The BEST episodes of Saki

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Miyanaga Saki is a high school freshman who doesn’t like mahjong. Ever since she was a child, she would lose her New Year’s gift money during her family mahjong game. If she won, her parents would be upset, and if she lost, well, she lost. As a result, she’s learned to play in such a way that her score always remains plus/minus zero: not good enough to win, but not bad enough to lose. When we meet her, she’s being dragged to her school’s mahjong club by an old friend. How will a girl who hates mahjong, yet has become adept at the game as a result of her upbringing, survive in this environment?

Last Updated: 11/17/2022Network:TV Tokyo
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Promise
star
9.00
2 votes

#1 - Promise

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/2/2012

As Toki pushes her body to the limit to look three turns into the future, she predicts Kuro is finally about to make her move. As Kuro is pressured into potentially discarding a dora, she recalls her friends and her late mother and decides to discard a dora, throwing off Teru's calculations and enabling her to earn some points off Teru, bringing the first match to an end. Just then, Toki collapses from her fatigue and has to be rushed to hospital. As Achiga prepares to move on to the next match, they finally run into Nodoka, both promising to do their best to reach the finals. With their resolve in place, Yū enters the fray for the second match.

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Determination
star
9.00
2 votes

#2 - Determination

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/25/2012

Toki uses her ability to look two turns into the future, enabling her to stop Teru's streak but leaving her extremely weak in the process. Meanwhile, Kirame recalls how her team chose her to be the sacrificial pawn owing to her purported ability to never go bust. As the game approaches its climax, Toki is left incredibly weak and is supposedly unable to use her ability. Meanwhile, as Saki, Nodoka and Yuki arrive at the arena, Saki appears to be preoccupied with something. As Toki remains under pressure as Teru decides to prolong the match, she recalls how her teammates supported her during a training camp. Determined to help her team, Toki decides to take a risk and attempt to look three turns into the future.

Sortie
star
9.00
2 votes

#3 - Sortie

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/10/2014

Traces
star
9.00
2 votes

#4 - Traces

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 5/25/2013

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Prank
star
8.75
8 votes

#5 - Prank

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/15/2009

The third round starts and Hisa puts to work her strategy of sticking to the bad waits in order to get the big scores, knocking off Kazekoshi's lead. Hajime Kunihiro helps gain a slight comeback while avoiding her slight-of-hand habit. Meanwhile, Nodoka wakes to find that her penguin is missing and leaves Saki to go look for it.

Directors: Manabu Ono
Fortress
star
8.67
3 votes

#6 - Fortress

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/3/2014

Free for All
star
8.50
2 votes

#7 - Free for All

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/24/2012

As the second match gets underway, Harue starts having practise matches with Kuro in order to revive her dora drawing ability, where Kuro learns of how Toki and Kirame helped her play against Teru. Izumi is put under pressure both by Yoshiko's cheap hands and Sumire's 'sharpshooter' style of play. Yū, on the other hand, had been taught by Harue about an unconscious tell of Sumire's which gives away who she is targeting, giving her the opportunity to strike back at her. After the second round ends and the third round begins, with Sera making some large plays, Izumi from Hiroko Funakubo hears about some of the powerful first year students in the competition before heading to the hospital to fetch Ryuuka. The match soon turns into a heated battle between Ako, Sera and Shiraitodai's Takami Shibuya, who prepares to use her 'Harvest Time' ability.

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Truth
star
8.50
2 votes

#8 - Truth

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/31/2014

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Threat
star
8.50
2 votes

#9 - Threat

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/24/2014

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Attention
star
8.50
2 votes

#10 - Attention

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/24/2014

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Withering
star
8.50
2 votes

#11 - Withering

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/10/2014

Gods and Demons
star
8.50
2 votes

#12 - Gods and Demons

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/3/2014

East Wind
star
8.50
2 votes

#13 - East Wind

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/26/2014

Support
star
8.50
2 votes

#14 - Support

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/12/2014

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Aggravation
star
8.50
2 votes

#15 - Aggravation

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/2/2013

As the fourth round comes to an end, Ako gives Shizuno her school uniform to wear as she heads to the final round between her, Awai, Ryuuka and Himeko. Himeko starts making strides using the 'keys' Mairu obtained during her respective hands in her round, moving Shindouji to second place. Meanwhile, Ryuuka discovers she is able to use some of Toki's ability to look a turn ahead to a certain extent as a result of Toki constantly resting on her lap. With both Himeko and Ryuuka winning hands, Awai decides to get serious and declares a double riichi. Thanks to Harue's advice, Shizuno manages to avoid falling into her hand and Himeko gets hit instead. When Awai attempts another double riichi however, Shizuno manages to win the hand, bringing the first half of the round to a close. Meanwhile, Koromo explains to Saki that when she played against Shizuno, she found herself being able to perform her signature hand less times than she had hoped. After Shizuno receives some encouragement from Ako, the match resumes.

Aspiration
star
8.50
2 votes

#16 - Aspiration

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/29/2013

As the third match ends with a play from Takami, Sera mentions to Ako how things may have been worse if Takami was the last dealer. The fourth match soon begins with Arata and Hiroko up against Shiraitodai's Seiko Matano and Shindouji's Mairu Shirouzu. During the match, Mairu puts limitations on her hands so that they'll be worth double when her partner, Himeko Tsuruta, plays in the following match. Meanwhile, Koromo and Hajime visit Saki, where they talk about the time they played with Achiga. Mairu wins the majority of hands, whilst Hiroko manages to use Seiko's weaknesses against her. As Arata also manages to make some wins, she recalls how Harue decided to appoint her club president, thinking of the feelings she is carrying to try and clear the semi-finals that Harue could not. As the match comes to its climax with Mairu scoring a powerful hand, Toki wakes up in hospital.

