I didn’t realize it, but the relationship between Saki and mahjong, is truly an S&M relationship. All these characters just keep abusing the mahjong tiles, and the tiles themselves just take it quietly. Like it enjoys it. Because there’s silly statements made during the show like being “loved by the tiles” or whatever mojo some girls employ to make the tiles obey them and their fantastical abilities. S&M, let it be said. I do have a feeling though that I’m not the first to discover it. Let it be known that I’m too lazy to go find out this specific fact while writing this.
It’s becoming a little hard to find decent screenshots of this show. While there’s random fanservice like after bath scenes, it’s not surprising, considering that the action is limited to when the characters are SITTING DOWN PLAYING MAHJONG. You’d have to develop a strong affinity to enjoying stuff like how a skirt creases around their butt as they sit in their probably comfortable chairs. I’ll be fair to admit to developing said fetish ever since Kyoto Animation randomly focused on animating Irisu’s process of sitting down, allowing us to view the entirety of her hands manipulating her skirt, as they flowed past her butt and primly organized her skirt. The view of such beauty is only more exemplified by the magnificent creases in the skirt as they accentuate where her hips transition into her butt and lovely thighs. Ahem.. Truly, females have no defenses against such perversion. For mine perversion has the strength of folded origami! (Made of steel.)
In today’s viewing of Mahjong, episode 5, I had also developed an interest in Himematsu High School’s team. Ueshige Suzu’s reactions (in episode 4) to the shrine maiden team player was cute. Her hair is also wacky as ever. Although the lieutenant of their team, Atago Hiroe, also has some major crab ahoge. Probably doesn’t count as true ahoge. One can’t ignore the grayish-blue hair that looks like a lunch box tako (octopus) weiner. She looks fine from the front though. Quite cute actually. She also has glasses.
This was also the first episode that featured a match that ended in a single episode. Mako closes out without any flashy techniques, and solidly wins back the big hit Kiyosumi suffered. I felt it a bit dramatic how Yuuki was so disheartened at losing score placement due to a single riichi stick. I guess things balanced out, since something like that would have stuck out like a sore thumb for me. I liked this match, because the build up to it was focusing on Aislinn. The information we were given was biased and favored her. That detail of Ainlinn visualizing the final hands, and her own winning one, was an interesting diversion to how Mako simply brushes past it. Mako’s style of play seems reactionary, and responds quite powerfully against Aislinn’s play style of prediction. Quite similar to Toki’s future vision, so I lumped them together in the prediction style. I personally favor watching the disruptive ones, like Inoue Jun from Ryuumonbuchi.
Ideally, the current pacing will keep going (1 to 1.3 matches per episode) until the really major matches, where they can go wild with the smoke and lightning. There’s still no hints as to how crazy it’ll get when we eventually see the Saki versus Teru match. At least for anime only viewers.
Just realized a lot of my favorite characters have a natural disposition to be flat chested. Other than Office Lady stereotypes.