Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2009 to Sep 28, 2009
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisMiyanaga Saki is a high school freshman who doesn’t like mahjong. Ever since she was a child, she would lose her New Year’s gift money during her family mahjong game. If she won, her parents would be upset, and if she lost, well, she lost. As a result, she’s learned to play in such a way that her score always remains plus/minus zero: not good enough to win, but not bad enough to lose. When we meet her, she’s being dragged to her school’s mahjong club by an old friend. How will a girl who hates mahjong, yet has become adept at the game as a result of her upbringing, survive in this environment?
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Related AnimeAdaptation: Saki
Side story: Saki Picture Drama, Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A
Sequel: Saki: Zenkoku-hen
Characters & Voice Actors
There once was a woman named Saki
Who used to think Mahjong was yucky
But her friends got the chills
When she showed off her skills
She was so unbelieveably lucky
Then the Mahjong club was reinstated
In a manner that made it seem fated
And Saki fell in love
With a woman part of
The same club and she wished that they dated
So with that comes the start of our story
As they all began playing for glory
With their heads held up high
They went into the fry
And they joined the prefectural tourney
Then the girls started showing their powers
And they played like in godmode for hours
But then in every break
There was Yuri for cake
They were clearly no innocent flowers
But even with a red-tinted face
Of holding back there was not a trace
While maintaining their grace
At ridiculous pace
They accepted no less than first place
When the story was finally done
And the champion eventually won
I leaned back in my chair
And asked the open air:
'Who knew Mahjong could be so much fun?' read more
What do you get when you take mahjong, you shoot massive amounts ridiculous special effects, you add a huge cast of high school girls, you give them POWERLEVELS, and then you make them 90% lesbian? Does it sound ridiculous yet? Regardless of how you feel about what I just described, Saki somehow managed to take all the above points, mush them up together, and regurgitate one of the most fun and entertaining show I've seen in a while.
+ Simple and straight through story
+ Easy to swallow and get into
+ The mahjong games are SO MUCH FUN to watch and the show has PLENTY of them
- It tries to create drama that just doesn't fit in sometimes
- It can get really corny when it comes to character development
- Game time gets interrupted right in the middle in favour of "development" time from time to time.
+ Cute character designs
+ Bright and very nice colour palette
+ Special effects used on mahjong games are very cool to watch and greatly increase enjoyment
- Animation quality can get poor at times (but not very often)
+ An all star cast of seiyuus makes the show very fun to listen to
+ The background songs used for the mahjong games are upbeat and GREATLY increases the enjoyment of the matches
- I wasn't a fan of the OP and ED songs but they are not bad
+ Large cast of characters and all with different personalities. You are bound to find someone you will like.
+ Every character is likeable and they are all unique in skills (mahjong POWERLEVELS)
+ When a series is able to match up 2 or more characters in a game and make you go "OH SHI- THIS MATCH IS GOING TO BE EPIC" every time you know the show has succeeded in creating their characters
- If you are not into yuri moments, you might feel ackward watching this because girl on girl moments happen.....A LOT!
- Although the show succeeds in giving most of their characters reasons to move forward and continue playing. Sometimes some of those reasons can get a little corny (but its not a big issue)
THIS SHOW WAS SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH, every time a game was going on the show suddently became so entertaining that the episode would end and you wouldnt feel like u had just watched 24 minutes of Saki. Even though the show could have some improvements I cannot complain about the work GONZO and Picture Magic has produced here.
Overall: Saki is not a masterpiece, it does not have amazing production values, nor does it have a compelling story....however what it manages to produce is a level of entertainment that just leaves you wanting to have more. The ability of taking a generally quiet game like mahjong and turn it completely over the top and extreme and yet still keep it from becoming chaotic is 1 of the reasons why Saki is a show that everyone should give a try at one point, it will surely entertain you. read more
Some of the main characters look, feel, and act similar. Also, in both shows, the main girl leads the team with her great skill. She also feels inferior to her mother and sister who lives separate from her. Her sister is very well known, and at the end of both series, the main character finally has the courage to face her sister. Also, both clubs are being resurrected by upperclassmen, and there are other members that are extremely talented as well.
If you like GuP, you'll adore Saki! And if you liked saki, you will appreciate, and probably love GuP as well :)
Both protagonists are drawn back into an activity she had come to dislike while growing up, finding new friends and a renewed interest. Both look up to their older sisters but do not have a good relationship with them.
1. FMC (Saki, Miho) is genius at said activities, but refused to do it first due to dramatic past that has something to do with water.
2. Their girl friend (Nodoka, Yukari) is a fan of said club activities.
3. Both have 'estranged' older sister (Teru, Maho).
4. There were similarty between Saki's chars and GuP chars.
Both leads in these two animes hated their 'respective roles in which they had alot of potential for, they had exceptional skill yet they refuse to take on that role because they both went through traumatic events of it in their past(s).
