Saki – 13
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Picking right up from where we left off, this episode starts with all-purpose butler Hagiyoshi tracking down Koromo with his handheld GPS, which immediately makes me wonder where they stuck the tracker on her. Come to think of it, all she had to do was give back a damn penguin to Nodoka and then go back to the room, but nooo she had to run out and climb up some dangerous-looking structure. That said, it’s always nice when cute girls climb up things, cuz then we can look up their skirt when they are coming down.
Anyways, Koromo was getting bored because she was just going to destroy everyone in the competition, but Hagiyoshi says there’s some pretty tough chicks, which gets Koromo fired up. Miles away, Saki can feel Koromo’s killer instinct and starts to get wet (sweat).
Anyways, more on those two later. It’s actually Touka vs Nodoka this time around, or rather, Touka vs what she thinks Nodoka is, cuz Nodoka is really quite clueless to everything around her. The thing with chicks with huge tits, they don’t notice shit, unless some other girl has bigger cans than her. It’s possible that the gorilla chick from Kazekoshi has bigger ones, but weight:cup size ratio is important.
Speaking of Kazekoshi, only two girls on their roster can be considered “cute”, which means that only two of them actually know how to play mahjong. One of them, the captain, already went, and the only reason she played well was cuz she was matched up against some useless benchers. Kazekoshi is supposed to be strong?
Anyways, the game starts off. Touka spends the entire time doing an internal monologue about how insecure she is about Nodoka’s huge boobs and how crazy turned on by Nodocchi she is. Nodoka isn’t aware of anything and just concentrates on the game, and continues to steamroll everyone as Touka continues to talk to herself in that hilarious ojousama tone (desu wa!). Touka finally does some cool tile spinning shit and throws out her riichi stick, but then nothing comes out of it and they end up with an exhaustive draw. Booooring!
Touka comes to the conclusion that Nodoka still sucks and hasn’t been able to make the transition from Nodocchi completely. At the same time, Nodoka is sitting there getting wet thinking about Saki watching her… but then they end in another exhaustive draw. fjdklafd;lasljfa
But then, almost on call, Nodoka starts thinking about the game as if she were playing online (reminiscent of Konata’s 4-bit video game during the sports festival), and goes back to steamrolling people, which apparently is a huge turn-on for her as she starts to sweat like a crazed cat in heat.
Nodoka continues to gradually build her lead, but waiting somewhere in the midst is Touka dressed up like Fate-chan, ready to strike…
Up next on Saki: Touka’s Counterattack??
Aw, no crazy aerial tile slam this time. I guess Nodoka just can’t gameface like Hisa, but luckily we had Touka around to keep things interesting. There’s always one of these ojousama characters in every one of these moe mode shows (Negima, Akane-iro, etc etc)… always blonde and adds “desu wa” to everything they say, but Touka seems to one-up her clones by… well, I don’t really know why. I think it’s that ahoge or how she said “HMPH! desu wa”, lol
There wasn’t as much raging yuri hormones going on in this ep, but there were plenty of under-table knee-blush thigh-glisten shots to keep us all happy, so no complaints here. In relative terms, there was a good amount of mahjong this ep to keep the story moving as well.
Seeing mahjong get the anime treatment makes me wonder, how well would poker do? Have we not seen a poker anime because it’s not as popular in Japan? Come to think of it, is poker even popular outside the US? I mean, there was Eyeshield about American Football, which doesn’t get any coverage outside the US, but at least everyone can appreciate the athleticism of those armored beasts. But poker? Maybe Casino Royale was enough to get the ball rolling. Let’s go Japan, find a way to make an eight hour game of poker exciting!
Koromo oh Koromo when will it be your turn!