Saturday, February 8, 2014

Akagi Chapter 195

And just two days later, we have 195 for you! In this chapter, Washizu and Akagi face off in a one-on-one Kendo match with real swords! Metaphorically, of course.

Thanks to TA for the cleans, and to Tambur for the quick typesetting job! I will be streaming some more of the cheating mahjong game, Akko de Pon, this Friday the 14th at 20:00 GMT (12:00 PM PST). There will be a Mahjong Night the following day, Saturday the 15th, at 23:00 GMT (3:00 PM PST) on the IRC.

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"Way to give me the cold shoulder, Washizu Iwao..."

First thing to talk about in this chapter is the Kendo metaphor using Tsuba-Zeriai, which I added a translator's note about on page 011. I got my information on it from this page. I've never actually seen or watched Kendo, I know a bit about Judo but that's about all. But I was still able to garner enough about Tsuba-Zeriai to explain it. I dunno if it was really needed, but I think the metaphor is several times more meaningful if you know what it's supposed to be.

Now, Washizu, under the intense pressure from being in the mahjong version of Tsuba Zeriai, is only focusing on his own hand, not even bothering to look at Akagi's. I suppose to continue the metaphor, it would be as if he were focusing on pushing as hard as he can, not caring about where Akagi's sword was in relation to his. It's definitely a mistake, but Washizu needs to do it to maintain his concentration, and to avoid being ensnared by any of Akagi's trickery.

So... Akagi ensnares him with his trickery by doing the last thing he should ever be doing in this spot: calling Riichi. This could also prove to be a mistake, but clearly he wants to make it known that he's got Washizu right where he wants him, and there's nothing Washizu can do about it. Oh, and then there's the badass way he does it. He actually throws his riichi stick at Washizu to snap him out of his stupor. Talk about rude!


  1. >Oh, and then there's the badass way he does it. He actually throws his riichi stick at Washizu to snap him out of his stupor. Talk about rude!
    Indeed. It'll be very interesting to see where this leads to. After a while of inactivity, it's nice to see you back on track. Thanks for the translation.

  2. I think Akagi throwing the riichi stick in front of Washizu is a little more than just being rude. Akagi wins Mahjong by getting people to look at his web and become so trapped within by trying to figure it out that they end up doing the one thing. In mahjong there is anywhere from one to twenty winning tiles (4 of each type with 5 outs equals 20) and that may seem like a lot but especially so in Washizu Mahjong where you know where 75% of the tiles are your winning tile is closer to the one to four range Out Of 136. If Washizu completely ignores Akagi and just plays focusing on his hand getting dealt in and ending Akagi's dealer turn, there is a very real chance that he won't randomly deal Akagi's winning tile. Of course Akagi could have just picked a tile that would have flowed out naturally but I think throwing that riichi stick in his face is Akagi gambling and going, "If I am going to get my winning tile I need to get him to run away." So in my humble opinion the best thing for Washizu to do is not look at Akagi's hand or discards and just play the fastest route to the tenpai. . . But he isn't going to do that