Saki – 19
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Koromo gets pissed off and mounts her final attack – apparently her aura is nuclear because she causes some monster EM pulse that makes all the lights go out – and goes straight into another haitei raouyue. Great, now the lead gets bigger again. Everyone is pretty much screwed now, but apparently Saki hasn’t given up and Kana is still forging on like she still thinks she has a chance.
On the final hand, Saki gets herself a pretty monster draw, but it’s still not enough in itself to make up for the 50-something thousand points that separate her from Koromo. Well, so I thought, but apparently there’s this obscure rule called a “melded kan” – whenever you make a kan with an opponent’s discard, that opponent has to pay up all the points. Being the one-trick beast that she is, Saki does just that – first 12k (meh), then a chained kan for another 12k (oh shi-), and then a third kan for one more 12k (IT’S OVER 9000!!!!!) – normally that wouldn’t be enough but since it was all ponied up by Koromo, Saki makes up for the entire difference and wins the game. Well, not before a violently euphoric mahjongasm and some Gurren Lagann galaxy-throwing tile-drawing action. Schoolgirl mahjong – where the fate of the world is always on the line.
Up next on Saki: Poolside training, aka excuse for mizugi episode
Well we all knew Saki was going to win somehow, thing is we didn’t know how it would come about. There could’ve been some crazy point controlling reminiscent of her plus-minus 0, there could’ve been some new move that Saki busts out… or there could’ve been the “I’m just gonna kan everyone to death” approach. Unfortunately they went for the obvious route, but much to my surprise and titillated delight, it came out really well!
If there’s one thing in anime that never fails is this huge sense of sportsmanship, even though everyone except for one just got totally owned. There hasn’t been a single sore loser in this show, and in other sports anime like Prince of Tennis, even if someone is a total bitch on the court and goes for the jugular (literally) every time, they always seem to finish the game a total good sport. LeBron James might have something to learn after walking off the court vs the Magic in the playoffs – I mean, cmon LeBron, you guys had no chance. At least Kana was nice about it, then she got a hug from cyclops-senpai.