Friday, January 8, 2016

Akagi Chapter 275

Akagi Chapter 275 is now up! In this chapter, could it really all be over?!

Thanks to Tambur for the typesetting and to Crump for the cleans! I will be making my comeback on stream this Sunday at 2:00 PM PST with Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Mahjong, and there will be a mahjong night tomorrow at 3:00 PM PST.

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"The Phoenix will descend upon me and I will rise from the ashes!"


Something we discovered this chapter was that Akagi's real goal with the Kan was not to win but to draw the 1-sou somewhere in the 3 draws the kan would create so that Washizu couldn't have it. So that was kind of interesting. And this is the first time in a while that we've seen Yasuoka indicate that he cares about Akagi and is willing to do everything he can to ensure he stays alive. Kind of reminded me of this page from volume 7 where he says something very similar:

Which incidentally is something that got cut out of the Anime. So maybe for people that continued watching where the anime ended this seemed kind of out of character, but for us who've been following the manga all along it's a nice callback and a continuation of his development. Yasuoka respects Akagi's talent, and I'm sure he feels responsible for him since he was the one that set up gambles for him in the first place. Still, he was also the one who put him up to this life-and-death game, so I also get the impression that he sees him more for his talent than his humanity. I dunno, it's not something we see very much of, so his exact relationship with Akagi is kind of left to the imagination.

But yeah, who didn't see the 8-sou coming. So Akagi's gonna Kan now and try to pull in the 1-sou to stop Washizu's Kokushi next chapter. Stay tuned!

21 comments:

  1. Naw dawg, Yasuoka clearly says in the anime that he can't let a talent such as Akagi disappear in a meaningless gamble. In the anime it really sounded like he cared for Akagi.

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  2. Yasuoka's moment of glory! Many thanks for the chapter!

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  3. Asspull! Monkey magic!

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  4. Let's share some generic thoughts about the round.
    First Akagi might have some incentives to win the sassion by rank, instead of killing Washizu before the final score is calculated. One reason for that is the lack of guarantee that Washizu will die to the blood loss of a few CCs of blood (he might have done the same trick as Akagi).

    In order to win by rank he has to surpass the 39000 point difference. This is only feasible through sanbaiman (or higher) direct hit on Wazishu, a yakuman tsumo or a double yakuman ron on either "minor" player.

    There is a chance that Akagi will go for no less than that...

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  5. How many chapters are there to catch up to Japan?

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  6. As it stands, Akagi is sitting on a Baiman hand thanks to open Chinitsuu (5 Han) and Dora 3 because of his 1-sou triplet.

    If the new Dora indicator from the 8-sou Kan is a 7-sou, the hand becomes a Sanbaiman which is the minimum he needs to win the game outright on points if Washizu deals a 2-sou or a 5-sou. There's also the added bonus of stopping Suzuki from helping Washizu to win with the 1-sou discard because Akagi can exploit the Atama Hane rule to claim the winning tile first (if 8-sou kan then Akagi's hand is 1,1,1,2,3,4,5 with 1-sou, 2-sou, 3-sou, 5-sou and 6-sou all winning tiles).

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    1. Suzuki would happily let Akagi atama hane, because then he would lose in rank and die.

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    3. Suzuki might not want to deal into the hand if it goes to Yakuman off a high Dora count. Still, it's hypothetical since Akagi's not done with his calls and we don't know what the new Dora is.

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  7. I don't think Akagi needs new dora. He only needs a tsumo to kill Washizu with the bonus payment since even honitsuu + 3 dora is mangan.

    Yeah, he can get a direct hit off Washizu but Akagi's hand after the 8sou kan will be fully transparent and the only yaku that it can make (barring something ridiculous like toitoi) is either honitsu or chinitsu. Even if Akagi swaps his hand out for something opaque, there's no way in hell Washizu will deal it.

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    1. That 39000 point difference needs a Sanbaiman direct hit to be overcome. Neither Akagi nor Yasuoka expect Washizu to die from a bonus payment payout, especially if they only do it after the rank bonus has been factored in (so both end up dying because of blood loss).

      It's also cleaner for Akagi to outrank Washizu in points at the end of this round to show off how amazing he is.

      A Chinitsuu and 3 Kan hand is still possible provided Akagi or Yasuoka pick up the last 1-sou (and crushing Washizu's Kokushi hand in the process). If the new Dora from that also fits tiles in Akagi's hand, he has a Counted Yakuman which will allow a win from Yasuoka or Suzuki dealing in.

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    2. I agree right up until the end, kazoe yakuman off Yasuoka or Suzuki would only close 32,000 points.

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    3. You guys really think Akagi doesn't expect Washizu to die from like 200 more ccs? He's already barely hanging on after 1900, and 2000 has been stated the entire arc to be the absolute, lethal limit for any human being. Akagi doesn't expect to be able to survive past 2000 himself, I don't see how he could possibly imagine washizu could do it.

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    4. It's a question of what kind of victory it is at the end. Losing out on points to Washizu despite him dealing into a monster Akagi hand would have implied arguments over whether the bonus payments would be applied before or after the final score and ranks are tallied. If they dithered about it, neither of the two players would walk out alive.

      Since this is about Akagi's past and that he DID survive this night, I'm guessing he won BOTH on points and from Washizu dealing into his hand. If he dealt in, that would need Akagi's hand to have been Sanbaiman minimum which is looking increasingly likely.

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  8. I think it would be AWESOME if Akagi Kan'd the 8 sou and the for the new dora drew the 1 sou. Cause then it would be Sooooo Over!

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    1. I think it's very probable that the 1 sou will go to either akagi or yasuoka, and washizu will do the impossible and recover from a failed kokushi musou with the help of suzuki, since he has a lot of tiles he could potentially pon. I think we all know that this south 4th round will definitely end on houtei.that is, only if it really ends and we don't go into honba.

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    2. Suzuki's the dealer and it'll only extend to another round if he wins (no way, his hand is supporting Washizu) or the round is a draw (slightly more likely, but with the hands Akagi and Washizu have they are going to finish this before someone keels over).

      It's dragged on long enough, time for Fukumoto to get going and finish this. Extending this to another round would probably stretch patiences beyond breaking point.

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  9. I really don't know why everyone is talking about Akagi not being able to draw enough blood. Or trying to beat him in rank. He legit has 100 left in him. Akagi Right now has enough to take out around 600. It is going to be like Legendary Gambler Tetsu which I won't spoil just in case there are people that haven't seen it.

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    1. The manga has given the impression that both Akagi and Wazishu can draw the tiles they want (either due to extraordinary luck or cheating). This means that Akagi could have tsumoed after the kan if he wanted to. He chose not to do that either because he wants to outrank Washizu to show off pure dominance, or because he thinks that washizu can survive the bonus payment somehow (one potential way crossed my mind*). Akagi also knows that if he loses the session he is as good as dead if Washizu is alive after the bonus payment.

      *IIRC Washizu can still pay with money (unlike Akagi who agreed to pay only with his blood) as long as he can find the needed money. If he can somehow borrow the bonus payment money from anyone, he can survive the bonus payment, kill Akagi if he outranks him, take back all of Akagis winnings and finally pay back his loan.

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    2. Akagi's luck is not nearly as strong as Washizu. Did you forget him fucking up his starting hand at the very last moment? A Tenhou would have moved him to 1st place as well.
      There's no reason behind not drawing his winning tile, he simply didn't.

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