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Old 04-06-2009, 04:56 PM   #11
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Wait till you see how she makes Nodocchi a better player, and you'll see Nodocchi in her full form . . . ;p
Interesting, are we expected to see a little more bounciness? Interesting enough, I knew a girl with her figure in HS... we'll just keep it at that.

Oh, my bad on the council part... Student CONGRESS President.
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Old 04-06-2009, 05:06 PM   #12
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Interesting, are we expected to see a little more bounciness? Interesting enough, I knew a girl with her figure in HS... we'll just keep it at that.
It's more cute and moe. ;p
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Old 04-06-2009, 05:58 PM   #13
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This show (as kaiji and Akagi) certainly feeds my hopes for an eventual Magic:the Gathering anime (yeah, like that's gonna happen[but I still can hope, can't I])
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:40 AM   #14
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Anime by numbers:

1. look which game concept hasn't been overused yet
2. develop an arcade thing to make money (especially if your company is going under)
3. look for a vaguely related story, maybe from a manga
4. animate it
4a. (only applies if you're GONZO) render childish in-game effects
5. sprinkle with moe to draw the needy
6. get corresponding actors

The result tasted utterly stale, and I'm not starved enough for Ueda Kana to endure this.
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:04 AM   #15
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You know, I'm surprised by the level of dislike for this anime. The first episode was certainly much more tolerable then most this season. While it's a bit simplistic, you've got decent little stories (Playing perfectly neutral as to not cause trouble, friendship building, "is she a genius"?). Maybe I just like mahjongg a bit too much, but honestly this anime looks to be a fun diversion, or at the least, tolerable.

When comparing it to ones like Slap-up party, Queen's Blade, and Sengoku basara though, it feels blindingly more tolerable. (Maybe I'm just not impressed with bare bones action anime though)

EDIT: I forgot to mention, in my group of friends it's pretty disliked. I had assumed more people then just alexander in the thread disliked it from that bias, my mistake.
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:15 AM   #16
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I personally think it's one of the better one's this season. And I don't know a thing about Mahjong. It seems like a really fun game though and I would love to learn.
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Old 04-07-2009, 10:45 AM   #17
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I personally think it's one of the better one's this season. And I don't know a thing about Mahjong. It seems like a really fun game though and I would love to learn.
Mahjong is a really fun game, but there are so many stipulations it's hard to get going with it.

(You need exactly 4 players, there are 3 main variants to the game, plus a huge subset of "house rules" and minor variations, and it's about 70% luck based, it takes at least a few hours to get through a full game, the set-up time per match is pretty big)

Personally, mahjong is one of my favorite "board games" of all time, but I rarely get to play because of all the stipulations. I learned the chinese rules and used the english names for the tiles, so going into the japanese version of the game with Japanese names for everything is tough (for example, the bamboo suit, as it's called in English, is called "sou" in japanese, and subbers don't translate it).

It's also somewhat expensive to get a basic set, I got my lower end set for $55, and it's pretty good, but that's about the lowest price you can get. (Not including used/ebay sets, which of course can be any odd price).
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:24 PM   #18
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Well, even though I liked it (and love the manga), even I wish it was excuted better. I'm not a big fan of how pink Nodocchi is, nor her penguin's color, nor her and Saki's voice, nor the overall animation. If I wasn't such a fan of the original story I probably wouldn't like Saki by its first episode either. Taco girl can get pretty annoying even muted on paper. On TV . . .
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:18 PM   #19
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Hey! They already showed Nodocchi as Nodocchi by ep 2. I decided to watch this first instead of Phantom since I was more in the mood for something light (plus Phantom is probably doing the training right now). Though Saki was never a serious show, some of the over-the-top shounen stuff is a bit too much.

I'm also glad I still remember a good lot of mahjong. And thank god for Saki's less-serious approach since Japanese mahjong is about as boring a game as I've ever played and it would be very boring to watch it if they ran it like Shion.

Seriously though, for those of you who are thinking about learning mahjong, go with Cantonese style. It's simpler (the Japanese really added a mess o' crap to it to make it feel like paint drying is instantaneous) and much more of a quick pick-up game. Plus gambling and making a racket makes any game more fun.
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:08 PM   #20
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episode 4.
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