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Mahjong Manga Saki To Be Animated

by dtshyk
Dec 4, 2008 1:30 AM | 33 Comments
According to Young GanGan magazine, a mahjong manga "Saki" will be a TV anime. It will be aired in 2009.

The staff and cast are as follows:

Staff
Director: Ono Manabu ("Transformers Galaxy Force", "Dragonaut - The Resonance")
Series organizer: Urahata Tatsuhiko ("Monster")
Character designer & Graphic art director: Sasaki Masakatsu (a distinguished animator worked on "Fullmetal Alchemist", "Fate/stay night", "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha" etc.)
Production company: Gonzo the 5th studio ("Strike Witches")

Cast
Miyanaga Saki: Ueda Kana
Haramura Nodoka: Koshimizu Ami
Kataoka Yuuki: Kugimiya Rie
Someya Mako: Shiraishi Ryoko
Takei Hisa: Itou Shizuka
Suga Kyotaro: Fukuyama Jun

Source: Scan of Young GanGan
Saki Anime Official website

20 of 33 Comments Recent Comments

This is awesome. The anime world needs more mahjong. I'm gonna go buy the manga sometime this week. :D

Feb 10, 2009 7:15 AM by progia

The PV's video quality is top-notch!

Unfortunately, aside from the surrounding noise, I can't hear anything at all. (laugh)

Dec 28, 2008 5:30 AM by Kira01

Saki PV at C75

Dec 28, 2008 4:20 AM by dtshyk

Maora said:
Sesshomaruto said:


NO PLOT
NO FIDELITY TO MANGA
ABSOLUTE NO SENSE ECCHI SITUATIONS INVOLVING LOLIS ONLY
FINAL DESTINATION


it seems you really never paid attention to the manga. :P

/me facepalms

One thing is to read the Manga because you like the setting, plot, characters, the mahjong game itself, etc. And other thing is to read it only to fucking fap to lolis. Guessing by your comment, I can tell that you fit into the second option.

Dec 10, 2008 7:57 PM by Sesshomaruto

Sesshomaruto said:


NO PLOT
NO FIDELITY TO MANGA
ABSOLUTE NO SENSE ECCHI SITUATIONS INVOLVING LOLIS ONLY
FINAL DESTINATION


it seems you really never paid attention to the manga. :P

Dec 10, 2008 7:43 PM by Maora



NO PLOT
NO FIDELITY TO MANGA
ABSOLUTE NO SENSE ECCHI SITUATIONS INVOLVING LOLIS ONLY
FINAL DESTINATION

Dec 10, 2008 7:30 PM by Sesshomaruto

Wow, I was having a hard time finding a preview, so I'm very grateful for those 6 minutes.

As one could expect, the voice acting won't disappoint, Ueda Kana's voice is very flexible, so I couldn't relate Saki to any other role of her's. In Koshimizu Ami you can pick up a bit of Kallen, Kugimiya Rie's is as static and predictable as ever, the extra moe effect she needs to put in make Taco's voice sound like Momotarou's from ZKC or Chika from Hidamari Sketch. Fukuyama can't get much variation from Lelouch's voice, the same with Shiraishi Ryoko, stuck between Hayate and Nogami Aoi also from ZKC.

Seeing from the picture currently in the anime's page, Gonzo already screwed up the character designs, though, and I bet the scenes where Saki is generally being awesome won't be nearly as awesome as they should.

Dec 7, 2008 6:38 AM by RandomOugi

http://youtube.com/watch?v=QQ8PDJ2hb2g

If anyone wants to hear the voices.

Dec 6, 2008 1:25 PM by Osamuko

Oh GONZO. I just caught up on this manga and I'm pretty hooked. If they put even half as much effort into this as they did with Strike Witches, it shouldn't turn out too bad.

I pretty much respect every seiyuu on the current cast list. I've been waiting for Kana Ueda in a main character role again.

