Friday, February 19, 2016

Akagi Chapter 282

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"Washizu Iwao is like a bird that can't be killed!"


So to now in blog posts I've always been trying to give more information on what's happened to catch those who don't know mahjong as well up to speed while also giving people things to think about without giving the story away. It's a delicate balancing act that I've been doing to try and talk about the chapter without spoiling future chapters that I'd read ahead to, but now I don't have to! I know just as much about what's going to happen as the rest of you do, so it's time to give my honest assessment of what I think is going to come in the following chapters!

So as Ohgi discussed in this chapter, Washizu is effectively in Tenpai. All he needs is one more pair that Suzuki can let him pon on to win the hand and shut Akagi down decisively. Not only that, but Washizu can pretty much draw whatever tiles he wants right now thanks to his immense supplies of luck. So it's safe to assume that unless something can be done, Washizu will win next turn. There are only a few things that I can possibly imagine for Akagi to do.

One of them is, of course, to draw the 5-sou and win the hand. But honestly that would kind of be a huge anticlimax and there's no chance of the manga being cancelled or anything, so I think that's out the window. Something similar would be for him to draw another 4-sou so he could kan on the 1-sou and then get a Rinshan Kaihou with the resulting 2- and 5-sou wait. I do think that it's likely that Akagi will get a 4-sou next chapter and kan, but I don't think he'll tsumo quite yet.

But if he doesn't Tsumo, what else can he do? Thanks to Ohgi's explanation on page 20, we know that there are 4 remaining outs for Washizu to pair up a wind. That's actually more than enough. Even if Akagi and Yasuoka both draw one of those 4 remaining outs, there will still be 2 more left for Washizu to draw, and that will spell game over. So there is no way for Akagi and Yasuoka to stop him from drawing his winning tiles. And they can't get more draws through calls either; Akagi has no more tiles to pon on.

So that said, is there anything Akagi can do? There is only one thing I can think of. This is your last chance to stop reading if you don't want to read this and inadvertently spoil yourself if I get it right.

That is...

For Akagi to draw a 1-man, 9-man, 1-pin, or 9-pin. Washizu needs to get rid of all of these tiles in order to win with Suzuki's assistance, and so if Akagi can manage to wait on one, he will stop Washizu from taking that escape route. It's also possible, and maybe more like Akagi, to draw a random opaque tile and PRETEND to have a single wait on one of those four tiles. But I don't think that kind of bluff will work on Washizu right now; he's the man who just took apart a Kokushi tenpai because he sensed that Akagi had his last 1-sou. So I don't think that will happen; I think that Akagi will actually wait on one of Washizu's overflowing tiles.

It's also possible for Akagi to wait on the wind that Washizu will have to let go of to win; if he pairs up a Xia, he'll have to play his nan or ton to win. But Washizu can counter that by simply not playing the tile Akagi is waiting on and going with the other one instead, so it would probably have to be an opaque tile he draws for that to work, which is still possible. If there's some other way for Akagi to weasel out of this that I'm not seeing, I'd love to be surprised by it in the coming chapters!

I may have just written the longest blog post of 2016.

28 comments:

  1. Any chance we'll see Washizu spinoff replace Akagi?

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  2. Will we get Kaiji twice weekly now?

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    1. Ya double kaiji

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    2. you people make me so mad

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    3. Quiet you. Catch up with Kaiji now!

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    4. I wouldn't mind really.

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    5. I know this can come off as frustrating and entitled, but Kaiji is my favorite of FKMTs works. I've been invested in the story for years and, while it has its ups and downs, I've really wanted to see where it will go. You guys do this for next to free and all for your passion to the author. It's up to the translating team to decide where to focus their efforts now, if to refocus them at all.

      But I love Kaiji. If you guys posted more Kaiji during the week, I'd be so happy.

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  3. can't believe akagi is up to date. thank you so much for all your hard work!

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  4. おめでとうございます!

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  5. The misprint on page 17 is funny, I didn't know akagi was waiting for 5-man

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  6. I never thought I'd see the day! These month long waits are going to be hellish.

