Monday, December 31, 2012

Akagi Character Book: ...And a Happy New Year!

All right, to celebrate the new year, I thought it'd be pretty cool to release something that I've just been hanging onto, wondering what to do with, for several months now. They're the RAWs for a Character Book of the Akagi/Ten continuity. Basically, every single character from all four series in the continuity (Akagi, Ten, HERO, and Washizu) is given a section describing them and their roles in the series, as well as giving some basic stats. Obviously it's not translated into english, because most of it is stuff you can read in the actual series, but I just scanned it because I thought it'd be good to have in the collection and I needed some scanning practice.

It's not perfect, but I am rather proud of the cleaning job I did piecing together this cover. Crump offered to help, but I wanted to do the whole thing myself, since I'd scanned it myself already.

Now, there are parts of the book that contain images from later on in the various series than the english scans have caught up to, so I took the liberty of making two versions of the rar: one without spoilers, and one with everything. The spoiler-free version has a lot of things censored and some pages omitted, but if you're caught up with the english scans of the four series, you won't have anything spoiled. If you're an avid reader of the Japanese raws, you should download the original instead, for the things that aren't in the english translations yet. This is the downloads page: http://www.mediafire.com/?l7msxj8dv0yta

...But, I guess, there's not much point to downloading it if you don't know what it's saying, huh. I suppose I can help out a little bit by showing what the stats are for each character and how to read the little diagram on their pages. Below the cut is a sample character page, which I'll go over to explain what the stats mean.





So, there's a pentagonal diagram on the bottom right as I'm sure you've spotted. This is Akagi's statistics diagram. I was a bit disappointed to not see a "Cheating" statistic there, but then not everyone cheats in the series, so I suppose it's not universal. But anyway, the five stats are, starting at the top and working my way clockwise, "Intelligence", "Skill", "Luck", "Charisma", and "Power". Power refers more to political power rather than something to do with mahjong, so it's really more of a quirk of a statistic than anything, but it's still there. Each little mark indicates the character's rating in that stat from 1 to 5. The higher the coloration goes on each stat, the better the character is in that area. So, Akagi's stats (in Tohai Densetsu Akagi) are:

Intelligence: 5/5
Skill: 5/5
Luck: 3/5
Charisma: 5/5
Power: 1/5

So he's maxed in every area that counts, except in Luck, interestingly. I suppose his luck is otherworldly, but compared to Washizu's it's nothing special, so it makes sense.

So, in case you're just interested in the stats and don't want to download a huge file to see them, I'll list all the character's stats across the four series. Then, as a special bonus, I'll rank all the characters in terms of overall Mahjong Ability based on those stats. God, I'm a nerd.

Main Characters

Akagi Shigeru

In "Akagi"

Intelligence: 5/5
Skill: 5/5
Luck: 3/5
Charisma: 5/5
Power: 1/5

In "Ten"

Intelligence: 5/5
Skill: 5/5
Luck: 3/5
Charisma: 4/5
Power: 3/5

Ten Takashi

In "Ten"

Intelligence: 5/5
Skill: 5/5
Luck: 5/5
Charisma: 4/5
Power: 1/5

In "HERO"

Intelligence: 4/5
Skill: 4/5 (doesn't make sense to me...)
Luck: 5/5
Charisma: 3/5
Power: 2/5

Igawa Hiroyuki

In "Ten"

Intelligence: 5/5
Skill: 3/5
Luck: 3/5
Charisma: 1/5
Power: 1/5

In "HERO"

Intelligence: 5/5
Skill: 3/5 (Not even a little increase? :/)
Luck: 4/5
Charisma: 2/5
Power: 1/5

Washizu Iwao

In "Washizu"

Intelligence: 5/5
Skill: 3/5
Luck: 5/5
Charisma: 3/5
Power: 4/5

In "Akagi"