Faith
star
8.50
2 votes

#17 - Faith

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/21/2012

During the fourth match featuring Arata, some tough competition puts Achiga back into third place behind Kentani. As it comes down to the last hand of the final match, Shizuno faces tough odds. However, her determination to not give up gives her the opportunity to get back into second place, allowing Achiga to proceed to the semi-finals alongside Senriyama. As the girls celebrate their victory, Harue warns that in the semi-finals, they'll not only be facing Senriyama, but Shiraitodai as well. As the girls go out to eat, they spot Harue with Kumakura, who is talking with her about potentially joining the pro circuit again. As the girls start worrying that Harue may abandon them, they run into Tsuruga Academy's Momoko Touyoko and Satomi Kanbara.

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Recovery
star
8.50
2 votes

#18 - Recovery

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/14/2012

As the second match begins, Yū starts off well but soon struggles when Senriyama's Izumi Nijō figures out her play style of picking warm tiles with red characters. However, Yū makes a comeback as Izumi fails to observe that the tiles Yū draws include any which feature the color red. Then the third match is played out with Ako against Senriyama's Sera Iguchi. She manages to bring Achiga up to second place.

Dealer's Streak
star
8.50
2 votes

#19 - Dealer's Streak

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/18/2012

Nodoka has a dream where she meets up with Shizuno and the others and ponders about its meeting. Meanwhile, the first half of the vanguard match finishes, with Teru still ahead, although the Achiga girls manage to figure something out about Teru's play style which they pass on to Kuro. Teru continues to dominate the second half, managing to get a 100,000 point lead over Senriyama, when Toki recalls when she previously attempted to look two turns ahead and ended up collapsing. Having secretly practised at home, Toki decides to put her double turn peek into practice.

Best
star
8.50
2 votes

#20 - Best

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/11/2012

As Toki makes the first winning move, everyone starts to feel the strange power of Teru, who soon starts a winning streak that even surpasses Toki's predictions. Toki recalls the time when she was picked to be Senriyama's ace, where she revealed to Ryuuka and Sera the prediction ability she got following a collapse. Toki soon regains her confidence and helps Kirame disrupt Teru's streak. As the third South Hand begins, Teru looks set to restart her streak whilst Kuro laments that she hasn't been able to do anything.

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Training
star
8.50
2 votes

#21 - Training

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/4/2012

Satomi brings the Achiga girls to her grandmother's house where they meet Tsuruga's Yumi Kajiki. Wanting to improve their skills and become stronger, the Achiga girls ask to train with them. Since they are not participating in the individual tournament, they are also allowed to battle against Kazekoshi Girls School's Mihoko Fukuji, and they soon come up against some national level play. The next day, the girls meet up Kei Arakawa and several other talented players to continue their training, whilst Kiyosumi play out their second round match. Later that evening, Shizuno spots Kumakura and confronts her about her discussions with Harue. To her relief, she learns that Harue turned down the offer of going pro, saying that she wants to stay with Achiga til the end. As Shizuno breaks the news to the others, they become determined to win the semifinals, where they face Shiraitodai, Senriyama and Shindouji Girls' High. The first round soon kicks off, with Kuro preparing to face off against Toki, Shindouji's Kirame Hanada and Shiraitodai's strongest player, Teru Miyanaga.

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Champion
star
8.50
2 votes

#22 - Champion

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/7/2012

As the vanguard match begins, Toki's ability to see one turn ahead puts pressure on Kuro, whose dora-style renders her defense play weak and predictable. Adding riichi with her ability, this enables Toki to dominate the match, and Kuro is left ineffective. With Kuro in tears, Yū steps into the second match motivated to get back the points Kuro lost, while Senriyama hopes to use the information they gathered on her against her.

Nationals
star
8.50
2 votes

#23 - Nationals

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/30/2012

As the Achiga girls receive results of the drawing lottery, they find that they are on the opposite side of Kiyosumi while on the same side as the top-ranked Shiraitodai High School. As the girls do some research on their opponents, Harue meets up with her former coach, Kumakura. On the day of the first round, Achiga is pitted against Sanomo, Urabandai and Imizusougou. After some initial difficulty, Kuro manages to show off her dora-drawing skills in her round, and Achiga soon sails to victory and advances to the second round. Later, Senriyama read up on Achiga's victory, preparing to face them in the next round, along with Koshigaya and Kentani. As Kuro enters the competition room, she encounters a waiting Toki.

Sisters
star
8.50
6 votes

#24 - Sisters

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 8/17/2009

As a reward for winning the tournament, and to train for the individuals, Hisa takes everyone to a pool, where Saki admits she cannot swim. They run into the Ryūmonbuchi group, who actually own the pool, and Koromo makes friends with Nodoka. Tōka reminds Koromo that when she went to Tokyo with her group, and went to a family restaurant, that reminded her of her parents. Meanwhile, Kazekoshi and Tsuruga make their plans for training for the individuals. Saki's sister, Teru, progresses to the nationals, though when asked about Saki, denies her existence.

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Friend
star
8.50
8 votes

#25 - Friend

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 8/10/2009

Koromo recalls that when her parents died, no matter how many times Touka brought her friends, she still always felt lonely, believing her only worth is in mahjong. Koromo's powers cause a brief blackout, but Saki remains calm throughout. Koromo gets another haitei raoyue once the game resumes, leaving one more hand. Koromo is a bit shocked when Saki says she is having fun playing against her.

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