With the speed and grace I expected, Arata holds Achiga’s second place in the quarter finals, leaving it up to Shizu to hold out through the fifth and final round. Though initially taking a hit to her points, causing Achiga’s girls to drop to 3rd in points, Shizu is able to make a last hand comeback to slip into 2nd place and onto the semifinals. Unfortunately for our dream team, the celebration is short lived as Harue reminds them they have 3 powerhouse opponents to face in the semi-finals.
As the title suggests, I’m disappointed with the lack of Arata playing mahjong. Does this just mean she’s simply good at mahjong? Or did she not have to implement some super power? Either way…I want moar Arata. Though the backstory was interesting, it was about as in-depth as the opponents’. Seriously, she’s like the drifter of the group, but she’s the one I want to see most. Probably because she’s just straight-up skilled and not reliant on some strange power or playing style (that we know of).
As if the odd drama of the last round of the quarter finals wasn’t enough, before we know it, a familiar face returns to the series. Momo, the ghostly mahjong player from the original Saki, appears (literally, just appears) after the girls find Harue talking to her old coach about going pro. I’m curious about what she’s going to do, offer advice, put up a challenge, wish them good luck sarcastically…I really don’t have a clue. But I do foresee the Achiga girls making another 2nd place bid on their advancement, against 3 powerhouse mahjong teams. It’s just how it’s going to work, because let’s face it, Shizu is no Saki.