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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!

June 29, 2009 at 2:00 am
  • June 29, 2009 at 2:08 ammegalith

    Fan service…. Those tits really are distracting…

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:08 amLifeAspect

    can’t wait for the subs of this
    also: poker is rather popular in Europe aswell

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:17 amPeanutbutter003

    I’m expecting great things when it comes to Kodomo.

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:18 amxcswmboy

    why did you suddenly blog this? im not complaining cuz its an awesome show but…just slightly surprised i guess. ^^

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:21 amfragbet

    There’s no way it’s Nanoha like unless there are beam spams and explosions XD

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:27 amn3rf

    Can’t help but lol at the caption for this pic XD

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:27 amPhosphatide

    I would love to see a poker anime. Casino Royale, yes.

    Or chess. We had shogi, how about something I can play?

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:46 amDando008

    It’s amazing on how “excited” these girls can get when just playing…or even watching a game of mahjong. They are all ready to explode at any moment. I also don’t mind with Hisa’s banana obsession. That smile says it all.

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:53 amCheshire Lion

    5/33 pictures have mahjong tiles in them and two of those are in some sort of daydream background.

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:57 amnegima1228

    I know poker is popular in Hong Kong, but i am not sure about Japan.

  • June 29, 2009 at 3:06 amMighty Mouse

    +infinity for the Kanban Musume reference.

  • June 29, 2009 at 3:20 amkage

    >> One of them, the captain, already went, and the only reason she played well was cuz she was matched up against some useless benchers.

    Actually, the way Touka talked during ep. 9, it seems that Mihoko played the fukushou round last year and successfully fended off Touka and won the round. Mihoko is on Hisa and Hajime’s level. Given the performance of Touka and Nodoka so far, I’d say all of them are on par with each other. Probably would depend upon the luck of the draw and seeing who starts closer to tenpai than the rest.

    >> 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!

    Ahhh… With all the offense and high risk hands being played in previous rounds, this was an interesting episode in terms of mahjong strategy. Like Fujita-pro says, all of the players here are very solid and skilled players. They make few mistakes and know when to back off. Although Nodoka has won hands, for the most part, they’ve been off of tsumos as opposed to winning points off of players (like Hisa did to Kazekoshi in her round). That’s pretty impressive. Pretty much a defensive masterpiece by all four players (thus far).

    Haha. All of them have more patience than me, that’s for sure! Like Jun, I’m more the type to try to bulldoze through richis — and probably lose big points as opposed to just bailing and letting someone get their tenpai points.

    Lastly, I’m amused / amazed that Momoko’s ghost ability seems to apply not only in real life but also to electronic cameras. I can’t wait to see what she pulls out next episode. She’s even East too, which means if she wins, the round doesn’t end and she’ll get bonus hands.

  • June 29, 2009 at 3:25 amAkaSmiley

    Lol Jaalin still waiting for the loli turn :P?

  • June 29, 2009 at 6:41 amAvenger

    Penis wings… wouldn’t those be called wangs? D:

  • June 29, 2009 at 6:55 ambaka~


    sakura matou anyone?

    the riichi spin reminds me of crush gear (or was it the other anime about 4wd models) and characters suddenly turning to static made me wonder if sadako would turn up

  • June 29, 2009 at 8:24 amrunedot

    Jaalin, Jaalin, Jaalin.
    You should be going back and blogging them all from ep1!

  • June 29, 2009 at 9:24 amMaka

    @ peanutbutter003
    It’s Koromo not Kodomo
    (why does anyone get her name wrong)

    also why suddenly blog this anime?

  • June 29, 2009 at 9:33 amAnonymous

    @LifeAspect: Subs are already on CrunchyRoll. It’s a legit simultaneous release.

  • June 29, 2009 at 9:51 amKcirnal

    Mah jong is really a 14 tile poker hand and with all the extra rules, there’s a lot more content that they can make into a series than just poker.

  • June 29, 2009 at 9:57 amstarss

    Poker is hella popular in the US (well, maybe two years ago), but I have no idea about Japan. A poker anime would be VERY POPULAR AND SUCCESSFUL, if done the right way

    Haha. I should check this show out. It’s obviously not a drama. :) How does it feel “not-blogging” K-On?

  • June 29, 2009 at 11:09 amjeffng9

    give this battle 2 more episode then u will see your dear koromo in action i think~!
    next battle will not be touka’s but momoko’s~

    We will get to know the power of momoko~! :P
    nodochii for the win though~

  • June 29, 2009 at 1:09 pmThe Envoy

    Banana and melons side by side..