Intelligence: 5/5
Skill: 3/5
Luck: 5/5
Charisma: 5/5
Power: 5/5

Characters who primarily appear in Akagi

Nangou

Intelligence: 2/5 (pffffft)
Skill: 1/5
Luck: 4/5
Charisma: 1/5
Power: 1/5

Yasuoka

Intelligence: 3/5
Skill: 1/5 (Ouch...)
Luck: 3/5
Charisma: 4/5
Power: 4/5

Ryuuzaki

Intelligence: 3/5
Skill: 2/5
Luck: 1/5
Charisma: 4/5
Power: 3/5

Yagi Keiji

Intelligence: 4/5
Skill: 4/5
Luck: 1/5
Charisma: 3/5
Power: 3/5

Ichikawa

In "Akagi"

Intelligence: 5/5
Skill: 5/5
Luck: 3/5
Charisma: 1/5
Power: 3/5

In "HERO"

Intelligence: 5/5
Skill: 5/5
Luck: 3/5
Charisma: 1/5
Power: 3/5 (Looks like he hasn't weakened a bit...!)

Osamu

Intelligence: 3/5
Skill: 1/5
Luck: 4/5
Charisma: 1/5
Power: 1/5

Hirayama Yukio (AKA Fake Akagi)

Intelligence: 5/5
Skill: 3/5
Luck: 1/5
Charisma: 3/5
Power: 1/5

Urabe

Intelligence: 4/5
Skill: 4/5
Luck: 2/5
Charisma: 3/5
Power: 3/5

Nakai Junpei

Intelligence: 3/5
Skill: 3/5 (So basically, worthless without his partners)
Luck: 2/5
Charisma: 2/5
Power: 1/5

Ishikawa

Intelligence: 3/5
Skill: 2/5
Luck: 3/5
Charisma: 4/5
Power: 4/5

Ohgi Takeshi

Intelligence: 4/5
Skill: 2/5 (What, he's better than Yasuoka, why isn't he Akagi's partner?!)
Luck: 4/5
Charisma: 4/5
Power: 4/5

Characters who primarily appear in Ten

Sawada

In "Ten"

Intelligence: 4/5
Skill: 1/5
Luck: 4/5
Charisma: 4/5
Power: 4/5

In "HERO"

(Not given)

Murota (That one guy with Urabe's teeth)

Intelligence: 4/5
Skill: 3/5
Luck: 3/5
Charisma: 1/5
Power: 2/5

Ken

Intelligence: 4/5
Skill: 3/5
Luck: 3/5
Charisma: 1/5
Power: 1/5

Asai Ginji

Intelligence: 4/5
Skill: 5/5
Luck: 3/5
Charisma: 1/5
Power: 1/5

Harada Katsumi

Intelligence: 5/5
Skill: 3/5 (?!)
Luck: 4/5
Charisma: 5/5
Power: 5/5

Soga Mitsui


Intelligence: 5/5

Skill: 5/5
Luck: 3/5
Charisma: 1/5
Power: 3/5

Ogami


Intelligence: 5/5
Skill: 3/5
Luck: 2/5
Charisma: 2/5
Power: 1/5

(There will be spoilers from here on out, though I suppose the names and stats won't reveal too much about the characters you haven't seen yet)

Characters in HERO

Kawajiri

Intelligence: 3/5
Skill: 2/5
Luck: 4/5
Charisma: 2/5
Power: 3/5

(So just "character", really... I am a bit disappointed they didn't give Kishibe his own stats, since he becomes a recurring character)

Characters in Washizu

Ishizaki Toshide

Intelligence: 5/5
Skill: 2/5
Luck: 4/5
Charisma: 3/5
Power: 5/5

Kim

Intelligence: 3/5
Skill: 3/5
Luck: 1/5
Charisma: 4/5
Power: 3/5

Hayabusa (AKA Suzuki)

In "Washizu"

Intelligence: 4/5
Skill: 4/5
Luck: 4/5
Charisma: 3/5
Power: 2/5

In "Akagi"

(Not Given)

