Hi, how are you?
It’s been a while since I’ve watched this, but come on.
I watched Kaiji, which was about gambling.
Also, I’ve done his analysis here, you can click on the card to see …
But then, you animal. Watch this one first.
In Kaiji’s anime, he was a fearful guy who got the courage to participate in gambling.
To make money and to pay off your debts.
In this other anime, Akagi’s,
He is the white-haired Kaiji.
Whereas it is by the same author,
I figured he had thought of two ways to tell a story. Involving gambling.
One in which the protagonist is fearful but faces his fears.
And another story that the guy is simply Kaiji, but not afraid to risk it.
He simply goes.
But Akagi is owed nothing.
In fact, he appears in the middle of a mahjong match
from a guy who is really in debt.
And if you can’t afford it, you’ll die.
Well, that guy feels something strange about Akagi.
A different feeling. Something from him.
He asks if Akagi can play mahjong.
And he says no.
The guy asks him to play instead.
Believe that he emanates luck,
trust and things like that.
And he learns fast.
He can be a potential prodigy,
but you need time to show what you know.
And now, I’ll be very honest here. I just watched Akagi because I liked Kaiji.
I figured I’d see something similar,
since they are works by the same author.
Even the protagonists look alike.
However, it was not what I expected.
I don’t know how to play mahjong.
And the whole anime is focused on mahjong.
And that is a problem.
In a few moments the anime told me, quickly,
what each combination of pieces meant.
But I do not know the rules of the game. I don’t know if that is a good combination or not.
I do not know when it is better to discard parts, or save. What is Ten Father? Riichi? Man-gan?
I do not know any rules.
I thought it would be very difficult to follow this anime, as I could not understand the rules.
But I still felt a potential coming from there.
So, I thought to myself.
Since I don’t understand the rules of the game and the anime won’t waste time explaining me,
will only put quick 3 second information that only works for those who already know the rules of the game,
Let’s do it that way.
Forget the rules.
Just pay attention to the reactions.
And that’s what I did.
I did not watch Akagi to see mahjong.
I watched Akagi to see Akagi acting like Akagi.
I’m gonna explain.
Akagi doesn’t care to show all moves as Yu-Gi-Oh does.
In Yu-Gi-Oh, we see him set a trap card, summoning a monster,
activating magic and effects …
You know how it is.
It is a more detailed battle.
In Akagi, being a time consuming game to finish, it seems at least
they cut the details.
What I mean by that?
The anime narrator added to the reactions of lay people and professionals
in the face of Akagi’s moves, that’s what drives the anime.
And they make you understand and feel when it was a risky or safe move.
And that’s what I paid attention to while watching each episode.
I will not understand the rules of the game.
But I can understand the Akagi.
Table reading. Opponent reading. The fear of the spectators. The time for cheating.
What Akagi wanted with every game …
All this, I managed to enjoy.
And if you pay attention …
That is exactly what you have to pay attention to.
Anime wastes no time explaining mahjong, special moves, how it works …
No. He just starts and says:
O. This is mahjong here. Watch us play.
And that’s it. He is not showing all the moves.
He shows some purchases, some discards, some reactions,
And you read the game by their reactions.
With a slight explanation of each character.
Just one touch.
And a narrator’s quick explanation of the combination of pieces,
that you will not understand,
because you don’t know the rules of the game.
The cool thing about anime is seeing how it will develop.
See how Akagi reads the game,
added to the kind of person he is.
A face without fear of risk.
This is the anime. Focused on Akagi.
Not in mahjong. Understood?
And don’t worry about memorizing the stones.
There are many.
It’s very hard to try. Forget it.
Just watch how the game develops.
Not the game.
Just as it develops.
This anime really knows how to tell a story about something,
even for those who don’t understand anything about that thing.
But if you don’t wanna see the reactions
and don’t want to try to feel how the characters will act;
You prefer to see the game itself and understand how the rules work.
Like Yu-Gi-Oh, which is focused on the game itself.
So this anime is not for you.
You do not watch the game.
You watch Akagi acting.
Even so, I still tell you to give this anime a try.
Watch at least the first episode, because just so you understand what I’m talking about here.
Very well, that was Akagi. Have you heard of him?
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Thank you and see you later. Goodbye.