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It’s the start of the individual tournament! After a short pep speech by Hisa, the troops disperse and waste no time in destroying the competition. Yuki made sure to splurge for the extra inventory slots and enters battle with a full arsenal of taco power, which surprisingly scores her the top ranking of the day. Everyone else is pretty much going about their business versus nameless competitors, with the exception of Touka vs the dumb bimbo from Tsuruga – Touka rons a couple times off her, but then loses all that on a beginners-luck yakuman. Anime, where years of high budget disciplined training has nothing on cuteness and luck.
Meanwhile, captain wahaha is getting a report from one of her mates that there’s some weird chick that’s owning everyone. Could it be, the rumored Miyanaga Teru? I don’t understand how Teru can be so recognized as an elite player and so much of an unreported enigma – I mean, some dude in Saki’s class is watching her on his phone during class, for chrissakes. How is the infinitely well-informed Hisa not aware of this?
Somewhere in the guy’s side, Suga gets his ass handed to him by a douchebag, a monk, and a guy that looks like the club pres in Sora no Manimani. Sad.
Matchups are reshuffled later in the day, and Yuki continues her hot streak – one wonders when she will run out of tacos, or if she will bump into a banana-powered mahjong playing robot from the future. Elsewhere, Hisa and Kazekoshi’s captain get matched up and go head to head – both do pretty well against each other, so both will advance to the next round. Hisa finally remembers who the hell this chick who keeps calling her Ueno-san is after she sees the blue eye, which seems to please Kazekoshi’s captain very much. Hm… the start of a more… mature yuri relationship? Sorry Kana, you can be the pet.
Up next on Saki: Teru teru bouzu
Just when you thought that the team tournament was the climax of the show… nope, here we go again. I don’t really get the point of this, besides telling teams that they all suck and are carried by one or two good players. It’s clear that those two from Kazekoshi are gonna make it, those two from Tsuruga, probably everyone from Ryuumonbuchi, everyone from Kiyosumi, then a few other standouts, like those hot chicks from Teru’s team. I know they’ll make it because their hot. Ahh this show makes things so predictable.
Saki doesn’t seem to be destroying opponents as much, probably because she’s worrying about her onee-chan. She’ll probably limp by until one of Teru’s teammates gets matched up with Saki, then Saki will have tangible proof (you know, besides countless magazine articles and press coverage) that her sister even exists, so she can stop freaking out and start getting rinshian kaihou on every hand.
Zenzen in the episode 19 comments raises an interesting issue – apparently the anime has caught up to the manga, so technically, everything from hereon out could be entirely up to Gonzo’s discretion. Whether this is a good or bad thing remains to be seen – all I know is that it’s kind of hard to screw up this type of sports/game anime with hot chicks, cuz that’s all it’s about. I’ve been quite impressed to this point with the balance they’ve struck between all the moe-pumping filler and the actual mahjong, and I hope they can continue that balance. Maybe they’ll have Saki come up with some new tricks besides the endless kan kan kan kan kan kan kan kan…
With 22-26 left, that’s still 5 episodes to go, which should be plenty of time to finish the individual tournament and have Saki make
out up with her sister. It might be quite some time before we get a season two about the national tournament, though!
On an unrelated note, I preordered a PS3 slim today. Anyone wanna be my friend on PSN? lol