Ranked #1213


Alternative Titles

Japanese: 咲-Saki-


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2009 to Sep 28, 2009
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.611 (scored by 20308 users)
Ranked: #12132
Popularity: #791
Members: 44,689
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Saki Miyanaga 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 differential always remains ±0: 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?

(Sources: ANN and AniDB)


Episodes  0 / 25
Aired  Apr 6, 2009 to Sep 28, 2009
Status  Finished Airing
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Saki
Side story: Saki Picture Drama, Saki Achiga-hen: Episode of Side-A, Saki Biyori
Sequel: Saki Zenkoku-hen

Characters & Voice Actors

Haramura, Nodoka
Haramura, Nodoka
Koshimizu, Ami
Koshimizu, Ami
Jeong, Mi Sook
Jeong, Mi Sook
Kataoka, Yuuki
Kataoka, Yuuki
Kugimiya, Rie
Kugimiya, Rie
Park, Seon Yeong
Park, Seon Yeong
Miyanaga, Saki
Miyanaga, Saki
Ueda, Kana
Ueda, Kana
Lee, Yong Sin
Lee, Yong Sin
Someya, Mako
Someya, Mako
Shiraishi, Ryoko
Shiraishi, Ryoko
Yun, Mi Na
Yun, Mi Na


Ono, Manabu
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Setou, Kenji
Episode Director, Assistant Director
Kumazawa, Yuuji
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Sep 29, 2009
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

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Oct 1, 2009
I have to admit I went into my viewing of Saki with next to zero knowledge about the game of Mahjong, its terminology, or its rules. Besides a short wiki article and just the visual similarities to some domino games I have played before, most of it still is quite vague and mysterious. I was drawn to Saki by the cute character designs, a hint of yuri romance, and my own curiosity over the game of Mahjong.

Despite my curiosity, the idea of a 25 episode anime revolving around a table game doesn’t sound all that exciting. Most likely that is going to read more
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Feb 15, 2015
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 unbelievably 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
When the hour was nigh
They held their heads up high
And they joined the prefectural tourney

Then the girls started showing their powers
And they played like in god mode for hours
There was also in store
Yuri service galore
They were clearly read more
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Dec 28, 2011
Want serious Mahjong? Try Akagi instead. Saki plays it fun and easy, preferring thunderous entertainment over logic, plausibility, and critical thinking. This FUNtastic underground gem needs more love. MAL already has plenty of lengthy reviews for Saki, so I'll keep this one to the point:

Pleasant Surprise #1:
For such a seemingly low-budget title, it's voiced by an all-star cast of seiyuu.

Pleasant Surprise #2:
Rather than play out as gagworthy as I expected, the hints of yuri actually spiced things up. Nothing is ever explicitly stated, everything is implied, and the light yuri factor whimsically floats in that fun stage before relationships get read more
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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 :)
Mahjong Club/Kendo Club.
Both are aiming for the nationals.
Both have way more female members.
School kids work to find enough members in order play in competitions. Even though it is there first time in show, they are quickly noted as the team to beat.
if you liked the games in saki, you might enjoy akagi since it show the same game.
hikaru no go is about a boy named hikaru who plays a game called go, in saki it is about a girl named saki who plays a game called mahjong, if u liked hikaru no go, this should be interesting also.
shion no ou = shougi
saki = mahjong
both complicated games(to me atleast) and fun to watch and maybe learn.

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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