Sunday, January 12, 2014

10 Second Anime - Saki - The Nationals - Episode 2

Saki - The Nationals - Episode 2

The hot baths allow for many revelations, ufufu~ More reminders of our ensemble cast's strange and terrifying mahjong powers. Also, Team Oppai vs. Team Petanko fight-o!

The main tournament hasn't started yet for our large cast of girls, so that means there's still ample time to remind the viewers of their special powers and quirks. Penguin power, taco power, wa haha, Stealth-Momo, rinshan kaiho, calm waters, and bad luck. All of this and more. We also have time for the sisterhood of the public baths to divide themselves between Team Oppai (big boobs) and Team Petanko (flat chest). Always a worthy debate...

We get introduced to a new power from Touka. Whenever she's around other mahjong monsters, her power of calm waters rises up, and she never discards a tile another player can use. It also changes her personality from the excitable momentum changer she usually plays as, but it uses up large amounts of stamina, and she faints after only four games.

By inviting so many schools to help with practice matches, the president of the mahjong club has also brought the fans of the first season all their favorite characters and personality matchups. Ah, so nostalgic. New characters are also introduced as they remember their prior matches with the girls helping Kiyosumi, which is a nice way of setting the table for the rest of the season.

One sentimental thing this episode shined a light on was how far the Kiyosumi mahjong club has come in only three years. From just one member to a whole team competing at the National Tournament, being cheered on by the entire student body, Hisa can only be grateful for their support.

It looks like we'll have at least one more catch-up episode before the crazy tournament mahjong begins, and we'll find out why Hisa wanted to invite one of Nodaka's former middle school team mates to their training camp, a mahjong monster who's bad at reading train schedules.

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