- Adaptation Displacement: Non-Japanese fans are more familiar with the anime than the manga, which is still ongoing in Japan.
- Arc Fatigue: The story has roughly 250 chapters, and the Washizu mahjong arc takes roughly just under 200 chapters. The amount of twists the arc pulls to keep itself going would have even legendary Twist Ending director M. Night Shyamalan weeping.
- Awesome Music: The entire soundtrack. This is Hideki Taniuchi after all. Also worth mentioning is the amazing opening Nantokanare, and both the ending themes (Akagi by Maximum The Hormone and Silent This Side by The Animals).
- Faux Symbolism: Crucifixion? Demonic Possession? MOTHERFUCKING RESURRECTION? Remind me, what game are we playing again?
- Magnificent Bastard: Akagi and Washizu. Ichikawa qualifies to some extent.
- Memetic Mutation: The phrase "Yagi ni denry? hashiru" and many variations on it is a full-blown meme on the Japanese Internet.
- More Popular Spin-off: Akagi is a prequel to one of Fukumoto's earlier manga called Ten, in which Akagi dies at the end.
- Prequel Displacement: Most Akagi fans don't even know about Ten, where the fifty-three year old Akagi dies at the end.