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Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A

Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A

Alternative Titles

English: Saki - Episode of Side A
Japanese: 咲-Saki-阿知賀編 episode of side-A


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 2012 to Jul 2, 2012
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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The Achiga Girls' Academy in Nara once defeated regional mahjong powerhouse Bansei High School. It advanced into the national team semifinals but lost to the eventual champion, and the mahjong club was later disbanded.

Six years later, elementary school student Shizuno Takakamo befriends transfer student Nodoka Haramura. The two eventually enter Achiga Girls', but Nodoka transfers out of the school in the second year.

When Shizuno sees Nodoka on television the following year as the national middle school individual mahjong champion, she decides to revive Achiga's mahjong club.

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Adaptation: Saki: Achiga-hen Episode of Side-A
Parent story: Saki, Saki: Zenkoku-hen
Sequel: Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A Specials

Characters & Voice Actors

Akado, Harue
Akado, Harue
Shindo, Naomi
Shindo, Naomi
Atarashi, Ako
Atarashi, Ako
Touyama, Nao
Touyama, Nao
Matsumi, Kuro
Matsumi, Kuro
Hanazawa, Kana
Hanazawa, Kana
Matsumi, Yuu
Matsumi, Yuu


Ono, Manabu
Ikehata, Hiroshi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Ishiguro, Kyohei
Episode Director, Storyboard
Urahata, Tatsuhiko
Script, Series Composition

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Dec 4, 2012
A couple years ago when I started Saki, I didn't think I would enjoy a series about mahjong because I knew next to nothing about mahjong but Saki sure did change my mind. So when Saki: Achiga-hen was announced I just had to watch it, even though it focused on another set of characters. Although it was not as well done and as memorable as the original, it is still an enjoyable series and very entertaining even if you have no knowledge about the game of mahjong.

Compared to the original season, Achiga-hen is much shorter in length so the pacing of this season is extremely read more
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Jun 5, 2013
The girls in Saki: Achiga-hen were childhood friends of Nodoka. It starts off showing their elementary friendship. In the beginning, it was cute, funny.....but then Nodoka left, and just like how the girls were trying their best to catch up to Nodoka, this anime was trying it's absolute hardest to catch up to the greatness of it's parent story.

For the entire first half of the series, everything felt rushed. You don't see any real majong games, and although you know the girls have grown in talent, you don't actually get to see it happen. It was almost like a summery, rather than it's own show. read more
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Both are about meeting up with an old friend at a national tournament for a game.
Young girls that are reunited in a club (music in K-On!, mahjong in Saki), doing their best to fulfill their great ambitions. In Saki, though, they are more serious about it, really dedicating to mahjong in order to win tournaments (that they start right in the beginning of the series), while K-On!'s atmosphere is more light, and the girls are more doing for fun, even if their final goal is just as ambitious.
I think that K-On! is far more developed and has more lovable characters, and of course the music helps a lot, but if you like the genre you might enjoy Saki as well.

Opening Theme

"MIRACLE RUSH" by StylipS (eps 2-12)

Ending Theme

#1: "MIRACLE RUSH" by StylipS (ep 1)
#2: "SquarePanicSerenade" by Aoi Yuuki, Nao Touyama, Kana Hanazawa, MAKO, and Yumi Uchiyama (eps 2, 5-7, 12)
#3: "Futuristic Player" by Miyuki Hashimoto (eps 3-4, 8-11)

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