History Manga / Saki

30th Nov '16 8:19:41 PM MayumiTsuji
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''Saki'' (咲 -Saki-) is an ongoing 2006 manga written and illustrated by Ritz Kobayashi under Creator/SquareEnix's ''Young Gangan'' compilation, based around the game of {{TabletopGame/mahjong}}, with two anime adaptations by Creator/{{GONZO}} and Creator/StudioGokumi (the latter as ''Saki: Zenkoku-hen'' ["The Nationals"]). The anime has been licensed by Crunchyroll and can be viewed for free on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/saki their site]] (unless you're in Japan). There is also a live-action adaptation consisting of four episodes and a TV special, plus a follow-up live-action film.

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''Saki'' (咲 -Saki-) is an ongoing 2006 manga written and illustrated by Ritz Kobayashi under Creator/SquareEnix's ''Young Gangan'' compilation, based around the game of {{TabletopGame/mahjong}}, with two anime adaptations by Creator/{{GONZO}} and Creator/StudioGokumi (the latter as ''Saki: Zenkoku-hen'' ["The Nationals"]). The anime has been licensed by Crunchyroll and can be viewed for free on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/saki their site]] (unless you're in Japan). There is also a live-action adaptation consisting of four episodes and a TV special, plus a follow-up live-action film.
film. Creator/YenPress is releasing the manga digitally in English.
15th Nov '16 2:08:15 PM Hoki
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** Mihoko helps Yuuki from losing too many points against Jun in the Nagano finals' vanguard match, making Yuuki think she's looking out for her. She then surprises everyone by repeatedly scoring big and running away with the lead.
** Kana, whose points were reduced to 0 by Koromo, gets a 16,900 point grace from Saki during the Nagano finals' captains match. It turns out Saki purposely did this so Kana doesn't go in the negative should anyone get a winning hand to give her enough time to pull off a comeback win

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** Mihoko helps Yuuki from losing too many points against Jun in the Nagano finals' vanguard match, making Yuuki think she's looking out for her. She MIhoko then surprises everyone by repeatedly scoring big and running away with the lead.
** Kana, whose points were reduced to 0 by Koromo, gets a 16,900 point grace from Saki during the Nagano finals' captains match. It turns out Saki purposely did this so Kana doesn't go in the negative should anyone get a winning hand to give her Saki enough time to pull off a comeback win
15th Nov '16 2:05:50 PM Hoki
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* EnemyMine: In one of the matches of the individual tournament, ''everyone'' gangs up on Saki. [[spoiler:Needless to say, it doesn't work.]]

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* EnemyMine: It is not uncommon for players to ally themselves with others during a match in order to take out another player who is an obvious threat. Of course, some of these alliances are short lived because each player also want to get ahead of their competition. Some examples are:
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In one of the matches of the individual tournament, ''everyone'' gangs up on Saki. [[spoiler:Needless to say, it doesn't work.]]]]
** Mihoko helps Yuuki from losing too many points against Jun in the Nagano finals' vanguard match, making Yuuki think she's looking out for her. She then surprises everyone by repeatedly scoring big and running away with the lead.
** Kana, whose points were reduced to 0 by Koromo, gets a 16,900 point grace from Saki during the Nagano finals' captains match. It turns out Saki purposely did this so Kana doesn't go in the negative should anyone get a winning hand to give her enough time to pull off a comeback win



* FanserviceWithASmile: Mako's family's maid cafe (retconned from a mahjong parlor in the manga) is a nice reason to see Saki and Nodoka dress up. And play more mahjong.

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* FanserviceWithASmile: Mako's family's maid cafe (retconned from a (a mahjong parlor in the manga) manga with the anime stating that it was a mahjong parlor before becoming a maid cafe) is a nice reason to see Saki and Nodoka dress up. And play more mahjong.



* ISenseADisturbanceInTheForce

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* ISenseADisturbanceInTheForceISenseADisturbanceInTheForce: "Monster class" mahjong players can feel the presence of other "monster class" players.



* LampshadeHanging: At the beginning of the Nationals, Saki admits that she accidentally wore Mako's skirt (which is longer than hers) at the opening ceremony, apparently to make up for the mangaka's error of drawing Saki with a long skirt in the previous chapter. Since then, Saki has more or less seen an increase in her skirt length (Some might say it actually looks better.)

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* LampshadeHanging: At the beginning of the Nationals, Saki admits that she accidentally wore Mako's skirt (which is longer than hers) at the opening ceremony, apparently to make up for the mangaka's error of drawing Saki with a long skirt in the previous chapter. Since then, Saki has more or less seen an increase in her skirt length (Some might say it actually looks better.better, and in-universe the rest of Kiyosumi say that Saki looks better with a long skirt.)
11th Nov '16 5:06:07 AM MoonlightBomber
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''Saki'' (咲 -Saki-) is an ongoing 2006 manga written and illustrated by Ritz Kobayashi under Creator/SquareEnix's ''Young Gangan'' compilation, based around the game of {{TabletopGame/mahjong}}, with two anime adaptations by Creator/{{GONZO}} and Creator/StudioGokumi (the latter as ''Saki: Zenkoku-hen'' ["The Nationals"]). The anime has been licensed by Crunchyroll and can be viewed for free on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/saki their site]] (unless you're in Japan).