Chuui

Intelligence: 4/5
Skill: 3/5
Luck: 5/5
Charisma: 3/5
Power: 1/5

Kanchou

Intelligence: 4/5
Skill: 3/5
Luck: 5/5
Charisma: 3/5
Power: 1/5

Jakkoman


Intelligence: 4/5

Skill: 3/5
Luck: 3/5
Charisma: 2/5
Power: 4/5

Koshiba


Intelligence: 4/5
Skill: 4/5
Luck: 1/5
Charisma: 4/5
Power: 1/5

Overall Ranking

Okay, this part was a bit tricky, since all the characters' stats are all over the place and not all the stats carry the same weight to their mahjong ability. To counter this, I came up with a quick formula to determine the overall score of each character:

4i + 5s + 5l + 2c + 0p = Overall Score

It's kind of arbitrary, but I figured this would be the best way of ranking all the characters at once with just the stats given. I thought that Skill and Luck were the two most important factors in mahjong, so I put those two at the weight of 5. Intelligence is also important, but you can't get very good (skilled) at mahjong without being intelligent, anyway, so I gave it a 4. Intelligence will help you react to new situations, but without skill intelligence isn't very useful. Charisma is unimportant in comparison, but I gave it a 2 because it allows you to keep your cool in intense situations and keep your opponent unnerved at the same time. Power is useless for talking about Mahjong ability, so I didn't include it in the ranking at all. This is of course by no means intended to be an unquestionable assessment of the characters' ability, simply a fun little list to guess at how good each character is when compared to people they've never played against and the like.

1.   Younger Ten (20 + 25 + 25 + 8 + 0 = 78)
2.   Young Akagi (20 + 25 + 15 + 10 + 0 = 70)
2.   Old Washizu (20 + 15 + 25 + 10 + 0 = 70)

3.   Old Akagi (20 + 25 + 15 + 8 + 0 = 68)
4.   Older Ten (16 + 20 + 25 + 6 + 0 = 67)
5.   Young Washizu (20 + 15 + 25 + 6 + 0 = 66)
6.   Harada (20 + 15 + 20 + 10 + 0 = 65)
7.   Chuui (16 + 15 + 25 + 6 + 0 = 63) (from Washizu)
7.   Kanchou (16 + 15 + 25 + 6 + 0 = 63) (from Washizu)
8.   Ichikawa (20 + 25 + 15 + 2 + 0 = 62)
8.   Soga (20 + 25 + 15 + 2 + 0 = 62)
8.   Suzuki (16 + 20 + 20 + 6 + 0 = 62)

9.   Older Hiroyuki (20 + 15 + 20 + 4 + 0 = 59)
10.   Ginji (16 + 25 + 15 + 2 + 0 = 58)
11.   Ishizaki (20 + 10 + 20 + 6 + 0 = 56)
12.   Ohgi (16 + 10 + 20 + 8 + 0 = 54)
13.   Younger Hiroyuki (20 + 15 + 15 + 2 + 0 = 52)
13.   Urabe (16 + 20 + 10 + 6 + 0 = 52)
14.   Kawajiri (16 + 10 + 20 + 4 + 0 = 50) (from HERO)
14.   Jakkoman (16 + 15 + 15 + 4 + 0 = 50) (from Washizu)

15.   Koshiba (16 + 20 + 5 + 8 + 0 = 49) (from Washizu)
15.   Ogami (20 + 15 + 10 + 4 + 0 = 49)
15.   Sawada (16 + 5 + 20 + 8 + 0 = 49)
16.   Murota (16 + 15 + 15 + 2 + 0 = 48)
16.   Ken (16 + 15 + 15 + 2 + 0 = 48)
17.   Yagi (16 + 20 + 5 + 6 + 0 = 47)
18.   Hirayama (20 + 15 + 5 + 6 + 0 = 46)
19.   Ishikawa (12 + 10 + 15 + 8 = 45)
20.   Nakai (12 + 15 + 10 + 4 + 0 = 41)
21.   Yasuoka (12 + 5 + 15 + 8 + 0 = 40)
21.   Kim (12 + 15 + 5 + 8 + 0 = 40)

22.  Osamu (12 + 5 + 20 + 2 + 0 = 39)
23.  Ryuuzaki (12 + 10 + 5 + 8 + 0 = 35)
23.  Nangou (8 + 5 + 20 + 2 + 0 = 35)

Some interesting results here, such as Young Ten being better than Young Akagi, and Nangou being just as good as Ryuuzaki, to name just the extremes. Wow, this was a long blog post. Probably the longest one ever on this blog. Well, at least I'm in the working spirit, I suppose. Maybe the next chapter will come sooner than you think!

