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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
Premiered: Fall 2005
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.051 (scored by 19,806 users)
Ranked: #4692
Popularity: #1062
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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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Characters & Voice Actors

Akagi, Shigeru
Akagi, Shigeru
Hagiwara, Masato
Hagiwara, Masato
Washizu, Iwao
Washizu, Iwao
Tsukayama, Masane
Tsukayama, Masane
Tanaka, Hideyuki
Tanaka, Hideyuki
Nakata, Kouji
Nakata, Kouji


Maruyama, Masao
Maruyama, Masao
Nakatani, Toshio
Nakatani, Toshio
Sato, Yuzo
Sato, Yuzo
Honda, Yasunori
Honda, Yasunori
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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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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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Jun 28, 2015
What would you do if you are faced with death? Would you have the guts to make it out alive or would you become numb and frozen in the moment that you stop thinking completely and succumb to death? Well whatever your answer maybe, it seems that Akagi, the series' main focus, always has a way out whether it be a reckless move or a calm and composed one.

The year is 1958, in the dark streets of Japan and in the middle of what seems to be a very long night for Nangou, a neurotic and addictive gambler who is in the verge of 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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Sep 19, 2007
For those, who don't know what it majong, it's rather special hazard game, similar to poker, but played with special tiles. There are manzi, pinzi, sanzi, dragon and wind tiles. You must get special hands to win. It's not difficult game and when you play it yourself (either irl or on computer) it's quite addictive.

Story and Characters:
Basically, there is no standard story. Whole plot is about mahjong games, which take few episodes to resolve. Though there is time flow, it's nothing as standard action story. But this story is all about one person. Shigeru Akagi is his name. Whole story twists around him, each read more
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Anime: Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
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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Anime: One Outs
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. 
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Anime: Saki
if you liked the games in saki, you might enjoy akagi since it show the same game. 
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Anime: Death Note
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. 
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Anime: Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Duel Monsters
Both are about games in which you could die. Akagi is about mahjong and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is about a card game. Yu-Gi-Oh! have magical/spiritual touch. 
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Anime: Shoubushi Densetsu Tetsuya
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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