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12 Days of Anime #4: Saki to the Future

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Saki Achiga-hen has mostly become known for introducing characters that have nowhere near the fantastic Mahjong-themed powers of the original Saki team and their adversaries. I mean when you have a character who plays ridiculously well when eating tacos or octopus and one who sweeps the game when holding a stuffed penguin, what other powers can compare? Until the introduction of Toki, whose power is to see one turn into the future at the cost of her own health, I would have easily said none.

There’s an earnest, self aware goofiness to Saki that makes it hard for me to dislike, something that’s only compounded when it introduces characters with progressively sillier powers with an increasingly straight face. I thought that what made Saki so damn enjoyable was entirely lost with the adaptation of Achiga-hen, but Toki definitely proved me wrong, bringing what I love to the forefront yet again in the form of several near-death experiences. Achiga-hen is definitely Toki’s show, no matter how much it might try to prove otherwise. It may seem a bit odd to put this so high up, but the ridiculousness surrounding Toki’s precognition is pulled off in such a Poe-faced way that you know the cast and staff were giggling the entire time. For some reason, I just love that.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted December 23, 2012 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Toki’s definitely the hero of Achiga-hen. The show would’ve been infinitely times better though if it was renamed Senriyama-hen.

    • Inushinde
      Posted December 25, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      Would’ve been all for naught anyway, given that neither is going to actually win, but goddamn Toki stole the show all the same.

  2. Taka
    Posted December 23, 2012 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Toki was awesome and it was great fun watching. I was like “I am watching a high school girl kill herself over this game…and its amazing.”

    Also a bonus that came from the later episodes, thanks to Toki we got to see Teru’s Enuma Elish. We are all mongrels before her.

    • Borneo
      Posted December 23, 2012 at 9:16 am | Permalink

      The tragicomical part is that you just know that Toki’s self-sacrife will have been in vain, ’cause there’s no way in hell that Shiraitodai and Achiga aren’t going to be the victorious teams.

      But yeah, Toki vs. Teru was amazing nonetheless. Nice to see it on someone’s list.

  3. Posted December 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    The captain match that we should be getting in about 2-3 months is looking as good as the Toki vs Teru from the vanguard game, so look forward to it!

    • Inushinde
      Posted December 25, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

      I definitely will!

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