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.