Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai


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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
English: Akagi
German: Akagi
Spanish: Akagi
French: Akagi
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2005 to Mar 29, 2006
Premiered: Fall 2005
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 00:50 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genre: SuspenseSuspense
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, High Stakes GameHigh Stakes Game, Organized CrimeOrganized Crime, PsychologicalPsychological, Strategy GameStrategy Game
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.921 (scored by 4383843,838 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #7262
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1985
Members: 101,958
Favorites: 1,268

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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

Hagiwara, Masato

Washizu, Iwao

Tsukayama, Masane

Hirayama, Yukio

Sato, Ginpei


Tanaka, Hideyuki


Furuya, Toru


Nakata, Kouji


Koyama, Rikiya


Kazama, Morio

Nozaki, Osamu

Satou, Yuudai


Futamata, Issei


Nakatani, Toshio
Kobayashi, Mikiko
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Opening Theme

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"Nantoka Nare" by Furuido

Ending Theme

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


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 ...
Dec 25, 2010
Mixed Feelings
I have a real problem with this series and it has nothing to do with Mahjong, Yakuza, nor the art. It's the Dragonball Z syndrome I dealt with during the last half of the series.

Let's start back from the top. Akagi was great fun for someone like me that either just learning Mahjong to someone that's a seasoned player. It's got its feet on the ground better than Saki does while still putting the game on a grandiose scale.

Now, I can't go far into this review without mentioning how horribly outdated the art is. What makes it better (or worse) is ...
Sep 12, 2010
Oh, Akagi... Akagi, Akagi, Akagi... What can I say? This is the first Anime that I have ever seen that dealt with gambling. The means of gambling is with a game called Mahjong. I did not know the fundamentals and basic rules of Mahjong when I watched this. Looking back at it, I certainly wished I had taken the time to learn Mahjong. The reason for this is because all Akagi did was left me with numerous boring moments, frustration, and a bitter taste in my mouth. And maybe, just maybe I could have appreciated and enjoyed Akagi a little bit more, but it's just ...

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