Friday, April 15, 2016

Akagi Chapter 284

Sorry this took 2 weeks to get done, I've been really busy at work and didn't get around to scanning it until this week. But it's up now, and I'm sure what we find out in this chapter will make it well worth the wait!

Thanks to Tambur for the typesetting and to Crump for the cleans! There will be a mahjong night tomorrow at 4:00 PM PST on the IRC.


"Sorry, but I'm not too good at listening."

Oh wait, nothing really new happened this chapter. Washizu regurgitates the point that Akagi is rebelling against the heavens, this time throwing in a metaphor about Sun Wukong (Son Goku), but as far as actual progress goes we see that the new dora indicator is a Xia and that the tile Akagi draws next is opaque, and that's it. So kind of disappointing, but at least it's better than another recap chapter.

So the dora indicator being a Xia means that Washizu can now only draw the last Nan or one of the two remaining Ton in order to win on his next draw. This means that if Akagi's draw just now was the opaque Ton, it's possible for he and Yasuoka to draw all of Washizu's outs in the coming draws if Yasuoka lets Akagi pon the 2-sou, which I feel like he has to do no matter what right now. Even if Akagi's opaque draw was a dead wait, he should still pon down to a single wait to put pressure on Washizu. For that reason, I believe we won't be seeing this opaque tile for a few more chapters; I believe next chapter it will be hidden from our view and all that will happen is that Yasuoka will let Akagi pon the 2-sou and then the chapter will end.

But personally I don't think that Yasuoka will be able to draw Washizu's outs on his draws; he's shown that he doesn't have anywhere near the luck that Akagi and Washizu have except for in the one instance where he started glowing with his passion for keeping Akagi alive. In fact, if Akagi is waiting on one of the tiles Washizu has, it might be in his best interest NOT to draw any of Washizu's outs so that if he does he'll be tempted to pon down to tenpai and deal in.

But yeah, because Akagi's tile is opaque there's really no telling which way the game will be heading. If it was transparent then it could only really be a 4-sou or one of the tiles Washizu needs to play to get to tenpai, but since it's opaque it could be anything from a Tsumo to a straight-up bluff with a dead wait. In terms of flow, it seems like all it can be is an honor tile or souzu tile since that's all Akagi's been drawing, but it could also happen that he draws some pinzu or manzu tile and Washizu draws that same tile on his next turn. Can't wait to see what happens next!

(Biggums and I simulated the rest of this round in person when we met up for Sakuracon and our version ended with Akagi getting a 2-pin opaque wait that Washizu dealt into! But that was with random draws, and these draws are certainly anything but random.)

14 comments:

  1. Omfg I will stab this author. WHAT IS THAT GODAMN TILE DAMNIT. Thank you for the chapter.

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  2. This tile might also be opaque chun so he will not let let them pon daisangen at all and they'll be forced to switch to tsuisou and akagi will kan 2sou afterwards to make it rinshan suukantsu saki-style victory

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    1. If it was, then Washizu could still be able to form his Daisangen since Akagi can't pon from Suzuki (point difference would kill him).

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  3. My dream cenario is that Akagi draws a 5-sou and Yasuoka draws one too. Washizu gets one tile from tenpai. One round goes and Akagi doesn't draw anything. Washizu gets into tenpai. Another useless round for Akagi, all seems lost. Washizu doesn't get his tile either, what?!. Akagi gets a 5-sou. Yaskuoa discards the 5-sou Akagi kans it and wins with a rinshan draw.

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  4. There doesn't seem to be a place for another Dora Indicator?

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    1. If anyone else other than Akagi makes a Kan, that will draw the round and Akagi dies. If Akagi makes another Kan, it depends on whether the table allows it to stand and allow Akagi to go for 4-Kan Tsuu as a Yakuman hand.

      As for the Dora tile, usually if 4 Kans are made by different players it's a draw so it's usually not a problem. If someone is going for 4-Kan Tsuu then what should be the 5th Dora tile isn't drawn and play goes on with a Rinshan draw. The other possibility is Akagi draws a tile representing the 5th Dora indicator and places it somewhere out of play.

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    2. Just checked the relevant wikipedia page. In the event Akagi gets the 4th Kan, he is allowed to play on to complete his Yakuman. However, he is not allowed to draw a Rinshan tile or a new Dora indicator and depending on table rules no other player may make a Kan to draw the round.

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    3. So most likely the tile Akagi drew is the third 2 bamboo?

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    4. all the 2 bamboos are drawn. 2 in Akagis hand, 1 discarded and 1 in Yasuoka hand.

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    5. Where's the chapter which saw a 2-sou being played? Even the translator's own blurb about their private simulation of the game worked out a 2-sou deal in by Washizu to allow Akagi to win the round was possible.

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  5. Wow, one of the honor tiles came out. I guessed that Akagi would draw the opaque Ton a while back, and I'm sticking with it. I think the last Nan will go to...Suzuki!

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  6. If Akagi drew like Any of remaining 1's or 9's man or pin. Then he plays the 5 sou or 3. Then pons the 2 sou and plays whatever he didn't play before. And Washizu draws the ton or nan that's it?

    As he discards his hands to make the calls for what he believes to be a guarenteed victory. BOOM Massive dora direct hit

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