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Summary
Touka is getting pretty pissed cuz Nodoka is making her look bad with the near perfect game! Since I have no idea what’s going on in terms of the mahjong, my mind starts to wonder at this point. I come up with the following sub-plots:

- Why does Hajime wear mismatched socks? I thought she lived in a rich girl’s family… even bimbo Hayate could dress nicely. Maybe she had tendonitis in her right knee, then decided to keep wearing the single long sock cuz it looked cool, kinda like how Iverson still wears that damn sleeve. You’re old AI! You can’t even get more than the midlevel now! Stop trying to look cool and start playing with the team!
- The fat chick from Kazekoshi would be marginally hot if she could lose about 100 pounds.
- What else gets Nodoka in that flushed hot state? Again, lots of doujin potential here.
- The demon Touka vs angel Nodoka scenes – given that they are a result of Touka’s imagination, why would she cast herself as the devil to Nodoka’s busty angel? Shouldn’t she be the force of good?

Touka finally busts out with a monster hand and retakes the overall lead, which puts a slight damper on Nodoka’s half-orgasmic state. Maybe it’s only 45% orgasmic now. At any rate, her AT-field is now busted, but I suppose her tits are good enough cushioning in case there’s some catastrophic collision.

But!

Momoka (who?!) starts winning hands! Oh, there is a 4th girl at the table, and she’s been throwing down riichi sticks without anybody noticing. What’s up with this invisible girl?

Momoka has been largely invisible her whole life – parents, peers, strangers, all have just looked right through her as if she never existed. That is, until she started playing online mahjong with the club at school. Using the handle “default player” she quickly catches their attention, but doesn’t actually show her face until the captain tracks her IP address down and busts in the classroom to declare her love (well, sorta). The captain, ah the captain – the only one who can see me – I will follow her forever! Anyways, Momoka uses her invisiblity to mess with her opponent’s minds, constantly catching Touka with calls that would otherwise have been easily made had Touka been paying attention. Cheap shit.
 
Preview

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Up next on Saki: KOROMO NOT KODOMO
 
Thoughts
The show is pretty predictable in the sense that we know the non-cute girls like beanpole and sumo madam from Kazekoshi aren’t going to get their own backstory nor have any chance at beating the semi-cute or uber-cute girls. Ah, the anime world isn’t fair. That said, the Tsuruga captain isn’t that cute either, so she’ll probably get destroyed in the final round without putting up much of a fight. Momoka, however, is pretty cute, especially with her hair over her eyes like one of those old school puppets, which goes pretty well with her invisible character.

Another thing about this show that’s really shining through is the relationship between the captain and her players – Touka and Hajime got that nice “I’ll remain loyal to you forever” yuri vibe going on, the Tsuruga captain and Momo got that “you’re the only one I need” yuri vibe, and Kazekoshi has that “omg our captain is the nicest person in the world” yuri vibe. The only team that doesn’t really seem to have a captain-yuri dynamic is Kiyosumi, where they all just have some kind of “she’s a pretty good player that we can count on not to suck it up” respect for Hisa. Which is kinda weird as far as these sports-games type anime go, cuz usually the main char’s team always has the best chemistry and because of that they are able to beat teams with better players than their own. Well, except for Slam Dunk. You guys remember that shit? Shohoku had this monster team with ideal players at every position, and they would still struggle against teams with only one good player. Oh, and Prince of Tennis too, except I think that is more of a case of hyping up your own players too much when in fact players from other teams are just as good as your own. Anyways, the dynamic in Saki is a bit weird, cuz Kiyosumi seems to have all the strong players, and the other teams have all this awesome captain yuri action. Still, I guess they couldn’t have Kiyosumi’s captain take the yuri vibe away from Saki-Nodoka, so they had to make exceptions.

Next week: Koromo! Her feet don’t even touch the floor when she’s sitting, so there will be all sorts of opportunity for under-table shots. Epic matchup of luck coming up – I wonder if Koromo has any cool tile slamming moves?

July 5, 2009 at 9:25 pm
24 comments »
  • July 5, 2009 at 9:56 pmcorenova

    I am first??? WOWWWWW

    cool episode

  • July 5, 2009 at 10:18 pmPeanutbutter003

    About Yumi….well, I’ll leave it till Ep 16, I guess.

