Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Akagi Chapter 177

Why, I believe this is two days of releases in a row! Yes, and you have TA to thank for this, as she both cleaned and typeset this chapter, and very quickly I might add! Kazuhiko also QC'd this chapter, so thanks go to him as well. Now, in this chapter, Washizu starts to put a hand together to chase after Akagi!

For an update on Kaiji, we're still going through volume 3 right now, we're nearly halfway done.

There will be a Mahjong Night this saturday at 22:00 GMT (3:00 PM PST), on the IRC.

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"Don't get carried away in your delusions! You garbage!!"


After our brief visit in Akagi's mind, we continue seeing the story through Ohgi, Washizu, and Yoshioka's eyes, as we've become accustomed to doing. Indeed, Ohgi is overjoyed at the prospect of being able to come back from such a massive difference in a single strike, should Akagi get a Yakuman Direct Hit. But Washizu, in a rare occurrence, seems to notice Ohgi there, happy as can be, and immediately chastises him in his head. After all, his hand is coming together bit by bit, and the odds of Akagi drawing in that last Hatsu are slim. This is because Akagi is hoping for the Hatsu with all his heart and, unlike Washizu, that alone is not enough to help draw it in. Occult beliefs aside, the fact that Suzuki holds the opaque Hatsu does indeed reduce the chances of Akagi drawing in a Hatsu, and getting both remaining ones has a truly insignificant probability. On top of that, Washizu can now know about it the moment Akagi does get a Hatsu, as the only opaque one is now within his grasp. You might think that he should have Suzuki play it now to ensure Akagi can't pon/ron off it if Washizu wants to use Suzuki to make a getaway, but there's certainly an advantage to keeping the whereabouts of the opaque Hatsu hidden to his opponent. And besides, that white-haired piece of garbage won't be able to draw it in the first place, will he?

10 comments:

  1. While i agree that Kaiji's pace is somewhat slow right now, i think releasing complete volumes is a bit of an overkill. Batches with 3-4 chapters, like you did back with part 3 would be more preferable, not only because it means more frequent releases but also because it provides better ground for discussions.

    This is just my take on the matter.

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  2. Tomaranai SUPEEDO dazee : P

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  3. If the theme of this round is "hands that look like other hands", then the last thing to expect here is a Dai San Gen. The fact that everyone except Akagi is fixated on it is proof that it won't happen. My guess is that Akagi gets a second(but not third) Hatsu and fakes a Dai San Gen tenpai.

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  4. Wow, absolutely nothing happened.

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    1. What do you mean? We saw washizu build up his hand and learned that one of the most important tiles in this hand is in suzaku's hand. Sounds like a whole lot happening to me.

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  5. For a second I thought somehow Yasuoka might get the opaque chun and haku and somehow aim for a Dai San Gen himself. It's more probable Akagi will just ron on a Suu San Gen, though.

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    1. That's also what I'm thinking.
      It seems to me Akagi has been considering that all along, and even his starting hand, draws and the tiles he keeps seems to hint towards a pinzu honitsu for shousangen, chun, haku, honitsu for haneman.
      A direct hit would clear over a third of the point difference, and Akagi would possibly be able to grasp the flow with that.

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    2. Also if it is a direct hit won't that eat up the rest of Washisus money? how much does he actually have left at this stage?

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    3. 27,5 minus 3,9 makes 23,6. A dealer haneman direct hit would cut that down to 5,6.

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  6. My favourite part of the volume was the 'vines of doubt' metaphor. Really powerful stuff.

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