Akagi

Alt titles: The Legend of Mahjong: Akagi

TV (26 eps x 24 min)
3.984 of 5 from 3,533 votes
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One stormy night, a desperate man finds himself playing Mahjong with yakuza thugs; the prize is his life. He is losing, and death seems certain, until a teenage boy stumbles out of the darkness into the Mahjong parlor, drenched in rain. Allowed to watch, the boy soon offers to play in place of the marked man, and that night, a legend is born. After his first taste for Mahjong, Akagi Shigeru finds himself entangled in the dark underworld of Mahjong gambling: for money, reputation, and lives.

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valondar's avatar by valondar on Feb 25, 2009
Score: 7/10

Story
In the dank, crime-ridden underbelly of postwar Japan there are all manner of sleazy hoods, desperate losers and brutal powerbrokers. Rising triumphant among them all is a man who becomes the birth of a legend, an amoral being who abuses his profound understanding of the human mind by manipulating his foes to their own destruction. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the world of mahjong. With mind... read more

fallenangel97's avatar by fallenangel97 on Apr 3, 2015
Score: 9/10

I started watching this anime mainly out of curiosity, but I was hooked immeadiately. The story Akagi delivers is disturbing and dark, but even more compelling. The story kicks off with the introduction of Nangou. He is playing Mahjong with the yakuza, and will most certainly lose, and eventually, die. That's when Akagi, our titular character, is introduced. He is 13 at the time, but even then his intellect... read more

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