  • July 5, 2009 at 10:24 pmAir

    Why is it that girls with big tits usually don’t have much of an ass…. worst with Asian girls….

    http://randomc.net/image/Saki/Saki%20-%2014%20-%20Large%2014.jpg

  • July 5, 2009 at 11:33 pmdangan

    Their abilities depend on their faces, ugly girls mean to end up losing and cute girls mean to end up winning or some kind of genius.
    p.s. the captain, with one eye closes & the other eye opens, still creeps me out

  • July 5, 2009 at 11:43 pmStigmata25

    @Air
    It might have to do with that Full Metal Alchemist Equivalent Exchange thing
    :D

  • July 5, 2009 at 11:58 pmsetsuke

    I thought Saki is considered the captain in Kiyosumi for this competition since she is playing for the final round…

  • July 6, 2009 at 12:12 amkage

    @setsuke

    Saki plays the captain round but she isn’t the captain of the team. The story has made a distinction between the players that play the last round versus the leader of the team.

  • July 6, 2009 at 12:44 ammegalith

    I really like how the characters look but… I just can’t seem to enjoy it very much.. :S

  • July 6, 2009 at 1:58 amFuruba

    NO ONE CALL STEAL HISA’S AERIAL TILE SLAM RAWR

  • July 6, 2009 at 2:46 amIngram

    @setsuke
    The fifth round is call General (Taisho) round, and as such Saki can be called the General of her team. Same goes for Koromo, the cat girl and Yumi. It has nothing to do with being the mahjong club captains/leaders.

    On topic, Momo rocks. (Her ability is darn creepy, though)
    http://randomc.net/image/Saki/Saki%20-%2014%20-%20Large%2023.jpg

  • July 6, 2009 at 3:58 amUipt

    What with animes and their hot and perfect girls are somehow classified as ugly and invisible? Momoka actually fits that, cute face, cute hair, cute voice, nice body, her bust is bigger than like 90% of all the characters on the show so far. Now to find someone like that irl that latches onto me just because I talk to her!

  • July 6, 2009 at 7:09 amWhim

    I could have done without having to see the same flashback scene 3 times in a single episode. I mean, that’s even worse than Naruto in terms of “same episode footage re-usage”. I really felt like this episode was entirely too slow. It should have finished out all of the 4th round.

  • July 6, 2009 at 8:41 amSnooSnoo

    Think you might have mixed up the captions for Image 1 and 3 since you say Nodoka has plenty of hentai doujin potential.

  • July 6, 2009 at 9:02 amjaalin

    naw snoo, just sayin i wouldn’t mind a touka x nodoka doujin

  • July 6, 2009 at 9:36 ampor

    so-so episode

  • July 6, 2009 at 12:09 pmMaka

    stealth momo ftw. Can’t wait until Koromo.

  • July 6, 2009 at 1:44 pmkage

    Stealth Momo was so cute. And the “I want you!” scene was hilariously cute. I love Yumi-chin’s reaction to Kaori going “That incident was you?!” Yumi, you were so obsessed, you IP tracked her down. A little late to be embarrassed over it now. LOL!

    I didn’t mind the slowness of the episode if it’s going to be this cute.

  • July 6, 2009 at 4:01 pmAnonymous

    When do we see Akagi?

  • July 7, 2009 at 1:48 amAnonymous

    Really, I can’t stand that hair over that girls eyes. Having hair over the eyes is o.k. but not if it’s these two strands of hair that are directly centered across the eyes. :(




  • July 7, 2009 at 11:18 amrunedot

    Hax

  • July 8, 2009 at 12:48 pmParaalso

    Somehow even in the middle of all these hax powers, I’m having the most difficulty of all accepting Momo’s powers. So it’s like her discards and calls are invisible? So no one can ever win anything off her, or be vary of her being Riichi or in Tenpai? No discards are ever dangerous for her, as no one can ever call on her tiles? Even worse, she can intentionally discard dangerous tiles to make others Furi-ten if she has a clue what they are waiting for. I’m willing to accept even Saki’s and Koromo’s powers as more reasonable…

    I’m guessing next episode we’ll see Nodoka break her Stealth mode, though. Momo’s powers don’t seem to work on electronics, and Nodoka is like a human computer in her playstyle.

  • July 8, 2009 at 4:34 pmkage

    @Paraalso

    Eh. Saki’s and Koromo’s powers are impossible. Momo’s is just an exaggeration of people not paying attention. I think it’s a pretty neat power.

  • July 9, 2009 at 2:44 amzoomj

    Nobody has mentioned yet that Momo has the same lisp(?) as Tsuruya-san :O

    Also I guess I’m the only one who thinks Captain Kajyu is pretty cute..but we all know that the upcoming battle is gonna be focused on Saki and Koromo.

  • July 12, 2009 at 5:42 amParaalso

    All three’s powers are impossible, or at least incredibly unlikely. What makes it different is that Saki’s and Koromo’s powers affect the board, while Momo’s powers affect the opponents. So if you think of Saki’s powers as cheating to rearrange tiles to give a favorable result, Momo’s power would be like drugging your opponents to make them unable to think.