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  7. Akagi can instantly win with a tsumo now. However this is not the only way. He can destroy Washizu's line of victory if he draws one of the tiles (an opaque one will make things even better for Akagi) in washizus hand that is not in Suzuki's hand and change his wait. In that case Washizu will not be able to discard his redundant tiles or he will get roned by Akagi. Washizu might not fall for that, but even in that case Akagi will have a second chance.

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  8. Congratulations in order for catching up with Japan, an expensive, time-consuming but hopefully rewarding endeavour to all concerned.

    Akagi has the one draw here before Washizu likely picks up one of the wind tiles he needs for the Daisangen Tsuiisou Ougi was elaborating on in this chapter. If he doesn't pick up the 5-sou, then the self-made Kan he's been sitting on all this time can be cashed in to get an additional Rinshan draw. If that still doesn't work, I'm not sure Yasuoka can do anything to help since Akagi's hand has almost no tiles left with which to make calls on.

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  9. On Page 3, the labels for Washizu and Akagi's hands are reversed.

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  10. What about the bloody tile from the Live Action Drama?

    Does that have no correlation to the manga?

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    1. We don't really know, in the end of the drama you can clearly see akagi still waiting on 5s, and washizu dealing an opaque 5sou. And there wasn't even an opaque haku so honestly we should take no basis on it imo.

      Only thing it did was spoling english readers who tried to read into it and notice he had a kokushi-ish hand.

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  11. is it now time for weekly translations of 1980's fkmt rom coms?

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  12. Regarding the theory about Akagi waiting one of Washizu's leftover tiles, that makes sense but note that Akagi's current hand has no yaku. If he wants to draw 1m, 1p, 9m, or 9p to stop him, he needs to draw 4s and kan 1s.

    That's a hell lot of coincidences. Instead, I think he'll draw a honor tile. There are 2 Ton, 1 Xia, and 1 Nan left. Therefore, the only one that would lead to an interesting fight is drawing the opaque Ton. Following that, Yasuoka draws the Xia or Nan. Washizu misses (remember, even when his luck was at his max he's made 1 or 2 wasted draws) and Suzuki draws the last honor. Then it'll be a fight for who draws the final Ton.

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    1. As it stands, Akagi's hand is Chinitsusuu Dora 8. If he goes for the hidden Kan, he gets a Yaku regardless even if he drops the single suit.

      Other than that, I'm thinking he's going to draw one of the wind tiles. He'll then Kan the 1-sou to use up one tile for a dora indicator, deal one of his souzu tiles and then Yasuoka will get a draw (which should be a wind tile to keep things interesting). After that they'll have to hope they drew 3 out of the 4 wind tiles Washizu needs to stall him.

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  13. Whew. Now that we're caught up, I can be sure that I got the wrong impression from those bits of spoilers back then. Until 281, I was fairly convinced that Washizu would end the round with a 4 kans draw.

    Not that it still can't happen. If Akagi goes for a 1s kan, all Washizu needs to do is draw a Haku or Chun and use Suzuki for the 4th tile. Or he can draw both and make 2 kans. But in any case, I can't see a reason for him to do it right now. Even if Akagi goes into a wait on one of Washizu's overflow tiles, he can keep it and wait on it. At worst it will be a race between Akagi and Washizu+Suzuki to draw one more of those, and Washizu wins on an exhaustive draw, so he should have no motivation to force a redeal. So it would take some serious tricks by FKMT to pull the incredible stall move of adding another orasu.

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  14. In 2009, I watched the anime Akagi and now 7 years later, so close to the end

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    1. I think that the battle has a minimum of 12 chapters left. But minimum chapter numbers won't happend, it's Akagi after all. So it's probably still a long ride left around 2 and a half years more.

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    2. I think there will be aT LEast 18 more chapters just to round off to 300

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  15. Akagi kans the 1-sou, then Yasuoka draws the opaque 9-pin or 1-man.
    When Washizu discards his 9-pin and 1-man Yasuoka will kan it for a total of 4 kans and making an abortive draw.

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  16. But why would he do that?

    Akagi has a truly godly hand.

    If that happened, everything would start over?

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  17. Are they even playing with the 4 kan abortive draw rule?

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  18. It hasn't come up yet. But the hole in the table can only hold so many dora indicators? Soooo maybe?

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