But for now, enjoy the databook, and try to keep those new year resolutions for at least 1 week, mmkay?

21 comments:

  1. year... resolution... whats that?
    hehehe happy new year man

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  2. I emailed Sonickrazy about something a while ago, but I haven't heard any response. So, I'll ask here for him to go check his email please :D

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  3. Happy new year everyone!
    Thanks for scanning this! The statistics are very interesting, though some details bug me:

    - Young Akagi being weaker than Young Ten feels weird to me. I thought Old Akagi and Young Ten were the same or Ten might be a bit stronger, but I thought Young Akagi is pretty much the best player ever.

    - Didn't Akagi lose against Ten only because he wasn't in his prime anymore and his luck declined a little bit (he didn't get the crucial ura dora with his San Ankou). Ten even admitted that he would have gotten all 3 ura in his prime. So his luck should be down in Ten.

    - As you said, it doesn't make sense that Ten's skill declined.

    - Why do Osamu and Ohgi for example have 4 luck, whereas Akagi, who hits Kan Dora 4 and stuff all the time has only 3/5?

    - I always thought Harada's skill was on par with Soga's and Ten's. 3/5? Even Yagi 4/5 is more skilled according to this book.

    I know these oddities exist probably only because they wanted to make the overall stats more harmonious.


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    1. It appears as though he is lucky but if you really follow the manga you'll see that he has average luck. What he manages to do well is pull the flow of the game back by bluffing when he is unlucky.

      Just look at all the Washizu games, Akagi has 1/5 luck in these games.

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    2. Akagi has amazing luck though even outside of mahjong. Remeber at the end of Ten the stunt he pulls against Soga? Such a feat really is almost a 1 in a million chance. And when it really mattered Akagi pulled it off. This was an old, dying, not in his prime Akagi.

      And in the game with Washizu the only time Akagi's luck has seemed shitty is really this 6th game. I mean, just before in the 5th Akagi managed to get, 4 or 5 mangan+ hands in a row. Thats something beyond just flow. Winning 5 times in a row is difficult enough but to get such high scoring hands you need amazing luck. The main problem with these stats is that probably should have given Washizu a 6/5 or even higher since he is so lucky.

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  4. The download doesn't work for me... Is anything wrong with the link?
    TY

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    1. Replace the # with a ? and it should.

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    2. Thanks a lot!

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  5. Happy New Year and thanks!

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  6. See this is what things devolve into when you go stats/powerlevels. Was hoping for some chapters but oh well, thanks. Keep up the good work.

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  7. Thanks and Happy New Year!

    Kind of odd that young Akagi is 5/5 for charisma and old/Ten Akagi is 4/5. Young Akagi is well antisocial whereas Ten Akagi people skills are a little more developed lol.

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  8. Thanks again guys.

    Will the Zawa Zawa Anthology ever be scanlated?

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    1. its probably really low down on their priority list and i can tell you you're not really missing anything amazing
      also stop asking

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  9. I asked once, fuck off.

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    1. well some asshole's asked like three or four times how am i supposed to tell you apart

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    2. Well this was the first time I've asked so don't make assumptions for no reason. No need to be such a dick either.

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  10. Harada's skill being 3/5 makes sense when you look at his performance when it was him and Soga versus Ten, Akagi, and Hiro. Soga had to save him many times.

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  11. "More they talk less they do"
    but it's ok stats is cool.
    I don't know if fukumoto is behind this but at his place i would have given a 6 in chance to washizu and a 6 in intelligence to akagi.
    We don't see the "divine" type of their power in this.

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  12. Has Kawajiri appeared in HERO yet? Because I can't say I recognize the name...

    Happy new year to you too!

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  13. Someone wan tell me where can found the first volumes of AKAGI in English?
    Thanks

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