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Saki  
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Description
Miyanaga Saki is a high-school freshman who doesn’t like mahjong. Ever since she was a child, she would lose her New Year’s gift money during her family mahjong game. If she won, her parents would be upset, and if she lost, well, she lost.

As a result, she’s learned to play in such a way that her score always remains plus/minus zero: not good enough to win, but not bad enough to lose. When we meet her, she’s being dragged to her school’s mahjong club by an old friend. How will a girl who hates mahjong, yet has become adept at the game as a result of her upbringing, survive in this environment?

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Associated Names

咲 -Saki-
咲‐Saki‐
天才麻将少女

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Latest Release(s)
c.130 by TMNBE Scans (10d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 11, Chap 106

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (236 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.7 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 9th 2014, 9:01am PST

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Year
2006

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Serialized In (magazine)
Young Gangan (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Sudden Increase in Popularity 10 days, 16 hours, 42 minutes ago
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Saki Manga to Resume in April After Creator's Surgery 502 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes ago
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Interesting concept   
Rating: N/A
by Pebble_
January 27th, 2012, 1:41pm
'Hikaru no go with boobs' as said below.

BUT I guess I'm too used to more 'serious' games/sports-related series. Too much fanservice for me, sorry!
Dropped it after volume 1.

... Last updated on January 27th, 2012, 1:43pm
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i hate loving this   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by HuhWhat
December 12th, 2011, 3:48am
I hated this series when I read the first volume, but when the anime came out I decided to give the rest a try. I admit I prefer the anime to this. Something about seeing the gross exaggerated playing of mahjong (as well as consistent proportions of face to eye) in fluid color tickles my fancy. Unfortunately, I still like the manga; as much as I hate to admit it.

Though I consider myself an individual of refined taste, every now and then I fall head over heels in love for a generic fanservice-laden series like this. It's a damn shame, I know.

... Last updated on December 12th, 2011, 3:59am
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hikaru no go with boobs   
Rating: 8.4 / 10.0
by whitespade
November 28th, 2011, 9:03am
i really like hng and though saki cannot be compared to the perfection of hng, this is quite good too. like hng, i also don't give a damn about the game itself (i dont understand them at all) but seeing them battle through games is such a fun feeling. saki have cute moe characters, stock personality, average drawing and sub par expressions. however, do read it because it is quite exciting seeing them battle as one never know who will win!
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Hola   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HopelessWriter
November 24th, 2010, 12:13pm
I don't know about the other people who reads this manga but the main thing that drives me to read this manga is the characters. The plot, story, and even the mahjong games are somewhat predictable and thus getting a bit dull; but, the characters are what gives Saki it's charm. If you've noticed the author focuses on the background and interrelations with the characters rather then the plot/story.

What gives Saki the little extra spice that makes it good (for me at least) is the yuri subtext that doesn't require strong "yuri goggles." The pairings in this manga just makes me want more and eagerly anticipate how the author will develop their relationships.

Anyhow how you'll like this manga all depends on your taste but you should give it a try biggrin I personally recommend the anime before the manga, though I watched it after. The anime is was surprisingly well executed and brings out the yuriness of Saki even more (which I loved).

The only bad thing about this manga is how long it takes for some new Saki to come out -_-
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so la-la   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by PaterFrog
August 30th, 2010, 2:47pm
This manga's not executed very well. The plot is quite interesting actually, and so far it seems that even while the focus is on mahjong and it's details, the story still has it's hand in it (during vol. 1). You don't really get overwhelmed as they don't require you to know Japanese mahjong. The only thing I'm a bit sad about, is that the plot moves from maintaining a break at all times to a win at all times and thus seems to transform into a standart mainstream one. Let's see how that plays out.
How it plays out by vol.6: This series turns into a trainwreck you can't look away from. It's just disappointing, but well, you read it anyway cause it's available for free. I wouldn't pay a penny for this manga. From the unique idea of not winning a game and instead going for break every time (which is a lot harder to do) the plot "evolves" (I wouldn't call it that. It's just devolving and turning sour) into your everyday-common-boring-mainstream plot. What made Saki special has been successfully blown up. Rating goes down from a 5.5 to a 2.

