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Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A  
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Description
The Achiga Girls' Academy in Nara once defeated regional mahjong powerhouse Bansei High School. It advanced into the national team semifinals but lost to the eventual champion, and the mahjong club was later disbanded. Six years later, elementary school student Shizuno Takakamo befriends transfer student Nodoka Haramura. The two eventually enter Achiga Girls', but Nodoka transfers out of the school in the second year. When Shizuno sees Nodoka on television the following year as the national middle school individual mahjong champion, she decides to revive Achiga's mahjong club.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Saki (Adapted From)
Sakibiyori (Side Story)
Shinohayu - The Dawn of Age (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A
Saki Achiga-hen: Episode of Side-A
Saki Achigahen: Episode of Side-A

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.3v2 by Yuri Project (303d ago)
v.1 c.2v2 by Yuri Project (363d ago)
c.20 (end) by Yuri Project (396d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 6, Chap 20

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (43 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.46 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 9th 2014, 9:01am PST

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Year
2011

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Serialized In (magazine)
Shounen Gangan (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1137 increased(+174)
Monthly Pos #2444 increased(+177)
3 Month Pos #3577 increased(+1085)
6 Month Pos #5085 increased(+994)

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On 207 reading lists
On 107 wish lists
On 129 completed lists
On 5 unfinished lists
On 59 custom lists

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too fast too furious   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by HuhWhat
December 12th, 2011, 4:15am
I believe this to be a better series than Saki because I am a big fan of 'the underdog'.

Sure, an argument could be made that Saki itself is a series about the underdog because Kiyosumi High has never made it to the nationals; but let's just look at their all-star lineup: a infamous middle school national champion, an aloof president who is friends with pros, an airhead prodigy who defies common sense, and an energetic midget vanguard who stacks up points as long as she's dealer. Infamy aside, the fact remains that all its members has been playing mahjong for a good while.

On the other hand, Achiga-hen is a school made up of quite literally nobodies. None of their member has received any critical acclaim or achieved any level of play that received media attention. In fact two of their members hasn't played mahjong in years. Their roster isn't full of players with strange powers and other crap that only rich schools with arrogant mahjong-club presidents could possibly afford. In fact, they are comparable to Tsuruga in that they are the odd school out, that nobody in their right mind could have predicted would make it to the semi-finals of the prefectural qualifer. Individually they couldn't possibly hope to make it very far in the world of mahjong. The key focus being that they made it to the nationals through hardwork and teamwork, and not just through individual merit.

If I had to point out the bad qualities of this series I'd have to say that it's too fast paced. I really would've liked to see them focus more on the road to the nationals, but I assume because of how far its counterpart is along the author can't afford to waste any more time on a prequel setting. They will not make it to the semi-finals, but I still feel like rooting for them. That's what makes a great underdog series.

Actually, maybe I only like this series because they remind me of Tsuruga Academy...

... Last updated on December 23rd, 2011, 6:31pm
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Side story but still enjoyable   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by KJacket
November 29th, 2011, 1:59am
Somewhat on the same level as Saki, and is what I think a sort of background story. There is less mahjong...in 4 chapters compared to 90 chapters of Saki BUT the pacing is much faster since it is a side story and there won't be as many chapters.

I was not expecting much out of a side story(low expectations) but it turned out pleasantly surprising and was not disappointed. I am expecting Achiga's team to make it to the finals and fight Kiyosumi though, seeing as how the mangaka is spending so much time on both series (and having to release them later). The story builds up to and ongoing in the national tournaments from a different point of view.

Anyways, a highly recommended read if you are following Saki.

... Last updated on November 29th, 2011, 2:04am
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