Both are battle anime featuring groups of girls competing to be the best in the nation.
Tanks with Girls und Panzer and Mahjong with Saki.
The main protagonist's rival is her own older sister who is more experienced in the craft. A member of the group is obsessed with tanks/mahjong. I'm sure there are other parallels but basically Girls und Panzer is Saki with tanks.
Tanks not your thing? Saki is Girls und Panzer's mahjong equivalent. Not only is style and execution similar, they mirror each other in both plot and character.
Both series features a young group of girls together in an activity that they embrace and are skilled at.
Both series has a school life setting where there is comedy, drama, and competitions. These competitions puts the girls' skills at test against other competitors.
Friendship and strategies are involved in both series that allows the characters to stay one step ahead of their opponents.
Both series also features some nice soundtrack.
Similar premise. Main characters have same backstory.
Both MC a reluctant to play in something they're good at because of something that happened in the past. Saki- Mahjong, GuP- Panzers
Both the girls also have a somewhat strained relationship with their older sisters.
In both series, the club tries to reach nationals
Both are entertaining to watch with all the action, so have fun!
both protagonists are child protegees of their games. both have sisters that they look up to that are relatively famous for the games, but do not have a good relationship with because of an incident. both do not like the game at first because of their childhood, but are pulled into it and realize how fun it can be. both are a team aiming for the nationals to face their sisters. both are about how the team works together and their motivation. both have some yuri. only difference is that saki is mahjong and girls und panzer is panzer (tank martial arts)
- main characters really good at the sport they're playing
- have sister who are at the level of pros, and are on bad terms with them
- aim for national tourney with friends
- main characters are pretty much all girls
-Both are enjoyable to watch
Mahjong Club/Kendo Club.
Both are aiming for the nationals.
Both have way more female members.
Both anime have group of girls aiming to be the best in the country. Overall show feels the same.
even though kendo and mahjong are completely different things,the story is kinda the same in my opinion..
-a group of girls
-the rest of the club are unwanted boy/s xD
-has a really skilled girl and probably the only one you're expecting to go far..
-some of the people who they go up against will eventually be surprised when they try to make a move to defeat them..
if u try and watch them, its really funny and you'll enjoy it! ^^
Both have moe characters. Both have comedy in it, though Bamboo Blade has a lot more funny scenes than Saki. Both anime also revolve around a school club with just a few members in it (5 girls with a guy). So far, Bamboo Blade has better plot and has some conflicts in the story. However, Saki is just a new released anime so the second season might come out next year? But I think there is a high chance of Saki second season. Animation of both anime's done pretty well too.
-Both animes are about getting better at their games aiming to keep on winning and continue to move onto bigger tournaments
-Both have really potential leads
Both are about school clubs that start off with a few people, but eventually get just enough people to compete in tournaments. Also both are based around the girls and the guys seem to be not that important. Reminds people that winning isn't everything, and to have fun.
A school based anime centered around a primarily female cast trying to do their best where their opponents are equally well developed characters as the main cast. These shows feel VERY similar, if you enjoyed one, you would probably enjoy the other.
Both anime involves 5 girls joining a club (kendo~bamboo blade; mahjong~saki) who all aim to win or become the top.
Both series follows a club (made of mainly girls) who practice a sport that they enjoy in. They have a great time together and also has a slice of life feeling.
Both series takes place at a school life setting that is lighthearted yet contains a competitive atmosphere among students. Thus, the mood of both series are quite alike.
Both series' games contains a set of rules that the players must follow in order to win. That brings out some of the comedy, drama, and intensity of both series in various episodes.
Opening Theme#1: "Glossy:MMM" by Miyuki Hashimoto (eps 2-14)
#2: "bloooomin'" by Little Non (eps 15-25)
Ending Theme#1: "Glossy:MMM" by Miyuki Hashimoto (eps 1, 25)
#2: "Netsuretsu Kangei Wonderland (熱烈歓迎わんだーらんど)" by Kana Ueda, Ami Koshimizu, Rie Kugimiya, Ryoko Shiraishi, and Shizuka Itou (eps 2-6, 8-9, 11-14)
#3: "Zankoku na Negai no Naka de (残酷な願いの中で)" by Kana Ueda and Ami Koshimizu (eps 7, 10, 16, 18, 22)
#4: "Shikakui Uchuu de Matteru yo (四角い宇宙で待ってるよ)" by Kana Ueda, Ami Koshimizu, Rie Kugimiya, Ryoko Shiraishi, and Shizuka Itou (eps 15, 17, 19-21, 23-24 )
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