- Crowning Moment of Awesome: Tons.
- Crowning Moment of Funny: Shortly after his introduction, Akagi asks his opponents and a few others what the most delicious thing for a Mahjong player is (it's a riddle of sorts). His reaction to their responses is hilarious. Especially since he's usually so stoic.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The very last page shows a cat sleeping by Akagi's grave. Aww...
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Why else would Akagi get his own series?
- Memetic Mutation: AKAGI IN SPACE
- Moe: One of the reasons why Hiroyuki is so popular.
- More Popular Spin-off: Some people new to Fukumoto's works don't even know that Akagi is supposed to be a Prequel to this. Likely because the latter got an anime adaptation.
- Tear Jerker: The entire finale.