Saki Achiga-hen: Episode of Side-A

Saki Episode of Side A

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Synonyms: Saki Achiga-hen: Episode of Side-A
Japanese: 咲-Saki-阿知賀編 episode of side-A
English: Saki Episode of Side A
German: Saki Episode of Side A
Spanish: Saki Episode of Side A
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 2012 to Jul 2, 2012
Premiered: Spring 2012
Broadcast: Mondays at 01:05 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Gokumi
Source: Manga
Genre: Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Themes: SchoolSchool, Strategy GameStrategy Game
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.311 (scored by 1645616,456 users)
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Ranked: #26682
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Popularity: #3658
Members: 37,732
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The Achiga Girls' Academy in Nara once defeated regional mahjong powerhouse Bansei High School. It advanced into the national team semifinals but lost to the eventual champion, and the mahjong club was later disbanded.

Six years later, elementary school student Shizuno Takakamo befriends transfer student Nodoka Haramura. The two eventually enter Achiga Girls', but Nodoka transfers out of the school in the second year.

When Shizuno sees Nodoka on television the following year as the national middle school individual mahjong champion, she decides to revive Achiga's mahjong club.

Characters & Voice Actors


Sakurai, Yuuka
Shibata, Tomonori
Producer, Planning


Opening Theme

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"MIRACLE RUSH" by StylipS  (eps 2-12)

Ending Theme

1: "MIRACLE RUSH" by StylipS  (eps 1)
2: "SquarePanicSerenade" by Aoi Yuuki, Nao Touyama, Kana Hanazawa, MAKO, and Yumi Uchiyama (eps 2, 5-7, 12)
3: "Futuristic Player" by Miyuki Hashimoto (eps 3-4, 8-11)

Episode Videos


Aug 27, 2020
If you're a fan of mahjong and superpower sports/game anime, THIS is the real Saki.

This is Saki without the meandering backstories, the boring yuri-bait that never gets anywhere, and the gratuitous fanservice shots of every loli character in the show (mostly). Side-A cuts out most of Saki's original grievances while being even better at what Saki did best: Intense, chaotic, and ridiculous mahjong battles.

In fact, since 95% of this anime doesn't rely on the original Saki, it's completely watchable as a standalone. Just make sure that you know the rules of mahjong, because there isn't as much time to explain everything like in Saki. ...
Feb 27, 2018
Mixed Feelings
First things first. My "reviews" system is explained on a blog entry. Which can be found through my profile.

About Saki side-characters and their adventure through tournaments. I'll be honest, It's been a while since I watched Saki and I cannot really remember most of it let alone side-characters. But nevertheless I found this series fairly enjoyable and cute. It had fair flair of drama and also impact packing mahjong games as always. Not really much else to comment. A fair enough moe show about mahjong.

✦Art & Sound
Not impressive, not bad. Fitting enough, bright and enjoyable. Gotta love the "no pan" style. It's always a mystery ...
Jul 17, 2012
I said "Achiga-hen Side-A Episode is too hardcore for my taste." But I went and watched it anyway since it wouldn't hurt.

It's more of the same: CGDCT ("Cute Girls Doing Cute Things)". The dreaded "moe" animu; and said cute thing is mahjong.

The lot of them have weird powers to help them win. And IMMHO, this BULL$#!7 needs to stop. Else, they need to use their powers on something a bit more fruitful than playing games. (I heard "taking over the world" is pretty popular. :P )

And, as with the lot of CGDCT animu, there are TOO many cute girls herein. I stand by my opinion ...

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