And it is Yuuki who has the misfortune to face her in her opening match of the second day. Later in the day, an intense four-way match between Hisa, Saki, Sawamura of Ryuumonbuchi, and Tsuruga's "Stealth" Momo provides an opportunity for Hisa to use her cunning in order to try to seal Saki's abilities with the tiles. But will someone else be the ultimate beneficiary of that strategy? At least this episode felt less like an exercise in killing time than the previous installment and had a little more drama and tension to it. I'd still rather move ahead to the National Tournament, but that will be for another season.


Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment:

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


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