Large parts of the art, especially the movements in the games and the special effects are way overboard though. Doesn't feel creditible anymore, just plain overdone. I have to force my focus away from all the silliness to enjoy the read.
Edit:
Having read into vol.6 I'm very disappointed. The way Kobayashi drew the games turns just completely silly and does not have any taste. I don't feel like I'm reading a manga about mahjong anymore.

... Last updated on August 31st, 2010, 4:32am
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it's ok   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by 0oKat~0
March 27th, 2009, 9:53am
From what I've read so far, the series is ok. Not that bad, but I really can't say that it's really good either. I would highly recommend it to any mahjong lovers, but for the rest who don't know much about the game, well, you probably won't develop much of a liking towards it.

I have to admit that the plot at the beginning was quite interesting. But I feel that the manga focuses too much on the intricacies of the game mahjong,
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with the finals between the 4 top schools taking up 2-3 books and the match for the captains'(?) final round taking up more than 8 chapters currently, and it's still ongoing...


The difference in the language of the terms they used in the game caused me no few troubles as well when trying to read the game they are playing, causing it to be a little dry for my taste.

... Last updated on March 27th, 2009, 9:54am
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not too bad   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Soujirou
February 9th, 2009, 6:52pm
reading the last 2 reviews i was expecting something horrible... idk imo it wasn't that bad...

as for fanservice... it wasn't really all that much... besides the girl with the oversized boobs, so its mostly just the art, nothing etcchi in part of the story, so comparing to like love hina or dears, etcchi is almost non-existant....

story wise, like the post below said, its not the "special" manga but from its quite readable. I never read shion no ou manga but comparing to shion anime, it doesn't fall all that far...

my suggestion: stop reading these reviews and read a few chapters yourself and form your own opionion, chances are you might like it

... Last updated on February 9th, 2009, 6:54pm
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blah   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by ranmaru
November 12th, 2008, 9:09am
not so good....it's very typical~ for all there is~those same lines could be used in pretty much any sport manga, but i was waiting for something special to make this manga likeable, sadly nothing refreshing here....
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Decent?   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by celinae
November 11th, 2008, 8:54pm
It certainly doesn't match up to Hikaru no Go or Shion no Ou, but it's an okay manga nonetheless. Quite a bit of fan service, and some of it is really kinda .. ;; Mainly this one girl who has huge boobs. I'm a girl, so that kind of excess doesn't really appeal to me. The art is nice, asides from veering into ecchi occasionally. Or perhaps even shoujo-ai-ish-ness? There are no strong guy characters yet, so I'm interested to see if that will change.

The plot looks relatively interesting, though often the manga veers into cliched drama. For example, there's one scene in a recently released chapter where Saki's walking along and all of sudden a group of girls has an extreme reaction to her presence... but there's no explanation for the reaction (like a picture of her aura, or even them saying how skilled she must be, etc..). It's obviously the manga-ka trying to show how powerful Saki is, but instead of making me impressed it just makes me cynical.

There's not much substance to the manga, either. It really doesn't seem very realistic, and there isn't much to the manga besides fan service and Saki's pwnage of other people (plus changes in her character that again, aren't well-developed). There is some humor (like the original premise), that pop out. But, it doesn't quite make up for its flaws.
Still, for what it's worth--a simple, sometimes amusing, kinda cute mah jong-centered manga--it's decent. I wouldn't expect much to arise out of it, but it looks like it'll be a fun ride.
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Great first chapter   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Jedai
September 17th, 2008, 9:53am
But... where is the rest !? Too bad really that this serie scanslation has been discontinued, it looked pretty interesting (and SnoopyCool comment seems to indicate it lives up to its promises).

Will someone takes up the burden ?
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