Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Akagi Chapters 174 & 175

Two new chapters of Akagi have arrived, courtesy of our new cleaners, Leoho and TA, as well as our faithful typesetter Kazuhiko! In these chapters, the South 1st Round begins, and Akagi gets a very exciting starting hand...!

In other news, I started school yesterday, so might slow down or speed up, we'll see how it goes. Let's try for a Mahjong Day this Saturday at the usual time, 22:00 GMT.

Chapter 174 link

Chapter 175 link


"You will need to make this final dealer turn of yours into an explosion! A bonfire of continued Honba!"

Yes, Washizu is downright giddy that Akagi just wasted one of his valuable rounds with that useless 3900-point win. He doesn't seem to care that Akagi outsmarted him by aiming for the tile that would come out from his hand if he folded. He is, in fact, altogether glad that he chose to do so. After all, those hands will invariably be cheap, meaningless hands. They will do nothing to overturn Washizu's tremendous lead! Yes, all that Washizu can rationalize from this cheap win is that Akagi must be aiming for the flow, not for the points. But Washizu is someone very in tune with the flow, and states that Akagi will not get anything from this win, no flow, no honba, no good hands. But Akagi's first six tiles would seem to dispute that claim...!


"The fact of the matter is, Washizu, I've got a world of surprises waiting for you!"

Wow, five Dragon tiles among his first six tiles...! This is the level of luck we would be expecting from Washizu at this point, but just by winning a single hand, the flow seems to have turned around completely in Akagi's favor! Well, he doesn't draw any more dragons after that, but it's still a very promising shape to chase after a Dai San Gen! And Yasuoka has the Chun and Haku, so it's as if he really drew two more afterwards, since he can call on those any time he likes! But even so, Akagi does not seem overly delighted with this hand. There are still hurdles to overcome, to be sure. That Hatsu isn't going to just come to him, and the rest of his hand needs to fill up as well before it can be certain.

Akagi specifically points out the 7-sou in his hand as the "underside", something that probably would never occur to anyone else. What could he mean by the "underside" of his hand? He points out the two 9-sou in Washizu's hand, is he going to be aiming for a 6-Sou that Washizu might draw that could be unneeded when he already has a 9-sou? But then, why point out the 7-sou specifically, without the 5-sou as well? The genius of Akagi cannot be paralleled by the average man, that much is certain.

Possibly the most interesting part of the chapter is where Akagi goes into some of the reasoning why Washizu never seems to learn from his mistakes: He never reflects on his actions. After all, when you are a perfect, flawless being, why should you ever consider that you might have done something wrong? Everything that you do improperly must be because of the mistakes of someone else! You can do no wrong! And that is why Akagi is always a step ahead of Washizu; he watches, learns, observes, and makes every move based on the information he has acquired on his opponent.

9 comments:

  1. Focus all energy on this. Kaiji Arc 4 is on going. Akagi is also on going but we all know a little spoiler that makes us really really want to read Akagi right now. Focus on Akagi. You need more money? I will get you more money. Akagi.

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    1. I agree with the putting all the eggs in the Akagi basket. But it'll all get scanlated eventually. Order is whatever.

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    2. I feel like Kazuya Hen might be ending sooner than Akagi does, actually. But that aside, there's people who want to read both manga, still, so we'll keep doing both manga.

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  2. Akagi is the only thing that almost as good as One piece

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    1. I'm going to pretend you didn't say that.

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    2. Don't be hating on One piece, Sonick

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  3. Made my day, thanks guys

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  4. My completionist side really wishes you'd fill in that one volume hole earlier in the Akagi series one of these days though :V

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