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''Saki'' (咲 -Saki-) is an ongoing 2006 manga written and illustrated by Ritz Kobayashi under Creator/SquareEnix's ''Young Gangan'' compilation, based around the game of {{TabletopGame/mahjong}}, with two anime adaptations by Creator/{{GONZO}} and Creator/StudioGokumi (the latter as ''Saki: Zenkoku-hen'' ["The Nationals"]). The anime has been licensed by Crunchyroll and can be viewed for free on [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/saki their site]] (unless you're in Japan).
Japan). There is also a live-action adaptation consisting of four episodes and a TV special, plus a follow-up live-action film.
28th Oct '16 4:11:30 AM Hoki
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* ConspicuousCG: The mahjong tiles.

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* ConspicuousCG: The mahjong tiles.tiles and table.



** Averted with Shiraitodai's Awai, who swore eternal revenge to Shizuno for beating her during the National Semi-final match.



* ExpressiveAccessory: [[GenkiGirl Yuuki's]] cat-belt.

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* ExpressiveAccessory: [[GenkiGirl Yuuki's]] cat-belt.cat-belt which is lip-synced to her.



* HufflepuffHouse: The Nagano tournament features two plucky underdog teams who come outta nowhere to make it into the finals. One of them is Team Kiyosumi. Sorry, Team Tsuruga, but until you get your own show, you have no chance of winning.

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* HufflepuffHouse: The story in general features teams that serve only to complete the 4-player requirement of mahjong. The Nagano tournament tournament, for example, features two plucky underdog teams who come outta nowhere to make it into the finals. One of them is Team Kiyosumi. Sorry, Team Tsuruga, but until you get your own show, you have no chance of winning. However, some of these teams get short but decent characterization so they do not end up as simply cannon fodder for the main protagonist teams and rivals.


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** Himematsu's Suehara exploits this trope during her match with Saki, Nelly, and Sawaya by taking note of how Saki reacts to anything the other two players do, using this "tell" to try and get around occult-based plays.


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* PrivilegedRival: Several schools are explicitly stated to be wealthy private schools with access to the latest technology. Three of the Nagano finalists, for example, are private schools. However, the school's wealth has absolutely nothing to do with the skill its players have.


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** Nodoka's mother fits the trope more, as she chastises her husband for imposing a deal with their daughter (he'll let Nodoka stay in Kiyosumi and continue practicing mahjong if she wins the nationals), and encourages Nodoka to continue what she likes to do.


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** Ensui;s Hatsumi wears her shine maiden outfit very loosely, showing a bare chest with tan lines.
19th Jul '16 5:14:00 PM Berrenta
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* TheMerch: Exists in RealLife, and gets some lampshading in-series. In ''Saki Biyori'', Teru buys some chocolates with mahjong-themed package. When Awai reads its packaging blurb, it's read "Approved by the renowned Miyanaga Teru".

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* TheMerch: Exists [[invoked]]Exists in RealLife, and gets some lampshading in-series. In ''Saki Biyori'', Teru buys some chocolates with mahjong-themed package. When Awai reads its packaging blurb, it's read "Approved by the renowned Miyanaga Teru".
9th May '16 4:53:21 PM bucket3432
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* PictureDrama
27th Mar '16 10:28:47 PM bucket3432
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* EarlyBirdCameo: Kazue Nanpo in Season 1 Episode 6.
21st Mar '16 10:43:44 PM MyssaRei
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* SittingOnTheRooftop: A few cases. Chapter 6 of the Big Gangan version of Saki Biyori features Saki and Nodoka eating on the roof. In Chapter 128, Awai finds Teru on the roof and gets her to admit that Saki is her sister.

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* SittingOnTheRooftop: SittingOnTheRoof: A few cases. Chapter 6 of the Big Gangan version of Saki Biyori features Saki and Nodoka eating on the roof. In Chapter 128, Awai finds Teru on the roof and gets her to admit that Saki is her sister.



* TheWorfEffect: Happens with startling regularity.
** Ritz will often hype up a team or a player for ''years'', only for the said team or player to crash and burn during their own turn on the table. The following are some of the more glaring examples:

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* TheWorfEffect: Happens with startling regularity.
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regularity. Ritz will often hype up a team or a player for ''years'', only for the said team or player to crash and burn during their own turn on the table. The following are some of the more glaring examples:
21st Mar '16 10:39:27 PM MyssaRei
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** Another thing that's noticeable is how certain aspects of some girls gradually grew... [[BuxomIsBetter larger]], as series went on. While this could normally explained away by the onset of puberty, the short time frame of the Nationals (less than a full week had passed since it started) eliminates it as a probable cause. Nodoka's is especially noticeable, but then there's Awaii and Ako from ''Achiga-hen'', who went from somewhat petite the first time they appeared in the main series (Ako especially, as she's only supposedly a little bigger than almost-flat Shizuno), to "porn-star jigglies" over the course of a few chapters.

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** Another thing that's noticeable is how certain aspects of some girls gradually grew... [[BuxomIsBetter larger]], as series went on. While this could normally explained away by the onset of puberty, the short time frame of the Nationals (less than a full week had passed since it started) eliminates it as a probable cause. Nodoka's is especially noticeable, but then there's Awaii and Ako from ''Achiga-hen'', who went from somewhat petite the first time they appeared in the main series (Ako especially, in particular, as she's only supposedly a little bigger than almost-flat Shizuno), to "porn-star jigglies" over the course of a few chapters.
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