Dec 4, 2008 10:31 PM by Seishi

I got happy to know this news cause i'm currently like Saki. 8D by "Gonzo" makes me wanna stick with the manga. :x

funny how all the Seiyuus have either done a tsundere role, or a role which it's stuck hanging around with a tsundere. :>

Ami Koshimizu - Kallen (Code Geass), Nina (Mai-Otome)
Kana Ueda - Rin (Fate/Stay Night)
Rie Kugimiya (QUEEN OF TSUNDERE) - Yuuhi Katagiri (Akane-iro), Nagi Sanzenin (Hayate), Shana (Shana), Iori Minase (IdolM@sters), Taiga Aisaka (ToraDora), Louise (Zero no Tsukaima)
Ryoko Shiraishi - Hayate Ayasaki (Hayate // Nagi's victim)
Jun Fukuyama - Lelouch (Code Geass // Kallen's victim), Itsuki Iba (Rental Magica // Ambler's victim)
Shizuka Itou - Hinagiku (Hayate)

i'm soorry if i forgot some and if i didn't do the names japanese style. :P

Dec 4, 2008 10:26 PM by Maora

I haven't read the manga but another Mahjong anime is always welcome. I just hope it is somehow as good as Legendary Gambler Tetsuya and Akagi(doubt it tho). ;)

Dec 4, 2008 10:20 PM by 4saken

Nayah said:
Everything was fine till i saw the word Gonzo...
seriously, fuckin' hell. i thought this looked really good too :/

Dec 4, 2008 10:17 PM by windy

Nayah said:
Everything was fine till i saw the word Gonzo...

So sad so true

Dec 4, 2008 7:53 PM by kirby

hmmmm not sure how to feel about this one....i havent really seen many sport based anime. who knows, i guess it would only pass if it was cute enough.

Dec 4, 2008 6:12 PM by kisami

I read the Director and went "NOOOOOOO", i read Gonzo and i went "NOOOOOOOOO", now i only hope that they dont mess with the manga too much...

Dec 4, 2008 3:59 PM by Static

Oh jeez, Gonzo. Well, at least they got Last Exile semi-right.

Another mahjong anime, looks good on paper I guess. Definitely won't be another Akagi, but something new will be nice.

Dec 4, 2008 3:21 PM by HappyPear

Kira01 said:
This is going to be the best anime... Just look at the long list of seiyuu cast, most of them are on my favorite list..

Miyanaga Saki: Ueda Kana (Honami - Rental Magica)
Haramura Nodoka: Koshimizu Ami (Karen - Code Geass R2)
Kataoka Yuuki: Kugimiya Rie (Mizore - Rosario to Vampire Capu2)
Takei Hisa: Itou Shizuka (Tama-nee - ToHeart 2)
Suga Kyotaro: Fukuyama Jun (Lelouch - Code Geass R2)

It doesn't matter if the anime doesn't have good character designs.

The awesome cast of characters will never be able to hide the Gonzo-ness of the series. =P

Dec 4, 2008 11:32 AM by Master10K

This is going to be the best anime... Just look at the long list of seiyuu cast, most of them are on my favorite list..

Miyanaga Saki: Ueda Kana (Honami - Rental Magica)
Haramura Nodoka: Koshimizu Ami (Karen - Code Geass R2)
Kataoka Yuuki: Kugimiya Rie (Mizore - Rosario to Vampire Capu2)
Takei Hisa: Itou Shizuka (Tama-nee - ToHeart 2)
Suga Kyotaro: Fukuyama Jun (Lelouch - Code Geass R2)

It doesn't matter if the anime doesn't have good character designs.

Dec 4, 2008 9:36 AM by Kira01

Great news is great...except for the fact that its gonna be done by Gonzo. Also, there is something not right about the pic of Saki on the homepage. Oh well, its just a pic. Judgement will be passed when it airs.

I accepted the anime page submission btw.
http://myanimelist.net/anime/5671/Saki

Dec 4, 2008 8:57 AM by Faust721

I've been waiting for this ever since I started reading the manga.

Dec 4, 2008 7:46 AM by nexist418