Ranked #464

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
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


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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
Furuya, Toru
Furuya, Toru
Hirayama, Yukio
Hirayama, Yukio
Sato, Ginpei
Sato, Ginpei


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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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 8, 2015
It starts out great. The first arc is interesting and the characters and situations feels real, considering. The second arc was basically more of the same but a bit slower and it felt like they didn't really care about it feeling possible anymore. However everything is alright until the last arc when it really falls apart with the introduction of the antagonist. Could hardly keep my eyes on the screen while they explained how insanely evil he is. Maybe it's a bit harsh of me to talk mainly about the last arc but it did go on for quite a bit (13 out of 26 read more
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Oct 2, 2015
If you've watched Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor and are curious about its predecessor, this review should be what you're looking for.

In terms of art and sound, it matches Kaiji equally; the addition of 'Zawa' would be nice, but it does not make it feel lacking without it.

The story is equally good, though for different reasons. Kaiji is about pulling yourself from less than nothing to stand on the same ground as the average person on the street. Akagi is about one man with god-like awareness, skill and luck establishing a legend that only he can. I find it easier to get invested in Kaiji, as it's read more
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Sep 1, 2015
Akagi: A dark sports drama filled with deception, tension, and lots of Japanese Mahjong. Starring the titular Akagi and his rise to fame and fortune as what the narrator describes within the first episode as the "undefeatable genius of Mahjong". Episodes are intense, drawn out experiences of Mahjong games, explaining rules and building tension to the opposing player's next move. Who will win? Who will lose? A tale of underground yakuza and intense betting on the complex game of Mahjong is told within Akagi's 26 episodes.

STORY: 7/10
As stated in the earlier paragraph, the story revolves around a young man by the name of Akagi Shigeru. 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. 
reportRecommended by nn0r
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. 
reportRecommended by Juxian
Anime: Saki
if you liked the games in saki, you might enjoy akagi since it show the same game. 
reportRecommended by GameXtra
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. 
reportRecommended by rkrempel
Anime: Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji: Hakairoku Hen
Both are based on Manga by the same author, so expect the same character designs right from the get-go. Both also involve life or death gambles. The only real difference is that Akagi is purely a Mahjong series, and most of Akagi's gambles are merely for the thrill of it, rather than Kaiji's gambles which are merely to survive.

The titular characters from both shows also have the same voice actor, who plays both roles brilliantly. 
reportRecommended by sir_mihael
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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