According to the cover note of the eighth volume of the manga, a new TV series of Saki was announced. A spin-off manga "Saki Achika Hen: episode of side-A" drawn by Igarashi Aguri was also announced to be serialized in Monthly Shonen GanGan magazine from August 12th. It's a side story about students in Achika Girl's High School.
klaymore said: good news, what about blu-ray release?
Of the first season or of this season?
I have been hoping for a season one BD box (though how well it could be upscaled remains to be seen). BDs for the second season are guaranteed though, there's no way this will be DVD-only.
And I'm not worried about lack of manga... the appeal of the show is hot yuri and utterly over-the-top supernatural mahjong. The plot behind that is only of nominal importance. Just throw a couple tournaments in and let us have fun with the characters, and call it good.
That said, I do want at least some overarching story, if only because anime-original arcs won't be able to move character relationships forward too far for fear of getting out of sync with manga developments. But there are so many fun minor characters who deserve more screen time, that even without a load of new manga chapters the anime really shouldn't be starved for potential material.
I don't mind putting off the core story for a little while if we keep getting to spend time with all the great characters in the meantime.