  • June 29, 2009 at 1:22 pmkriz

    the only fanservicing i can say is… OMFGEE YURIIIIIIIIIIISM

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:13 pmkage

    >>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!

    Btw, jaalin, here’s the link that shows both Touka’s hand and Nodoka’s: http://mangahelpers.com/downloads/read-online/27861/60?t=1246298411

    Touka was waiting on a 2, 5, or 8 manzi (character) to win. Nodoka, as you can see, draws a 2 manzi and already has a 5 and a pair of 8 manzi. If Nodoka had been going for a win, she would have needed a 2 pin (circles) and a 2 or 5 sou (bamboo) and would have needed to discard the 2 and 5 manzi, hence giving Touka her win.

    I’m stunned that Nodoka read the river (discards) so well and managed to do so with such a small hand that she didn’t give Touka any winning tiles. In essence, she was playing with only a 4 tile discard scheme, counting the drawn tile and assuming she didn’t pick up any more 2, 5, or 8 manzi. It’s even more amazing when you consider Nodoka figured it out in “no time.”

    Jeez. No wonder she’s such a mahjong monster on the net.

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:33 pmJason Isenberg

    “is poker even popular outside the US?”

    Yep, the U.K has poker tournaments on TV and it’s quite popular there as well.

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:35 pmMaiku

    It’s about time you start blogging Saki!
    Best anime from last season!

  • June 29, 2009 at 2:38 pmkage

    Crap. My mistake — Touka is east on South 4, but it’s only the first hanchan. Huh. That means at least another 8 hands to go after the break.

  • June 29, 2009 at 3:07 pmIngram

    Watching the sub enables me to appreciate this episode and the players. These girls don’t have monters’ luck like Koromo or Saki, but they play rock solid games.

    Well, I’m sure we’re gonna have all the fires, floods, lightnings and all kind of natural disasters when Koromo and Saki clashes, so no worries here. :)

  • June 29, 2009 at 3:23 pmHolyHawk

    Poker is universal, sort of, but yeah, football is mostly, if not exclusive to america.

  • June 29, 2009 at 6:16 pmZenzen

    This show needs more THE KOROMO and less girls who look like they’d eat all the tiles (I bet everyone knows who I’m talking about), but I guess we are getting there.

    And yeah the “HMPH! desu wa” was hilarious.

    Also: http://randomc.net/image/Saki/Saki%20-%2013%20-%20Large%2004.jpg “objection!”

  • June 29, 2009 at 8:47 pmCamarilla

    First I really really hope they don’t spend the entire next ep on a single hand…

    Mahjong has already had a couple animes devoted to it (one of the better and more popular ones being Akagi). I could see something like a Hikaru no Go type show about poker. It could be very fun. Can’t wait for Koromo v. Saki.

  • June 29, 2009 at 9:00 pmMasiro

    I live for jaalin captions……

  • June 30, 2009 at 1:19 amcutemi2

    how come nobody blog this….

  • June 30, 2009 at 5:08 amAnonymous

    Poker would probably be more of the same. It wouldn’t be a suddenly brickshattingly amazing original concept.

  • June 30, 2009 at 12:04 pmSS

    If anything, poker is the same or more popular in europe than in the U.S (probably concentrated in sweden), even moreso after they kinda outlawed online poker here.

    Doubt it’s popular in Japan though.

  • June 30, 2009 at 1:25 pmanonymous

    LMFAOOO the yellow blonde girls wants nadokaaa

  • June 30, 2009 at 8:43 pmSavofenno

    Holy Hawk: Football IS the most popular sport in entire world! I mean, it is what Americans/USA call soccer. Their “football” should be called carry-the-ball handball, they very seldom play the ball with feet! But in international football feet are used about 99% of playing time. Don`t take me wrong, i think American Football is a fine sport by it`s own way.
    About poker in Japan and anime, of course it`s well known. I recall The Poker King character in Ranma 1/2 anime and manga, but can`t recall others. But i feel there must have been more.
    By the way, USA Soccer/Real Football Team did very well just recently in Confederations Cup in South Africa.

  • July 1, 2009 at 5:50 pmbrianleung8912

    mmmmmmmmm mahjohn eh…. u know u know how to play when u start swearing at the fourth piece that u cant take >:)