Excellent! We’re now seeing some proper crazy mahjong, and what’s more the episode didn’t progress exactly as I expected it would. I initially assumed it would be Yuu-oneechan going into mahjong orgasm mode that would bring about the recovery noted in the episode title (side note: way to give away what’s going to happen in this episode, Studio Gokumi!), but it didn’t turn out like that. Well, it did, but… Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. One thing at a time!
First, Yuu-oneechan. I don’t know about you guys, but I love the relationship between those two. There’s something charming about the reversal in their relationship, with the imouto always protecting the onee-chan. Better than that though, I enjoyed how this episode gave that “useless” onee-chan a chance to show her worth. Awww!
As for how Yuu-oneechan did, I have to say that she seems like a stronger player than Kuro, at least right now. While Kuro racked up huge point totals in previous matches and led Achiga to victory, she’s a one note player – if she can’t win with her dora tactics, she’s pretty much screwed, as Toki so painfully illustrated. Yuu-oneechan, on the other hand, has two tactics – first she starts out collecting only “warm-colored” tiles, and if that doesn’t work, she switches to drawing any tile with red on it. Smart! You can’t depend exclusively on one strategy, so fortunately Yuu-oneechan had another, which allowed her to take back 12K of Achiga’s points.
Next was Ako’s match. This was another match where Senriyama sorely tested my loyalty to Achiga. Seeing the tomboy Sera go into “Otome Modo” – and get all cutely embarrassed about it – was quite amusing. Throw into that the fact that she was Senriyama’s ace last year, and she’s a character to watch.
Fortunately, Ako was better (sort of…they both did really well)! Despite my love for many of the monster characters of the Saki universe, characters like Ako are still the best in my book (at least when we’re talking about how they play). Rather than depending on hax powers, she won because of practice, skill, a good feel for the game, and excellent tutelage from Akado. That enabled her to go toe-to-toe with Senriyama’s old ace, and still put Achiga up by another 16K points. That put them into 2nd place by a full 16K points over the next opponent! For once, I feel like Akado was useful for some reason.
Next week we have Arata-chan, and maybe Shizu. Of the last two, I think Shizu is going to have a rougher time. Though I may soon eat these words, I’m not too worried about Arata going up against megane-chan. Shizu, on the other hand, is going to have to compete against Toki’s yuri buddy Ryuuka, and she worries me. Hopefully Arata-chan can rack up some points to help Shizu out…and something about the way she carries herself makes me think she will. Can’t wait!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Yuu-oneechan & Ako compete! I think I prefer reliable & sharp Ako over the mahjongasming onee-chan, at least when they play =X #SakiAchiga
- Let’s see here…Kuro lost 41K points, Yuu-oneechan earned 12K, and Ako earned another 16K. Looks like overall, Achiga’s monsters have still been a net detriment to their team. Whoops.
- Another reason I like Sera – doing a running, jumping flip in a skirt. That’s some proper Saki-level stuff right there!