Story: Saki is like every sports-centric anime show out there - except this isn't about sports, it's about mahjong. The way the story unfolds is similar to that of a standard sports anime. Gaining new members for the club, training, participating in the regionals and then you either fail or succeed. Either way, ending up in the nationals is the ultimate goal. It gives you the competitive edge which I found too exaggerating. The little yuri romance was a nice touch though (maybe I'm just a fangirl).
Animation: I think the animation lived for the exaggerated mahjong moves.
Sound: I don't believe I had any impressions of the OP/ED... but the sound effects were memorable. You know why? Because, yep it's for the overdone mahjong *places mahjong tile on the table and grows wings* moves, HYAHH!
Characters: I am greatly disturbed by how Saki is supposed to be portrayed as an air-head but doesn't act like one in majority of the scenes where she isn't playing mahjong (since she is supposed to be pretty badass at mahjong). Other than that, the relationship between the characters are pretty well laid out. Sure there are stereotypes but stereotypes are everywhere so scratch that.
Overall: 6.5/10, personally I liked the show (I mean it's the only show about mahjong). If you enjoy mahjong, yuri and/or competitive sports series, give Saki a try. Other than that, it's a rather average series that tries to outdo itself unnecessarily.
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