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Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai

Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Mahjong Legend Akagi: The Genius Who Descended Into the Darkness, The Legend of Mahjong: Akagi
Japanese: 闘牌伝説アカギ 闇に舞い降りた天才


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2005 to Mar 28, 2006
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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While mahjong is a game that is often played with family and friends, it is also a game that is played in the darkest corners of society. Nangou is a compulsive gambler who has accumulated debt over three million yen. In a last ditch attempt to clear his record, he decides to wager his life on a game of mahjong with the mafia. Unfortunately, as the game progresses, Nangou only moves further from the prize and closer to death.

When all hope seems lost, the game parlor is suddenly intruded upon by Shigeru Akagi, a young boy on the run from the police. Desperate to turn the game around, Nangou hands the game over to Akagi after teaching him a few of the rules. The mafia can only smirk as Akagi sits down to play. However, they soon come to learn that Akagi is a natural-born gambler. An imposing figure who does not fear death. One who is destined to become a legend.

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Episodes  0 / 26
Aired  Oct 4, 2005 to Mar 28, 2006
Status  Finished Airing
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Adaptation: Akagi

Characters & Voice Actors

Akagi, Shigeru
Akagi, Shigeru
Hagiwara, Masato
Hagiwara, Masato
Tanaka, Hideyuki
Tanaka, Hideyuki
Kazama, Morio
Kazama, Morio
Satou, Yuudai
Satou, Yuudai


Nakatani, Toshio
Maruyama, Masao
Sato, Yuzo
Honda, Yasunori
Sound Director

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Jan 12, 2008
Akagi is based around its titular character gambling his way to the top of the underworld, his enigmatic prowess for mahjong often turning the tide of certain defeat into victory. Akagi is a cold, relentless character. He cares little for money or for his own life. In the heat of the gamble he stops at nothing less than completely crushing his opponent's will to win...

Akagi is the first Nobuyuki Fukumoto manga to get the anime treatment and the anime has been executed surprisingly well. It is with reason that I say, 'surprisingly'. When considering Fukumoto's original, while particulary famous in Japan and Korea, you can't read more
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Nov 27, 2008
Akagi. Once again, I'm strung into a series by merely the name and a brief introduction summary.Well yes, "Akagi" isn't all that of an awesome name in itself, but where I came upon it it was named "Touhai Densetsu Akagi - Yami ni Maiorita Tensai"; "Gambler Genius Akagi - The Legend who Descended into the Darkness". Well, with reservation for translation. In any case, I acquired an episode to have a gander at what an Anime mainly about Mahjong could be able to offer...and if I'd be able to learn anything in the process.

Story: 9/10
Akagi Shigeru, a thirteen year old daredevil with an unknown background, read more
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May 30, 2013
Story: 9/10
Akagi is an anime I started watching reluctantly, the synopsis didn't sound to exciting or the name. So I went in thinking it wasn't going to be good, but I was so wrong.

At the beginning of the anime, Akagi comes into a gambling house right after risking his life. After Akagi sees a fatal mistake in the man’s judgment, he decides to let him play.

This isn't a simple gambling anime; it's about a character that psychologically breaks his opponents in whatever he does. When he fights, he fights without holding back, willing to risk anything and everything. Unlike other gamblers, Akagi read more
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May 17, 2013
Story: With a chin that would make Jay Leno blush and a nose that would leave Corporal Klinger wanting, Akagi is a mysterious 13 year old that tumbles into the middle of a yakuza Mahjong game one late night, where a mediocre Mahjong player is trying to absolve himself of his gambling debts. The entrance of the weird kid, (who is running around in the dead of the night wet as a fish fresh out of water) provides a welcome break for the gambler who is almost at the end of his wits. The story unfolds from there.
Akagi, even though he doesn’t know the read more
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Both are gambling animes done by the same director and mangaka, both main character's are also voiced by the same seiyū, Hagiwara Masato.
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The main character of One Outs is said to be created under the influence from Akagi. Both are similar in their extreme, cold-bloodied ability to win by mind-f*cking their enemies.
if you liked the games in saki, you might enjoy akagi since it show the same game.
Both series leave you constantly at the edge of your seat with your heart pounding. Both manage to create a rather sinister atmosphere in the background. That being said, an anime about Mahjong may not have the generic appeal that a Death Note has, so don't follow this advice blindly.
One is about suspense/murder/mahjong, the other is about suspense/murder/shogi.
Akagi is similar to Tetsuya in that they both deal with the dark, seedy underworld of Mahjong where the stakes are high and the consequences dire. Both Akagi and Tetsuya deal with similar dark themes, although Akagi is generally recognized to be the superior amongst the two. Tetsuya predates the Akagi anime by several years. Both have their own distinct styles and are great additions to the genre. If you liked Akagi then you should definitely check out Tetsuya.
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Opening Theme

"Nantoka Nare" by Furuido

Ending Theme

#1: "Akagi" by MAXIMUM THE HORMONE (eps 1-13)
#2: "S.T.S." by Animals (eps 14-26)

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