Saki – 15
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Stealth Momo continues to frustrate Touka, who is so obsessed with standing out that she gets owned by the girl who doesn’t stand out at all. Of course, the whole time, Nodoka doesn’t seem bothered by the puppet moe apparition that seems to be haunting their table, cuz she’s gone completely Mr. Anderson on everyone and just views the table as an online mahjong game. Touka, in the meantime, starts to scramble, and still can’t buy a win with all that Ryuumonbuchi money. You’re useless Touka! Go cry to Hagiyoshi! Even Kazekoshi’s sumo onna squeezes in a good hand.
Current standings: 1. Kiyosumi, 2. Tsuruga, 3. Ryuumonbuchi, 4. Kazekoshi. In all seriousness, Kiyosumi has by far the strongest team with a 3-powerhouse lineup of Hisa, Nodoka, and Saki, whereas all the other schools only have one or two powerhouse players. Hisa is good enough to go up against Touka, and I seriously doubt Tsuruga’s captain is any better than Nodoka. This just isn’t fair. Kazekoshi has no chance because of their 5-girl roster, only two of them are legitimately cute, one looks like a shouta, and the other two are ugly. No chance.
Nodoka gets some dap from Saki as she walks out, Touka gets pissed off, Momo and Tsurugacaptain share an intimate moment, and sumo chick… well, nobody cares about her. And with that, the taishou round is finally here!
The anticipation builds and everyone is pretty tense to see MVP Koromo walk in… until she finally does and she’s this little pink usagi loli that scampers to the table. Meanwhile, all the spectators are just thinking that Koromo is going to clean up the table, but some astute minds – katsudon-san and Kazekoshi’s captain to name a few – realize that it’s actually a two-horse race between Koromo and some unknown girl with crazy records named Saki.
Saki kicks things off by calling kong immediately, then busts out her trademark rinshian tsumo and starts racking up points. Kazekoshi’s Kana is like “oh shit” and Tsuruga captain is like “goddamn not this shit again” and Saki is like “heh I’m so baller”. It’s just luck, right? Naw, she does it again. I would say the chances of that happening are something like getting a straight on the flop… two times in a row, or for those who don’t know poker, the chance that the Warriors are going to land a legit free agent this summer or the chance that Ricky Rubio is going to play in Minnesota next year. Ah, NBA, where drama happens.
Anyways, people are pretty freaked out by this freakish luck, but Tsuruga’s captain isn’t having any of it – when Saki tries to call her third kong, she does some bankai shit and cuts up Saki’s sailor fuku as I look on intriguingly. Go on….
Up next on Saki: Somebody should just take these girls to Vegas and milk their luck
Finally it’s Saki vs Koromo! Considering how long Hisa and Nodoka’s rounds took, we’re in for a long, long ride. And I’m perfectly cool with that, cuz Saki is a pretty fierce player and it’s fun watching her thighs get sweaty. I do wonder how much time they are going to spend going into Tsuruga captain and Nekomimi’s stories, cuz no matter how many lucky hands they can get, we all know they are just fodder for the two mistresses of luck.
Speaking of luck, that is what Saki has, right? Assuming everything plays out according to chance, Saki will probably continue her ridiculous lucky draws for the next few years of her life, until she loses her joshikousei charm (probably around age 18), then she will just lose every single game she ever plays from then on. And by then, she’ll be too old to marry any rich guy to fund her mahjong addiction, so she’ll probably just have to be recast as the single sensei who finds herself alone on Christmas and New Years. Saki season 2 – Vicious Cycle.
Saki will likely get her ass handed to her hardcore in the upcoming days, as Koromo hasn’t even made a damn move yet and Saki is already struggling against Tsurugacaptain. Maybe she’ll start learning new moves on the fly like Ryouma Echizen and start busting out her muga no kyouchi or whatever.
And if the preview is any indication, we are in for some epic tile slams!